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Adelaide Scuba is the only dive school in South Australia operating in a custom built dive training centre with an onsite dive training pool (no need to travel to and from a swimming centre), waterfront facility with boats departing from our back door, dedicated clean breathing gas facility and more. Come into our store at Glenelg and take a look around a world class facility where you can complete your Scuba training from start to finish.

Have you always dreamed about being able to breathe underwater? Is Scuba Diving on your bucket list? Would you love to explore the world’s Oceans? Start your scuba diving adventures today with our professional and friendly Instructors, sign up for Adelaide Scuba’s Open Water Diver Course!

  • Learn to Dive – In just 3 days
  • All equipment supplied for your training
  • Gain a globally recognised PADI SCUBA Diving certification

$450 per person (no hidden cost) includes all online training materials, instructor costs, pool entry, 5 pool training dives, breathing gas, diver log, 4 ocean reef dives, equipment and your PADI Open Water Diver licence.


Adelaide Scuba’s Open Water Diver Course Schedule


Home/independant study (8–10 hours): Open Water Diver Course E-learning (Online Theory)

Friday 6:00PM – 8:00PM: Class Registration & Orientation

Saturday 8:00AM – 04:00PM: Pool Session, Gear Fit Out & Gear Workshop

Sunday 8:00AM – 04:00PM: Ocean Reef Dives 1 and 2

Saturday 8:00AM – 04:00PM Ocean Dives 3 & 4 with option to upgrade to boats dives


Group Bookings? If you have a group of 4 or more friends wanting to learn to Dive and a time frame in mind, contact us to discuss your individual needs; with our onsite training facilities and full time instructor team, almost anything is possible.


Why choose Adelaide Scuba to start your diving adventures?

Use our gear – No Hidden Costs (Adelaide Scuba provides all the necessary gear for the course and we won’t just give you the cheapest kind available. Experience your dives with quality entry level Mask, Snorkel, Dive boots and Fins. As well as modern and well maintained SCUBA gear including integrated weights and Dive computer).

Small class sizes – Max 6 Students per Instructor Our Safety reputation is second to none, learning in small groups means less waiting around and more personal attention.

Oceanic School / Rental Gear We have Adelaide’s largest fleet of Hire equipment from Oceanic, a world leading scuba gear manufacturer assuring your safety on all Adelaide Scuba dive courses and when hiring gear once you are dive certified.

PADI Dive Certification – Recognised Worldwide Your PADI certification card will be recognized and allow you to dive with any dive center in the world.

Fun and Passionate Dive Team Our team is dynamic and friendly, but most importantly professional and heaps of fun

Huge Retail Showroom – Years of Experience that Money Can’t Buy When it comes to dive gear we know our stuff! We have tried and tested the majority of products on the market and our long standing shop and Instructional team can point you in the right direction when it comes to investing in appropriate, good quality and value for money Snorkeling and Diving gear.

Located at Glenelg with FREE Carparking Our great location allows maximum convenience when diving and training. We are just 5 minutes from the end of the Tram line in Moseley Square, just walk North up the beach and over the Marina lock gates to get to our store on foot. Our multi-story facility is surrounded by water and makes the perfect setting to start and underwater adventure.

Come in and take a look around, we’ll happily show you through the dive centre so you can see where it all happens, you may even see some live Dive Training in action!

Things you need to know before you start your learning.

  • To participate in this course, you have to complete 8 to 10 hours of online theory.
  • Please make sure that you fill out the Dive Medical Questionnaire before starting the course (available as a download  2.1.5 RSTC MedState v201 or in-store), this will tell you whether you are fit to dive or whether you need to get a dive medical done by a diving doctor. If you need to see a diving doctor for clearance, please make sure that you do so before the course commencement date. A list of suitable Diving Doctors can be accessed from SPUMS.ORG.AU. Our staff can answer any questions you may have about seeking out the dive medical, however it is essential that you have obtained clearance prior to starting your course. PADI does not refund the online learning portion of the course and Adelaide Scuba do not provide refunds for a failed medical after you have attended the class orientation and registration.
  • You need to be able to swim (any stroke / no time limit) 200 meters in a pool.
  • You need to be able to float or tread water for 10 minutes in a pool.
  • A minimum age of 14 years applies. Every student under the age of 18 needs to have a parent or a guardian sign a consent form (available from the dive centre). Students younger than 15 years old will attain a Junior Open Water Scuba Diver certification on completion of all performance requirements.


For our Adelaide Scuba Open Water Diver course we have chosen eLearning the faster, cost-effective way of teaching the theory via online training.

Electronic learning (eLearning) is the delivery of education online, using interactive web-based technology. PADI eLearning allows you to begin your dive education at your convenience, on the internet, and finish your training in the water with a PADI Professional.

With PADI eLearning, you can complete the knowledge development (classroom) portion of the course on demand and at your own pace (logging in and out at your own convenience) – studying anytime and anywhere you have a high-speed internet connection. This allows us as a training facility to reduce the amount of in classroom time and progress to the in water components faster. If you have a busy schedule or just prefer the convenience of online study, eLearning is a good choice.

Please ensure that you schedule enough time to work through and complete your online training, as it takes approximately 8 to 10 hours to complete. The PADI online theory includes basic reading, video presentations, review questions & academic exams, the step by step approach allows you to develop your knowledge and prepares you for commencing the in water components of the course.


Let’s take a closer look at the class schedule.

Session 1 – Friday Night 6:00pm – 8:30pm Class Registration & Orientation

Now that you have completed the online training, it’s time to finish a Quick Review Questionnaire. During the registration and orientation session a short theory review will be completed with your instructor where you’ll look at the key points covered during your online study in preparation for the Open Water Diver Quick Review Questionnaire, a short knowledge assessment.

You will then head downstairs to the showroom to get sized up for all the equipment needed to dive safely in South Australian conditions and temperate waters. This includes mask, snorkel, fins and dive boots designed to protect your feet whilst gearing up and walking in and out of the water.

During the pool session you will workshop pre dive setup and dive buddy procedures, get comfortable with assembling and disassembling your gear, learn all the safety concepts of scuba diving and practice your underwater skills. Our onsite heated indoor dive pool is the perfect place to get comfortable in the water and prepare you for your very first Ocean Dives with your Instructor over the weekend.

What do you need to bring with you?

A print of proof you have completed your PADI theory which you have received after completing your online training.

The evening runs until about 8:30PM, so please make sure that you have eaten something and bring a bottle of water to drink.

Bathers and a towel, as well as a rashie or an old t-shirt you are comfortable to wear in the pool.

At the end of this session you will take your Scuba gear with you that you will need to dive with the following day so please ensure you have a vehicle that can transport it safely. This will include 2 dive cylinders, wetsuit and a large plastic dive tub containing your scuba gear (buoyancy vest and scuba regulator system).


Session 2 – Saturday 8:30AM – 05:00PM: Pool Session & Gear Workshop

Plan to meet at Adelaide Scuba in Glenelg.

What do you need to bring with you?

Bathers and a towel, a snack or packed lunch and and plenty of water.

Session 3 – Sunday 8:00AM – 4:00PM: Ocean Reef Dives 1 and 2.

Plan to meet at the dive site carpark (site will be confirmed with you the day prior) at 8:00am in the morning and complete your final two Ocean Dives with your Instructor.

After the dives we will travel back to Adelaide Scuba at Glenelg to drop off our gear, tell the staff team all about our dives, log our dives and complete our certification paperwork so we can process your PADI certification cards. Time to celebrate with a group photo and a congratulations, welcome to the world of Scuba Diving!

What do you need to bring with you?

ALL of the gear you need to dive with, please make sure you do a final check of your car so nothing is left at home and you are fully prepared.

Bathers and a towel. Sunscreen, a snack or packed lunch and and plenty of water

Session 4 – Sunday 8:00AM – 4:00PM: Ocean Reef Dives 3 and 4. Celebrate your certification!

Plan to meet at Adelaide Scuba in Glenelg at 8am.

What do you need to bring with you?

ALL of the gear you need to dive with, please make sure you do a final check of your car so nothing is left at home and you are fully prepared.

Bathers and a towel. Sunscreen, a snack or packed lunch and and plenty of water


Do you have questions about the course? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions…

Will I need to bring any gear myself (for example mask, snorkel, fins and dive boots)? No, all gear will be provided by Adelaide Scuba (even Dive boots!) However, we will still teach you about the different types of gear available and to maximize your enjoyment of the experience, we do recommend coming in store to have a look at our mask range, your dive mask if the most important piece of equipment you will invest in. Feel free to come in and try some on.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive? Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Adelaide Scuba will assess this by having you:

  • Swim 200 meters. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
  • Float and/or tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

My ears hurt when I swim to the bottom of a swimming pool and/or when I dive down whilst snorkeling. Will this prevent me from becoming a scuba diver? No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your eardrums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

What If I fail my dive medical? It is always best to read through the medical questionnaire first to determine if you need doctor clearance. If you have a known medical condition we encourage you to seek out the medical and gain clearance before you commence your eLearning. A medical clearance by a diving doctor will last for 12 months. The eLearning portion of the course is not refundable and once commenced the course is not refundable by Adelaide Scuba. Please ask our friendly staff if you have any questions about how this process works.

Can I reschedule the course if I cannot complete the online training in time or get my medical in time? Rescheduling is available for any reason, however there is rescheduling fee of $100 if this is within 14 days of the course start. As soon as your course space is booked with us there is a lot of preparation in place to ensure your gear and Instructor is available. We ask that you please give us as much notice as you can, our courses are scheduled 12 months in advance and can be booked out up to 3 months in advance at some times of the year.

I have a voucher, can I use this for the course cost? Yes, you can put your voucher towards your Learn To Dive Course, all vouchers redeemed MUST be within the expiry date & will not be extended.

What happens in when there’s a turn in the weather? Adelaide Scuba staff monitor the weather forecasts closely all year round and will provide you with as much notice as possible if the conditions look unsafe for scuba diving. Water conditions are not always determined by sunshine but primarily by wind, rain, current and swell. South Australia has a variety of dive sites, which are suitable in varying weather conditions. If the prediction is for unsafe conditions we may have to reschedule the course dives to another time & will discuss this based on student and Instructor availability.


For Boat Diving – We have the toughest, sturdiest and safest fleet of dive boats in the state ensuring maximum safety when at sea. Our safety procedures and boat management are second to none. In extreme conditions we will reschedule to a suitable time or where possible allow for additional in class and/or pool training in our heated indoor pool.