Open Water Referral

Theory & Pool Dives Only

The PADI Open Water Referral Course is for a beginner, who wishes to do their PADI Open Water Training dives overseas.

Singapore offers students the convenience of completing the theory and pool sessions before departing for their holiday.  Why waste precious days in the classroom when you could be diving?

Your 4 open water dives in the ocean, required to complete the course, could be done at such exotic places like in Thailand (Phuket, Similans or Krabi), Indonesia (Bali, Maldives or Manado), Philippines (Cebu or Malapascua), Malaysia (Redang or Perhentian) just to name a few.

Prerequisites:

  • 10 years of age
  • Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water
  • Able to swim 200 meters non-stop with no swimming aids
  • Able to tread water or float for 10 minutes with no floating aids

NOTE: You should be in a good healthy state, otherwise a doctor’s opinion should be sought when in doubt. For details of a Singapore Dive Doctor click – here

 

PADI Open Water Referral Course

Forms to download, print, read and sign prior to registering for your PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course:

PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course Registration
    If you are not able to swim, we suggest you first learn to swim before taking this course. We will not allow students to start the course unless they can swim and tread water. If you need to see a Dive Doctor in Singapore, visit http://www.gs-diving.com/about-gs-diving/dive-doctor/ for more information.
    If you are not able to swim, we suggest you first learn to swim before taking this course. We will not allow students to start the course unless they can swim and tread water. If you need to see a Dive Doctor in Singapore, visit http://www.gs-diving.com/about-gs-diving/dive-doctor/ for more information.
    If you are not able to swim, we suggest you first learn to swim before taking this course. We will not allow students to start the course unless they can swim and tread water. If you need to see a Dive Doctor in Singapore, visit http://www.gs-diving.com/about-gs-diving/dive-doctor/ for more information.
    The Terms and Conditions can be found here : http://www.gs-diving.com/about-gs-diving/terms-and-conditions/
  • Price: $ 400.00

Detailed Course Structure:

Knowledge Development Sessions:

Upon registration you will receive the PADI Diver Manual and PADI Dive Planner, or access to the PADI Open Water Diver Touch for self study prior to the next lesson. It will take approximately 6 to 8 hours over one week for the self study.

Prior to your theory lesson you will have to:

  • PADI Dive Manual – complete all 5 knowledge reviews and watch a PADI DVD (shared via DropBox) or if using,
  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch – complete all of the modules and print your results for your instructor

Do note that the PADI Open Water Diver Touch is not available for students 13 years or younger and may only be used on an iPad 2 (or higher) or an Anroid Tablet.

During the theory session, you are also required to pass the following completed PADI forms to the instructor:

  • PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement
  • PADI Medical Form
  • PADI Open Water Diver Course Record Form
  • PADI Standard Safe Diving Practice

Then the instructor 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.

Confined Water Dives:

The Skills Development Sessions will take place at the Outram Park Secondary School swimming pool. Address – 3 York Hill, Singapore 168622 (view map – here).

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.

The pool sessions are conducted on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. The sessions will be held between approximately 6:30 and 10:30pm. All you will need to bring is your swimming attire and towel and your instructor will provide the rest!

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.

Students are required to successfully complete the following skills in confined water:

Dive Flexible Skills

  • Skin Diving — During Confined Water Dives 2, 3, 4 or 5, have student divers perform:
    1. A vertical dive from the surface in water too deep in which to stand (without excessive splashing or arm movement)
    2. A proper ascent, clearing and breathing from a snorkel without lifting the face from the water
    3. Proper buddy team procedures for skin diving
  • Equipment Preparation and Care — have student divers:
    1. Assemble and disassemble the scuba kit five times during confined water training
    2. At least three times by the end of Confined Water Dive 3, with little or no assistance on the last assembly and disassembly
    3. At least five times by the end of Confined Water Dive 5, with little or no assistance on the last two assemblies and disassemblies
    4. Streamline and secure equipment for confined water dives by the end of Confined Water Dive 3
    5. Demonstrate proper post-dive care of scuba equipment by the end of Confined Water Dive 3
  • Disconnect Low Pressure Inflator Hose — Have student divers disconnect the low pressure hose from the inflator in shallow water (either underwater or at the surface)
    a. By the end of Confined Water Dive 3 for PADI Scuba Divers
    b. By the end of Confined Water Dive 5 for all student divers

Confined Water Dive 1

At the Surface:
1. Put on and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, scuba kit and weights with assistance – using proper lifting techniques
2. Participate in a predive safety check
3. Inflate/deflate the BCD using the low pressure inflator in shallow water

Underwater in Shallow water:
4. Breathe compressed air by breathing naturally, without breath-holding
5. Clear a regulator using both the exhalation and purge- button methods, then resume breathing from it.
6. Recover a regulator from behind the shoulder
7. Clear a partially flooded mask
8. Breathe from an alternate air source supplied by another diver for at least 30 seconds

Underwater:
9. Descend at a controlled rate into water too deep in which to stand, equalising the ears and mask
10. Swim with scuba equipment while maintaining control of both direction and depth
11. Locate and read the submersible pressure gauge and signal whether the air supply is adequate or low based on the gauge’s caution zone and/or an assigned supply limit
12. Recognise and demonstrate hand signals
13. Ascend using proper technique
14. Stay within reach of buddy

