Homework - It’s essential that you complete your assigned homework / knowledge reviews before the course start date. This gives you time to think of any questions you may have, absorb some of the more technical information and allows us to progress through the theory sections as efficiently as possible. Failure to complete your homework means that you are behind right from the start, and are holding your group back. This is, understandably, not fair on everyone else and is likely to result in you being removed from the course without refund!
Swim test – It is a requirement of PADI Open Water courses that you complete a swim test. You are required to:
Swim 200 meters (or 300m in mask, fins and snorkel) using any stroke with no time limit.
Complete a float or tread water for 10 minutes in water which is too deep to stand.
Medical – Please go through the PADI medical Statement and answer all questions honestly and accurately. If you answer yes to any of the questions you MUST obtain a medical clearance certificate from a qualified Doctor before the course start as otherwise we cannot allow you into the water. Failure to do this before the course start date will mean that you are unable to take part in your course, and will be treated as a cancellation, thus needing to re-book a new course at full price. Click here for the PADI Medical Form for diving.
Cancellations / Changes – We know that sometimes life happens, so we’re more than happy for you to change your course dates free of charge with more than 7 days’ notice. We do our very best to keep course costs low, so we rely on full courses to maintain our prices. As such, changes with less than 7 days’ notice will forfeit 50% of the original course fee, unless we are able to fill your space. Changes with less than 1 working days notice will forfeit 100% of the course fee, unless we are able to fill your space. We regret that we can not accept cancellations, so we recommend customers choose to reschedule instead. Changes to course dates once your course has begun or switching courses are not possible, and refunds will not be issued should you choose not to, or be unable to, complete your course for any reason.
Weather - Diving is a weather dependent sport. Our experienced team will always make our decisions regarding suitable diving conditions with safety as our priority. We will always choose the best diving location available on the day. In the event that the weather is not suitable for any safe diving activities, we will postpone and offer you an alternative date/s. We regret that we cannot refund a partially completed course in the event that weather it not suitable on your desired dates.
Catch ups – Our courses have a schedule that is designed to have the right balance between giving students time to learn and master their skills and progressing at an efficient pace, and this suits the vast majority of students. Occasionally however, some students need additional time to fully master the requirements of the course as they are unable to complete in the pre-determined time frame. In these circumstances, we are more than happy to arrange extra time with one of our Instructors, but this is at the student’s expense; our rate for additional one to one Instructor time is $199 per person per session.
Gear Hire – For the Open Water Course all gear is supplied except mask, snorkel, fins & boots aka software. You’re welcome to bring your own, hire from us or purchase your own. The cost to hire is $100 for the duration of the course. If you then choose to buy a ‘software’ package, we will give you that hire fee back as a discount from the cost of the package price. Con-Ed courses do not include any gear hire.
Minimum numbers - For all courses we have a minimum student numbers requirement for the course to run. For the PADI Open Water Course this is 4 students. For all other PADI recreational courses this is 2 students. In the event that minimum numbers are not met, you will be given the option of an alternative course date or a refund.
Language - All course materials, such as the manuals and exams, are available in a multitude of languages. However please note that, unless you have booked a course specifically advertised as being conducted in a particular language, all teaching is done in English. While our instructional team are very experienced at teaching students whose native language is not English, it is essential for your learning and ongoing safety that you are fully capable and competent in understanding spoken English.
Dates - All courses that are not purchased for a specific date must be booked within 3 months of the original purchase. Failure to do so would make the customer liable for the balance of any increase in cost that may have been implemented since the time of booking.
Please remember that you are booking a course, not simply paying for a certification! The old diving saying that you "pay for training, but earn your certification" is one that we firmly adhere to! There are several key performance requirements for all courses and if these are not met satisfactorily, we are unable to certify you.