Dive Zone - Tauranga

PADI Open Water Diver (Learn to Dive)

$550.00 NZD



Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Online knowledge development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills (Pool Sessions)
  • Open water dives to review your skills and explore! (open Water Sessions)

If you’ve tried diving through a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


  • Students as young as 10 years old can participate in this programme, however our experience shows that a more suitable age is 12 years old. 
  • All participants must be able to swim 200 metres non-stop & tread water for 10 minutes unassisted.   
  • A satisfactory RSTC Dive Medical (which requires sign-off from your GP if pre-existing medical conditions are present.) Please complete this medical honestly BEFORE signing up for the course (including the e-learning portion)

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

Check with with us about the gear you’ll use during this course. 

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Open Water Diver course theory is accessible wherever you are in the world, with eLearning which has online & touch (i-pad or other touch product) options.  If English is not your first language, there are a number of language options available too including Spanish, German, French, Japanese, Italian,Chinese, Korean, Dutch & Russian.  

PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool  to practice these skills with your Instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

Start Now

You don’t have to wait to get going. With PADI eLearning and the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online, you can start right now! The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online lets you learn the background information you need before each dive at your own pace through friendly, interactive learning. Click the eLearning link to continue. 


September / October 2018

Sunday September 30th   08:00-16:30
Saturday October 13th   07:30-17:30
Sunday October 14th  07:30-17:30


November 2018

Sunday November 04th   08:00-16:30
Saturday November 10th   07:30-17:30
Sunday November 11th  07:30-17:30


December 2018

Sunday December 09th   08:00-16:30
OR Friday December 14th   08:00-16:30

Saturday December 15th  07:30-17:30
Sunday December 16th  07:30-17:30


January 2019


Saturday January 13th   08:00-16:30
OR Friday January 18th   08:00-16:30

Saturday January 19th  07:30-17:30
Sunday January 20th  07:30-17:30