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PADI OPEN WATER DIVER

How do I become a PADI Open Water Diver?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba diving certification which allows qualified divers to dive anywhere in the world to 18 metres. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course  you must be at least 10 years old and have adequate swimming skills. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

So how do you get started? There are 2 simple steps to success. The first step is PART A, also known as Open Water Referral or Open Water Confined, where you learn the basic skills of scuba diving in our heated pool in Chertsey with one of our Instructors. You will also have some online theory to complete with a code that we send you after booking. This gets you halfway to becoming a PADI diver.

Upon completion of PART A you move on to the second step, PART B, or Open Water Completion.  These are the qualifying dives done at either a local lake (Wraysbury) near Heathrow where you will repeat the skills mastered in the pool again under the guidance of our instructors. We are also now offering an upgraded version of PART B where we head to a different dive lake for day 2 (Vobster Quay) near Frome Sumerset, full details can be found below.

You will receive your PADI Open Water Diver certification upon completion of both Parts A & B and can begin your own underwater adventures around the world. It’s that easy!

To book your PART A or PART B training please check the availability above. Alternatively you can contact the office on 020 8995 0002 to book in your date.

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Dive into Certification: PADI Open Water Referral Course

Ready to take the first step towards becoming a certified scuba diver? Join us at London School of Diving for our PADI Open Water Referral course.

Why Choose Our Open Water Referral Course:

  1. Efficient Learning: With digital eLearning conducted in your own time, you can then come to us and complete all training requirements in just one day, making it ideal for those with limited availability.
  2. Focused Instruction: Benefit from expert guidance and hands-on training led by our PADI-certified instructors, ensuring you master essential scuba diving skills with confidence.
  3. Convenient Timing: With the entire course completed in just 5 hours, you'll have plenty of time to pursue other activities or relax as you are half way to achieving your certification goals.
  4. Small Group Sizes: Enjoy personalised attention and support in a small group setting, fostering a supportive learning environment for all participants.
  5. New Facilities: Train in comfort and style at our state-of-the-art facility in Chertsey, equipped with everything you need for a successful training session.

Get Started on Your Certification Journey: Ready to dive into the exciting world of scuba diving? Enroll in our PADI Open Water Referral course and begin your underwater adventure today!

PART A - Open Water Referral
Minimum age10 years old
Duration5 hours of pool training (all in one day). The course is performance based so the times are approximate
Class TimesWednesdays at 12:00
Thursdays at 12:00
Fridays at 09:00
Saturdays at 08:00 or 12:00
Sundays at 09:00
Includes• Online web based theory
• Small class sizes with experienced instructors
• Full equipment hire
• Final certification fee
• Free log book worth £15
Swim SkillsBefore 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 PART B here at LSD or at any other PADI centre worldwide
Price£329 There are no hidden extras

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

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PADI Open Water Referral Split - Spread over two days for a more relaxed pace

Are you eager to become a certified scuba diver but prefer a more leisurely approach to your training? London School of Diving is delighted to introduce our PADI Open Water Referral Split course, now offered over 2 days to accommodate a slower pace of learning.

Why Choose Our Referral Split Course:

  1. Flexible Schedule: Designed for individuals and families who prefer a relaxed pace, our 2-day format allows for a more comfortable and enjoyable learning experience.
  2. Comprehensive Training: Dive deeper into the fundamentals of scuba diving with ample time for skill mastery and practice, ensuring you feel confident and prepared for your open water dives.
  3. Family-Friendly: Perfect for families looking to embark on the scuba diving journey together, our extended course provides the opportunity for shared learning and bonding experiences.
  4. Expert Instruction: Led by our experienced PADI-certified instructors, you'll receive personalized guidance and support every step of the way, ensuring a safe and rewarding training experience.
  5. Convenient Location: Conveniently located at our state-of-the-art facility in Chertsey, you'll enjoy access to high quality equipment and amenities throughout your training.

Join us for an unforgettable dive adventure: Take the plunge at your own pace and embark on a journey to becoming a certified scuba diver with our PADI Open Water Referral Split course. Whether you're an individual or a family, our tailored training approach ensures a fulfilling and memorable experience for all.

