Open Water Diver Course

Duration:

  • Training materials are designed so that you can study the academics at your own pace when it’s convenient for you. Please enquire about online study options.
  • Please start with your course material well in advance to give you enough time to read through and complete theory / knowledge reviews prior to our academic session at the store.
  • Estimated time to complete online theory / knowledge reviews ± 3 hours of home study.
  • The in store academic session comprises of approximately 3 hours. This time is dedicated to assisting with any theory questions prior to completing a written exam, followed by a kit up session.
  • The pool session takes ± 3 hours and will be booked on commencement of your course, normally on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • The sea dives will be determined after successful completion of the written exam and pool session assessments.
  • Sea dives will take a minimum of 2 days to complete.

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age of 15 years, unless enrolling as a Junior Diver then the minimum age is 10 years.
  • A medical statement by a licensed physician stating that you are medically fit to scuba dive.
  • Recent ID photo (required for training record).
  • Full payment required before commencement of course.

Aim of the Course:

  • Alpha Dive Centre’s aim is to train students according to standards set by the relevant international training organisation and to maintain a level of safety and communication between the student and instructor.
  • Divers are trained to plan and execute open water dives competently.
  • Maximum diving depth is 18m.

Equipment Requirements:

  • You will be required to provide your own basic snorkelling equipment, soft gear (minimum snorkel, mask, fins and booties). Gloves are recommended.
  • If you are planning to purchase any equipment before the course, it would be advised to obtain advice from your instructor first.

Confined Water (Pool) Session:

  • Pool sessions lay the foundation of scuba diving and to train in the essential skills to become a certified Open Water Diver.
  • Confined water training consists of a number of required scuba skills demonstrated by the instructor, some of these skills are:
    • Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning, disassembly
    • Pre-dive safety check
    • Deep water entry
    • Buoyancy check and neutral buoyancy
    • Snorkel / regulator exchanges
    • Five point descent
    • Regulator recovery
    • Mask removal, replacement and clearing
    • Out-of-air exercises
    • Ascents
    • Remove and replace weight system surface
    • Emergency swimming ascent
    • Regulator retrieval and clearing
    • Remove and replace weight system underwater
    • Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
    • Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
    • Basic snorkelling skills
  • Gear maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • Debriefing

Open Water Training Sea Dives:

  • Students need to complete a minimum of 4 sea dives with the emphasis on skills training.
  • Practical application of the skills taught in confined water will be briefed, executed and applied.
  • Please remember that transport is not included.

Costs:

Open Water Diver Course: R4 600*

Includes:

  • Student manual or online materials
  • Scuba equipment, wetsuit and weights
  • Student folder
  • Student logbook
  • Registration

Exclusions:

  • Transport
  • Diving medical examination by a licensed physician
  • Public pool entry fees (if applicable)
  • MPA permit (can be obtained at the Post Office)

*Excludes upgrade for Junior Open Water for divers younger than 15 years. Please request a quote.

 

If you’re interested in a course, please contact us