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Open Water Diving

Open Water Diver $430.00

Purpose of the Course:

This highly sort after and quality diving course designed to train you, with no diving experience, in the safe use of SCUBA (Air only) diving with no decompression, to a maximum depth of 20 meters/66 feet.
With personalized training and taking enough time, we make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use.
In general, an Open Water Diver course consists of 3 parts: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions.

Step 1 - Academics
There are many certification agencies that offer internationally recognised diver training.
We use the On-line training systems of RAID Open Water 20 on a regular basis at Perth Diving Academy

The Online Training programs are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you.
You can complete the academics online when you sign up for an Online Training program, and then attend review sessions and in-water practical training at one of PDA's Dive Centers.

RAID - On-line Registration (US$60)
Go to and follow the instructions to register yourself for training.
When you receive the confirmation email and log back in, make sure you nominate the training facility (Perth Diving Academy Hillarys or Balcatta).
This is so we can follow your progress and access your results prior to your practical in-water training.
You need to purchase a training package for a RAID Open Water 20 (Level 1) Diver, the entry level open water scuba diving qualification for RAID .
This training package is available from the RAID website or you may choose to pre-purchase it from PDA when you arrange for your practical training.

(Completion of On-line study required prior to practical training sessions.)

Step 2 - Practical Training Enclosed(pool) training
Using our indoor pools over 5 seperate sessions we will train and assess the required skills prior to venturing out to Open Water.
During these session we will cover basic bouyancy, equalization, use of equipment and many more skills.
This is the opportunity for you to put your academic training to the test in a safe controlled environment.

Step 3 - Practical Training Open Water Diving
At Perth Diving Academy we will conduct our open water training over five dives. The first three are shore based and then followed the next day with two dives from our boat.
The first shore dive is conducted without SCUBA equipment and is designed to get you acclimatized to the dive area and entry and exit points.
On the first Open Water session we will also practice some of the surface skills including buoyancy, equalization of air spaces and basic snorkel skills to get you prepared for your following open water dives.

Pratical training is over 3 days, Fri - Sun or weekend days from the store of your choice. (See the Calendar Tab for dates and locations)
Day 1 is generally Theory assessment and pool training using our in-store pools.
Day 2 completion of Pool training and open water shore dives.
Day 3 Open water dives from our boat at off shore locations.

Courses starting at PDA Hillarys all 3 prac days are held at PDA Hillays and Marmion Marine Park aboard Wildcat.
Courses starting at PDA Balcatta, day 1 is at PDA Balcatta, days 2-3 are at PDA Fremantle and Rottnest from Lionfish IV.
Courses starting at PDA Fremantle all 3 prac days are held at PDA Fremantle and Rottnest from Lionfish IV.

Upon successfully passing the practical training you receive a Diver certification E-card that you can carry on your mobile device.
A hard copy card is available if you prefer a card to carry in your wallet, a production fee may be required for this option.

Required Equipment:
All standard dive equipment, or hire the complete package for the duration of the course.
Equipment package options available for purchase at discounted rates

Prerequisites for the Practical Training:
Complete your on-line training course final exams.
Complete the Medical Self-Assessment form.
To be able to swim comfortably to complete a 200 meter swim without stopping or touching side or bottom. And a 10 minute float keeping your head above the water at all times.
To be a minimum of 15 years old (with written guardian consent up to the age of 18 yrs). (12-15 year old courses run by appointment)
The above is subject to the General Diving Standards of SSI and RAID and change without notice.

Training Locations:
Balcatta (Classroom and Pool facilities on site)

Hillarys (Classroom and Pool facilities, Boat departures)

North Fremantle (Classroom and Pool facilities, Boat departures)

For course dates see the 'CALENDAR'  Tab

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