Learn to Dive with Whitsunday Diving Academy today!
Getting certified as a PADI Open water Diver is a lot easier than people think, once you have been certified as a PADI Open water Diver, there is a whole range of activities and adventures to experience.
Activities like digital underwater photography, visiting new diving locations both here and overseas, adventures like swimming around a ship wreck and taking photos of it and meeting people who have the same interests as you do.
The PADI Open water Diver Course is divided into three parts, knowledge development (5 modules or chapters), skills development in confined water (5 modules or chapters) and Open water Dives (4 open water dives)
Included in this course is your personal copy of the PADI Open water Diver Manual, you read through this at your own pace completing the quizzes along the way to help reinforce the information. At the end of each module or chapter there is a “knowledge review” sheet to be filled in along with a quiz.
Skill Development in Confined Water
Here you get to use the scuba equipment, learning how to set it up for each pool dive, and then go diving in the swimming pool to learn the skills of scuba diving.
There are 5 confined water modules or chapters, each module is designed so that your skill development is at a pace you are comfortable with, so that during module 5 you are swimming around like a dolphin.
Our courses are conducted with 5 completely separate pool sessions, so that you get plenty of practice in the pool before going to the ocean, with extra sessions available for those who might find it challenging.
Open Water Dives
By this time you are ready to come and explore, the skills you have mastered in the swimming pool are now repeated for your Instructor in the ocean, the only difference is that the fish are watching too.
The Whitsunday Diving Academy team will ensure that your Open water Dives are enjoyable and prepare you for any activity or adventure you are interested in.
Who can become a PADI Open water Diver?
Junior Open water – 12 to 14 years old – With a Certified Adult, maximum depth 18m
Open water Diver – 15 years up – Maximum depth 18m
What’s included in the PADI Open water Diver Course
PADI Open water Diver Manual
Diver’s Log Book with Training Record
PADI Open water Diver Certification Card
PADI Open water Diver Certificate of Recognition
All scuba equipment including:
Mask, Fins and Snorkel (personal equipment, highly recommended)
Exposure suit appropriate for local environment
Regulator with SPG (Submersible Pressure Gauge)
Alternate Air Source for sharing air with another diver
BCD with low pressure inflator
All air fills during pool training and Open water Training
Marine Park Fee’s
What you need to bring
Complete a Diver’s Medical Questionnaire to determine if you require a dive medical from a Doctor stating you “are fit to dive” prior to engaging in dive activities
Week day format
Mon- Wed (Pool & Class)
Thurs and Friday ( Openwater dives, two each day)
Mon & Wed for 3 weeks
Sat & Sun of the 3rd weekend Openwater Dives
Evening Format 2
Tues & Thurs for 3 weeks
Sat & Sun of the 3rd weekend Openwater Dives
Extra cost applies
International Travellers and Busy People – Referrals
You complete your confined water and classroom training in another location, Australia or any other part of the world, bring your referral paperwork with you and complete the four (4) Openwater Dives to receive your GOLD PADI Openwater Diver Certification Card, PADI Openwater Diver Certificate of Recognition, PADI Openwater Diver Emblem
Complete your study, including the quizzes and exams in another location, Australia or any other part of the world. Then come to Whitsunday Diving Academy for the pool sessions and then complete the four (4) Open water dives. An excellent option if you are planning a holiday here and would like to be certified as a PADI Open water Diver while you are here.
Questions and Schedule
For the classroom and pool session you will need to bring your “knowledge review” completed for each of the modules (example – module 1 or module 2 etc.), swimmers, towel and personal equipment if you have it (mask, fins and snorkel) For the Open water Dives you will need lunch, water bottle, swimmers, towel, hat, sun block and personal equipment if you have it (mask, fins and snorkel) Any questions about the PADI Open water Diver Course or the schedule, please speak to the Whitsunday Diving Academy team.
Course cost is $750 AUD (can include modest accommodation if required).