“Learn to Dive” Courses

PADI open water diver course

Your PADI Open Water Diver certification is your passport to a world of diving adventure, allowing you to dive safely and independently to 18m (60ft).

PADI is one of only 2 training agencies certified by the ISO (International Standards Organisation) and is a member of the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council) so you can be sure your qualification will be recognised wherever you choose to dive around the world.

Your safety is our paramount concern. We believe a diver needs to achieve the highest levels of confidence and safety. These elements are Proper Knowledge, Proper Skills, Proper Equipment and Experience. This is at the core of our teaching system.

To provide the highest quality training you need highly trained and motivated Instructors. PADI has the most comprehensive and structured career path in the industry which ensures your PADI Dive Professional is highly trained. PADI Dive Professionals are required to conform to our high standards which exceed National and International standards.


What do I need to do?

You can book a place on the Open Water Course by contacting us and letting us know when you want to start. To secure your place, payment is made at the time of booking. Once payment has been received by us, you can collect your SSI crew pack, or we can send it out to you. There is some self-study for you to complete prior to starting the course.


How long will it take?

We know you have a busy lifestyle and you want to get everything done as quickly as possible. However, becoming an SSI Diver is your chance to escape that busy lifestyle and the last thing you want is to be rushed through your training.

Enroll in a quality SSI scuba program and discover why diving is truly a life changing experience. Typically it takes about 4 days to become a diver, but the SSI program works to your pace.

Please contact the store to discuss our course options..

How much will it cost?

Our regular Open Water course price is $595. This includes:

  • Tuition, including pool (pool session) and certification fees
  • Access to SSI digital learning, Log Book and other training materials
  • Four shore dives
  • Two boat dives
  • Full equipment hire for the duration of the course
  • Your SSI certification card

Remember that what is involved in your course is just as important as the price. Often a cheaper course may have lesser content and quality.

What equipment will I need?

We will supply you with scuba equipment for the duration of your course. We will arrange a personal fitting which will be part of the instruction process. We do recommend having your own fins, mask and snorkel for comfort and hygiene reasons, which we can also help you with.

Proper Equipment is the key to enjoyment of your diving and part of the SSI Diver Diamond training philosophy. We strongly recommend you talk to your dive professional about your own Total Dive System.

Where do we go and what do we see?

The knowledge development portion of the course is conducted at the Dive Centre and we go to the pool for the confined water training. Dive sites we use for the open water dives are dependent on weather and sea conditions, although we generally use dives sites at Tinderbox Marine Reserve, Coningham and The Tasman Peninsula, which is home to some world class diving, such as Waterfall Bay and Fortescue Bay.

Will there be others on my course?

We aim to keep your course numbers low so you can get the attention you need while learning. We can even help with a tailored or private program. Contact the store for these course options.

Is there a minimum age?

Parental consent is required for children under 18. Please contact the store for information on Junior Open Water courses.

How do I get medical clearance?

Before taking part in any dive course with a practical component, you must have completed a medical check. (Dive medicals are valid for 12 months.)

In the Hobart area, the following doctors perform Recreational Dive Medicals:

  • Long Beach Medical Centre
    3 Beach Rd, Sandy Bay
    Tel: 03 6225-5166
  • Travel Doctor
    270 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay
    Tel: 03 6223-7577
  • Augusta Road Medical Centre
    120 Augusta Rd, Lenah Valley
    Tel: 03 6278-1744
  • Dr David Smart
    Hyperbaric Unit, Royal Hobart Hospital
    Tel: 03 6222-8322
  • Dr Tim Barnes
    Stoke Street Medical Center, New Town
    Tel: 03 6228-7841
  • Dr Michael Tooth
    Sandy Bay Medical Center, 15 Princes St, Sandy Bay
    Tel: 03 6223-6822
  • Health for Industry
    200 Elizabeth St, Hobart
    Tel: 03 6281-4000

You will need to complete a form before taking the medical.(Download the form required – AS4005-1)

What do I get from the course?

You get your SSI International Open Water Diver Certification. This is your passport to dive anywhere in the world at dive sites suitable for your training and experience.

Your card will be ready shortly after your training is complete. It’s yours for life!

What can I do after my course?

Your Open Water Diver certification will train you to dive safely to 18m (60ft). You can hire gear, get air fills, and go on organized dive trips like travel, shore dives and boat dives.

You can open up more underwater opportunities through our Advanced Adventurer Course, which is designed around five specialty dives, showcasing a wide variety of diving experiences.