Get your PADI scuba certification! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.
As a certified
PADI Junior Open Water Diver (10 – 14 years)
PADI Open Water Diver (15 years +),
you have the freedom to scuba dive with a buddy, independently or with a professional.
Discover the millions of wonderful, colourful and excitingly diversified marine ecology in our oceans. In the midst of fun carefree diving, not only will you encounter fascinating underwater marine life, you will also meet many interesting people too. After all, divers are people who know how to have fun and explore new places. Scuba diving allows you to explore the underwater world – from historic shipwrecks and pristine reefs to the mysteries of your local quarry.
Connect with nature and immerse yourself in new sensations and experiences. Diving will transform your perception of life forever! Become a scuba diver and explore what you’ve been missing!
- 10 years of age
- Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water
- Able to swim 200 metres non-stop with no swimming aids
- Able to tread water or float for 10 minutes with no floating aids
Detailed Course Structure:
Knowledge Development Sessions:
You will have to fill in and sign the student profile, liability releases and medical statement. You should be in a good healthy state, otherwise a doctor’s opinion should be sought when in doubt.
Upon registration you will receive the dive manual and dive planner for self study prior to the next lesson. It will take approximately 6 to 8 hours over one week for the self study. You will have to complete all 5 knowledge reviews in the dive manual prior to the lesson,.
During the session, the instructors will go through the completed knowledge reviews and evaluate any mistakes or areas where divers are uncertain or weak at. Upon complete understanding of the uncertainties, students are required to sit through a quiz followed by a final exam to ensure 100% mastery and how and when to apply the knowledge learnt.
Skills Development Session:
The Skills Development Sessions will take place at the Outram Secondary School swimming pool. During the sessions, fundamental skills of scuba diving that are required to keep a diver safe will be taught. Divers will also be introduced to all diving equipment needed during the course.
Even though the fees include all gear needed for the duration of the course, it is advisable that divers invest in their personal mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit prior to the confined water session. Reason being is that students adapt faster using their own personal gear as they will feel more comfortable and relaxed during the training. In addition, their next dive will require little or no adjustment to the equipment because they are already accustomed to their gear.
Open Water Evaluation:
This is the most important and exciting part of the course. After all the knowledge and skills development and students showing competency in them, the open water training serves as an evaluation that student divers are able to take care of themselves and their buddy when they complete the course.
Student divers will be evaluated based on all the skills that they have been taught during their confined water training and development. Depending on the trip you select, you will head out for a weekend of fun, sun, sea and great memories to bring home.
Students are required to successfully complete the following skills in confined water:
Confined water dive 1
At the surface:
1. Put on and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, scuba and weights with assistance.
2. Inflate/deflate a BCD using the low pressure inflator.
Underwater in shallow water:
3. Breathe compressed air by breathing naturally, without breath-holding.
4. Clear a regulator using both the exhalation and purge button methods, then resume breathing from it.
5. Recover a regulator from behind the shoulder.
6. Clear a partially flooded mask.
7. Breathe from an alternate air source supplied by another diver for at least 30 seconds.
8. Swim with scuba equipment while maintaining control of both direction and depth. Equalize the ears and mask to accommodate depth changes.
9. Locate and read the submersible pressure gauge and signal whether the air supply is adequate or low based on the gauge’s caution zone.
10. Recognize and demonstrate standard hand signals.
11. Ascend using proper technique.
Confined water dive 2
At the surface:
1. Perform the buddy predive safety check.
2. Demonstrate appropriate deep-water entry.
3. Clear a snorkel using the blast method, then resume breathing through it without lifting the face from the water.
4. Exchange snorkel for regulator and regulator for snorkel repeatedly without lifting the face from the water.
5. Swim at least 50 metres/yards while wearing scuba and breathing through a snorkel.
6. Adjust for proper weighting — float at eye level at the surface with no or minimal air in the BCD and while holding a normal breath.
7. Orally inflate a BCD to at least half full in water too deep in which to stand, then fully deflate it.
8. Remove weights using the quick release mechanism with minimal assistance
9. Remove weights, scuba unit and fins (if necessary) in water too deep in which to stand and exit using the most appropriate technique. (Buddy assistance allowed.)
10. Descend using the five-point method.
11. Remove, replace and clear a mask.
12. Breathe without a mask for at least one minute.
13. Disconnect the low pressure hose from the inflator in shallow water (either underwater or at the surface).
14. Respond to air depletion by signaling “out-of-air” in water too deep in which to stand.
15. Ascend using the five-point method.
Confined water dive 3
At the surface:
1. Perform a tired diver tow for 25 metres/yards in water too deep in which to stand.
2. Demonstrate the cramp removal technique for self and buddy (at the surface or underwater).
3. Use both oral and low-pressure BCD inflation to become neutrally buoyant. Gently rise and fall in a controlled manner, during inhalation and exhalation.
4. Swim at least 10 metres/yards while maintaining neutral buoyancy.
5. Respond to air depletion by signaling “out of air,” and securing and breathing from an alternate air source supplied by a buddy. Continue for at least one minute while swimming.
6. Supply air to another diver using an alternate air source.
7. Breathe effectively from a free-flowing regulator for at least 30 seconds.
8. Simulate a controlled emergency swimming ascent by swimming horizontally for at least 9 metres/30 feet while emitting a continuous sound.
Confined water dive 4
1. Swim without a mask for at least 15 metres/50 feet, then replace and clear the mask.
2. Hover using buoyancy control for at least 30 seconds, without kicking or sculling.
Confined water dive 5
At the surface:
1. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba unit and weight system in water too deep in which to stand, with minimal assistance.
2. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba unit on the bottom in water too deep in which to stand, with minimal assistance.
3. Remove, replace, adjust and secure weight system.
• With weight belt – on the bottom in water too deep in which to stand.
• With weight integrated BCDs (or weight harness systems that require reassembly after weights are removed) – in shallow water.
The Knowledge Development Sessions will be a combination of self and prescriptive learning. These will be held over two or three sessions as necessary with the first session involving an introduction to the course, giving you your course materials and viewing the PADI Introduction to Scuba Diving DVD. The timings will be confirmed between the students and the PADI Open Water Instructor.
The Skills Development Sessions will be held at the Outram Secondary School swimming pool on two of either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. The sessions will be held between approximately 6:30 and 10:30pm. Or at Mana Mana pool on the East Coast any day from 11am to 11pm.
The final part is the four qualifying dives in open water. These will be arranged at a later date at a safe and suitable open water training site (either in Singapore, Malaysia or even further overseas!). The options available will be discussed with the PADI Instructor upon the commencement of the course.
What is included in the program?
You will be supplied with all the diving equipment required for the pool session. Only suitable and maintained equipment will be provided to all students as this not only improves your safety but will also improve your comfort and enjoyment in the water. All you will need to bring is your swimming attire and towel and your instructor will provide the rest!
- All course materials
- All necessary dive equipment
- Air cylinders
- Rental of dive computer and manual (for dive computer option)
- Open Water medical statement, safe diving practices and liability release forms
- PADI Open Water Certification Card