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PADI Open Water Course

PADI Open Water Course
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The PADI Open Water Course is the world's most popular scuba diving course, and is your first step into the underwater world! If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the amazing world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. It has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

On completion of this course you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver and qualified to dive with a buddy to a maximum of 18 meters. This PADI certification is internationally recognised and allows you to scuba dive anywhere in the world.

Just scroll down to see a calendar of upcoming courses, make a note of the course number and book your spot today! Alternatively if you have any questions, give us a call on 09 489 7782!


The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main sections:

  • Theory - Over two Tuesday evenings you will complete the theory section at our Takapuna store. There is some homework for you to complete before these sessions, so make sure you collect your books / register your digital learning code with plenty of time! 
  • Pool - The first weekend of the course is spent in the pool, giving you your first taste of diving and teaching you the basic skills of SCUBA diving!
  • Open Water - On the second weekend we complete your Open Water dives where you can practice those new skills! We prefer to head along the coast to sites such as Goat Island, Mathesons Bay or Jones Bay. We'll always choose the best location we can on the day, but remember diving is a weather dependent activity and your safety is out top priority so this will influence the choice of dive site!

Why learn to dive with Performance Diver?

This is a very important question! There are many dive schools out there, so why would you choose ours?
  • We have nice small class sizes to prioritise your learning, with a maximum of 8 students on weekend courses, and just 4 students on midweek courses! (excluding midweek courses that take place during School Holidays, where they increase to 8 students too). If you continue your education and become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver, you'll find we have just 4 students per class!
  • We're always going diving! Once you're qualified as a PADI diver, we have heaps of shore dives, day trips, weekend adventures and more for you to get in the water! Every weekend throughout the season there are trips planned, so you're never short of options. Our social nights are a great way to make new dive buddies and new friends.
  • ​​As a Performance Diver student you get exclusive offers and pricing on a huge range of dive gear. If you're not ready to commit to buying your own then no worries - we have heaps of rental gear at a great rate for you. We want you to go diving, so we'll make it as accessible as we can! 
  • ​Our Instructors are awesome - Here at Performance Diver we only teach PADI courses, and all of our PADI Instructors are here for one reason - they love diving! Sharing the underwater world with you is such an amazing experience and we're privileged to be able to do just that.

PADI Open Water Diver Course Schedule

May 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 231 2nd May- 6pm
9th May- 6pm
6th May - 9.30am
7th May- 11am
13th May- 8.30am
14th May- 8.30am
OW 232 16th May- 6pm
23rd May- 6pm
20th May - 9.30am
21st May- 11am
27th May- 8.30am
28th May- 8.30am
June 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 233 30th May - 6pm
6th June - 6pm
3rd June - 9.30am
4th June - 11am
10th June - 8.30am
11th June - 8.30am
OW 234 20th June - 6pm
 27th June - 6pm
24th June - 9.30am
25th June - 11am
1st July - 8.30am
2nd July - 8.30am
July 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 235 18th July - 6pm
25th July - 6pm
22nd July- 9.30am
23rd July - 11am
29th July - 8.30am
30th July - 8.30am
August 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 236 15th August - 6pm
22nd August - 6pm
19th August- 9.30am
20th August - 11am
26th August - 8.30am
27th August - 8.30am
September 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 237 5th Sept - 6pm
6th Sept - 6pm
 9th Sept- 9.30am
 10th Sept - 11am
16th Sept - 8.30am
17th Sept - 8.30am
October 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 238 17th October - 6pm
24th October - 6pm
21st Oct- 9.30am
22nd Oct - 11am
28th Oct - 8.30am
29th Oct - 8.30am
November 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 239 31st Oct - 6pm
7th Nov - 6pm
4th Nov- 9.30am
5th Nov - 11am
11th Nov - 8.30am
12th Nov - 8.30am
OW 240 14th Nov - 6pm
21st Nov - 6pm
18th Nov- 9.30am
19th Nov - 11am
25th Nov - 8.30am
26th Nov - 8.30am
December 2017
Course Number Theory Sessions  Pool Training  Open Water Diving 
OW 241 28th Nov - 6pm
 5th Dec - 6pm
2nd Dec- 9.30am
3rd Dec - 11am
9th Dec - 8.30am
10th Dec - 8.30am
OW 242 12th Dec - 6pm
19th Dec - 6pm
16th Dec- 9.30am
17th Dec - 11am
22nd Dec - 8.30am
23rd Dec - 8.30am

Course Prerequisites:
  • Complete the Dive Medical form. Click here to print the PADI Medical Form for diving. If you answer yes to any of the medical questions you must complete a Dive Medical check with your Doctor and obtain written medical clearance before the start of the course as we can't allow you in the water without it.
  • You must be able to swim 200 metres (or 300m if using mask, snorkel & fins) and tread water / float for 10 mins.
  • Students must be at least 14 years of age. Parental consent is required for students aged under 18 years of age.
  • We can happily train students from age 10, however this requires reduced student to Instructor ratios and as such, comes with a different fee. Please contact us for details.
  • All scuba equipment is provided but you will need to have your own mask, fins snorkels and booties. If you don’t have these you can purchase a package here or you can hire them for the duration of the course for just $100. We even offer a 'money back' hire scheme. So if you want to purchase your own package during your course, but have already paid for the rental, then we'll happily give you the rental value back as credit against your own new gear!
  • You will have homework to compete before the course starts. The Open Water course is heaps of fun, but is also intense - we have a lot to learn in our sessions, and they run to a very strict timetable. 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! 
  • Click here for diving course terms & conditions. By purchasing this service you agree to all terms & conditions.
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