SDI Open Water SCUBA Diver

SDI Open Water SCUBA Diver

About the Course

The SDI Open Water SCUBA Diver is the first SCUBA certification level in the SDI system of education. One of our highly-trained SDI Instructors will teach you how to SCUBA dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad with another certified diver.

Course Outline

The course is broken up into 3 stages, undertaken one after the other. Click through below to get more details on each of the stages.

Knowledge Development

The first thing you’ll do on the course is to learn all about diving. This knowledge will lay the foundation for your in-water training, where you’ll take what you’ve learnt and put it into practice. The SDI Open Water SCUBA Diver course theory is all digital, meaning you can do it from the comfort of your sofa on a computer or smart device, we call this eLearning. Once you’ve completed your eLearning, there will be an online exam for you to complete.

Typical time commitment: 5-10 hours

Confined Water Dives

The confined water dives are where you’ll learn all the skills you need to dive safely with a buddy. These sessions are undertaken in an area of confined water, which may be a sheltered area of beach or a swimming pool for example. Your instructor will take you through a structured learning experience, during which they will teach you each of the Open Water SCUBA Diver skills. You will practice performing these skills until your instructor is sure that you can comfortably and competently undertake them, and then you will move onto the open water dives. You will also need to complete a waterskills assessment as part of the confined water sessions, this includes a 10-minute float or swim, and a 200-metre continuous surface swim.

Typical time commitment: &#189-1 day

Open Water Dives

Everything you’ve done up to this point was about learning the dive skills. Now you get to put those skills into practice in the open water. You are required to complete a minimum of 4 open water dives, during which time your instructor will ask you to demonstrate you can confidently carry out the skills you have already learnt.

Typical time commitment: 2 days

Pricing Options


The solo package includes private tuition, one-on-one with your instructor. This is a great option if you’re looking to tailor your course package completely. You can choose when and where you’d like to do the course, and we’ll make it work. One of our certified assistants may join us for parts of this course as well to help with the in-water skills.

from $1,900


If you’re best buddies or a couple and looking to do your course together, or if you’re on your own and want to meet a future dive buddy, this could be the package for you. We will work with you and your fellow student diver to tailor this course to the both of you. This course requires 2 students to run.

from $1,245pp


This package is great if you’re on your own and looking to make some lifelong dive friends, or for a family or group of friends looking to learn together. This course requires a minimum of 3 students to run, with typically a maximum of 4. Anymore than 4, and one of our certified assistants will join us for some extra support.

from $995pp

More Information

Previous dive experience and/or qualifications: None required. Minimum age: 12 years old – Diving in Melbourne is one of the most rewarding places to dive, but the conditions can make it challenging for younger people. Therefore, we restrict our minimum age to 12 years. Divers who are under the age of 15 may earn a Junior Diver certification. After certification 12 to 14-year-olds must dive with an adult certified diver. There are also some depth restrictions for continuing education courses. Waterskills: You should be able to comfortably maintain yourself in water too deep in which to stand. During the course, your instructor will assess this by asking you to:

  • Float or tread water without aids for 10 minutes; and,
  • Swim 200 metres with no aids or 300 metres with mask, fins and snorkel.

Medical fitness: In order to take part in diving, you should be medically fit to dive. As part of your booking process, we will ask you to complete a medical form. If the form indicates that you must get a diving physician’s medical evaluation, we recommend getting this sorted in good time ahead of your course, and prior to finalising your booking. We won’t be able to take you diving if you do not obtain any required approvals, and your deposit may be forfeit. For a list of qualified diving physicians, visit the SPUMS website.

Our base price includes the learning and administrative costs of the course. There may be additional costs to consider depending on the course and your individual requirements, we will confirm these with you when you book onto the course. Find below our typical inclusions, and other costs that you may need to consider:
Package Inclusions
  • eLearning & exams
  • In-water instruction:
    • 1 day of confined water training
    • 2 days of open water diving,
      up to 4 open water dives
  • Certification processing fee
  • 3-day equipment hire:
    • BCD
    • Regulator Set
    • Cylinders
    • Wetsuit
    • Weights
  • Air fills
  • 2 boat tickets
Other Costs to Consider
  • Equipment purchase:
    • Mask
    • Snorkel
    • Fins
    • Boots
    • Gloves (for winter)
    • Hood (for winter)
  • Pool hire/entry fees (if opted)
  • Logbook
  • Travel

You will require the following equipment for this course:

  • Basic open water SCUBA equipment, including:
    • Mask, fins and snorkel
    • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) with a low-pressure power inflator
    • Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
    • Alternate air source
    • Weight system
    • Personal dive computer (PDC)
    • Exposure suit adequate for the training conditions
    • Compressed gas cylinder
    • Compass
    • Rescue signals (1 no. audible, and 1 no. visual)

Please note: students are expected to own their own mask, fins, snorkel, boots, gloves (if diving in winter), and hood (if diving in winter). If you do not own this equipment, take a look at our Open Water Equipment Starter Kit.

Once you have received your eLearning access code, you can access the learning platform using a computer or a smart device. To access, log in to the TDI/SDI website. The eLearning courses are designed to work on all browsers. For the best experience, make sure your browser is up-to-date.

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