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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, sometimes called the Open Water Referral, where you learn the basic skills of scuba diving in our heated pool in Chiswick 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 becomeing a PADI diver. Once you complete PART A you move on to the second step, PART B, sometimes called the Open Water Completion. These are the qualifying dives done at a local lake near Heathrow where you will repeat the skills learned from the pool again under the guidance of our instructors. When you complete both Part A & B you will receive your PADI Open Water Diver license and 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 by clicking on the Start Date box. All dates that are highlighted green have spaces. Alternatively you can contact the office on 020 8995 0002 to book in your date.

PART A - Open Water Referral
Duration5 hours of pool training (all in one session). The course is performance based so the times are approximate
Class Times

Tuesdays at 14:00 or 18:00
Wednesday at 14:00 or 18:00
Thursdays at 14:00 or 18:00
Saturdays at 08:00 or 14:00
Sundays at 08:00 or 14:00

Includes• Online web based theory (available on PC or smart device)*
• 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£299 There are no other hidden extras.

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

PART B - Open Water Completion
Duration2 Days, the course is performance based so the times are approximate
TimesWednesday - Thursday at 08:00 - 15:30
Saturday - Sunday @ 08:00 - 15:30
Features• Meet at LSD to arrange kit for the dives
• 2 dives per day at a local lake. 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 day
• Scuba cylinder air fills at the lake - £4.00 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£199. If you have done your PART A training with an alternate training facility the cost of PART B will be £229. 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 £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, eLearner 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.