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Padi Open Water Course

Paihia Dive is a Padi 5 Star Dive Centre in the Bay of Islands. We have been teaching Open Water Courses since 1978! So we know the best places for you to learn to dive. Padi is the largest and best training organisation for learning to dive. If you want your course to be recognised any were in the world, then a Padi Open Water Course is for you. 

We do the course over 4 days. 2 days of theory and pool training, then 2 days of open water diving. This way you can get confident with your skills first in a safe environment before exploring the underwater would on your dive days. We have experienced safe instructors that love what they do. We have small groups on our course so you can take the time to learn and enjoy diving.

Some medical conditions do preclude you from scuba diving. You will fill in a medical disclaimer form, if you say yes to any questions then you will need to see a dive doctor to be cleared as fit for diving. This costs about $75.00 in Paihia, so we recommend if a medical is needed to see your GP.


4 days

    • Includes all instruction, equipment and materials needed to learn to dive.
  • Day 1 : Theory Day
    The first day of the course is a theory day. You can skip this day if you complete the elearning before starting the course.
    Meals :None

    Day 2 : Pool/confined water day
    We spend the day at the heated pool in kawakawa. We start in the shallow end and then move to the deep end completing all the skills needed to learn to dive. You will also do the swim test in the pool.
    Meals :None

    Day 3 : Open Water Dives 1 & 2.
    We normally head to the beach at Matauri Bay to complete 2 beach/shore dives. This gives you the expereince of shore diving and teaches you the skills needed for this. If the weather or logistics affect things we can also do this day as a boat day.
    Meals :None

    Day 4 : Open Water Dives 3 & 4
    We head out on our boat into the Bay of Islands to do 2 dives in the reserve at Deep Water Cove. This is the best diving in the Bay of Islands and a great way to finish off the course.
    Meals :None

  • Dive Courses start every Monday at 8:30am and run for 4 days. minimum numbers do apply.

  • If required then a medical will cost $75.00 payable to the doctor.

    If you take longer than the 4 scheduled days to complete the course extra charges will apply.



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Organised by Paihia Dive

Activity ID: W-20848

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