Open Water Diver Course


This course builds on the concept of performance based learning, thus you can complete your training in as little as a week or as long as a month.

The course consists of 3 parts:

  • Academics: Training materials are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. Please inquire about online study options.
  • Confined water (pool) sessions – For your pool and open water training your instructor will fit you to your scuba equipment so you will become comfortable in your “second skin”.
  • 4 Open Water (sea) dives – Experience everything you learned in the pool in a real world environment. After successful completion of your open water training dives you will become a certified open water diver.


  • 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 any academic or water sessions.

Aim of the Open Water 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, with no decompression obligations, up to a maximum depth of 18 m.

Underwater Skills:

Confined water training consists of pool sessions during which a number of required scuba skills are 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 snorkeling skills

Sea Dives:

Students need to complete 4 sea dives with emphasis on donning and adjusting equipment. These dives will take place at either Rooiels or Simonstown area. Practical application of the skills taught in confined water will be briefed, executed and applied on these dives.

Sea dives are done anywhere (weather dependent) between Rooiels and Simon’s Town or Atlantic Side. Please remember that transport is not included.


padi-logo-superPADI Open Water Diver

Was R4600
Now R3500

The above cost includes

– PADI Open Water Manual
– Scuba equipment, wetsuit and weights rental for the duration of your course
– Student folder
– Student logbook
– PADI certification card

ssi-logo-superSSI Open Water Diver

Was R4600
Now R3500

The above cost includes

– SSI digital Open Water Manual
– Scuba equipment, wetsuit and weights rental for the duration of your course
– Student folder
– Student logbook
– SSI digital certification

*Add R850 for the Junior Open Water course (10-14 yrs)

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