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PADI Open Water Diver Course is generally the first step in becoming a certified diver with the world’s largest training agency, and your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure. Anyone from the age of 10 who is reasonably fit, in good health and is comfortable in the water can take this course.

You’ll learn about scuba fundamentals, equipment and techniques. This class involves academic study, water skills conducted in a safe confined water environment (pool), and several dives in a real open-water setting.


If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available. This allows you to participate in diving activities with a maximum recommended depth limit of 18metres/59feet.




What You Will Learn
  • The Diving Environment

  • Scuba Diving Equipment

  • Dive Planning

  • Dive Skills

  • Dive Safety

Course Requirements

​Participants must be a minimum of 10 years old (as Junior Divers), able to swim 200 meters (or snorkel & fin for 300 meters), and able to float on water without flotation aids for 10 minutes.

Course Details
  • The Open Water course can be completed within a week and consists of basic diving theory in a class setting or it can even be completed online in your own home, water skills conducted in a safe confined water environment (training in a swimming pool) and 5 open water scuba dives (various locations for your selection, such as Bali, Bintan, Batam, Pulau Hantu, Pulau Tioman, Pulau Leh etc). Diving groups are small and all sessions are conducted by experienced PADI Instructors.

  • The PADI Open Water Diver course can be configured in a number of ways. We typically conduct the class (~3 hrs) and pool session (~4-5 hrs) during after-work hours on weekdays, and the open water scuba dives over the weekend at your selected location.

  • Other than Pulau Hantu, which requires no overseas travel, we work very closely with our resort partner to facilitate your trip to the respective destinations. For your reference, Pulau Tioman will take a full weekend to complete the course while destinations such as Bali will take around 4D3N.

  • (eLearning– Whether you’re on the go or want to take it slow, now you can complete the knowledge development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course online with PADI eLearning. Pls check with us for more details!)

  • Venue: Orchid Country Club / Warren Country Club

Course Includes
  • All PADI course materials

  • 1 Theory session (approx. 3 hrs)

  • 1 Pool session (approx. 5 hrs)

  • Open water scuba dives

  • Equipment rental for pool & open water
    (BCD, regulator, cylinder and basic scuba gear)

  • Manual & log book

  • 2-way land transfer (subject to destination)

  • Accomodation (subject to destination)

  • Breakfasts (subject to destination) 

Course Excludes
  • Air fare (if any)

  • Taxes & surcharges

  • Travel insurance (recommended)

  • Marine park fee (if any)

  • Gratitude (tips) for boat crew and/or guide

  • Extra activities (to be discussed)


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Please read through the medical questionnaire carefully. If you have to answer any of the medical conditions with a “yes”, then you need to seek approval by a doctor prior to any in-water activities.


Do I need to be an expert swimmer to take the basic open water diver certification?

No, a basic swimming knowledge is sufficient. More importantly, you should be comfortable in water (able to swim 200 meters and tread water for 10 minutes).

There are other dive centers out there whose rates are more competitive, who should I choose?

Well well, all dive centres operate differently with different resources and objectives. At DiveDegree, precisely because we are starting out as a bespoke entity compared to many others, we can focus better on our customers’ needs and go the extra mile for you. If still in doubt, we strongly recommend that you have a chat with different centres to make a more informed decision!

Are there any exams?

Yes, besides the mandatory skills which you’d have to complete underwater, you will also have to pass a test which can be administered in Singapore before the trip or at the resort after all the open water dives.

Can I dive if I wear prescription glasses?

Sure you can. For power higher than 350 degrees, you will either need to wear contact lenses or procure a dive mask with customised prescription lenses. We can help you with that! Anything lower than 350 degrees, you can dive with regular mask.

Do I need to be physically fit to scuba dive?

You need to be generally healthy, and certain physical impairments do not prevent you from passing the course and getting certified. Upon registration, a brief medical questionnaire will help you assess if you are suitable to dive. For those aged 40 and above, you’d have to get a doctor’s letter to prove that you are fit to dive.


Do I have to purchase any equipment to take the open water diver certification?

Nope you don’t have to; dive equipment rental is provided as part of the open water course and included in the course price.

What if I cannot handle the pool session and decide to give up?


More often than not, the pool session should be easy to complete under the patient guidance of our instructors with repeated attempts. In the exceptional cases where you decide not to go ahead, we are unable to refund the cost but you can choose to proceed with the trip under the non-diver programme. Seek your kind understanding in this :)

What if I panic in the open sea and unable to complete all the mandatory skills?

There definitely have been cases like that and what we’d do is provide assurance and calm the dive down to the best of our abilities and let him/her try again. However, if repeated attempts fail, it’s totally up to the diver’s discretion to decide to continue on or not. Unfortunately, we do not provide refund, as there will already be sunk costs incurred.


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