PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI Open Water Diver Course 71% of the earths surface is water! Learn to dive in Dunedin New Zealand

  • Learn to dive and get your PADI Open Water Diver Certification for life! 

    If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the amazing creatures beneath the waves, this course is for you.

    With a PADI Open Water Diver Certification you will be qualified to dive with a buddy, independent of an instructor to 18 metres. You will be able to buy scuba equipment, book on trips, explore wrecks, reefs and underwater kelp forests in over 183 countries worldwide.

    This qualification is for life and it will certainly change yours. Most people have diving on their bucket lists, so why not be one of the lucky few who experience the other 70% of this earth - the underwater! 

    The PADI Open Water Diver Course also qualifies you to continue your dive education with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course and many other PADI Specialty Courses on offer.

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    • PADI Open Water Diver Course


    • 12-15 hours theory online
    • 4.5 days practical training


    • 14 years of age
    • Complete a Medical Questionnaire


    • $649 inc GST

    Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Course Content


    Knowledge Development

    eLearning – 12 to 15 hours of independent online study prior to the course in our digital classroom. You will be presented with videos and slides to teach you all you need to know before moving on to the practical stuff. 

    Confined Water Dives (Pool)

    Two days practising in our heated dive pool. You will practise and complete all the skills you will use in the ocean under the guidance of one of our experienced instructors. Learning is fun and you have heaps of time to perfect your skills. 

    Open Water Dives (Ocean)

    Now for the real fun and excitement! 4 Open Water Dives over 2 days at one of our amazing training sites. Aramoana has shipwrecks and beautiful kelp forests and is an easy site for all abilities. Weller's Rock on the other side of the harbour is complete with sponges, fish life and the very rare New Zealand Hooker Sea Lions. 

  • Schedule

    Option 1 - Weekends

    Option 2 - Weeknights


    Welcome & Theory Quiz
    Confined Water 1 and 2
    Confined Water 3, 4 and 5
    Open Water 1 and 2
    Open Water 3 and 4


    Welcome & Theory Quiz
    Confined Water 1 and 2
    Confined Water 3 and 4
    Confined Water 5
    Open Water 1 and 2
    Open Water 3 and 4

    Option 3 - Private

    For private courses  we can customise your schedule to suit. Call 0800 dive otago to organise this today

    Schedule Notes:

    • Check out our Short Course Calender  to see when our next course starts. 
    • Weekdays are generally from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and weekend days 8:30am - 5:00pm.
    • Please note, this is only a guide and may slightly change due to weather or class size.
    • If your course is a STAR course, group course or private course your timetable may be different from the options above.
  • Equipment Requirements

    As a minimum when you start your course, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While you can hire mask and fins, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment.  For the duration of the course, we provide all of the SCUBA equipment you need but you can of course choose to provide your own and it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver. 

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget.

    We do have special hire deals for for all short courses. Click here to find out more

    Required Equipment

    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Safety Sausage

    Required To Own or Hire

    - Wetsuit or Dry suit
    - Mask, Snorkel and Fins

    Recommended To Own

    - Scuba Equipment 
    - Torch x 2 
    - Pocket Mask 
    - Slate and pencil 
    - Whistle

  • Pricing





    Join one of our
    regular courses

    Learn with your
    friends or family

    the schedule

    PADI Open Water Certification




    Flexible schedule

    Once a Month



    Age Limit

    14 Years

    14 Years

    14 years

    Numbers Required




    Course Fees (inc GST per person)




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     To book call or email us 

    Please Note
    The minimum deposit for all of these courses is $200 per person and is non-refundable. This will secure your booking and allow us to issue your eLearning pass.

    Private Courses for 2 people are $999 per person, 3 people are $899 per person and 4 people $799 per person.

    If students are at secondary school we have special courses that can count towards NCEA. Find out more

  • Get Ready


    PADI Open Water Course Information Sheet (Please Read)

    Get Your Medical Sorted

    Important Information on Diving Medicals 

    RSTC Medical Questionnaire


    Register your eLearning Pass (Issued once you have booked)

    eLearning Login

    This must be completed prior to starting your course.

    Get Your Paperwork Sorted

    PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement

    PADI Standard Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding



    Please read and sign these forms and bring to the first day of your course. If you are under 18, please get a parent or caregiver to co-sign each document.

Course Includes



Learn at your own pace with the interactive PADI eLearning system


4 Ocean Dives

Explore shipwrecks or spy a seahorse!


5 Pool Dives

Train in our onsite indoor heated dive pool



Rest asssured all of our equipment is expertly maintained 


PADI Certified

Worldwide Certification valid in over 180 countries



Transport to and from the dive sites is provided free of charge



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