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PADI Open Water Diver Course
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PADI Open Water Diver students at SUB AQUA DiveCenter

Learning to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course


PADI Open Water Course

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PADI Open Water Diver students at SUB AQUA DiveCenter


Full certification as a scuba diver - your ticket to dive anywhere in the world!

If you are looking to get your scuba license then we have a course for you. Learn the basics with the PADI Scuba Diver course or take the leap to complete your PADI Open Water Diver Course, our most popular scuba diving course for complete beginners.

If you have already started your dive course but need to complete more dives to get your license then this is also possible with an Open Water Referral.

What is the PADI Open Water Diver course?

- The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the world's most popular scuba diving course and it is valid for life.

- Upon completion of the PADI Open Water Diver course you can dive anywhere in the world with a certified buddy!

- You will dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres.

- Takes 4 days to complete.

- 5 confined water dives help you to learn the scuba skills you require.

- 4 open water dives allows you to put those skills in to practice.


Before you learn to dive, check you are medically fit with this printable PADI Medical Statement. If you answer 'yes' to any of the questions then please print this medical statement for your Doctor to approve you for diving, and bring it with you to the dive center.


PADI Course Prices - all locations

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Scuba diving for the whole family

PADI Scuba Diver

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Scuba diving for the whole family


For those that can't commit 4 days to the full PADI Open Water Diver course there is the option to complete the PADI Scuba Diver course in just 3 days. Essentially you are doing just over half of the Open Water course. This will qualify you to dive anywhere in the world but you will be limited in depth and will always need a qualified dive guide/instructor with you.

PADI Scuba Diver course v PADI Open Water Diver course

- Scuba Diver course is 3 days. Open Water Diver course is 4 days.

- Scuba Diver course has a maximum depth limit of 12 metres. Open Water course has a maximum depth limit of 18 metres.

- Scuba Diver course qualifies you to dive only with a qualified dive master or instructor. Open Water course qualifies you to dive with any certified dive buddy.


PADI Scuba Diver Course details
- 3 confined water dives to learn and master the basic scuba skills
- 2 open water dives to put those skills into practice
- Takes 3 days to complete
- Can be upgraded to the full PADI Open Water Diver certification at any time


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Clown fish in anemone

PADI Referral

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Clown fish in anemone


Save time by completing the theory part of your diving course before you arrive! Both theory and confined water sessions can be completed with your local PADI Dive Center. You can find and contact your local PADI Dive Center online using the PADI Dive Shop locator.

You can complete the theory and the pool training with your local PADI Dive Center and then complete your 4 open water dives in the warm waters of the Maldives!

PADI Referral Details
- You must bring your referral paperwork and signed training record with you to complete your course in the Maldives
- 4 open water dives can be completed over 2 days to finish your PADI Open Water diver certification.


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PADI Scuba Class Maldives

PADI Scuba Diver to Open Water Upgrade

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PADI Scuba Class Maldives


Already a PADI Scuba Diver? Want to extend your qualification to get the full PADI Open Water diver license?
Then our SD to OW Upgrade option is the right PADI course for you.

You do not start the whole course over.

What is PADI upgrade from SD to OWD?

To upgrade from PADI Scuba Diver to PADI Open Water Diver is easy and will open up so much more of the underwater world to you.
Simply complete the following with our professional instructor team in Maldives, Thailand or another top SUB AQUA DiveCenter location around the world and your new qualification as a PADI Open Water Diver is valid for life:

• 2 theory classes to expand your knowledge of diving
• 2 confined water sessions to practice new diving skills (in a pool or in a clear salt-water lagoon)
• 2 open water dives to enjoy the new skills you have learned, going deeper to maximum depth of 18m



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Learn PADI course online

PADI eLearning

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Learn PADI course online


Complete your diving theory online via your PC or tablet!

Contact us to sign up for your diving course before you arrive and we will give access to the PADI course materials so you can get started. This allows you to complete the theory and quizzes at your own pace before you arrive.
As part of the eLearning access you will have your own login that connects you to a SUB AQUA DiveCenter Instructor that will be available for any questions you may have.

Only the fun underwater activities to complete when you arrive to your SUB AQUA DiveCenter!