PADI Open Water Referral
If you would prefer to complete the theory and pool sessions with Bay Divers, allowing you time to complete the open water scuba diving phase at another place and another time, then this is the course for you. The PADI Open Water Course is the most popular and exciting learn to dive course in the world and is recognised the world over. On completion of this course you will be given your referral to complete the Open Water course at any other PADI scuba diving school anywhere in the world, within 12 months of completion. Ideal if you have a holiday booked and plan to spend the first couple of days finishing off your course in the sun! We have two locations in Swansea that you can complete the scuba diving course in.
Minimum age is 10 and all students must fill in a PADI medical questionnaire prior to participation. You will also need two passport-sized photos ready for the end of the course.
The course is structured on a self-study method allowing you to study in your own time. We meet at The Shoreline Hotel in Mumbles (5 minutes from Swansea) on a Tuesday evening where we conduct a briefing and discussion on the sections of the manual that you will be studying. The course will continue with pool sessions at 7pm on the following Monday evening at Morriston Leisure Centre, (just off Junction 46 of the M4 and just around the corner from Morriston Hospital). There, and over the next four to five weeks between 7pm and 9pm on a Monday night the training will continue with 45 minutes in the classroom covering previous sections of your manual and knowledge reviews, followed by an hour’s diving in the pool.
Confined Water Sessions
At the pool facility at Morriston Leisure Centre you will learn the skills necessary to scuba dive safely and with confidence. Perfecting buoyancy and learning to clear your mask of water are among the fun and exciting skills that your PADI Instructor will teach you. Water competency skills include a 200 metre swim (no time limit) and a 10 minute tread water and need to be demonstrated before moving on to the Open Water phase of the course. If you feel you are not ready to progress to open water after your confined water training, don’t worry - we can arrange a further free session in the pool to get you confident with the skills you have learnt.
Don't be too worried! This is an easy multiple-choice exam that takes place in an informal setting covering all the essentials that you have learnt so far!
Five weeks (one evening per week). Fast-Track courses are available upon request and are normally and at least two days in duration. Fancy this before your holiday, but think you've left it too late? Give us a ring and we'll see if we can fit you in!
How much is it and what is included?
The course costs £220 and includes:
- PADI Open Water Manual
- PADI Recreational Dive Planner & Instruction Booklet
- PADI Diver Logbook including full training record
- Full Equipment hire
- Referral form to take to your next dive centre
What is not included?
Travel to and from the training locations is your responsibility.
What happens after the Open Water Referral Course?
Now that all the theory and confined water sessions are complete you may now conduct the remaining four open water dives at any PADI dive centre worldwide within a year from the date of completion of your referral course.
Once you have gained certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver you have the option of moving on to the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course, which will increase your experience and develop your underwater skills whilst giving you a taste of PADI Specialty courses and things to come.