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PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver is the first scuba certification level. A highly-trained PADI Instructor will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment.

By the end of the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world.

How Much Will It Cost?

Club Membership is £30 per annum.

The Open Water Course will cost you approximately £450 which is split into three affordable chunks, of £150 each, over several weeks.

Can I FastTrack?

Whilst the InDepth Dive Club does not offer fastTrack courses, it is possible to enrol on a fastTrack course with the InDepth Dive Centre, which is a commercial dive centre.

Pre-Dive Safety Check.


Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for answers to many of the questions we are often asked.

Open Water Course

Learning to scuba dive will literally transform your life!

Scuba diving is a profoundly visceral activity, it touches the soul and, for many, it can consume and enthrall them. If you venture into the aquatic real your life will be touched forever by the experience. You may find yourself gripped by the sport and wanting to venture into the water at any opportunity... and it is a sport that can take you around the world, seeing and experiencing things that many will never see, except perhaps on television, you will experience adventures that many can only ever dream about. Why not turn your life into an amazing life...

To view video with closed captions click HERE.

At InDepth Dive Club we take the PADI Open Water Course and split it into its three distinct sections:


We supply you with the Open Water manual, various forms (opposite) for completion, a student record folder and PIC Credit (Positive Identification Card) from PADI, these will either get shipped directly to you or be given to you in person by your instructor.


You read the manual at home, typically at a rate of a chapter a week (faster if you wish), and complete the quick quizzes and knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter. Your instructor will then arrange with you a mutually convenient time to go through the knowledge development, either in-person or via a Zoom video call for approximately 2 hours each week. These are usually done on a Tuesday evening. Circa 7.30-9.30pm. We do this for 5 consecutive weeks with the exam taking place on the final week.

2. CONFINED WATER (Swimming Pool)

Once you have completed weeks/chapters 1 & 2 you can start your pool training. We have a fortnightly pool session at Tewkesbury School Swimming Pool. 8.45pm - 9.45pm Which you would all be welcome to attend as club members. (Meet at 8.15pm)


We would do your first 'try dives' and then, once all the knowledge reviews are completed we would likely do a full day session, at Thornbury Swimming Pool, on top of the evening sessions already done.


The £150, 2nd payment, would not be due until we start the pool training. So this breaks the cost up by about a month. These funds are used to pay for the swimming pool hire.


The third and final section / payment is the open water dives. Which would typically take place about a week after the full day confined water dives.

The costs here are to cover instructor expenses, kit hire, kit servicing and maintenance, replacement, gas etc.

Travel and dive site entry fees are not covered in this.

The Open Water dives are typically run at either Cromhall Quarry or Vobster Quay.

If you have questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page as you will find the answers to most of the questions we are often asked. If, however, you can't find the answer then please do get in touch via our 'Contact Us' feature.


The PADI Open Water Course is available through the InDepth Dive Club. To enrol on a course you will need to Join the club. Click HERE to Join >>


— Sylvia Earle

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