The PADI Open Water Advanced Course is a 2-day experience in a small group of 4 students. Discover new underwater activities through 5 specialty dives, including a scuba diving charter to Rottnest Island.
PADI Open Water Course
- Be over 14 years old
- Be able to swim 200 meters non-stop and float for 10 minutes
- Complete the PADI medical form and be fit to dive
- You will need a vehicle to go to the pool and dive sites
- Includes all dive gear, certification fees and Rottnest Island fees
Become a certified PADI scuba diver in Perth!
The PADI Open Water Course in Perth is designed to help you discover the underwater world and become a safe diver. The Course takes place in 3 days, includes a day of pool training,4 ocean dives and the PADI e-learning course.
The PADI certification is an awesome experience where you are going to learn skills that you will use for many years. During the pool session, you learn how to set up and maintain your dive gear, including how to prepare your mask, wetsuit and fins. You will then learn several skills in the shallow water, like swimming with your gear or exchanging air with your buddy. Because we only take small groups, you get plenty of 1-to-1 time with your instructor to learn those skills and you do not waste time waiting for a big group!
The dives, that follow the pool session, are there for you to practice those important skills and get comfortable underwater. You will surprised how natural it gets after only a few dives!
But the best part of the shore dive is that we take time to explore the underwater world, look at fish and talk about what you have seen. Rottnest Island offers a beautiful underwater playground. There is caves, canyon and mountain pinnacles underwater that you would never have imagine. You can see the gorgeous Western Blue Devil, the funny damsel fish and plenty of other sea creatures.
At the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Dive independently with a buddy
- Go no deeper than 18m
- Respond to any accident happening during a dive
- Control your buoyancy to optimize your experience
Bucket List Diver is offering 3 different type of PADI Open Water Course to adapt to your schedule and budget.
Our Premium Open Water Course includes the final day at Rottnest Island where you will do your final two dives with your instructor in the pristine water of the marine park! You can also choose to do the Premium course at The Lena Shipwreck: a massive ship you can explore at 18 metres! A must do dive in Western Australia.
Our Standard Open Water course is our cheap open water course. You still get the full PADI ticket, but all the dives will be from the shore. It is the perfect course if you are on a budget or if you are getting ready for your Exmouth Holidays!
Our 1-on-1 course will cater for your tight schedule. We will work with you to deliver the most adapted course for you while giving you 100% of the instructor attention.
|Standard Open Water Course||Premium Open Water Course||1-on-1 Private Course|
|Price||A$ 450||A$ 595||A$ 1195|
|Group Size||up to 6 students per instructor||up to 4 students per instructor||Private instruction|
|Equipment||All dive equipment included from head to toe!|
|Certification||PADI Open Water Diver. Dive to 18 meters everywhere in the world|
|Theory Style||PADI Digital Book and Video||PADI Elearning||PADI Elearning|
|Number of Shore Dives||4 shore dives||2 shore dives||4 shore dive|
|Number of Boat Dives||–||2 dives at Rottnest Island or on the Lena||2 Dives at Rottnest island, once certified|
|Duration||3 Days Course||3 Days Course||Up to your schedule|
|Logbook type||Online logbook||Logbook||Logbook|
|What do I need to buy?||We do not sell gear! We are focused on your training and fun. No pressure to buy equipment!|
The PADI Open Water Course is an entry level training and does not require previous knowledge of scuba diving. However, you need to be able to swim confidently at least 200 metres and thread water for 10 minutes. Being comfortable in the water is important and will make your training much easier. If you are not too comfortable, you can start with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience to see if diving is right for you.
A very simple test: if you can keep your head underwater without pinching your nose, diving will be a piece of cake!
In Perth, you can learn scuba diving from $450 and become a PADI Open Water Diver thanks to our Standard Course. All Open Water Course includes 4 Ocean Dives, but if you like to do your final dives at Rottnest Island, you can join our Premium Course for $595.
