Learning to Dive - the world renowned PADI Open Water Course


The first step to diving has to be a PADI 'Learn to Dive' course, where you gain an internationally recognised qualification. PADI, The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, are without a doubt, the largest and most highly recognised diving organisation in the world. Not only are PADI the largest, they are bigger than all of the other agencies put together. Wherever in the world your diving takes you your PADI certification is instantly recognised and respected.


The PADI Open Water Course is the worlds most popular and successful learn to dive program. Starting with the fundamentals and building from there, the course develops your knowledge and diving skills to a level of competence that is confirmed by your completion of four training dives.


The most up to date technology is available, from video to the very latest CD-ROM. This allows for a person with the most hectic calendar to be able to study in their own time, be it at home, in the office or even on the train! Upon successful completion of this course you will hold the PADI Open Water Diver certification.


We conduct the Open Water Course in various ways:

  • Complete the entire course here in the UK, ask for options;

  • Initial training in Bristol, completing abroad (referral);

  • Entire course completed abroad.

Each of the above option can be run in many different ways. We have group lessons, Start Today (CD-ROM recommended), and Executive Scuba for a more personalised schedule.


Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. At some point in the course, your Ocean Dreams PADI Instructor will ask you to demonstrate your ability to swim 200 metres/yards without swim aids and complete a bit of paperwork, to get you on your way. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI  Junior Open Water Diver program available.


To ensure that you get maximum pleasure and convenience from your course we will talk you through all your options. For instance, some people request to be taught by a female instructor, this can be arranged. The fun and adventure of learning to dive then continues with many avenues that we have opened up before you.


Probably one of the first things you'll want to do, once qualified, is to join one of our increasingly popular foreign dive trips, The Red Sea, The Maldives or even the Caribbean. They're all waiting just waiting to be explored!


The PADI Open Water Divers are qualified to:-

  • Dive with a buddy independent of supervision while applying the knowledge and skills they learn in this course, within the limits of their training and experience, i.e. 18m maximum depth.

  • Obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services.

  • Plan, conduct and log open water no stop (no decompression) dives when properly equipped and when accompanied by a buddy in conditions with which they have training and/or experience.

  • Continue their dive training with a speciality dive (Adventure Dive), in the PADI Adventure Diver (Advanced) program or in the PADI Speciality Course.



E-mail: dive@oceandreams.co.uk