Open Water Course

Here at Dive Spear and Sport, we offer a dive course for the next generation. Learning to dive, we want you to ACTUALLY learn to dive underwater, not just learn how to survive underwater. You should leave your course buzzing to get into the water again – and why wouldn’t you? The water is an amazing ecosystem that needs to be experienced in it all its glory – under the surface!


Experience the beauty of coral reefs, dive with sharks, navigate through caves or experience true history underwater on some of the world’s wrecks. No matter what you want to do, this is where your journey starts and Dive Spear and Sport will help you get there with an Open Water Course!


How It Works

Please note that the following structure reflects that of our ‘Boat Dives Included’ Open Water Course Option. In this course, if it arises that the boat is unable to go out due to conditions or unforeseen circumstances shore diving will be done instead. You will be credited a boat dive (excluding gear hire) RRP $120.00. 


Your instructor will be in touch to confirm course structure and times. 



Prior to starting the course, you will do some online learning.  This will take between 3-6 hours on average.


Sunday: 8 am – 1 pm 

The first day will start with a quick revision of your theory, followed by skills in the pool. At this time, you will be equipped with your diving gear for the next three course days.


Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm

Your Open Water Dives One and Two will be conducted from shore. The dive site will be decided on the week of the course depending on conditions.


Sunday: 8 am – 2 pm 

Your Open Water Dives Three and Four will be conducted from the Dive, Spear and Sport boat. The dives will be decided on the week of the course depending on conditions. 


Following this, you will return to the Dive Spear & Sport Centre to sign logbooks and debrief. If at this point, you have satisfied course requirements and instructor expectations you will be certified as an Open Water Scuba Diver! 

1. Minimum age 18; 10 through 17 with written parental consent

Students between the ages of 10 through 14 may obtain an SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Certification if the following conditions are met: junior students are to train and dive under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian, or active dive professional. When an SDI Junior Open Water Diver reaches the age of 15, they may upgrade to an SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification 


2. Be able to demonstrate the following swimming ability:
  • distance swim of 200m non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or any swimming aids, or 300m non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins
  • survival swim/float of 10 minutes


3. Have completed the following paperwork:
  • SDI Liability & Risk / Medical Statement Form * [.pdf]
  • DSS Boat & Course Indemnity Form [.pdf]
  • DSS Course Booking Form [.pdf]


* Please answer the following questions on your past or present medical history with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving. Your instructor will supply you with an RSTC Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Examination to take to your physician.

Open Water Diver Course


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Through the Open Water Diver course, you will learn the basics of being a diver. You will be taught the primary skills of scuba diving required to dive to 18m (12m for under 15 years of age). Skills include basics to diving, buoyancy, about your gear, clearing your mask and regulators, ascending and descending, and emergency procedures – amongst other things. You will have the foundations to learn and be a qualified diver around the world.


At Dive Spear and Sport, we go above and beyond to ensure that you’re not just certified, but you feel competent and comfortable in the water. That’s why we go above and beyond to teach you valuable skills and habits that should be formed from the start.

Read more about the Open Water course structure here.



  • E-learning materials
  • Pool session
  • 4x Open Water dives
  • Theory session
  • High quality instruction on a course with max 4 students
  • All gear hire, tanks and weights


Please note: We will where possible always book you on your desired dates, however dates will need to be confirmed upon booking. Call us on (02) 9999 3903 if you would like to confirm availability prior to booking. 


Please familiarise yourself with our cancellation policy prior to booking.

Additional Information

2/3/4 JAN, 5/11/12 JAN, 8/9/10 JAN, 1/2/8 FEB

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Why DSS?
Max 4 Students Per Class
Max 4 Students Per Class
Max 4 Students Per Class
Neutral Buoyancy First *
Neutral Buoyancy First *
Neutral Buoyancy First *
Full 3 Day Course
Full 3 Day Course
Full 3 Day Course
All Gear Hire Included
All Gear Hire Included
All Gear Hire Included