When you are shopping around for options look at what is included in the course to make your decision:
– Boat Dives: when other local dive shop includes boat dive, they go on a big charter that takes all local dive shop and fisherman. They have to make sacrifice to where they are going to satisfy both school and cray fisherman. Fortunately for us our private vessel Moonshine2 takes no more than 8 divers, so we can choose the best dive site for you.
– Dive Gear Included: make sure to check what dive gear is included. Some of our competitor includes BCD, weights and tanks but they require you to purchase scuba diving masks, fins and/or wetsuit. A set of mask and fins can cost around $200. It is a good idea to own your dive gear, but we prefer you to have some experience with the different equipment before you commit to it. That’s why we include all gears and we do not have any to sell.
– Certification is included: Other dive shops might not include the PADI Open Water course, and you will have to purchase it separately. It is worth $220 on the PADI site. Also, other dive shops include the PADI Scuba Diver which is a certification that only allows you to go to 12 metres with a dive guide. We include all your certification fees, including PADI Open Water Course, Pool fees and Rottnest Island Fees.
– How many students on a course: A PADI Instructor can take up to 8 students (even 10 in the pool), some Perth Dive shops uses this ratio. We decided that it was not the best way to teach scuba in Perth as the visibility and the water temperature can be challenging. During your course, you need your instructor to spend as much time as possible with you to give you advice. That why we do take only 4 students for our Premium Course and 6 students for our Standard.
Our PADI Open Water course is open for anyone over 14 years old.
If your kid is above 12 years old, let us know, and we will put a PADI Junior Open Water Course on the calendar, so all students are around the same age. Parent can obviously partake to this course and get their full license. The Junior license limits them to 12 metres and they must always dive with a certified adult. They will still have to be able to do their eLearning and carry 15 Kilos of equipment.
To participate on any PADI Course, you need to complete the following PADI Dive Medical. If you answer “No” everywhere, you do not need to see a Dive practician, but if you answer Yes, you might need to consult a dive doctor.
Your family GP might not able to sign the dive medical, we suggest to consult one of those specialist.
We keep our group small to allow you to take your time on skills and have the full attention of our Instructor. Each skill is decomposed in smaller skills and we do not rush them. If you are used to snorkeling and a comfortable swimmer, you should pass them easily.
At the end of the pool session, you must be able to complete all skills with ease and without hesitation. Our instructor cannot take you scuba diving in the ocean otherwise. If it is the case for you, they will suggest you to join the next pool session for a $200 rebooking fee.
The eLearning takes about 8 to 10 hours to complete. You need to have it done before the first pool session, your instructor can not take you underwater otherwise. Don’t leave it to the last minute, it is dense but very instructive!
That’s the best part about PADI certification, it is valid everywhere. The world is your oyster. You can dive anywhere in the globe no deeper than 18 metres!!! Dive on your mate boats, go to Exmouth and explore the Navy Pier, discover the reef of Bali and of course join us for another dive to Rottnest Island.
After your course, you can join our weekly free club shore dive. You only need to rent equipment for $60. A single boat dive is $55 and a double dive to Rottnest is $165. If you invest in your own dive gear, a full kit cost around $2,000 and will last you a very long time. We suggest to start with masks, fins and wetsuit before going for a full kit. Thanks to all the shore dive in Perth, scuba can be cheap.
We will be diving the local shore dives of Perth, they are rich with crustaceans, juvenile fish and plenty other things. We made some of the best dive briefing for those sites. Have a look at our videos 2 Minutes to Dive. If you are lucky, you might see octopus, sea horses, blow fish, leather jacket, crabs, nudibranch and many more. Western Australia is rich in bio diversity, we have numerous sea mammals, plenty of birds and a humongous amount of fish.
If your buddy are not certifed, they can join the course. if you book the course together, you will get a very good discount.
If they are certified they can join us on the Rottnest trip or the Lena Trip.
We are not going to lie. It is a tough decision. The Lena is a fantastic shipwreck no deeper than 18 metres. you can look inside, enjoy the amazing sea life and finish your course on a blast. You just need to make your way to Bunbury. Rottnest Island is full of life, caves and swim through. The visibility is clear, the water warm in summer. Not many places can boast having such a cool underwater landscape.