At the surface in water too deep in which to stand:
15. While positively buoyant, breathe from a snorkel or regulator while swimming facedown
16. After ascent, keep the mask on and continue breathing from the regulator while using the low pressure inflator to attain positive buoyancy
17. Deflate the BCD, then orally inflate it until positively buoyant

Confined Water Dive 2

At the Surface:
1. Plan dive
2. Put on and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, scuba and weights with buddy – using proper lifting techniques
3. Perform the buddy predive safety check
4. Demonstrate appropriate deep-water entry
5. 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
6. Clear a snorkel using the blast method, then resume breathing through it without lifting the face from the water
7. Exchange snorkel for regulator and regulator for snorkel repeatedly (at least two exchanges) without lifting the face from the water
8. Swim at least 50 metres/yards while wearing scuba, breathing through a snorkel and staying close to buddy

Underwater:
9. With a buddy, descend in water too deep in which to stand using the five-point method, primarily using the BCD for buoyancy control
10. Use low-pressure BCD inflation to become neutrally buoyant. Gently rise and fall in a controlled manner, during inhalation and exhalation
11. Clear a fully flooded mask
12. Remove, replace and clear a mask
13. Breathe without a mask for at least one minute
14. Respond to air depletion by signaling “out-of-air” in water too deep in which to stand
15. Indicate remaining air supply within 20 bar/300 psi without rechecking the SPG
16. Ascend using the five-point method, primarily using the BCD for buoyancy control
17. Exit using the most appropriate technique (buddy assistance allowed)

Confined Water Dive 3

At the surface in water too deep in which to stand:
1. Demonstrate appropriate deep-water entry
2. With a buddy, perform a weight check and adjust for proper weighting
3. Demonstrate the cramp release technique for self and buddy (at the surface or underwater)

Underwater:
4. With a buddy, descend using only a visual reference in water too deep in which to stand, using the five-point method
5. Hover using buoyancy control for at least 30 seconds, without kicking or sculling
6. While neutrally buoyant, swim slowly in a horizontal position to determine trim. Adjust trim, as feasible, for a normal swimming position
7. 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, surface and inflate the BCD orally
8. Supply air to another diver using an alternate air source
9. Simulate a controlled emergency swimming ascent by swimming horizontally for at least 9 metres/30 feet while emitting a continuous sound
10. Indicate remaining air supply within 20 bar/300 psi without rechecking the SPG

Confined Water Dive 4

At the surface in water too deep in which to stand:
1. With a buddy, perform a weight check and adjust for proper weighting and trim
2. Perform a tired diver tow for 25 metres/yards
3. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba kit with minimal assistance

Underwater:
4. With a buddy, descend in water too deep in which to stand using the five-point method and use buoyancy control to stop the descent without contacting the bottom
5. With a buddy, swim over a simulated environmentally sensitive bottom while maintaining buoyancy control
6. Orally inflate the BCD to hover for at least one minute, without kicking or sculling
7. Breathe effectively from a simulated freeflowing regulator for at least 30 seconds
8. Swim without a mask for at least 15 metres/50 feet, then replace and clear the mask
9. Indicate remaining air supply within 20 bar/300 psi without rechecking the SPG
10. Make a five point ascent from above a simulated environmentally sensitive bottom without contacting the bottom

Confined Water Dive 5

Underwater:
1. Remove, replace, adjust and secure the scuba kit with minimal assistance in water too deep in which to stand, without losing control of buoyancy, body position and depth
2. Remove, replace, adjust and secure all or part of the weight system without losing control of buoyancy, body position and depth
With weight belt and weight integrated BCD – on the bottom in water too deep in which to stand
With any weight system that requires reassembly after weights are removed – in shallow water
3. Indicate remaining air supply within 20 bar/300 psi without rechecking the SPG
4. Complete a simulated dive – Minidive – including:

  • Plan dive with a buddy
  • Make an entry and exit
  • Do a weight and trim check
  • Perform a five point descent
  • With a buddy, practice previously learned skills with emphasis on neutral buoyancy, hovering and swimming
  • Demonstrate awareness and make efforts to avoid contact with simulated sensitive bottom and fragile aquatic organisms
  • Respond correctly to at least one, but not more than three, of these simulated situations: leg cramps, out of air – share air, freeflow regulator, mask flooded or off, regulator dropped from mouth, BCD inflator failure and buddy separation
  • Perform a five point ascent with a safety stop at planned time limit or designated ascent pressure

What is included in the program?

  • All course materials
  • All necessary dive equipment 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
  • Weights, weight belt and tanks
  • A maximum of 2 confined (pool) water sessions (additional pool sessions, if required at $125 per session)
  • Signed paperwork for your next instructor

 You will be required to take the paperwork that your GS-Diving instructor gives you at the end of the pool session to your next instructor. Your next instructor will complete the 4 open water dives with you in the ocean, at the destination for your choice.

GS-Diving prides itself in our transparent pricing. All costs are included in the price quoted.

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