PADI Open Water

The PADI Open Water class has provided a pathway for generations of divers to begin interacting with the underwater world. A mixture of theoretical and practical modules teach the basics of SCUBA to prepare you for a lifetime of adventure ! Certification will allow you to dive to a depth of 18M anywhere in the world.


The course has three sections.

  • An online theory section allows you to develop knowledge around the basic principles of SCUBA diving in your own time. This will be expanded upon as we continue through the practical components of the class.

  • Confined water dives allow you to learn basic SCUBA skills in a stable environment

  • Open water dives allow you to demonstrate your skills and learn to dive in a dynamic environment in order to gain certification.

To participate in the class you must be 15 years or older and complete a medical statement or diving medical if required.

Course price includes online theory modules, tuition, all scuba equipment hire and certification fees. It is recommended that you purchase a good quality mask and snorkel for your own comfort. We can advise you and also have different options available.

You will need a swimsuit, towel and your own transport. It is often possible for students to carpool.

Schedule is flexible to suit student needs, the weather and our dive charters.


At Dive Whakatāne, we do not compromise on the classes we offer. Therefore

  • Class sizes are restricted in the water to a maximum of 4 students. This is important for your learning as it allows your instructor time to focus on individual student needs and provide immediate feedback.

  • The class is taught using Halcyon dive equipment which is designed and used by many of the worlds leading exploration divers. For the novice diver, it is a huge benefit to learn in equipment that allows skills to be developed more easily.

  • Water modules are taught in a variety of different environments - pool, freshwater lake and most importantly, the ocean where you will conduct 4 open water dives.

  • Your instructor has decades of dive experience from deep ocean, cave and wreck environments with which to pass on personal knowledge.


        Course cost    $799

Private one on one tuition also available. POA


Booking conditions

The balance of your course must be paid in full before class begins.

You must complete the PADI dive medical form