Open Water - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. 12 -months from the date of commencement, however we strongly encourage students to complete their course within 2 months.
Q. How old do I need to be to dive?
A. 12-years old - please note, some doctor's won't conduct medicals for students under 15.
Q. What do I need to do before commencing the course?
A. check that you don't require a diving medical by making sure you can honestly answer "no" to all questions on the medical part of your folder. If you answer "Yes" you will require a diving medical. Please get a form off us or download off our website here:
Q. Are there any medical conditions that will restrict me from diving?
A. If you currently suffer from Asthma, Epilepsy, Diabetes, or are pregnant, this may prevent you from diving. Only your doctor can make this decision.
Q. I'm not a great swimmer, is this going to be a problem?
A. You don't need to be an Olympic swimmer to participate in this course. During your Open Water Course you will be required to swim (unaided) for 200 metres and float and/or tread water for a min of 10 minutes unassisted.
Q. Is it necessary to have my Knowledge Reviews completed before completing the course?
A. Yes. If you haven't, please let us know before starting the course.
Q. I'd like to purchase gear to get started, but can't afford the upfront cost, do you have payment plans?
A. Yes, we have a number of payment options available including lay-by (six weeks), Ezipay - which is a no interest payment plan** (direct debit), and we accept most major credit cards.
Q. I'm not sure what gear I need to get started, are you able to help?
A. Yes, we employ highly trained and experienced divers who can assist you in getting started - all within your budget.
Q. What does SCUBA mean?
A. SCUBA is the acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
Q. Will I need my own transport while I learn to dive?
A. Yes, you will need your own transport during your course. Often your dive buddies completing the course may like to car pool and we generally all leave the shop at the same time. If you live closer to the dive sites you may meet us there when we are completing the ocean dives.
Q. Will my dive certification be recognised worldwide?
A. Yes, PADI is the largest diver training agency world wide and recognised world wide.
Q. How long will my PADI Open Water Diver certification last?
A. For life! Your certification card will never expire. However, we do recommend that you keep your skills fresh by diving at least every 6 months. If it has been a while between dives we recommend a Scuba Review refresher course.
Q. I wear glasses/contact lenses can I still dive?
A. Yes, it is fine to dive wearing contact lenses. You will just need to make sure that if you do get water in your mask you will need to keep your eyes closed. If you wear glasses there are masks which will accommodate prescription lenses. Ask our staff in stock which masks are suitable for prescription lenses.
Q. I am nervous about completing my mask removal skills?
A. Our instructors will ensure you are always relaxed and comfortable before you complete each skill, you do not need to open your eyes when practicing your mask removal skills.
Q. How long until I receive my certification card?
A. You will receive a temporary certification card upon completion of your course which is valid for 3 months and can be used as proof of certification. Your hard copy certification card will be available for collection from Coastal Water Dive approximately 2 weeks after your certification date - this may be longer during peak season. We will send you an sms once it arrives.
Q. Where will the ocean dives be completed?
A. Our ocean dives are completed at the Busselton Jetty and Canal Rocks.
Q. I've lost my PADI certification card, where can I get a new one?
A. CWD can arrange a new card on your behalf otherwise you can follow the links on the PADI website. The cost of a replacement card is $55.00 (PADI processing fee).