PADI Open Water Diver Course
Learn to Scuba Dive in Sydney with Frog Dive!
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the first exciting step in becoming a certified scuba diver. As a diver you’ll experience true freedom with an amazing feeling of weightlessness, plus see up close fascinating marine life and create memories that will last a lifetime! Breathing underwater is a wonderful experience, take the plunge and start your course now!
To be a Certified Open Water Diver means that you and a certified dive buddy can go for a dive down to 18 meters deep at any time. Being a PADI Certified Diver means your certification is recognised worldwide. Sit back and relax, with no unpleasant surprises when you go and explore the underwater wonders of the worlds' most remote dive sites.
Frog Dive has been around for over 35 years and our experienced instructors know what works for each student! Our motto is "The more training the better". That’s why our courses are deliberately run over 3 days with a full day in the pool, so you have enough time to build up your skills level and confidence. If at the end of the pool session you are not satisfied, you can do it again free of charge and as many times you need. The same unlimited training offer applies for the Open Water session, re-do the ocean sessions until you and the instructor are happy. The safety of our students and staff is a priority, we don’t take shortcuts and don’t charge extra fees!
How the course works
Prior to the in-water sessions, you will need to complete the PADI Online Training, where you will learn about the physics & physiology of diving and how it affects your body. Diving is a fun sport, but there are important rules that keep it safe and enjoyable.
This theory completed online with the PADI eLearning. That means you can do it at your convenience. You won’t have to endure hours of an instructor talking at you or a 3 hour video after a hard day at work when you are half asleep. Diving is Fun! and we want to keep it that way!
The PADI Open Water Diver is completed over 3 days, with one day in the pool and the other two days in the ocean. A general schedule would be:
Day #1: Pool Session – Frog Dive Store (Willoughby)
Jump in our in-store heated training pool and practice step by step all diving skills you will need. Training sessions starts at 8am (unless previously advised) and should finish around 3:30pm, but it depends on the group and that means we could finish earlier or slightly later.
With time to spare and in a controlled environment you can build up your diving skills and confidence prior to getting into open water.
Lunch will be on us! Our Frog Master Chef will cook a delicious BBQ sausage sizzle for your break, so you can keep your energy levels high during the whole training session.
Day #2: Open Water Dives – usually held in Clifton Gardens (Mosman)*
After the pool session, it’s time to put all those skills you have learnt to use. You are going to do 2 dives, with a selection of skills in each one. The best part? There will be plenty of time to go for a real dive and see lots of cool stuff!
You will need to provide transportation to and from the dive site, as well as food and drinks for in between dives. Meet with your instructor at 7:45am at the dive site. The training session at the beach is usually over around 1pm and you will then need to return to the shop to refill tanks and complete some paperwork. Usually the day is done somewhere around 2:30pm at the shop.
Day #3: Open Water Dives – usually held in Shelly Beach (Manly)*
Last training day and you are 2 dives away from becoming a certified diver!
You will notice the massive progress you have made already and just being underwater is much easier and more comfortable. Go for a dive, enjoy the day out and have fun!
Same as day #2, you will need to provide transportation to and from the dive site, as well as food and drinks for in between dives. Meet with your instructor at 7:45am at the dive site. The training session at the beach is usually over around 1pm, you will then need to return to the shop to wash your gear and finish your paperwork. Usually the day is done somewhere around 3:00pm at the shop.
*Please note that diving is weather dependent! We reserve the right to change dive locations and times to suit to the prevailing weather conditions.
Courses are usually done over two weekends: Saturday start and finishing on the following weekend Saturday & Sunday (popular choice!); you can also find course that start on Sunday and complete on the following weekend Saturday & Sunday.
During high season and school holidays we also offer Full Time Courses, which are 3 consecutive days, usually done Wednesday to Friday.
For the ones who have a specific schedule and prefer to choose their own dates or would like to have the full attention of the instructor, we have the one-on-one Premium Open Water Diver Course. The course is tailor made for you, choose when and how you want to do it, we will have the instructor available for you.
With only you and the instructor skills are done more efficiently, so this course is done over 2 days:
Day #1 - Pool Session and Open Water Dive 1
Day #2 – Open Water Dives 2, 3 and 4.
If you have your own group of 4 or more and would like to organise your own thing, we can take group bookings and organise the course dates around your schedule.
Can't find a course date that suits you? Call us on 02 9958 5699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time to start your scuba adventures.
- Student need to be at least 12 years old (for Junior Open Water Certification)
- Complete the diving Medical Questionnaire and seek medical clearance if required
- Don’t need to be the best swimmer, but must be able to swim 200 meters non stop and float for 10 min without assistance
- Provide transport to/from dive sites. Don’t have a car? We can assist with carpooling if necessary.
- PADI Open Water Diver E-Learning pass and logbook
- FREE pair of diving boots for your comfort and hygiene (valued $40)
- FREE Gear Hire*
- Unlimited pool training sessions & four ocean dives
- PADI Instructor tuition and administrative fees
- PADI Open Water Diver Wall Certificate & International Certification Card upon completion of the programme
- BBQ lunch on Day #1 of the course
* Please note, for hygiene reasons we don't hire Mask & Snorkel. You are required to bring you own, or if you need we have discounted good Mask & Snorkel sets at a starting price of $49.
What to bring:
- Mask and Snorkel (Not available for hire. Can be purchase at the store at the start of the course from $49 the set)
- E-Learning Certificate of Completion at the start of practical sessions
- Towel and swimmers
- Dry & comfortable clothes for after training sessions
- Personal accessories for a beach day like hat, sunscreen, tongs, etc
- Food and drink for ocean dive days