PADI Open Water Diver Referral

PADI Open Water Diver Referral

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PADI Open Water Diver Referral

Want to learn to dive but don't want to spend your holiday in a classroom and pool training and studying? If you're going to enjoy the scenery below the surface of the water, not a classroom on your next holiday, then PADI Open Water Referral is for you.

Benefit from our expertise where we will help develop your skills at your pace without being rushed through a course while on holiday - and then enjoy your dives somewhere sunny!

What Do I need to start a PADI Open Water Referral?

  • 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, and a between the ages of years may only dive with a professional certified parent or guardian to a maximum depth of 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 automatically need more time than extra built into your training schedule. Although we say four or five sessions, it could be six, which equates to hours in water pool time.


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, dive equipment and dive techniques -  except Mask and Snorkel

Why not Mask and Snorkel?  Every qualified diver should have some basic equipment - Mask and Snorkel is one of those.  They are personal bits of equipment, should fit you and not every dive centre has the means to hire you such items.

Access to PADI Open Water e-learning will be provided as part of your course, which you will complete and present to your receiving instructor (The instructor completing your Four Open water dives)

All you need to provide is your own swimming attire for the pool, mask and snorkel.  If you do not have a mask and snorkel it's not an issue.  We have a large range in store, which we can fit you for to allow you to choose for a correct fit.

Scheduling and Course Dates

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.  ​

The pool we use is Oakham School pool, Kilburn Road, Oakham and our pool sessions are Saturdays 18:00 - 20:00.  You meet at the Dive Centre prior to every pool session to build your equipment and to allow time to consolidate your theory and apply it to REAL diving equipment and environments

Aren't all 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 Choosing a Dive Centre article, which actually should be called how to choose your instructional team

Yes, you could go on holiday and potentially complete your course much cheaper but also much quicker.  Does that make you a safe and competent diver, will you be training at your pace or the instructors and dive centres?  What size group will you be training in - with us the group size is two!

When you go to open water will you be kneeling on the sand or actually completing your open water course whilst diving?

Consider saving some money!

Here at DIVE Rutland we recognise that not all divers wish to learn in UK waters, which we think is a shame.  This country has some amazing diving with many a reef, wreck or scenic dive to be had.  However, you may find that exchange rates may mean you pay more for your course overseas than you would if you complete with us. 

You can enroll on to our Referral Course and Upgrade to complete your Open Water dives here, with us, for the same price as our Open Water Diver full course! Easy.

Students who want to become PADI divers must first complete the mandatory course documentation. Known medical conditions are required to be declared and notified to your Instructor prior to any in-water activity. A doctor's confirmation of fitness to dive if answer you to any medical condition on the Medical Statement. You can check out here:

PADI Medical Statement

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Our team of highly experienced instructors will be on hand to guide you through every step of the way, and to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable diving experience.

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I cannot rate Dive Rutland high enough. Tracey, Bridget and all the team have shown me unending patience and understanding and I have got my open water certification. Thank you to you all for sharing your knowledge and tips. Can't wait to start my next course.

Carrie Spence

Northampton, UK


We are lucky to have a top notch Dive school on our doorstep in the form of Dive Rutland, My thanks to Bridget my instructor for her endless enthusiasm both in the theory and the practical applications of diving. Then to Tracey again for your skill and excellent support and for putting together a great community of divers who have helped and supported us.

Trikes of Bytham

Bytham, UK


Friendly, professional and committed to ensuring you get the best diving training and diving experiences, whilst upholding the highest of standards. Tracey and her team offer everything you need from newbie to experienced diver. Highly recommended.

Joanna Aitkens

Leicester, UK


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