This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.
This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification.
*COVID-19 UPDATE August 2020*
Due to the uncertain nature of when restrictions will lift for Victoria, we have temporarily suspended all in-water activities.
Online learning for Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, Enriched Air, Equipment Specialist, Freediver and DM is still available.
Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a PADI Scuba Diver. This certification allows for dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course, if that’s your ultimate goal.
PADI Scuba Diver Vs. PADI Open Water Diver: Maximum Depth – Open Water Divers: can plan and execute dives with a certified buddy or dive professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet.
– Scuba Divers: may only dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
PADI Scuba Diver Vs. PADI Open Water Diver: Course Requirements
Open Water Diver
1.) Learn fundamental concepts about scuba through PADI eLearning® or classroom instruction (knowledge development)
2.) Complete five confined water (pool) skill practice sessions
3.) Complete four open water (ocean) dives
1.) Learn fundamental concepts about scuba through PADI eLearning or classroom instruction
2.) Complete three of five confined water (pool) skill practice sessions
3.) Complete two of four open water dives
The PADI Scuba Diver course is (roughly) the first half of the PADI Open Water Diver course. It omits some of the more challenging skills and is a good choice for people who have limited time, or for young children.
All the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, a set of scuba skills in the pool that you’ll use again during open water dives, and an appreciation for the underwater world that will keep you coming back for more bottom time every chance you get! During the course you’ll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:
To take this course, you must be:
2-4 Days | $499
This course is conducted in conjunction with our PADI Open Water Diver courses. Full dates of the Open water courses are here. When completing your PADI Scuba diver course you would be doing sections of each day but not the whole programme. Please call the shop to book your spot as booking online will place you as a full Open water Diver student. For a list of diving doctors please go to www.spums.org.au
Completion of 3 Knowledge Development segments
Completion of Confined Water Dives 1-3.
Meet watermanship requirements (optional)
Completion of Open Water Dives 1-2
You’ll use all the basic scuba gear and some of it may be included with your course. You will have to invest in your own mask, snorkel and fins since these personal items are a lot more fun to use when they fit properly. A buoyancy compensating jacket that holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply will also be used and supplied by us. You will wear a scuba wetsuit to enhance the comfort and relaxation during the PADI Scuba Diver Course.
Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.
Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!
PADI Scuba Divers may upgrade to an Open Water Diver certification by completing a surface swim, two additional knowledge development modules, a quiz and exam, two confined water sessions and two open water dives. Contact us today to arrange this or for more information.
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