PADI Course Options

So you have decided to take the plunge and become a PADI Open Water Diver but you've found yourself confused by all the different learning options that appear to be available.  Well we've realised this and believe us, you're not alone.  As such we have decided to try and help by giving you all the information you need to find the course that meets your individual needs. 


PADI Open Water Referral

 The referral option allows you to complete the theory and confined water sections of the PADI Open Water course. It begins when you collect your homework from the Dive Centre or alternatively when you sign up for E-Learning via PADI. Once you have completed your homework (a smallish book with some quizzes) you are ready for the fun part....diving! The diving involves five confined water sessions where our Instructors take you through all the skills neccessary to become a PADI Open Water Diver. Upon successful completion you are ready to do the open water qualifying dives at a location of your choice, either in the UK or abroad (or you could continue your training with us).

Who can sign up? Anyone from 10 years up

How long will it take? Two days

How much will it cost? Well that depends on when you want to do it.  If you join us on the first weekend of the month you only pay £245. For £350, you get to choose the dates (subject to availablility).

What's included in the price? All equipment hire, air fills, entrance to Wraysbury Dive Centre for the duration of the course and learning materials (unless you choose the e-learning option).

Can I go diving after completing this qualification?  No, you will need to complete the full Open Water or Scuba Diver Course to go diving (see below).

What do I do once I have completed the PADI Open Water Referral? You have 12 months to complete the Open Water Qualifying dives.

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PADI Open Water Qualifying Dives

 This course is for those individuals who have already completed their PADI Open Water Referral within the last 12 months and who wish to take the next step in becoming a fully fledged deep sea diver......

All you need to do is complete four open water dives at Wraysbury Dive Centre! During these four dives our team will take you through all the skills necessary to become a PADI Open Water Diver, including lots of swimming around to see the sunken attractions and fishes of the lake. 

The four dives take two days and are normally run on the second weekend of each month. Our PADI Open Water Qualifying Dives cost £225 and include all equipment hire, air fills, certification and Entrance to Wraysbury Dive Centre.  Unable to make the second weekend of the month? We can organise a one to one for you to suit your timetable for just £300 all inclusive.

Alll we need from you is proof that you have completed your PADI Open Water Referral within the last 12 months.

What can I do after completing this course?  The simple answer is GO DIVING!!  This course grants you the full Open Water certification, following which you can go diving with a buddy to a maximum depth of 18m.  We will happily discuss ways of going diving after the course with you.

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PADI Open Water Diver  ( full course)

You could cut out all that faff mentioned above and just do the whole Open Water coursec with us in one go! So what's involved?

The PADI Open Water course is conducted over four days (normally the first two weekends of every month). Once completed, the qualification is yours for life and allows you to dive anywhere in the world to 18 metres with a buddy. 

During the course we will cover the theory of diving (including all safety aspects), five confined water sessions and then four open water dives.

So how old do I need to be? - From 10 to well 110

How much does it cost? - £375 or £599 if you want a bespoke course to fit your individual timeframes and needs.

What's included in the price? - All equipment, air fills, learning materials (e-learning costs extra), certification and entrance to Wraysbury Dive Centre.

When can I do it? - Our Open Water courses are normally run over the first two weekends of every month or you choose the dates (increased cost as mentioned above)



PADI Scuba Diver

 Unable to commit to the full four day course but still want to learn to dive? The PADI Scuba Diver course is ideal for those short on time but want to become divers.

A PADI Scuba Diver can dive anywhere in the world to a depth of 12 metres/40 feet under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. The course takes one to two days and costs £199 this includes all equipment, air fills, learning materials, certification and entrance to Wraysbury Dive Centre.

Once completed you can continue your diver training including completing the PADI Open Water Course and taking certain specialty diver training programs.

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Are there any prerequisites for any of the above courses?
  • You need to be a minimum of 10 years of age
  • You need to be physical fit, not like Olympian fit but able to swim 200 metres and tread water for 10 minutes.
  • You will need to complete a PADI Medical Statement. If you answer yes to any of the medical questions on the PADI medical statement do not panic.  Contrary to popular belief it does not mean you cannot go diving.  It simply means that the form will need to be signed by a medical professional such as your GP, stating that you are fit to dive.

How do I sign up or ask questions?

Pop into the dive centre and talk to us, call us on 01784 488007 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .