The Dive Shack’s Standard PADI Open Water Course

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Learn to Scuba Dive in Adelaide and get your PADI Open Water Certification with The Dive Shack, Adelaide’s Award Winning Dive Centre

Why choose The Dive Shack to start your diving adventures?

This is a question we get asked a lot by people who want to take the plunge with us, so we decided to put a short list of the main reasons on our website.

This is just the short list, if you would like the longer version, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an e-mail!

  • 100% South Australian Owned and Operated small family business (we are local and we employ locally. As a small family business, reputation and quality is everything to us)
  • Veteran Owned and Operated (we are Defence Veteran’s and support those who have served and those that continue to serve our community)
  • No Hidden Costs (Don’t worry, there are no hidden costs! You are more than welcome to upgrade to any higher quality course at any time during your chosen course. Your Instructor will be more than happy to explain how this can work at any time).
  • 100% software satisfaction (when you invest in your mask, snorkel and fins for your Learn to Dive Course with The Dive Shack, when in the pool, if you decide you don’t like your fit, no problems. We will happily swap them for a product you are 100% satisfied before you reach the ocean for your first open water dives.)
  • Max 6 Students per Instructor (besides the added safety factor, learning in small groups means less waiting around and more personal attention).
  • Minimum 6 hours pool training (don’t be rushed. Learning to dive should be fun. You will learn to be safe, comfortable and confident in a friendly pressure free environment with plenty of time to test your skills before going into the ocean)
  • 6 Open Water Dives (At the completion of your Standard Open Water Certification, we will give you a voucher to come back and dive on our boat at no extra charge. This gives you a total of 6 Open Water Dives Get more time in the water with your instructor and learn to be a safe, comfortable and confident PADI Open Water Diver on our Standard PADI Open Water Diver Course)
  • Boat Dives Included (we comply with Australian Standards and include boat dives in our PADI Learn to Dive Course in Adelaide. After completing 2 shore-based dives, we dive from our own purpose-built dive boat to depths up to and including 18 m deep to ensure you get the right training to ensure you are a safe, confident and comfortable diver before you are certified. After all, you are qualified to dive to 18m, so it makes sense to take you there during the course right?
  • New School/Rental Gear (we regularly update our school equipment with the world’s leading scuba gear manufacturers. This ensures your comfort and safety is further catered for on all dive courses at The Dive Shack).
  • Genuine PADI Certification only (don’t get caught out – you learnt to dive for a reason, your PADI certification card will be recognised worldwide by every dive centre).
  • Nationally Recognised Training (we are the only dive centre to that teaches learn to dive courses in Adelaide that are recognised vocational training in Australia. Put your learn to dive course accreditation and competency achieved towards your other studies and maximise your learning)
  • Fun and Passionate Dive Team (our team is dynamic and friendly, but most importantly professional, safe and loads of fun).
  • Adelaide’s largest range of quality swim, snorkel and scuba equipment (all our showrooms are fully stocked to ensure you can get fitted and take your gear today! If you want something in particular, a different brand or piece of equipment, just ask; we can get it in for you. No problems! Furthermore, we have many different payment options to make your decisions easier.
  • Price Match Guarantee (our prices are extremely competitive. We challenge you to find a better price on any stocked item in any store within Australia. If you do, we will match it. *Conditions Apply).
  • Location Close to the City (we are only minutes away from the Adelaide CBD, we have plenty of parking both out the front and back!)
  • Money Back Guarantee (if you after your pool sessions are 100% convinced that diving is not for you, we will refund you the remainder of the course costs)

As you can see, The Dive Shack only offers quality Genuine PADI Learn to Dive Courses in Adelaide. So, if this hasn’t convinced you yet, swing by The Dive Shack for a chat with our friendly and professional team. We’ll happily show you around one of Adelaide’s premier dive centres and walk you through our large modern classroom, quality school dive gear and our showrooms with Adelaide’s largest range of the world’s best gear!

Standard Course Schedule

The Dive Shack Open Water Diver Course will prepare you to safely and confidently dive to depths of 18 metres either with a dive professional or just with a friend who is equally licensed to dive (now known as your “dive buddy”!) Whether you have always dreamed about being able to breath underwater or are curious to see what lies beneath the surface and explore the oceans of the world, The Dive Shack’s Genuine PADI Open Water Diver Course is the place to start!

The Open Water Diver Course schedule in short:

Home study (8 -10 hours):                  Open Water Diver Course E-learning (Theory)
Friday evening 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm:    Theory night and equipment sizing and fitting
Saturday           8:30 am – 5:00 pm:    Pool Session – Minimum of 6 hours Pool Training
Sunday             8:30 am – 5:00 pm:    Shore Based Ocean Dives 1 and 2
Saturday           8:00 am – 3:30 pm:    Boat Based Ocean Dives 3 and 4 + Complete paperwork for certification at the shop

Don’t forget, upon completion of your course, when you dive on our boat we will have a dive professional on board who can buddy with you at no extra charge with when you present your voucher you receive at the successful completion of your course!