PADI Open Water Diver Course
PADI World Wide 18 meter Open Water Diver Certification
Learn To Dive in Melbourne
Your PADI Open water diver certification begins here. You will start with PADI’s online eLearning course then on the first day, we will spend a few hours in our local swimming pool where you will practice your new scuba diving skills.
Then experience four open water dives that consist of (three shore dives, and one boat dive).
The Basics You Need To Know About The PADI Open Water Course:
- 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 dive sites
- Scuba Diving Medical is required if you are 40 years of age or over
- Under 40 Years of age Dive Medical is Subject to a medical questionnaire
- 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
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of four main phases:
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 shop, At least 2 weeks before your course date, as you need to be fitted out for a Wet Suit and Scuba Diving Gear.
The First Day – 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 necessary basic scuba diving skills that you will have forever.
After the pool session, we will make our way back to the Dive Shop and wash and refill dive tanks so that you are for a fantastic day of diving on Sunday morning. Today’s finishing time usually is 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.
Today we will meet at one of our Great Piers for some shore diving generally around 8-9 am at Rye Pier, where you will practise using the skills you have just learnt and go exploring the underwater world and have some more FUN!
Usually Finished Back at the DGA Shop about 3-4 pm after gear washing, debriefing and learning how to record (log your first open water dives)
This morning we will go Scuba Diving at for a 2 shore dives up to 10 meters exploring Melbourne’s beautiful reefs and their fish life. November and December courses there are no boat dives due to Covid. Typical starting time is 9 am meeting at the dive site chosen to suit the weather.
Before we start the last day of diving, you will need to come into the DGA Dive Shop to pick up your Dive Equipment a day or two before.
When we have Open Water Courses with a Boat Dive please see below.
This morning we will go Scuba Diving at Portsea Pier for a shore dive followed by a Fantastic Boat Dive, Diving up to 18 meters exploring Melbourne’s beautiful reefs and their fish life.
Please allow all day as time will vary depending on the boat dives. The usual starting time for this day is from 7 am-9 am meeting at Portsea Pier.
AFTER THE DIVES
We will make our way back to the DGA Shop for gear washing, debriefing, fill out our logbooks and complete your new certification as a PADI Openwater Diver.
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 diving doctor will be necessary if you have ticked YES to any of the medical questions on the medical form you fill out on the first day of the course
A Scuba Diving Medical is required if you are 40 years of age or over.
Find authorised Diving Doctors close to you. Click Here
We have a Local Doctor Graeme Downe. From 3 Joseph Banks Crescent, Endeavour Hills 3802 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 dive professionals, we will fit you out with the right gear suited for you to maximize your comfort for Scuba Diving. Wetsuit and Scuba Hardware are provided.
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.