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PADI - Open Water Diver (Referral Course)

The PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course is the first part of the world’s most popular and recognised scuba diving certification. It has introduced millions of people from around the world to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

Course Type: Beginner

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About The PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course

The PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course is the first part of the world’s most popular and recognised scuba diving certification. It has introduced millions of people from around the world to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

This course option is designed for individuals who want to completed the academic and confined water (pool) training portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course, here in the UK with the UK Diving Academy. Once you've completed the academic and confined water training, you'll receive a referral document from us. This document confirms that you've successfully completed those portions of the course.

With your referral document in hand, you can now travel to a PADI Dive Center or Resort in another location, to complete the required open water dives. During these dives, you'll apply the skills and knowledge you learned during the academic and confined water training.

What Your Learn

You will learn about scuba diving principles and terminology, then learn basic scuba skills in a pool with a highly trained PADI Instructor. When you're ready, make four dives in an open water environment with your instructor supporting you every step of the way.

Take This Course If You Want To

  • Explore the other 70 percent of our planet
  • Support ocean protection
  • See things you've never seen before
  • Learn from a scuba diving expert
  • Hold the world's most recognised scuba certification

Learn How To

  • Be a confident and skilled diver
  • Assemble and use scuba gear
  • Manage your buoyancy
  • Respectfully approach marine life
  • Handle common problems

The advantage of the PADI Open Water Referral course is that it allows you to complete the more time-consuming academic and confined water training in your local area and then enjoy the open water dives in a vacation destination

Next Steps

UK DIving

Independant Study

Step 1 - PADI eLearning®

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it's convenient for you.

  • eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours




UK DIving

At The Uk Diving Academy

Step 2 - With Your Instructor

Practice using scuba gear in a pool until you're comfortable. PADI training includes practice "mini dives" to help you build confidence in your new abilities before making four dives in open water at your PADI Dive Centre or Resort of your choice.

  • Prerequisites: Able to swim; medically fit for diving
  • Total time commitment: 1 day
  • Minimum age: 10 years or older
  • Depth: expect shallow dives (12m/40ft), the maximum allowed depth is 18m/60ft


More Information

PADI Open Water Diver Course Referral Prerequisites

The PADI Open Water Course Referral prerequisites:

  • Be able to swim, medically fit for diving, comfortable in the water
  • Minimum age: 10

During the Open Water Diver Referral course, your instructor will ask you to:

  • Float or tread water without aids for 10 minutes
  • Swim 200 meters with no aids
  • Divers certified between the ages of 10-14 earn a Junior Diver certification

    Junior Open Water Divers automatically become Open Water Divers at age 15. Any replacement certification card or eCard purchased the day after the diver's 15th birthday will automatically show an Open Water Diver (not Jr. Open Water Diver) certification.

    Children eight or older can try scuba diving in a pool. Ask us about a Bubblemaker experience. Children who are comfortable in the water can participate in the PADI Seal Team program, a more in-depth pool diving experience.

Course Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.?

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

The Scuba Gear You Will Use During Your Course

We will provide all your core scuba diving equipment during your course including:

  • Buoyancy Device
  • Regulator
  • Scuba Cylinder
  • Weight System & Weights
  • Scuba Diving Computer
  • Scuba Diving Fins

During your course, we will include rental of all of the above core dive gear items only. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from us.

What's Included
  • Course Tuition
  • PADI eLearning
  • Equipment hire
  • Air Fills in the pool.
  • PADI eCertification Card 
Additional Costs

The Cost of completing your open water dives with your chosen PADI Dive Centre or Resort.

Transport to and from the pool for you and your equipment.
After This Course

Experience new adventures with a PADI Instructor by your side. PADI continuing education courses like Advanced Open Water Diver and Enriched Air Diver will help you develop your skills as a diver. Learn more about PADI Specialty courses.

Not sure which specialty to try first? Try the Advanced Open Water Diver course, it's like a specialty sampler platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Need To Be Able To Swim?

To complete your scuba diving certification, you must swim 200 metres/219yards (or 300 metres/328 yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping, and float/tread water for 10 minutes, using any swimming methods you want. There is no time limit.

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