Contact us today to learn more or to reserve your spot in our upcoming course!

PART A - Open Water Referral
Minimum age10 years old
Duration6 hours of pool training (split over 2 days). The course is performance based so the times are approximate
Class TimesMonday to Tuesday from 14:00 to 17:00
or
Two consecutive Tuesday evenings from 18:00 to 21:00
Includes• Online web based theory
• Small class sizes with experienced instructors
• Full equipment hire
• Final certification fee
• Log book worth
Swim SkillsBefore 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 PART B here at LSD or at any other PADI centre worldwide
Price£339 There are no other hidden extras.

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

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PART B - Open Water Completion
Minimum age 10 years old during summer
15 years old during winter (due to lake temperatures and dry suit sizing)
Duration2 Days during warmer months
3 Days during colder months (2 hour drysuit orientation required)
TimesSummer months (April - November)
Tuesday - Wednesday at 08:00 - 15:30
Saturday - Sunday at 08:00 - 15:30
Winter months (December to April)
Saturday - Sunday at 08:00 - 15:30 (Drysuit orientation required on the Thursday before the course, at either 10am or 5pm)
Features• Meet at LSD • Morning briefing outlining the days schedule • Kit allocation for the dives • 2 dives per day at a local lake (Wraysbury) • 1 hour per dive • At least 1 hour surface interval between dives • Evaluation of skills mastered in the pool • Exploration of the dive site • Finish back at LSD for debrief and kit wash down
Extras• Lake entrance fees - £15 per day • Scuba cylinder air fills at the lake - £5.00 each (X3)
TransportLSD does not provide transport to the Open Water dive sites. We will make every effort to try and get you a car share with another student but if this is not possible you will be expected to make your way to the site by your own means.
What’s Next?CELEBRATION! You have achieved the PADI Open Water Diver certification and get your digital e-card
Price£250 - Summer
£350 - Winter - includes a Drysuit Orientation on the Thursday before at either 10am or 5pm
If it has been more than 6 months since you did PART A you will be required to do a Scuba Review to refresh your skills. Our Scuba Reviews cover all Open Water Skills for £89 (normally £109)

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On our upgraded completion course we have split the four open water dives between two locations. Day one will be at Wraysbury (located near Heathrow) and day two at Vobster Quay (located in Somerset).

The completion upgrade offers divers the chance to explore two of England’s most popular dive sites. Divers are able to explore the different sites and get a wider experience in their dive training. At Wraysbury there are a range of features including a labyrinth and a sunken bus. At Vobster, you will get the chance to explore more wrecks including an aircraft wreck split into the three sections and dive to a greater depth.

Vobster Quay is located in Somerset, and so this upgrade will mean an early morning start, meeting at Vobster for 8am.

PART B - Open Water Completion (Upgrade)
Minimum age12 years old during summer / 15 years old during winter (due to lake depths, temperatures and dry suit sizing)
Duration2 Days, the course is performance based so the times are approximate
TimesSaturday - 08:00 - 15:30 (Meet at LSD)
Sunday - 0800 - 15:30 (Meet at Vobster Quay)
Features• Day 1 - Location Wraysbury Lake (near Heathrow)
• Day 2 - Location Vobster Quay (near Frome, Sumerset)
• Morning briefing outlining the days schedule
• Kit allocation for the dives
• 2 dives each day
• 1 hour per dive
• At least 1 hour surface interval between dives
• Evaluation of skills mastered in the pool
• Exploration of the dive site
Extras• Lake entrance fees - £15 per person Wraysbury - £23 per person Vobster
• Scuba cylinder air fills at the lake - £5.00 each (X3)
TransportLSD does not provide transport to the Open Water dive sites. For anyone wishing to join us for this upgraded course you will need to have access to your own vehicle.
What’s Next?CELEBRATION! You have achieved the PADI Open Water Diver certification and get your digital e-card
Price£319. If it has been more than 6 months since you did PART A you will be required to do a Scuba Review to refresh your skills. Our Scuba Reviews cover 21 Open Water Skills for £89 (normally £109)

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 purchasing the online theory, 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.