The PADI Certification is recognised in more countries around the world than any other diving certification and is your ticket to discover what the underwater world has to offer!! From beautiful coral reefs, historical ship wrecks to swimming with graceful manta rays.

The PADI Open Water Referral is perfect for those who want to dive on holiday & ensures you don't waste your time inside a classroom or training pool whilst on holiday.


It allows you to complete all the theory and confined pool sessions prior to your trip, freeing up your holiday to enjoy the fabulous wrecks and reefs.

So if you are a total beginner with a thirst for adventure, and want to get the best diving opportunities whilst on holiday, then the PADI Open Water Referral program could be the program for you.

Course Overview​

The PADI Open Water Referral program is your exciting first step towards becoming a certified scuba diver. During the program you will cover two main course components:​

  • Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving.

  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills.

​Course Prerequisites

  • You must be 10 years of age or older (10-14 year olds will  be awarded the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification)

  • You must complete the PADI Medical Statement prior to the program start date. Any pre-existing medical conditions highlighted on this form will require medical clearance before any in-water training can take place.

Knowledge Development

Knowledge development is based on a self study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace with either the innovative tablet based PADI eLearning materials or the more traditional PADI Open Water manual & DVD. 

Whichever method you choose, you'll :


  • Learn diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives.

  • Watch video clips that show you the world of scuba diving.

  • Take simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress.

Your instructor will be on hand to respond quickly to emails and messages should you require any assistance during your studies.


Knowledge development is backed up by review sessions with your PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the course material.

Confined Water Dives

During 5 confined pool sessions, you will learn the skills necessary to dive safely and with confidence. Perfecting buoyancy and learning to clear your mask of water are among the fun and exciting skills that your PADI Instructor will teach you.


​In addition to the diving skills, a Waterskills Assessment will be completed during the confined pool sessions. Don't worry, you don't have to be a strong swimmer as long as you can complete:


  • 200 Metre continous unaided swim or a 300 Metre swim with mask, fins & snorkel 

  • 10 minute tread water/float

Price Includes

  • PADI Open Water Diver Materials (eLearning or Manual & DVD)

  • Theory Review Session

  • 5 Confined Water Training Sessios

  • Equipment Hire & Air Fills

  • £10 Project AWARE Donation

Continue The Adventure...

Now all the theory and confined sessions are complete, certify as a PADI Open Water Diver by conducting the 4 remaining open water dives at any PADI Dive Centre within 12 months from the completion date of your referral course.

Once you have completed your PADI Open Water Diver course, you have the option of moving onto the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course, where you will increase your diving experience, develop your underwater skills & get a taste of PADI Specialty Diving.

Or choose to join our active, friendly Dive Club, where you can keep your dive skills fresh & make new buddies with people who share your passion for diving. Why not join the club on one of the many organised dive trips and social events and immerse yourself in the diving community.

PADI Open Water Referral Schedules


Frequently asked questions

I've never tried Scuba diving before, can I enroll onto this course?

Absolutely. The PADI Open Water Referral program is specifically designed for complete beginners and is the most popular learn to dive program in the world. It will take you on a journey of discovery as it transforms you from landlubber to sea dweller in no time. If you're not sure if Scuba Diving is for you, then why not try the PADI Discover Scuba experience before enrolling onto the PADI Open Water Referral program. This is the perfect introduction to Scuba Diving & will give you a better idea of what Scuba is like before committing to the PADI Open Water Referral course.

I'm a little apprehensive, Is Scuba Diving safe?

Yes, Scuba Diving is safe. Of course, as with any adventurous sport or activity there is an element of risk involved. However with the correct training and by sticking to safe diving guidelines, Scuba Diving is a very safe activity. The PADI Open Water Referral course is designed for complete beginners and will allow you to learn the basics of Scuba diving in a comfortable. relaxed environment.

I'm not a good swimmer, can I still take part?

Yes. You don't need to be an olympic swimmer to take part in the PADI Open Water Referral program. Scuba divers move completely differently to swimmers and are propelled underwater by using fins, making movement easier. Furthermore a Scuba Diver has a constant supply of air, making it far easier to breathe than it is when swimming. However it is important that you have a rudimental level of in-water comfort. During the course you will need to complete both a 200 Metre continous unaided swim (or a 300 Metre swim with mask, fins & snorkel) & a 10 minute tread water/float​

I have some health/medical conditions, can I still Scuba Dive?

Whilst there are some medical conditions that would unfortunately prevent you from taking part, not all medical issues would be a barrier to you enjoying Scuba Diving. Prior to taking part in any activity involving Scuba, there is a medical screening to ensure that any existing medical conditions are considered prior to approval being made. Before taking part in the PADI Open Water Referral program, you will be asked to complete the PADI Medical Questionnaire. If you answer 'Yes' to any of the conditons listed, then you would need to get approval from your GP or a diving physician before we could accept you onto any Scuba program.

What is the minimum and maximum age?

The minimum age to take part in the PADI Open Water Referral program is 10. Once the 4 qualifying Open Water dives have been completed at your choosen dive centre, those aged between 10-14 will be awarded the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification. There is no maximum age at all, as long as you are in good health you can experience the amazing wonders of the underwater world.

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