PADI Open Water Diver Course

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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 dive buddy can go for a dive within 18 meters deep at any time. To be a PADI Certified Diver means you can do that anywhere you want, as we are recognised Worldwide. Sit back and relax, with no unpleasant surprises when you go and explore the underwater wonders of the most remote dive sites.

Frog Dive has been around for over 30 years and our experienced instructors know what works better for each student! Our moto is that the more training the better. That’s why our courses are done over 3 days and 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. Same unlimited training applies for the Open Water session, do and re-do the ocean session until you and the instructor are happy. The safety of our students and staff is a priority, we don’t take any shortcuts and don’t charge extra fees!

How the course works

Knowledge Development 

Prior 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 of what to do to keep it safe and enjoyable.

This theory is done online with the PADI eLearning. That means do it at your convenience. You won’t have to endure hours long of an instructor talking or a 3 hours video after a hard day at work when you are half asleep. Diving is Fun and we want to keep it that way!

In-Water Sessions

The PADI Open Water Diver is done 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 on our in-store heated training pool and learn the step by steps of all diving skills you will need to know. Training session starts at 8am (unless previously advised) and should finish around 3pm, but it depends on the group and that could change for earlier or 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. We 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 around 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. Usually the training session is over at the beach around 1pm, you will need to return to the shop to refill tanks and do paperwork. Usually the day is done around 2:30pm at the shop.

Day #3: Open Water Dives – usually held in Shelly Beach (Manly)*

Last training day and we are 2 dives away from becoming certified divers!

You will notice the massive progress you have done till here and that be underwater became much easier and 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. Usually training session is over at the beach around 1pm, you will need to return to the shop to gear care and finish your paperwork. Usually the day is done around 3:00pm at the shop.

*Please note that diving is weather depending! We reserve the right of changing dive locations and time to suit to prevailing weather conditions to ensure safety.

Courses schedules

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 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.


What’s Included:

  •       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


What to bring:

  •       E-Learning completion certificate on 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


Scuba Diving

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Spearfishing enthusiasts can explore a variety of specialised equipment for purchase, such as high-quality spearguns, camouflage wetsuits and snorkels, providing a comprehensive selection to enhance their underwater hunting experience.

Free Diving

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