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PADI Open Water Referral

PADI Open Water Diver informationBecome PADI certified

If you'd like to learn to dive while on holiday but don't want to spend precious relaxation time in a classroom the PADI Open Water Diver Referral with Dive Academy is perfect for you.

What is involved?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is taught in three parts - academics, confined water training and open water dives. The referral allows you to complete your academic and confined water training before finishing your open water dives and becoming a certified diver with a PADI Dive Centre on holiday.


Using the PADI Open Water Touch system, you'll be able to learn academics at your own pace using a computer connected to the internet, or download it to an Apple or Android tablet for offline completion. You'll work through five sections introducing you to diving equipment, skills, problem management and the natural world. Multiple choice assessments as you go help you to track progress through the course.

Pool training

When you come into Dive Academy for your pool training we'll begin with a quick review of academics and then complete a practical session to understand how to assemble, put on, and disassemble a scuba unit. We'll then complete five pool dives together, and also teach you skin diving skills.

You do need to be able to swim - at your first session we will ask you to undertake both a 200m swim (no time limit, but without stopping) and a 10 minute float or tread water.

Open Water diverWhat's next?

Once you've completed your Open Water referral course with Dive Academy you'll be ready to finish your training by undertaking four open water dives with a PADI Dive Centre while on holiday. We will provide you with all the paperwork you need and are always happy to chat to your instructor. Your referral course fee includes payment for your certification.


In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn to use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank.

The best way to learn to dive is in your own, professionally fitted high quality scuba diving equipment. Students who purchase their own equipment before completing Open Water Dives or immediately afterwards tend to dive more and become better divers.

Dive Academy provides all equipment necessary for your pool training - all you need to bring along is swimwear including a t-shirt you are happy to wear in the pool. If you would like to purchase your own personal equipment including scuba diving mask, snorkel, fins and boots we have a wide selection at Dive Academy and have some discounted packages available for you to consider. It is important that these items are properly fitted, especially the mask, your instructor will be able to help you identify the correct equipment for you.

Are there any restrictions?

Participants should be aged 12+ and in reasonable physical health. There is a medical questionnaire all participants will be required to complete on the first day, please review the seperate tab for full details.

Scuba diving is a physical activity and can be tiring. You should arrive for your training sessions well rested. Where your course takes place on consecutive days, it is unwise to arrange other activities in the evenings as you will likely be tired and will need to rest before the next day's training.

If in the instructor's opinion you are too tired, hungover or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be asked to resume your training on a future date for which an additional fee will be payable.

Please ensure you click the info box and read all of the tabs especially the medical questionnaire prior to booking.

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