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PADI Open Water Course

SCUBA diving is great fun and can open the way for you to discover the diversity of the amazing underwater world. PADI Open Water Dive Course is world recognised and enables you to enjoy the diving environment as a highly trained and safe diver, and gives you the opportunity to enjoy hassle-free diving. After completing your diving course with Dive HQ, you'll be a certified PADI Open Water Diver and then you can enjoy local and overseas diving through our great dive trips.

We understand you have a busy lifestyle and your leisure time is important to you. Our performance-based training will ensure you'll master all the necessary water skills before you undertake the open water component of your course. This approach optimises your enjoyment of diving and maximises your progress through the Open Water Course.

We want you to enjoy your diving experience so you'll come to love diving as much as we do.

Our Open Water Course packages include all instruction, SCUBA equipment (Excluding Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties), The PADI Open Water Diver Manual, Log book and dive tables are yours to keep!

All you need be concerned about is enjoying the wonderful experience of scuba diving with all the new friends you will make.

When you're learning to SCUBA dive you want to make sure that you are in the very best hands. At Dive HQ our expert staff also train instructors and are some of the most qualified teaching staff in the country.

For us, the most important thing is for you to have fun while diving in a safe environment!

Local - Course Structure

$599 - PADI Open Water certification.

The first section of the course takes place at Dive HQ Christchurch typically over two full days on Saturday and Sunday. This section covers knowledge development and confined water/pool training.

The open water section of this course will take place in Wainui (Akaroa) or Lake Coleridge depending on weather conditions This involves 2 dives per day transferring your newly attained skills to the open water environment.

Kaikoura - Course Structure

$699 - PADI Open Water certification. 

The first section of the course takes place at Dive HQ Christchurch typically over two full days on Saturday and Sunday. This section covers knowledge development and confined water/pool training.

The following weekend will take you to Kaikoura over a Saturday and Sunday. This involves 2 dives per day, transferring your newly attained skills to the open water environment. Kaikoura can be the show stopper with fantastic beach and boat diving options. We try to coordinate a trip at the same time on the Sunday so that you can try your hand at boat diving as soon as you have finished your course.

Includes:

  • Manuals
  • Log Book
  • Certification
  • Dive Cylinders and Air fills
  • SCUBA Equipment (Excluding Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties, Gloves & Safety Sausage)
  • 4 Open Water Dives

Open Water dates and schedule

Requirements:

  • Medical form to be completed by doctor
  • Read and Sign Dive HQ Christchurch disclosure agreement form
  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties - (These can be hired for an additional $100, however we recommend the purchase of these items as a personal fit will give you a better dive experience)
  • Gloves and Safety Sausage
  • Watched Open Water DVD (bond of $60 required and refunded when returned)
  • Have read your PADI Open Water manual and completed knowledge reviews 1-5 by the start of the course.

Kaikoura Extras:

  • 1 Nights accommodation in Kaikoura
  • Option to buy a specially discounted 5th dive on our Dive Boat (if available at time)
  • Bedding/Sleeping bag
  • Warm Clothes
  • Food and/or money to buy food in Kaikoura

Extra add ons:

If you feel the cold you can also complete your Open Water Course in the comfort of a dry suit for an extra $150. This includes the hire of the suit and an extra lesson for using the suit safely.

Get accredited with the NZQA Level Three Unit Standard #4384 (Worth 7 credits) for only $50!

Course Structure – Private: Need more flexibility in your course?
Contact us here for other options.

Thinking you'd like to do a longer course, but still work in with your study or job? Our Part Time Professional Dive Master course will be perfect for you

Pro Divemaster Info Pack

Looking for something a little more intensive? Or considering a career in diving? How about our one year full time Diploma Course

Diploma Course

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