Open Water Diver

Combining diving theory, skills training and open water diving.......your PADI Open Water certification allows you to dive to 18m maximum depth with a buddy of equal or greater experience.


  • Ability to swim 200m unaided and without stopping.
  • Medical statement.
    For your personal safety, all PADI students must complete a medical statement prior to commencing a course. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and are ready to start. If any of them affect you, as a safety precaution, a physician must examine you and sign a medical form that confirming that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 months.

Skills Covered

You’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives, knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.

You will also be able to expand on any of your present diving skills and knowledge by a combination of:

  • Self study of the theory presented in your PADI Open Water Diver manual and completion of simple quizzes and knowledge reviews for each module
  • Knowledge development sessions where you will watch the PADI Open Water Diver DVD and your instructor will elaborate on the material in each module. At the end of each session you will take and review a short quiz.
  • Diving skills development. After the classroom sessions you will go to the pool where you will learn and master the skills you need to become a PADI Open Water Diver under the guidance of your instructor.

Over the 5 modules the PADI system allows you to build up the necessary knowledge and skills to progress through your final exam and enjoy your first open water dives.

  • Children & Juniors aged 10-14 years can earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification. Certified Junior Open Water Divers aged 10-12 years may dive to 12m maximum depth, under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster , Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional.

In Colder Waters...

As we conduct our courses in both warm and cold waters.....

Please be aware that in colder waters i.e. Scotland (and Britain as a whole), it is recommended to dive wearing a drysuit (with a thermal undersuit).

We can include the Drysuit Specialty with any other course at a discounted price.

How to Book Your Course

Booking a course with DiveTrust could not be more straight forward, there are three simple steps to follow:

  1. Phone us to check the availability of the course that you have chosen, and the dates you wish to email or telephone.
  2. Download and complete the Booking Form and Medical Declaration Form. Get Adobe Reader
  3. Return the form to us in person, by email or by post. Once we receive the completed booking form we will send confirmation and the materials so you can start to learn!

Should you have any problems downloading the forms above, or need help in filling in the forms, please contact us on 0141 552 4663

DiveTrust is totally committed to equal opportunity - if you have any special requirements, please....get in touch.

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