PADI Scuba Diver Course

Why should I take this course? Is it like the Open Water course? What’s the difference?

The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you are short on holiday time but really want to give scuba diving a go, the PADI Scuba Diver course could be just what you are looking for, especially if you only want to go scuba diving with a dive guide. This course is a halfway step to earning the PADI Open Water Diver certification, you can always complete the full course when you next have time available. Where people have difficulty in completing the Open Water course, (for example, sudden illness) they get the confidence to pick up where they left off at a later date because the PADI Scuba Diver certification gives the inspiration to finish their efforts!

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Scuba Diver Course is that you can take your time about gaining your Open Water certification & learn at a pace that suits you best.

What will you learn?

You will develop your knowledge (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand the basic principles of scuba diving – only the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.

  • You will learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.
  • You will learn basic scuba skills in a swimming pool – only the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course
  • You will learn to expand your new skills and explore in a minimum of two Open Water dives – just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Instructor you will make at least two Open Water dives

  • You will have fun and develop your new skills as you explore to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet


  • Minimum age 10 years old
  • Able to swim
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from a great sense of achievement, you will also receive:

  • The PADI Scuba Diver Certification
  • You may continue to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
  • You may obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • You can continue your training to gain the PADI Open Water Diver certification

Your next Adventure

An obvious follow-up course to the PADI Scuba Diver certification, is the PADI Open Water Diver course. This completes your training as an entry-level diver and qualifies you to dive independently (with a buddy, of course!) But what next?  The next level up  is the PADI Adventure Diver. Adventure dives allow you to try out many of the different aspects of scuba diving such as Digital Underwater Photography, Wreck Diving or search and Recovery. Just three adventure dives will gain you this qualification.

Many divers choose to do their adventure dives as part PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. This consists of  five adventure dives and advances the basic skills of an Open Water diver, allowing you to dive as deep as 30 metres /100 feet. You will also develop your navigational skills, with the remaining adventure dives in the area of your choice.