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PADI Open Water Course

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PADI Open Water Course, your introduction to the underwater world.
Our courses are taught over 2 weekends or 4 days in a row. We also offer a Padi Referral, this allows you to complete your dives abroad with another dive centre - we can help you find a great centre and make it easy

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The PADI Open Water course is your introduction to the diving world.  The course usually takes 4 days to complete and here at Aquanauts, we will fit the course in around you. The PADI Open Water course certifies you to dive to a depth of 18m all around the world with a buddy and is the ideal introduction not just to a sport, but to a whole new way of life.


Our courses can be run to suit you but typically they follow this outline whether it's over 2 weekends, all in a row, or days here and there:

Day 1: Meeti at the Centre, we begin with a course introduction; Meet the team! Then into a knowledge development session covering the 5 knowledge reviews from the training manual and after lunch we head up to the pool in the afternoon to begin the first confined water dives of your training

Day 2: In the morning we all head up to the pool again and we complete the confined open water sessions.  In the afternoon we will finish off any knowledge development and take the final written exam (it's multiple choice)

Day 3: To the Sea! We head to the beach to start off with two shore dives to build confidence in the water, looking at the amazing underwater world that the south west has to offer. As well as showing the instructors the skills you've already mastered in the pool.

Day 4: We either head back to the beach or we set off on the boat, finishing your course with two final dives.

Dates Please have a look at our dates for courses below and on our facebook -

Medicals: All participants need to complete the PADI Medical Statement, if you answer yes to ANY of the medical questions you will need to get the PADI Medical Statement signed off by a GP to agree you are fit to dive. Please follow this link to the PADI website with the most up to date version of the form

If you wish to book for 2 people or more we can offer 4 days in a row - please mail us with your available days in the comments field when you buy and we will contact you to arrange your personalised course dates. 

You don't need to bring anything except yourself, some lunch, a sense of adventure and your crewpack.  As part of the standard course (non e-learning) you are given an Open Water crew pack which includes all your training materials, logbook, manual, DVD and dive computer simulator login. There is a fair amount of home study required before you start so please ensure you have watched all the dvd's, completed all 5 sections in the Open Water manual and completed the medical questionaire.

When you complete the course we will offer you the chance to get your diving started with a free boat dive buddied with an experienced diver with all kit included. The fantastic opportunity to experience a dive without having to concentrate on skills and actually interact and be immersed in the underwater environment. Once your course is completed you will be registered with PADI and a certification card will be supplied usually within 2 weeks. 

Course Information:

For the course, we will send you your manuals, DVDs and materials. You must complete all the knowledge reviews in your own time and watch all of the DVD. You then attend the centre for 4 days as above.

You can either pay for the course in full or you may pay an initial deposit of £150 to receive your learning materials with the balance due 2 weeks before your course start date.

When you pay we will send you all your materials. We will also arrange for one of our instructors to call you to discuss the course in full and arrange the dates that you will be attending the centre.

- Price includes all the equipment hire, necessary materials, gas and boat fees however we would recommend purchaing your own mask and snorkel as these are very personal items, we have a good range in the shop and can ensure you get a mask that fits well (prescription masks are also available please ask in store)

Why Choose Aquanauts for your Course?

  • We are the only PADI 5 Star Inctructor Development Centre in Plymouth, making us the highest rated dive centre in the area.
  • Join our dive club after you pass and receive free equipment hire when you dive with us and free air whenever you want - making diving an affordable hobby.
  • Our club dive boats are just £20.
  • Friendly, very active dive club that dives all year, in Plymouth, around the UK, and abroad. We also have marine conservation, nautical archaeological, and shipwreck diving groups that you can join, and a large membership base that welcomes new members and will buddy up with new people.
  • Our courses are completely flexible, weekends, evenings or weekdays, we will fit around you.
  • Receive a full crew pack, theory manual, and all PADI DVDs.
  • We have our own private, heated, training pool facilities - so we don't have to rush you through your training.
  • Boat dives are completed from a very large, comfortable hardboat, with a rear diver lift to make getting in and out while wearing equipment very easy. We also supply tea, coffee or hot chocolate throughout your day and hot food on double dive trips.
  • Our safety equipment is first class, we are the only boat that carries multiple GPS and VHF radios, Radar, Night Search Lights, Night Navigation Equipment, Full Diver Emergency Facilities, First Aid Kits, Oxygen and an Automated External Defibrillator.
  • We are open and staffed 7 days per week, year round.
  • Our shop and online shop is one of the cheapest for equipment in the country and we operate a UK price guarantee - we cannot be beaten on price and if you see something for sale anywhere in the UK cheaper, we'll match it and you still get our excellent local service and free help putting it all together.



Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU PADopenwater
Weight in Kg 1.0000
Manufacturer Aquanauts


Passing the PADI OWReview by Al
Had a superb weekend on the open water dives. Great weather, ideal locations, and superb instruction. Looking forward to the AOW next month, if I remember to book it in time. (Posted on 21/07/2014)

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