PADI Open Water Course
Part 1 (Referral)

Prices from £320

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PADI Open Water Course
Part 1 (Referral)

Prices from £320

from 320.00

The PADI Open Water Referral Course is the first half of the full Open Water Course. It is perfect for those who want to complete their qualifying dives abroad, but save precious holiday time and complete theory and pool session here in the UK. Qualifying dives can be completed at any PADI dive centre.

Prices start at £320. See below for package information.

Please email or call us on 020 7924 4106 to book a date for you course.

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To provide a more tailored experience we provide a choice of packages to help you choose the best learning experience for you. Listed below are the options and more information about them.

Packages Options

  • Bronze(£320): Start your PADI course by utilising PADI's state of the art online classroom and get all the theory done in your own time. The e-learning guides you through all the dive theory so that upon completion you'll only need to do a quick quiz and the pool training. Then you're done!

  • Silver (£345): Our most popular option includes a mask, snorkel and mask strap set worth up to £90 (save £25). This means you’ll have the comfort of completing the course in your own well-fitting mask and you’ll also save money on the retail price of the equipment. 

  • Gold (£450): This is the best option for those who want one-on-one personal instructor attention and/or have limited time as this course can usually be conducted in a single day on either a Saturday or Sunday. You will go through all the theory in the morning and then we can usually complete all the skills for you in the afternoon with just you and the instructor. We can run this option on any standard referral weekend on either day. (If there are 2 or more of you wanting to take this option then the course price becomes £400 per person). To book please contact the shop directly.

  • Platinum (£POA): A one-on-one referral but you will have the whole pool to yourself and we can usually run the course on any day you like. We use a private, heated and non-chlorinated pool. This option works very well for those with limited time because we can pretty much schedule the course to fit in with any time constraints you have. We can run this option on any date that suits you. To book please contact the shop directly (If there are 2 or more of you wanting to take this option then the course price becomes less per person). 

  • Platinum Plus (Call to enquire): Our ultimate package, this package includes a full set of scuba equipment. You will start with a session with one of our kit experts who will be able help you choose the right kit for you and then make sure the equipment is fitting correctly and that you are comfortable in the water. The advantage of this course is that not only do you get a great deal on the equipment and course, you will also learn all your skills in your own equipment. When you go on to complete your qualifying dives abroad you will be confident in the knowledge that you don’t have to rely on the equipment in an unknown foreign destination. This can also be run as a one-to-one course.


How the course works

The Open Water Referral Course consists of theory work and pool skills. It is the first half of the full Open Water Course and upon completion of the referral course you have up to 12 months in which to complete the qualifying dives. These can be done with any PADI dive centre.

  • We run the referral course over 2 days on a weekend, with nine hours of pool time to ensure you can learn at a relaxed pace. 
  • We meet at the dive centre on the Saturday morning where you will meet your instructor and have the opportunity to ask any questions about the course materials and about the course in general.
  • You will complete 5 confined water dives at our pool in Southfields. These dives will give you a chance to learn and practise the skills you will need in open water.

All you need to provide for the course are towels and swimming costumes, we provide all the rest!


The E-Learning Open Water Referral Course options follow the schedule:

  • Saturday
    • 10:00 - 12:00: Quick quiz and equipment presentation at the shop
    • 13:00 - 17:30: Skills practice in the swimming pool
  • Sunday
    •  13:00 - 17:30: Skills practice in the swimming pool

The classroom based (Bronze) Open Water Referral Course starts at 8:30 in the dive centre on both Saturday and Sunday.


Theory: 36 Webbs Road, London, SW11 6SF

Pool: Aspire Centre, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU

What's included?

The course includes all course materials, equipment hire and training. Transportation to/from the dive centre and pool are not included.

Course prerequisites

  • Aged 10 and Up
  • Able to swim (You don't need to be a strong swimmer, just able to tread water and swim 200m)

What's the next step?

Complete the open water dives or come back after your holiday and complete the advanced course.