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.
WHAT CAN I DO AS A PADI SCUBA DIVER?
Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision.
Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses.
OPEN WATER VS SCUBA DIVER
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.
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.
OPEN WATER DIVERS
May only dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
Learn fundamental concepts about scuba through PADI eLearning or classroom instruction.
Complete three of five confined water (pool) skill practice sessions.
Complete two of four open water dives
PADI SCUBA DIVER
Can plan and execute dives with a certified buddy or dive professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet.
Learn fundamental concepts about scuba through PADI eLearning® or classroom instruction (knowledge development)
Complete five confined water (pool) skill practice sessions
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
12 years or above
Adequate swimming skills
In good physical health
ABOUT THE COURSE
You will learn...
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:
Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents and descents, and breathing underwater.
Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
Diving environments and aquatic life you’re likely to encounter.
Preventing common problems underwater.
No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba® Diving program.
Paperwork prerequisites: You will need to fill out liability release & medical declaration forms prior to participating in this course. (A full dive medical may be required, should the medical declaration form raise any issues which may be contra-indicatory to Scuba Diving.)
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.
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.