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Learn to Scuba Dive

PADI Open Water Course


Dive courses can be moulded to fit even the busiest of schedules: you could spread your course over a number of evenings, weekends or even consider taking the home-study option. On completion of your course you will graduate with an internationally recognised Open Water Dive qualification that will enable you to dive anywhere in the world.

Course overview:

The course is divided into 3 segments:
1. Classroom sessions
2. Pool sessions
3. Open Water

Learn to Dive in 2 weekends. You can complete your entire dive course over 2 consecutive weekends.

Otherwise we offer evening classes. The classroom and pool sessions are normally held twice a week on Monday or Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm. We also run day courses during the school holidays.

Why should I dive with Dive HQ Albany?

  • We want you to enjoy your diving experience so you’ll come to love diving as we do.
  • Our instructors are passionate about diving and will ensure that your first underwater experience will be a fun and safe experience.
  • We have regular dive trips (up to 5 trips a week) throughout the year from our own boat (not charters). We believe that once you've learnt to dive, you'll want to carry on so why not learn with a centre that actually gets out diving?!
  • We have a best price guarantee. If you find a better price for the same equipment, we'll match it.
  • We offer our students extra sessions if required so that you are comfortable before going out into the ocean (addtional fees may apply).
  • We have a high standard of well maintained equipment in our school including computers.


  • Minimum 15 years of age
  • Answer "NO" to all questions on the Medical Form (please contact us if you have any issues or queries with teh dive medical)
  • You should be able to swim 200m (any stroke and no time limit) and tread water for 10 minutes.

Course cost $499.00

Cost includes all training and reference materials, scuba equipment, 4 open water dives and certification.

What do I need?

Snorkelling gear (mask, snorkel, fins). Don't worry if you don't have this yet as you can hire it for $100, but for comfort we recommend you supply your own. Speak to us first before purchasing to be sure the equipment is appropriate, we also offers amazing student deals and discounts!

How do I book?

To book on a course we need payment in full. We can take payments in store, by credit card over the phone or by internet banking.

  • Cancellation / Rescheduling – We do not accept cancellations and no refunds will be issued if you decide to pull out prior to commencement of the course or after the course has started, for any reason.

    However, your course can be rescheduled if you give us at least two weeks' notice before the start date. Within two weeks of the course start date a $200 re-booking fee applies.  This includes if you have to withdraw or change dates for any reason including medical reasons, equalising problems, failure to complete the theory or swim test, being under the influence or ANY other reason.

  • Additional Terms & Conditions – Additional terms and conditions apply to all courses and are printed out for you to read and sign when enrolling onto the course. If you have any questions or would like a print out of these please feel free to contact us.

Next Open Water Course Dates

We hold open water courses year round. New course dates coming soon.

Start Date Classroom Dates Pool Dates Openwater Dates Store  
June 2019
29/06/2019 29th June 29th & 30th June 6th & 7th July Albany Full Course Info
July 2019
20/07/2019 20th July 20th & 21st July 27th & 28th July Albany Full Course Info
August 2019
17/08/2019 17th August 17th & 18th August 24th & 25th August Albany Full Course Info
September 2019
14/09/2019 14th September 14th & 15th September 21st & 22nd September Albany Full Course Info
October 2019
12/10/2019 12th October 12th & 13th October 19th & 20th October Albany Full Course Info
26/10/2019 26 26th & 27th October 2nd & 3rd November Albany Full Course Info
November 2019
09/11/2019 9th November 9th & 10th November 16th & 17th November Albany Full Course Info
23/11/2019 23rd November 23rd & 24th November 30th November 1st December Albany Full Course Info
December 2019
07/12/2019 7th December 2019 7th & 8th December 14th & 15th December Albany Full Course Info
10/12/2019 10th Decmeber 10th & 11th December 12th & 13th December Albany Full Course Info
19/12/2019 19th December 19th & 20th December 21st & 22nd December Albany Full Course Info
27/12/2019 27th December 27th & 28th December 29th & 30th December Albany Full Course Info
January 2020
02/01/2020 2nd January 2nd & 3rd January 4th & 5th January Albany Full Course Info