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PADI Open Water Diver Course

Learn to dive in South Australia with the professional and fun diving instructors of Diving Adelaide!

PADI Open Water Diver Course

About the Course

$499 – Standard Course Price

$474 – Bring 1 friend – SAVE $25 per person!

$449 – Bring 2 friends – SAVE $50 per person!

$424 – Bring 3 friends – SAVE $75 per person!

$399 – Bring 4 friends – SAVE $100 per person!

At Diving Adelaide we work with a progressive pricing system for most of our dive courses! Sign up with one or more friends for the Open Water Diver Course and you’ll each receive a $25 discount per friend!

Once you’ve decided to sign up for the course, make sure you call all your friends first! Not only will this make the course more fun, it also ensures that you are getting the best possible value for money!

Diving Adelaide is the only dive school in Adelaide providing all the necessary gear to complete the training! There are no hidden costs and you are not required to bring any of the gear yourself (SAVE $200-$400)!

Course Structure


Choose between our midweek and weekend courses – any week of the year!

Course Schedules

Midweek Course:

Independent study (PADI eLearning) before the course takes on average approximatley 8-12 hours to complete.


Tuesday9:00AM-5:00PMTheory & Pool
Wednesday9:00AM-5:00PMOcean Dives 1&2
Thursday9:00AM-5:00PMOcean Dives 3&4

Weekend Course:

Independent study (PADI eLearning) before the course takes on average approximatley 8-12 hours to complete.

Tuesday Night6:00PM-8:00PMTheory Night
Friday Night5:00PM-9:30PMPool Training
Saturday9:00AM-5:00PMOcean Dives 1&2
Sunday9:00AM-5:00PMOcean Dives 3&4


PADI eLearning®

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

It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

eLearning time commitment: 8-12 hours

At the dive shop

With Your Instructor

Practice using scuba gear in a pool (or pool-like environment) 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.

  • Prerequisites: Able to swim; medically fit for diving
  • Total time commitment: 2 evenings & 2 days or 3 full days
  • Minimum age: 12-14 years or older (see FAQ for more details)
  • Depth: expect shallow dives, the maximum allowed depth is 18m


Or join one of our affiliated dive clubs for boat dives from just $25!

Why Choose Diving Adelaide

As a multi-award winning PADI 5* dive centre, with safety and fun as our most valued attributes, we train the most students every single year, so you know you will be in good hands!

Hundreds of divers rate our courses 5 out of 5 stars!

With hundreds of 5 star reviews on Google and Tripadvisor, you are guaranteed to have a fun and safe course with our instructors!

Training the most divers in SA for 10 years in a row!

We have been awarded the PADI “outstanding training” award for training the most divers in SA since 2013 (10 years in a row)!

All gear included - no hidden costs!

Diving Adelaide is the only Adelaide based dive centre that include all the necessary gear for the course, including mask, snorkel and fins!

Free social dives for ex-students to build up your skills!

We’ll make it easy for you to keep diving after your course! join our regular social dives to keep up and learn new skills, free for all ex-students!

Small group size, large instructor team!

Having the largest professional dive team in SA, means you will be trained by PADI instructors only, guaranteeing a safe course every time!

The largest dive facility (800m2) in SA with the best prices!

Visit the largest showroom in the state or Australia’s biggest online scuba store, for expert advice and the best prices everyday!

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to share your diving experiences with someone close to you or give the gift of endless adventures? You can now easily give the gift of diving with a Gift Voucher!

You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

The online gift voucher will be delivered via email and can be redeemed online.

Online Gift Vouchers

We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in the course!


Being comfortable in the water, being able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weight), being able to swim 200 metres continuously (without touching the sides or the bottom of the pool) and being able to tread water for 10 minutes, are the only fitness requirements for the PADI Open Water Diver Course!


All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your PADI Open Water Diver Course. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medical (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run a course is two. About 95% of our courses run as planned, as apart from the occasional midweek course in the middle of Winter, it’s extremely unlikely we wouldn’t have 2 bookings for a course.

