Open Water Diver (PADI/SDI)

The Open Water Diver course teaches you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision anywhere in the world, to a maximum of 18 meters, limited to 12 meters for Junior divers aged between 10 – 14 years old.

Pool Scuba Divers

Earning your Open Water Diver certification is the beginning of your scuba diving journey.

As a certified diver, you will be able to enjoy fabulous dive destinations, meet exciting people and experience unparalleled adventure. Then, as you continue your adventure and gain experience through higher training levels, your opportunities expand.

We also offer the Open Water Diver course as a package that includes the Drysuit Speciality at a bundled discounted price » 

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We are providing this certification through either Scuba Diving International (SDI) or PADI. Both agency certifications are equally valid and recognised worldwide. Please enquire at the centre if you require your training to be through a specific agency.

Scuba Diving International (SDI)



The Open Water Course is generally run over two consecutive weekends.

Weekend 1Weekend 2
Saturday: Theory in the ScubaQuest Dive Centre.
Sunday: Pool Dives held at Thornbury Leisure Centre's ‘Dive Pit’
4 Open Water Qualifying Dives at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC)


Open Water Courses are scheduled to be delivered on a monthly cycle, comprising the first two weekends of each month.


Please note: The Open Water Dive sessions at the National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) will be weather, water temperature and underwater visibility dependent.

ScubaQuest Dive Centre
National Diving & Activity Centre
A48, Tidenham
NP16 7LQ

Map & Directions to ScubaQuest

Thornbury Leisure Centre
Alveston Hill,
South Gloucestershire
BS35 3JB

Map & Directions to Thornbury Leisure Centre

Course Options

ScubaQuest offer both traditional hard copy, classroom based theory and agency online learning packages.



The course cost includes all educational materials, equipment, tuition and certification.

Please Note: For open water dives at The National Diving & Activity Centre (NDAC) there is a daily entry charge to the site, payable on the day by all students. This is NOT included in the course fee.  Please check the NDAC website for details.

We also offer the ScubaQuest Open Water course as a package with the Drysuit Speciality at a bundled discounted price » 

Course Requirements & Notes

  • Minimum age: 15 years old, 10 years old for Junior Divers.
  • You must be able to swim 200m and tread water for 10 minutes to take part in this course.
  • All documentation must be completed, reviewed and signed prior to any in water training.

Book this Course

To book on this course, please contact us using the form below, or phone us on 01291 798 118

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