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OPEN WATER DIVER The way the world learns to dive.

Learn to scuba dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course at DIVEWORLD in Sheffield

If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. This is your gateway to amazing adventure. We start a new course on the first weekend of every month.

   Can`t wait to get started book now, or for e-learning start here

All available dates can be found on the calendar page of the website.

Your PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving, (please add £50 for online e-learning)
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills,
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you've participated in a Discover Scuba Diving experience , the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use and get comfortable wearing basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. We would advise that every diver owns a mask and snorkel for hygene (& comfort) reasons. The school equipment you wear will be chosen by a DIVEWORLD professional to ensure your comfort throughout the course. We advise to add the PADI Dry Suit Specialty to the basic course to increase you comfort while training?

Adding the PADI Dry Suit certification at the same time as PADI Open Water? Dive dry and warmer in one of our brilliant AZDRY suits, and gain valuable extra skills during your course. This adds just £130 to the cost of the basic course. Check out our Deluxe package for full details.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course - traditional manual and DVD package. Recently PADI has enhanced this program by offering the learning materials in an E-learning environment via the internet and offline on a tablet, you choose which method suits your learning style, just let us know. We run a complete course each month right through the year.

Talk to us at  DIVEWORLD to personalise the best study option for you!

PADI's Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you'll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you'll jump in the pool to practice these skills with your instructor.

What does it cost?

The course is just £400 and this includes all equipment, learning materials and PADI certification fees. Travel, accommodation and site entries are not included, ask us for details of these.

Course Start Dates.

  • June 4th
  • July 2nd
  • August 6th
  • September 3rd
  • October 1st
  • October 29th
  • December 3rd


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older
  • Be able to swim 200m continuously.
  • Complete the basic medical health screening form.
  • Book now to start your adventure
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