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PADI information

Pool training.

Course information: The PADI Scuba Diver course is a pre-entry level certification, addressing a growing demand for a certification that consumers can earn more quickly, provided the diver dives under professional supervision. This course is designed for those with personal time constraints and those who prefer to dive with direct supervision.

  The Scuba Diver course is a sub course of the Open Water course so divers can upgrade to full Open Water Diver at any time in the future. PADI Scuba divers are qualified to dive to 12m under the supervision of a PADI professional only.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is an entry level learn to dive course and students gain the internationally recognized PADI Open Water qualification. The course includes theory sessions, a minimum of 5 hours pool training (usually longer), 3 open water pier dives and 1 boat dive. PADI Open Water divers are qualified to dive to 18m with another qualified diver, and may then enroll on the PADI Advanced Diver course many Adventure dives and some PADI Speciality courses. Please click here for more PADI Information.

Both courses
include manual, use of all equipment (except mask and snorkel for comfort and hygiene reasons), and certification. We would also recommend fins and boots for the same reasons. The shop at Divers Down is well stocked with all basic equipment which can be purchased prior to starting your pool training.

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Duration of course:
Usually 3 days for PADI Scuba Diver. Usually 4 days for PADI Open Water Diver.

Minimum age:
12 - under 15. Junior Scuba Diver
15 - for full Scuba Diver certification at start of training.

a. Review, complete and sign the PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement prior to entering the water.
b. Review, complete, sign and date the PADI Medical Statement. If the new diver answers 'yes' to any condition on the medical statement, the diver must receive medical approval prior to any in-water activities.
c. Review, complete, sign and date the PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding.
d. Parent or guardian signature for new divers younger than legal age.
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Cost: £550.00 for PADI Open Water Diver. ( includes 1 boat dive)
The PADI teaching system allows students to complete theory and pool sessions only and then be referred elsewhere for the Open Water dives. This is an option if students prefer to complete their training in warmer conditions.

N.B. Prices are based on 2 students. If you are booking as an individual and would prefer to take advantage of this reduced price, we always endeavor to group divers up to a maximum of 4. However, if you would actually prefer a one to one option, please call us for prices.


Whilst it is always our intention to complete courses at Swanage, if due to bad weather this is not possible, we would like to reserve the right to complete courses on time and use alternative dive sites if necessary. If this involves using in-land dive sites, the boat dive would not be possible.
Very often courses can still be completed at Swanage if we reschedule by mutual agreement.

The Pier, High Street, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 2AR.
Tel: 07968 780198