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PADI Open Water Diver – Referal


Learn the dive theory and skills at home, but complete the dives in warm water abroad.

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A great compromise – do your dives abroad in warm water but do your theory and pool classes at home, at your own pace and saving your precious holidays for diving.

PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course FAQs

Yes, if you are reasonably fit and comfortable in the water.  If you are under 15 years, have a look at our Junior Scuba Diver course.

You don’t need to have tried scuba diving before but if you would like to do so first, have a look at our PADI Discover Scuba.

You will practice scuba diving skills in the comfort of our heated pool session and you’ll learn about the underwater world and it’s effects how we see, hear and feel differently that on land.  You’ll learn safe diving practices and how to “speak” to other divers underwater with our own sign language.

There are 5 theory chapters to be completed either on-line, on a tablet or i-pad or traditional book and class.  You also have 5 confined or pool lessons, which maybe combined in longer pool sessions.  Your progress at each stage will be documented and signed by our PADI Instructors.  Once you have mastered the skills and knowledge, you are ready to do your open water dives.

On a Referral course, you complete the final 4 dives at another dive centre, often abroad.  because PADI has developed a structured training program which all PADI instructors must adhere to, it is a simple process to split your training in the this way.  The Open Water Referral is great is you want to dive abroad, without wasting your precious holiday in a pool or class.

We can help you choose a training centre to complete your dives, sometime through personal recommendation and sometimes through the PADI Centres network.  We work closely with dive centres in Lanzarote, Egypt and Malta among others.

if you change your mind and choose to do your dives at home, we’d be happy to introduce you to another side of Ireland, either on local dives, day trips out of Dublin or weekends away.

Depending on how you schedule the course, the training element of the course (theory and pool practice) are typically completed in 1 weekend or 5 evenings. Some people may require more time to become confident in the water and this is accommodated within the course fee.

Remember, we offer flexible training and you can decide to do your course mid-week days, evenings or weekends, or any combination of these.

Your open water dives will take 2 days.  You are not allowed to fly within 18 hours of diving (sometimes recommended as 24 hours) so you should factor this into your holiday plans.

The course fee is €399 and this covers all the tuition you need to learn the skills and knowledge at your own pace.  It also includes your manuals and use of equipment for pool training.  We don’t charge extra for these essentials nor do we charge for private classes.  You offer flexible training schedules on all our PADI courses.

You pay the second dive centre for your 4 training dives, dive log book and certification with PADI.  We have negotiated special deals with our training partners that we recommend in different parts of the world but you need to organise this directly yourself if you deal with other PADI centres.

You don’t need to buy any scuba diving equipment as use of all equipment for pool training is included in the Scuba Diver course.  This is usually the case with most centres but you should confirm that the price given by th secon dive centre also includes use of equipment for training dives.

As a Open Water Diver, you can dive to a maximum depth of 18 m, with another qualified diver. You can dive at home or abroad.  Shallow dives up to 18 m offer great colour and light so are the best for photography and also for marine life.  If your goal is to see wrecks, you might want to consider doing further dive courses to increase your depth range.

You can dive practically anywhere in the world where you’ll find enough water – lakes, rivers, quarries and of course the sea.  There’s so much to see and do underwater.  The PADI Open Water Diver course might be the starting point to a new hobby as a history detective on ship wrecks, or an underwater photographer, or an eco-warrior, wherever your interests lie.

When you come home from holiday, you should try diving in Ireland a try.  It’s really very good and not as cold as you might think.  See a different side of your home country and enjoy regular dives on days out and weekends away.

Contact us to discuss to organise a class schedule to suit you.  We can run courses mid-week days, evenings and weekends.  You decide how you want to do the course – learning online, on a tablet or ipad or a traditional book.

If you’re unsure if diving is for you, why don’t you have a try first.  We offer PADI Discover Scuba sessions in the pool where you get to test the equipment, see what it’s like to breathe underwater and meet our dive team.  You only pay for the Discover Scuba but if you continue onto the course, we’ll deduct that off the course, so there’s no penalty in trying it out first.

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