If we have to cancel a course because of lack of interest, you have the option to reschedule (free of charge) or get a full refund of your course fee.

The minimum age to sign up for your PADI Open Water Diver Course with Diving Adelaide is 14 years old for group courses and 12 years old for private courses. For 12 and 13 year olds, we recommend signing up for a course with a parent, sibling or (family) friend.

Did you know that a private course can be the same price as a regular course? See below for private course prices.

If you would prefer to sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course with your own private instructor for you or your group, you’re not alone! At Diving Adelaide we teach many private courses for those who prefer to learn to dive 1-on-1 or have a private instructor for their family or group of friends!

Did you know the course costs for a private course can be the same as those of a normal course? Please find our private course pricing below:

  • $799 – Private 1-on-1 Course Price
  • $639 – Private 2-on-1 Course – SAVE $170 per person!
  • $499 – Private 3-on-1 Course – SAVE $300 per person!
  • $449 – Private 4-on-1 Course – SAVE $350 per person!
  • $399 – Private 5-on-1 Course – SAVE $400 per person!

The pricing above is based on running the pool session during our standard pool hours on Tuesday afternoon (for midweek courses) or Friday nights. If you would prefer to do the pool session at a different time, there will be an extra cost of $99.

On our standard courses, all instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).

If you would like to learn to dive in a langauge other than English, please contact us before booking your course. Extra fees will apply.

Available languages: Chinese.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course.

For each rescheduled participant, we will charge a small rescheduling fee  of $99. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve lanes in the pool, block a spot on the course and book an instructor in for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover these costs.

Please note the theory segment of the PADI Open Water Diver Course is delivered via the PADI eLearning system. The costs for the PADI eLearning are included in the course fee.

You will normally receive your PADI eLearning voucher within 48 hours of confirming your spot on the course. To access the PADI eLearning system, it is recommend to use a tablet or computer (or a phone with a large screen).

On average, the eLearning for this course takes approximately 8-12 hours to complete.

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your thick wetsuit).

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The midweek course is run over 3 full days and the weekend course is run over 2 weekday nights and 2 full weekend days.

How long the days will be depends on whether we can dive locally (at Port Noarlunga for example) in which case the course days may be short, or if we have to go a bit further (for example to Rapid Bay or Ardrossan) to dive safely.

Always block a full day in your agenda for each diving day. Exact times and dive sites will be confirmed by your instructor on the course. 

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.

Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, they will recognise your certification.

All dive gear will be provided by Diving Adelaide for the duration of the course, including mask, snorkel and fins!

However, to guarantee a perfect fit and the most enjoyable experience, we recommend coming in store to have a look at our masks, as the mask is the most important piece of equipment!

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you will be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18m.

You can now hire dive gear and go diving in a buddy team without the guidance of a dive professional.

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can now join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course is designed in a way that you can sign up for it straight after your PADI Open Water Diver Course and runs over a total of 5 dives! After completing the advanced course, you will be certified to 30m and will build upon the fundamental skills you have learnt!

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $99 will apply. Please note the PADI eLearning portion ($180) of the course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $99 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $99 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. The PADI eLearning portion ($180) of the course may need to be purchased again if the original participant has registered for PADI eLearning.
  7. On our standard courses, all instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $99 rescheduling fee will be payable to complete the course at a later date.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be able to swim at least 200m continuously and tread water for a minimum of 10 minutes. This will be tested at the start of the pool session. Failure to perform these two tests within the allocated time frame will result in course cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  11. Courses must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  12. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the course.
  13. All fees are per person.

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Top reasons to learn to dive with diving adelaide

Top reasons to learn to dive with Diving Adelaide We offer the lowest student to instructor ratio (a maximum of 5 students per instructor any dive coursel) to make sure you get the best and the safest experience! All the gear will be included in your course (including mask, snorkel and fins!), so you will not have to invest in any of your own equipment!


The dive centre is conveniently located between the airport and Adelaide’s city centre, only minutes from the city by car or just a quick bus ride away! By being centally located, we’re on the way to all the best dive sites in South Australia!

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