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PADI Referral Course​

Have you already completed part of the course elsewhere or would you like to complete your dives elsewhere?

About the Referral Course

from $169

If you have completed part of your PADI Open Water Diver Course elsewhere and would like to complete it with us here at Diving Adelaide, or if you would like to book part of your course with us (for example just the theory and pool sessions), but would like to complete the open water dives elsewhere, you have come to the right place!

$299 – Complete just the theory & pool components (including PADI eLearning) in Adelaide and the dives elsewhere. A referral form will be provided upon completion of the pool sessions.

$299 – Complete just the open water dives – all theory and pool sessions have been completed elsewhere (a referral form from your previous instructor will be required).

$169 – Upgrade from PADI Scuba Diver to PADI Open Water Diver – only if you have completed all theory and pool sessions (a referral form from your previous instructor will be required).

For all other referral options or if you are in doubt, please contact us!

Course Structure

The PADI Referral Form

If you are a referral student, either from Diving Adelaide to a different dive centre or the other way around, a referral form will be required. On the PADI Referral Form, your first instructor will fill out exactly which parts of the course have been completed and which ones still need to be completed.

If you’re getting referred to Diving Adelaide, it’s important to ask your first instructor to fill out all the sections of the form, to show which theory and pool sections you have completed, as this will determine whether you can just complete the dives of the PADI Open Water Diver Course or will have to do more theory and pool training with us.

If you would like to do part of your course here in Adelaide, for example just the theory and pool sessions, and would like to complete your ocean dives elsewhere, that’s also an option. In that case you will do all theory sections of the PADI Open Water Diver Course eLearning program and all pool sessions with your Diving Adelaide instructor. Your instructor will then fill out the referral form for you, so you can continue your training elsewhere. 

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).

Yes, 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 hardly ever happens that we don’t get two bookings on a course.

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

The minimum age to learn to dive 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 a 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!


If you would like to sign up for a Referral course privately, please contact us today for a quote.

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 any reason.

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 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. 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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