PADI Open Water Diver













PADI Open Water Diver

If you’ve always wanted to breathe underwater or dreamt of gliding effortlessly through the fascinating underwater realm, then this course is for you.

Nothing on earth matches the sensations you experience underwater – the freedom of “weightlessness” and the thrill of breathing underwater to name a few.

The PADI Open Water course opens these doors for you and Coral Divers in Sodwana Bay is the perfect place for this to happen. 

Why Do It?

The Open Water Diver course is the full beginner level PADI certification that allows you to enjoy diving anywhere in the world and grow your experience level. Your life will never be the same!

  • Dive with another certified diver up to a depth of 18m, within the limits of your training and experience. If under the age of 15, you can dive to a maximum depth of 12m.
  • Buy air fills and hire scuba gear, as well as other diving-related services.
  • Plan, dive and log dives up to 18m.
  • Continue your training with the PADI Advanced Diver course, or with PADI Specialty courses like Underwater Naturalist, Deep Diver and many more…

Whats Involved?

The course consists of three parts.  Each plays an important role in learning to dive by meeting the requirements set out by PADI.

The theory portion gives  you the principles and basic information you need, to dive safely. You have two options in how to do this. You may do the theory here in Sodwana Bay, or in the comfort of your home, by joining our Virtual Classroom for the online theory. It is divided into five sections. Each one starts with the study of the PADI Open Water Manual and DVD. Small quizzes and a Knowledge Review help you to recall what you have learnt. Your instructor will go through the Knowledge Reviews with you, to make sure you understand and answer your questions. A final quiz lets you see how well you have done.

There are two ‘multiple-choice’ exams (one for your theory and one for the Recreational Dive Planner). This makes sure that you have all knowledge necessary to dive safely, once you are qualified.

The pool training or ‘Confined Water Dives’ are where the fun really begins. You will complete five pool sessions, where you learn and practice the skills you need to know, under the direct supervision of your instructor. You will also need to complete a 10 minute float and 200m swim. Our pool is heated in winter, so you’ll have the most comfortable experience possible.

The ‘Open Water Dives’ or sea dives, complete your training as a diver. These 4 Open Water Dives are done under the direct supervision of your instructor, who will get you to repeat the skills learnt in the pool. You’ll finish the dive by practicing swimming over the reef and enjoying the many tropical fish and corals found in Sodwana Bay.

We run our courses on the dates that best suit you. Simply visit our Contact Us page, and send the dates that suit you best. Our reservations office will check availability and advise you on the course start date. Why not get a head start and do your theory online? Just mention that you would like to do this, and we will be happy to help.

Please Note:

The course price does not include any of the park fees, or your MPA dive permit (in case you have one already)…

To qualify as a PADI Open Water Diver, participants must be at least 10 years old. Under 18’s need a parent or guardian to complete & sign some paperwork.

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the PADI Medical Form, you will require a ‘fit to dive’ medical certificate signed by your doctor, no longer than 12 months prior to you diving. The doctor signing the form cannot be the person doing the course.

Participants younger than 15 years old, will be certified as a PADI Junior Open Water Diver and automatically become a PADI Open Water Diver once they are 15 years old.


There are 4 qualifying dives, full gear hire, your PADI certification and 5 nights’ free accommodation in one of our Safari Tents. Bring your own bedding or request bedding, unless upgrading to a cabin.

You may upgrade to a Standard Cabin or Ensuite Cabin if you prefer and request the upgrade price when making your booking.

The course price includes the online PADI Open Water Diver ‘eManual’.


This qualification allows you to enroll for the PADI Advanced Diver course. If you don’t have 4-5 days to do the Open Water course, why not look at doing the PADI Scuba Diver, which is 2-3 days long…

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