Diver Certification begins here. Start with PADI's online eLearning, Move to the pool to learn and practice the skills you will need as a diver then its off to the (Ocean / Lake) to experience four open water dives.

PADI Open Water Diver

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enrol in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

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

  • Knowledge Development ( online, independent study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba diving skills.
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use
basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank.

The Junior Open Water is the same course as the Open Water, however once qualified the child can only dive to a depth of 12m and has to be escorted by a parent / guardian or PADI professional. The junior qualification automatically upgrades to the full Open Water in the child's 16th Birthday without any further training.

During the Covid pandemic we offer 2 versions of the PADI Open Water Course:
  • PADI Open Water referral £350. With this option you do the theory and pool sessions with us then go to a dive centre in the sun for the 4 qualifying dives. This means you don't waste valuable holiday time bashing the books and will usually be fully qualified in two days. But please be aware this is not the cheapest option as the centre you take your qualifying dives with will make an additional charge
  • PADI Open Water £525. This is our top notch option that even includes a mask & snorkel for you to keep. This option also comes with our "Pass Guarantee" option that allows you to repeat sections of the course again and again until you pass with ease.

All our Open Water Courses come with easy payment terms:-
  • £175 when you sign up for the course this covers your eLearning materials.
  • £175 before your first Pool Dive.
  • Balance of course cost before your first Open Water dive.

Item Referal Full Course
Course Price £350 £525
PADI online eLearning Course worth £155 YES YES
Dive equipment rental included for all dives UK Pool dives YES YES
Small Group sizes Unknown YES
All training Included NO YES
Certification Fee Included YES YES
PADI Training record & log book worth £16.95 NO YES
Free mask and snorkel worth £70 (Premium Bonus) NO Yes
Pass Garentee promise (Students over 16 years of age )* NO Yes
Get My PADI Today Buy A Referal Course Buy A Full Open Water Course

Free Mask & Snorkel worth £35 with full course.

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During Covid-19 we are giving you a free entry level mask and snorkel with every course.
Although the mask and snorkel are of diving quality because they are free we are unable to offer you a choice of styles and fit.

But don't worry if our standard mask isn't a perfect fit, for an additional £25 you can upgrade your free mask and snorkel to our premium range where you have a choice of many styles and fits costing up to £70.

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Purchase your Open Water course from our online shop.

To make a purchase you will be redirected to our on-line shop.

  • * As the PADI Open Water Course is linked to student masterey we can not catagorically guarantee you a pass, however our "Pass Guarantee" option allows you to re-join our next scheduled course to repeate the section you had difficulity with and you can do this as many times as it takes. The "Pass Guarantee" is only open to students over the age of 16.

Once you have made your course purchase you can begin the learning process by viewing the Course Video.

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51, Wellington Gardens,
West Sussex,
PO20 0RF.

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Covid-19 Information (Feb 2022).

Keeping you safe...

Our first consideration as always is your safety, in an effort to ensure this all our training will be undertaken in line with the industry best standards.

  • Out training group sizes will be strictly limited to 4 students and two PADI professionals.
  • All equipment will be washed, sterilised between uses and stored in a well ventilated area for at least 36hrs before re-use.
  • If you are undertaking a course that takes more than one session your equipment will be issued to you at the start of the course and you will be asked to keep it and care for it between sessions, thus eliminating any chance of cross infection.
  • Unfortunately numbers in our pool facility and at dive sites are strictly limited at this time to allow for social distancing therefore may not be possible to allow spectators.
  • All students will be expected to observe social distancing, unless from the same cohort.
  • Divers are asked NOT to clear masks by spitting, anti fog will be supplied free of charge at out sanitising station.
  • All entry level courses booked after the 18th of April include a brand new diving mask and where required snorkel for you to keep again ensuring you are the only person using your equipment.

At Sussex Diving & Leisure we offer a full range of courses for Children and Adults alike, from total novice to professional level, including First Aid and Manual Handling training.
We specialise in Children's diving courses and have a monthly Diving club to engage young minds, we are also able to offer private courses for those who are insecure or just want some privacy.
Not sure if diving is for you? No problem we run informal taster sessions (Try Dives) most weekends at our private heated pool in Eartham, Nr Chichester and we will be happy to let you try diving without committing to a full course, If you do decide you like it and want to go further then, we will give you your money back when you purchase our premium option, if its not for you then all you have lost is the small fee and an hour of your time.
We offer staged payment terms on most of our courses, 1st payment when you register, 2nd payment just before your first pool session and the final payment when we go to the open water site.
At Sussex Diving & Leisure we offer a full range of PADI diving courses in West Sussex & Hampshire covering Selsey, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Petworth, Midhurst, Petersfield, Arundel, Littlehampton, Wittering, Bracklesham, Emsworth, Havant and Worthing area's.

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