PADI Junior Open Water Course
Underwater is Earth's final frontier, one of the few ways left to explore our world is to be able to dive.
Diving allows you to experience weightlessness, just like being in space. It is the nearest you will get to be an astronaut or sharing space, so learn to dive, giving you the ability and the skills to experience and explore the inner world.
Each year we run a dedicated Junior Open Water Course
What Do I need to Start the PADI Open Water Course?
- Be older than ten years old
- Be healthy and reasonably fit - you will need to complete the medical questionnaire.
- Be able to swim eight lengths and float for 10 minutes
NOTE: PADI Junior open water diver programme is available for youths (10+). Between the ages of 10 - 12 years may only dive with a professional certified parent or guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres, 13 - 15 years may only dive with qualified responsible adult to a maximum depth of 18 metres
What Will I do?
Over several pool sessions (generally four / five), you will complete the five confined water dives whilst completing some theory activity.
PADI programmes are performance based, and you proceed as demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work comfortably, so do not worry if you need more time than extra built into your training schedule automatically. Although we say four or five sessions, it could be six, which equates to 10 - 12 hours of in water pool time. Diving like is like that first driving lesson (for those that drive!) or starting a new job (for those that work!) doing something for the first time can be a bit daunting but with time and practice soon becomes second nature.
When ready, then time to complete those four open water dives, generally speaking at Stoney Cove, but at times, other locations are available
At Dive Rutland we provide you with all of the equipment you need to have fun, explore and become a safe and knowledgeable diver this includes learning about the fundamentals of scuba diving, all dive equipment and techniques.
All you need to provide is your own swimming attire for the pool and a few additional items of clothing for the open water part.
When Can I Start?
Our next PADI Junior Open Water Course starts in March. You will complete 5 pool sessions on Saturdays 3:30-8:00
11th March / 1st April / 6th May / 10th June / 1st July
Open Water dives will be completed in North Wales the August Bank Holiday weekend 26-27th August 2023.
We are running a second course in 2023!
After receiving numerous enquiries for a weeklong course in 2022, we have scheduled one in for 2023. We will be running the Theory and Pool work Monday 31st July-Wednesday 2nd August and will be in open water on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th August 2023. This is not limited to juniors and can be booked from the Open Water Course site.
Dive Rutland is committed to helping you learn to dive at a pace that suits you. All of our open water diver courses start flexibly, you can start when you wish, subject to availability, as all of our schedules are built individually around you and your work/family commitments.
Aren't All Open Water Courses the same?
This is a statement we hear a lot, but we disagree not everything is the same or equal. Have a look at our How to Choose a Dive Centre article, which actually should be called how to choose your instructional team.
As a 100% Project Aware dive centre our Open Water course(s) include the PADI Project Aware specialty. Why? You are learning to dive to experience what the underwater world has to offer and therefore we hope you become an Ocean Advocate.
Someone who will protect the ocean and our various waterways. We train you to be aware of the environment you are in, concentrating on good positioning, streamlining of equipment and all about the Project Aware mission, so if you have been trained then why not be certified, hence receiving the Project Aware Speciality.
Our Quality Matters
Dive Rutland is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, a recognised and authorised diver education establishment. This rating places us in the highest quality assurance process within the Diving Industry.
All training is overseen by our very own PADI Course Director, the worlds highest instructor certification, and we have a range of experienced male and female PADI professionals on our staff.
All equipment is modern and regularly serviced. We have a large range of school equipment to fit all sizes and shapes. Our breathing air quality is monitored and externally verified regularly.
We are fully insured and meet all legal obligations placed upon us. This includes full risk management and our staffing ratios exceed industry standard requirements
- Theory Preparation - e-Learning
- A Donation to Project AWARE
- On successful completion of the PADI Open Water course you will also automatically achieve the Project AWARE speciality
NB: You need to supply a mask and snorkel. We have plenty in stock for you to choose from if you do not have or choose the Standard or Deluxe packages
- Everything in Basic
- Mask - Reveal X1 or X2 Mask
- Snorkel - Zephyr Flex or Zephyr
- Shorty Wetsuit - Typhoon Storm 3mm or AquaLung Dive 4mm
Additional Value: £175
Are there any Additional Costs?
Yes, the entrance fee to the open water training site, which Stoney Cove is currently standing at £27.00 a day
What's Next after PADI Open Water?
Once you've got your Open Water Diver certification DIVE Rutland can help you progress to Advanced Open Water Diver rating and continue diving.
The Advanced Open Water is a follow on to the Open Water course expanding your skills and diving with a professional