Open Water Diver Course
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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.
Open Water Diver Course: R4 600*
- Student manual or online materials
- Scuba equipment, wetsuit and weights
- Student folder
- Student logbook
- 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.