Learning to dive in Plymouth is an amazing experience. There is a certain amount of theory, pool work, and skills to complete in the sea before you can gain your qualification. You can start with either of these two courses:
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At the start it can sometimes be confusing trying to work out what you need to do, but the most common, cheapest and popular way to start diving is by doing the PADI Open Water Diver Course, please click the link to find out more. This course can be taken as an E-learning or standard option and is split over 3 or 4 days respectively. It involves both shore and boat diving. For those that want a little bit extra you can elect to do the PADI National Geographic Diver Course, this shares many similarities with the Open Water Course, but includes additional tuition on navigation and buoyancy, with better materials, and an extra dive (5 instead of 4) to put these skills into practice. At the end of your course we offer an additional 5th (or 6th if Nat Geo) free guided dive with our PADI Divemasters to introduce you to Plymouth Diving.
Aquanauts also offers Referral Open Water courses for those that are going on holiday and wish to complete their pool and theory training before they go. This is good for those divers that which to make the most out of their time on holiday and limit time stuck in a classroom while abroad. But please be aware that you will only be qualified to dive in conditions equal to or easier than where you learnt, so to dive in the UK you will need to do some additional UK training when you come back, alternatively you could do the whole course before you go and be qualified to dive almost anywehere in the world. Please call us for details.
Aquanauts staff are friendly and helpful, if you want to discuss your options or even just gain advice, please give us a call on 01752 228825 or email
If you wish to book the Open Water course please go to our Online Shop.
Just give it a shot!
The PADI Discover Scuba/ Discover Scuba Diving programs let you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI Instructor in pool or pool like conditions, such as those found at a resort. During your adventure, you'll master some basic concepts and scuba skills and might even head off on an open water adventure.
The PADI Open Water course is your first diving course. At Aquanauts, we will fit the course in around you and this can be taught either through standard lectures (attend the centre for 4 days) or through PADIs E-learning portal (attending the centre for a combined total of 3 days).
The PADI Open Water course certifies you to dive to a depth of 18m and is the ideal introduction not just to a sport, but to a whole new way of life.
Day 1: Course intro and pool training
Day 2: Lectures and complete pool training
Day 3 - 4: Two Open Water dives each day.