Open Water

Age: From 10 years

Duration: Flexible – normally 4 days

Max-Depth: 18 meters

Location: Whitstable Pool, local inland site 

Price includes:

  • All equipment hire
  • Air fills
  • Pool/Dive site fees
  • Educational materials
  • Transport

Open Water* – Diver Certification starts here, and so does the adventure

The PADI Open Water Diver certification is the most popular and recognised scuba course worldwide. Once you get this qualification, you can dive wherever and whenever you like. 

Discover the underwater world yourself by getting qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver.

Take a look at the Course Specifics tab to find out more about what will happen on the day of the course


The PADI Open Water Course is the worlds most recognised diver qualification. On completion, you will be qualified to dive to a maximum depth of 18m anywhere in the world, in conditions equal to or better than those in which you have qualified. 

Every PADI course uses the Buddy system; this means that you always dive with someone else regardless of the conditions, and WhitstableSCUBA fully support this. The PADI Open Water Course will teach you the fundamentals of scuba, including dive theory and practical techniques. It gives you the skills necessary that on completion, you can go out and enjoy countless dives or to further your education.

Course Outline


The first step is to get your Open Water Crewpack and DVD and complete independent study at home. Your manual has 5 chapters with a knowledge review at the end of each one. You will need to study each chapter and complete all knowledge reviews before you come to us. After this, you will then have some study sessions with us where we go over each chapter with you and make sure you fully understand everything within them. There will be a quiz at the end of each chapter and then a multiple choice final exam to complete the theory.


This will be conducted in the swimming pool, taking you through the basics like kit assembly, to the more advanced skills such as hovering and removing and replacing your kit underwater. There is a natural progression with the skills, each one builds on the last so you gain confidence at a natural pace and never feel out of your depth. You will also be required to swim 200m any stroke and tread water / float for 10 minutes. We will endeavour to make sure you have enough time to practice your skills so you feel ready to go onto the next step.


When you have completed the confined water training, you are ready to go diving. There are 4 open water dives and for safety and consistency reasons, these are completed at an inland dive site. To show competence, you will need to repeat some of the skills from the confined water sessions and as your confidence grows so does your proficiency. Your safety and enjoyment are paramount and qualification will be gained at the end of dive 4. You are now ready to go diving and to book onto further courses to progress your education and enjoyment.

To take part in an Open Water Course all you need is:
  • to be in reasonable health (check medical form)
  • be over 10 years old*
*Under 16’s need to be accompanied by an adult,

To ensure you get the most out of your course and your time with us, please arrive ready to go. Make sure you bring with you:

We are happy for you to snack through the sessions when we are in the classroom

Now you are able to dive down to 18 meters and dive in the open sea without an instructor. However, there is always more to learn!

If you’re considering continuing your Scuba training, why not think about one of the following:

PADI Advanced Open Water

PADI Specialty