Learning to scuba dive with DIVEWORLD and PADI is an incredible adventure! With PADI as your training organization, your path to breathing underwater is accomplished in three exciting phases:
During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. You briefly review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you're getting it.
At the end of the course, you'll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down. You and your DIVEWORLD Instructor will review anything that you don't quite get until it's clear.
Select the knowledge development option you prefer:
This is what it's all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you'll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You'll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you've made continue learning during four open water dives with your DIVEWORLD PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives around the UK or at a more exotic destination while on a DIVEWORLD group holiday.
You will need to have a reasonable level of swimming ability.
The PADI Open Water Course requires a 200 metre swim and 10 minute float/treadwater to qualify, if you can manage this then that is a reasonable level.
If this concerns you get in touch and we can get you practicing at one of our regular pool sessions growing your confidence in the water.
There is no upper age limit for learning to scuba dive. The most important thing is fitness to dive rather than age.
If you have a good basic level of fitness, especially cardio and respiratory fitness ( can you climb a flight of stairs easily?) and can answer the medical questions on the PADI Medical form you will find scuba an excellent form of exercise, once in the water it is non weight bearing and is also great for flexibility.
Diveworld staff will be happy to advise if you have concerns.
Absolutely! You will get so much more out of your diving if you add the social aspect of being involved in the Diveworld club.
Other divers are great sounding boards for ideas and concerns. More opportunities to scuba dive will present themselves and having the support of our experienced professionals is priceless.
As Diveworld’s club is FREE to join, it is a no brainer. Events range from the normal scuba trips and excursions to the bizarre, such as underwater football. We even have resident mermaids at some of the club nights.
Non diving partners, family and friends are made welcome at all our events.
The scuba industry is huge and it is worldwide.
Diveworld is a Five Star Instructor Development Centre, working with us will open up the doors to becoming a PADI dive professional. The opportunities out there are huge, it is up to you to grab them.
Our internship system allows you to train while carrying on your normal life, once the PADI Divemaster rank is achieved work can start. Each person has individual needs and ambitions so this is one to come in and talk about to ensure we put you on the right track to achieve you aims, whether it be full time in exotic climes, or in sunny Sheffield as part of our amazing dive team.
Book as session with our PADI Course Director,the door is always open and kettle on! Get onboard and live the dream.
It's possible to complete your confined and open water dives in as few as two to four days by completing the classroom portion online via PADI eLearning or home study options offered by DIVEWORLD.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that DIVEWORLD can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.
Your instructor's interest is in your learning to scuba dive, not in how long you sit in a class. So, training is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver who dives regularly. You can start learning to scuba dive online right now with DIVEWORLD and PADI eLearning.
Compared with getting started in other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn't expensive.
For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:
Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a high trained, experienced professional - your DIVEWORLD PADI Scuba Instructor. From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you share with friends. And, you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning online with DIVEWORLD and get ready to take your first breath underwater!
DIVEWORLD is proud to be able to offer the PADI Open Water Course from £399 per person.
Even though all equipment is included for your PADI Open Water Course, choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. When you are ready DIVEWORLD will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment performs a different function so that collectively, it adapts you to the underwater world.
When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you benefit from having your own
These have a personal fit, and DIVEWORLD will help you choose ones that have the fit and features best suited to you. Included in the cost of your PADI Open Water Diver course, DIVEWORLD will provide a:
Check with DIVEWORLD to confirm sizing available for your course package. The benefits of owning your own scuba equipment are:-
The kind of gear you will need depends on the conditions where you dive. You may want:
Easy. There is no best gear. But, there is the best gear for you. The professionals at DIVEWORLD are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. These professionals can get you set with the right stuff, plus they provide service and support for years of enjoyable and dependable use.
You may also want to talk to other scuba divers in PADI's online scuba community to get recommendations on particular scuba equipment brands and models.
If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You'll also want to keep in mind these requirements:
Physical: For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you're ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your dive physician (SPUMS) must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you're fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.
Waterskills: Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic waterskill comfort by having you:
About Physical Challenges: Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. Individuals with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your Diveworld Instructor for more information.
Learning Materials : Unless you choose PADI eLearning, you'll need and use the following training materials during the PADI Open Water Diver course, and for your review and reference after the course:
You can dive practically anywhere there's water – from a swimming pool to the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers and springs. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:
For example, if you've just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably won't be diving under the Antarctic ice on your next dive. But, don't limit your thinking to the warm, clear water you see in travel magazines. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.
Your local dive site can be anything from a special pool built just for divers like one found in Brussels, Belgium, or more typically natural sites like Belize's Great Blue Hole, Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Japan's Yonaguni Monument. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It's not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.
The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the scuba diving training and experience appropriate for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. DIVEWORLD can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person's individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate.
The PADI medical statement will highlight any issues which may need further investigation by a physician.
We are always here for advice.
DAN has information available online if you wish to do some research.
Diveworld has a dedicated dive doctor so can get you the best adviceif needed
Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing gloves and an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.
Buoyancy skills learned with Diveworld will ensure you have the control required underwater to avoid accidental contact with underwater nasties. Better still do the PAD Peak Performance Buoyancy course to perfect this vital skill.
Contact DIVEWORLD for information about exposure protection needed for any of your diving.
When you're lucky you'll get to see a shark. Join Diveworld on one of our worldwide dive trips and keep your fingers crossed.
Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare. Most commonly shark encounters primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger eractic feeding behavior. Sharks main food source is fish and if they can get a free feed they will.
Most of the time, if you see a shark it's passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.
Some myths, about sharks, that you have heard may be dispelled by checking out our video gallery for some of the Diveworld shark experiences.
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres unless you are a Junior Scuba Diver then it is 12 metres. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 12 metres/40 feet where the water's warmer and the colors are brighter.
Deeper depths become Technical diving, still available at Diveworld with theb PADI TecRec courses.
Come and talk to Diveworld TecRec instructors if you want to know more.
Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.
Most women make superb divers as you will see from the Diveworld female professionals.
That's not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times, simply a matter of keeping an eye on it. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you'll learn in your PADI Open Water course with DIVEWORLD.
Simple rules learned during your Diveworld training will ensure running out of air will never be a concern, but, in the unlikely event of the unforseen and it does happen you will have a choice of actions to surface safely.
People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training with Diveworld, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.
DIVEWORLD aims to keep classes small so that you have the time to get comfortable with the amazing world opened up through diving.