Level 6 – PADI Open Water Diver
Minimum Age: 10yrs
Time: 32 hours approx
Max participants: 8
Cost per group: £1995.00
Approx cost per person per hour: £7.80
Go dive all the way with the PADI Open Water Diver
You can complete the PADI Open Water Diver and become a fully qualified open water diver in one complete package, saving time, money and logistics. The PADI Open Water Diver is the most popular entry level certificate in scuba diving and is recognised world wide.
What do they need to start?
Once you have signed your group up for the Level 6 PADI Open Water Diver Programme we will issue each of your young people with their very own PADI training manual. There is a degree of home study that needs to be completed before each academic session. We can also arrange for one of our instructors to visit your group to give an overview of what is required before the start of their training. Again it is a good idea, although not a necessity, to complete either Level 2, 3 or 4 before progressing onto the Level 6 PADI Open Water Diver Programme. That way the young people taking part already have some basic experience of scuba diving before they start. This makes for an easier progression onto the more complex and demanding skills introduced at this level.
What will they do?
As with all our more advanced levels the first part of the training is split between the pool training and the academic sessions. First the instructor will teach the basic theory in our comfortable multimedia classrooms. Taking their first serious scuba sessions in our pool, your group will learn the practical skills needed to allow them to dive safely with their buddy and prepare their skills for the open water dives. During the PADI Open Water programme your group will complete a minimum of five academic and pool sessions.
Once their skills and knowledge are up to scratch they will move onto the open water dives. At a local open water dive site they will demonstrate their skills over four exciting open water training dives. They will be using drysuits for these dives to provide maximum comfort and safety. The open water training is seen as a real achievement and by far the most adventurous thing many young people have done. But most of all it is enjoyed by everyone involved.
How long will it take?
A minimum of thirty two hours is recommended to complete the PADI Open Water Diver Programme. Scheduling of these programmes is done in a way to suit your group dynamics. The most popular options are a series of no less than five midweek sessions of three to four hours, or a compact four day intensive programme. Each of the initial session consists of an academic module, followed by a two hour pool session. The open water training dives can be completed during a Thursday or Friday afternoon or evening, or on a Saturday and Sunday during the day.
What will they need to bring along with them?
For the academic sessions they will need their manual. For the pool sessions it’s just a swimming costume and a towel. For the open water dives they will need a change of clothes (just in case) and a hat and gloves in the colder months. There are three forms that we will need to have completed by each person before the start of the programme. One of these forms is a full self certification medical form. For any young person under the age of 18yrs these will need to be completed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to the first session. These forms are available for download here. If you have any questions regarding these forms or the medical statement, please call us at the centre for further guidance.
What can they do after the PADI Open Water Diver Programme?
The PADI Open Water Diver Programme is the first level of diving independent of a PADI professional. It is the most sought after diving qualification in diving education. Once they are qualified they can go scuba diving anywhere in the world with a buddy of a similar qualification and experience and to a maximum depth of 18m. All they do is show their personal certification card at the dive centre, get some kit and a buddy and away they go.
The PADI Open Water Diver is also the pre-requisite qualification for all the more advanced levels of diving education. All the diving instructors working around the world had to start their diving education somewhere. For most of them it was on an Open Water Diver programme just like this one.