PADI Open Water Referral Dive Course
Start your PADI World Wide Certification Before You Travel
The PADI Open Water referral dive course referral allows you to complete most of your scuba training at home here in Melbourne; Then, finish your certification dives anywhere in the world. This means you can avoid studying during your vacation and complete the pool session before you travel, leaving you just 4 dives to complete your certification anywhere in the world.
What is a PADI Open Water Referral Course?
With an open water referral, you’ll complete all of the two phases (knowledge development and confined water pool session) before leaving for your destination. You can then finish the final part of your scuba course, the open water dives, anywhere in the world.
Your PADI Open water diver certification begins here. You will start with PADI’s online eLearning course then you will spend a few hours in our local swimming pool where you will practice your new scuba diving skills.
The Basics You Need To Know About The PADI Open Water Course:
- PADI online theory – eLearning is supplied upon booking from DGA
- Our PADI Open Water Diver course is a full certification that allows you to dive with a buddy to 18 meters
- You will need to have transport to and from the DGA store
- Scuba Diving Medical is required if you are 45 years of age or over
- Under 45 Years of age, a dive medical is subject to a medical questionnaire which can be downloaded below
- The minimum age to become a PADI Open Water Diver is 15 Years old. For the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course, the minimum age is 12 years old.
- PADI online theory – eLearning to be completed before course commencement
- A referral is supplied after the successful completion of the pool session
How The PADI Open Water Referral Course Works
What You Need To Know
Complete the PADI Openwater eLearning Knowledge Development ( online, independent study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving before you can learn to dive.
After Booking you will need to come and visit us at the dive shop, At least 2 weeks before your course date, where we need to fit you out with the Scuba Diving Gear that you will be using during the course.
Today, you will meet at the dive shop at 8 am for orientation.
Then you will learn about the Scuba Diving Equipment that you will be using to dive with, As well as how to set up your dive gear.
Next, we will make our way to the swimming pools where the FUN Begins, Starting with a 200 meter Swim then the Confined Water Dives to learn the necessary basic scuba diving skills that you will have forever.
After the pool session, we will make our way back to the dive shop where you will learn how to wash your gear correctly. Today’s finishing time is usually around 3-4 pm.
Your instructor will let you know where to meet for tomorrow, Normally down at the peninsula, about an hour and 20 minutes from DGA, Destinations can vary depending on the weather.
- Be over 12 years of age.
- Be a Competent Swimmer and be able to 200 meters. (Its only 4 laps of a pool)
A Diving Medical may or may not be required*
- A medical from a certified dive doctor will be necessary if you have ticked YES to any of the medical questions on the medical form
- A Scuba Diving Medical is required if you are 40 years of age or over.
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We have our own Local Dive Doctor, Graeme Downe. From 3 Joseph Banks Crescent, Endeavour Hills Ph:(03) 9700 2281
Like most sports you will need to purchase your personal items for the course, that is a Mask, Snorkel, Gloves, Boots, and Fins. As experienced dive professionals, we can help will fit you out with the right gear suited for you to maximize your comfort for Scuba Diving. Wetsuit and Scuba Hardware are provided for the course.
Once you are PADI Certified as an open water diver, you can take the next step to enhance your skills by Scuba diving deeper, Night diving, Wreck diving, Drift diving, and perfect many more skills as an Advanced Open Water Diver.