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Open Water Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a controlled environment. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at  local dive sites.

Quick overview of the Open Water Diver Course

  • Minimum duration: 3-days

  • Preparing for the course: there are two options e-learning, once you sign up, you will receive theory to do. This is homework to do before you come for the course . Or the ultimate Padi crew package which you can collect before the course begins and complete the videos and the knowledge reviews in the book.  

  • Day 1: Theory Class with the instructor, working through the different section of the diving course. Scuba diving sessions in our swimming pool in Hermanus.

  • Day 2 and 3: Four boat based ocean scuba dives around Hermanus off of our sailing Catamaran or shore entries if weather does not permit us to go out on our boat.

  • Your diving course can be constructed around your schedule. You do not need to do the course in 4 consecutive days!

  • Knowledge reviews and Final exam

  • Bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen and a snack.

  • Minimum age : PADI junior open water diver – 10 years

  • PADI open water diver – 15 years

Day 1: Theory review, Confined Water & Knowledge reviews

The first day on course is all about learning the basics of scuba diving, once you have watched the PADI Open water video at home and completed the knowledge reviews, your instructor will work through all the section with you again to make sure you understand and answer any question you might have. 

This is the day you will get into the water for the first time! Fully kitted you will learn various skills required to complete the PADI open water course. Our confined water takes place in our private pool not too far from the New Harbour.

After the confined water session you will complete a knowledge review, this highlights area we might need to work on and helps prepares you for the final exam.

Day 2: Open Water Dive 1&2

Your first open water dive is an fun dive for you to get used to begin underwater and having time to see what Hermanus has too offer. you will spend this dive practising your breathing and getting comfortable underwater. 

The second dive you will spend mastering skills that you learnt during the confined water, and demonstrating them to PADI standards.

Depending on the weather will determine the dive sites, all dives are boat based off of our 36ft sailing Catamaran. If the weather will not allow for the boat to be used, shore entries may be done to complete the course.

Day 3: Open Water Dive 3&4 and Final Exam

On dive 3 you will dive to your maximum depth of 18m as an open water diver or 12m as a junior open water. Demonstrating skills such as neutral buoyance, safety stops, proper airway control and following your no decompression limits.

On dive 4 you will spend preforming the last of your open water skills and going over any skills that need additional practice.

Once the practical side of the scuba course is completed you will write your Padi open water exam, once you have passed you are offically a PADI open water diver. This Qualification is life long and is recognized all over the world.


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