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How do I become a PADI Diver?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving certification. To achieve this there are 2 simple steps to success. The first step is called the Open Water Referral where you learn the basic skills of scuba diving in our pool with one of our Instructors. Once you complete this you move on to the second step called the Open Water Completion. These are the qualifying dives done at a local lake where you will repeat the skills learned from the pool again under the guidance of our instructors. When you complete both these steps you will receive your PADI Open Water scuba diving license which will allow you to dive down to 18 meters anywhere around the world. It’s that easy!

Open Water Referral
Duration  5 hours of pool training, the course is performance based so the times are approximate
Times Tuesday @ 1300 - 1830 or 1800 - 2230
Wednesday @ 1330 - 1830
Thursday @ 1800 - 2230
Saturday @ 0800 - 1300 or 1300 - 1800
Sunday @ 0800 - 1300 or 1300 - 1800
Features • Online web based theory (PC or Tablet versions available)*
• Pool sessions to learn basic scuba skills
• Small class sizes with experienced instructors
• Either PC or Tablet options available
Swim Skills  Before we start your in-water training you will be asked to complete a 200m swim at any pace or style and perform a 10min survival float
What’s Next?  Once you finish all segments of the referral you can move on to do your Open Water Completion here at LSD or at any other PADI centre worldwide
Price £290. This includes your pool training, online theory, kit hire and final certification. You will receive a code from us within 24 hours which you will use to start your web-based study at There are no other hidden extras.

*For information on the online web based theory, please see our eLearning explained page.

Open Water Completion
Duration  2 Days, the course is performance based so the times are approximate
Times Wednesday - Thursday @ 0800 - 1530
Saturday - Sunday @ 0800 - 1530
Features • Meet at LSD to arrange kit for the dives
• 2 Dives per day
• Evaluation of skills mastered in the pool
• Exploration of the dive site
• Sunken wrecks & plenty of fish life
Extras · Lake entrance fees - £10 per day
• Scuba cylinder air fills at the lake - £3.50 each (X3)
• Wetsuit boots if training in Summer
• Wetsuit gloves if training in Winter
What’s Next?  CELEBRATION! You have achieved the PADI Open Water diving certification
Price Weekend Courses £169 or Midweek Courses £139. If you have done your Open Water Referral with an alternate training facility the Open Water Completion will be an extra £30. If it has been more than 6 months since you did your Open Water referral you will be required to do a Scuba Review to refresh your skills. Basic Scuba Review which covers 11 skills are £49 (normally £69) or a Scuba Review Plus which covers 21 Open Water Skills for £79 (normally £99)

Why should I do my course at LSD?

Deciding on where to do your PADI Open Water Diver course is extremely important as you need to make sure that you get the best value for your money and that those teaching you have right experience. The London School of Diving is a CDC rated PADI centre which is the highest level possible when it comes to teaching recreational scuba diving. Our professional and friendly staff will assist you in every way possible to help you achieve your dream diving qualification so you can scuba dive THE WORLD. Our aim is beyond making you pass the course, it is to make you a great diver.

Can I start my theory in advance?

For those who would like to get started with the online theory before selecting a date with us, or maybe they want a head start before a trip abroad then please purchase the Open Water Theory course. After selecting which method is right for you (eLearnering or Touch) we will send you a code to register with PADI. This will allow you access to a full array of digital media from high resolution videos to knoweldge development and to take your exams.

This option does not include any LSD training. It is just the online eLearning. Click here to purchase your Open Water Theory now.