Want to start the process of becoming a certified diver, but not yet ready to get in the water? Complete the PADI e-learning for you course, wherever you are and at your leisure so that you are ready to get in the water with us at a later date!
We'll be at the other end of the phone or just an email away if you have any questions during the theory, as we love talking diving!
Just to be clear - this is purely the 'theory' section of the PADI Open Water Diver Course. It will not make you a certified diver on it's own, and you will need to join us for the practical sections at some point... this just means you can get started now and continue at a later date!
Here at Waiheke Dive & Snorkel, we know that learning to dive is one of the most exciting things you can do, because we've all been there ourselves! Becoming a PADI Open Water diver is not just a fun course over a few days, it's you earning a lifelong skill that can take you on epic adventures all around the world!
After purchasing this package, you'll receive an email from PADI (please keep an eye on your spam folder just incase!) with a link to begin your digital learning. This is an awesome, interactive learning platform that is then perfectly complimented by in-person teaching by your Instructor.
When you have completed your e-learning, just get in touch with us to book your diving space and pay the balance (which is the full course fee, less the cost of this e-learning) and then come diving!
If you have a buddy that's booked on too then awesome! If not you'll be buddied up with another course mate for the duration of the course.
We hope you'll choose us to get your PADI Open Water here on Waiheke Island, Auckland! If you have any questions or specific requirements just let us know and we'll happily answer them all for you.
Why explore with us?
We believe that you deserve to learn in the best way possible. That's why we only teach in small groups - the maximum you'll find is 4 students to 1 instructor (half of what is a common ratio of 8:1). This means that you get more Instructor time and more time in the water to practice your skills exploring the underwater world with less time waiting around for others to do their thing.
We also believe that your learning experience should be as fun and accessible as possible. That's why you'll find our courses have the FULL PADI e-learning as standard, meaning you get to cover the theory at your own pace before the course starts. But, don't worry - we know that Instructor time is essential to your learning which is exactly why we build in-person theory revision sessions too, so you can ask us anything you like in person! Best of both worlds!
You'll also find absolutely zero hidden costs - We supply all of the SCUBA & snorkelling equipment for you to use during the course so no surprise rental fees. All you need to bring along is your swimwear for under your wetsuit, your completed homework and your sense of adventure!
Also, why not check our our packages where you can get some quality gear at special package prices.
Speaking of equipment we're proud to work with Scubapro, one of the worlds top gear brands, who keep us fully stocked with their gear!
So with us you get small groups, quality Instruction, full e-learning, no hidden costs and top brand name equipment to use.
Simply book online, and soon after you'll get a confirmation email from the team along with some specific info, such as meeting times and locations.
You must have checked through the medical form and obtained medical clearance (only required if you need to answer "yes" to one or more of the questions) before your activity starts, or else you won't be able to take part. Click here to download the PADI Medical Form.
You also must complete the appropriate liability release forms - we'll do these in store.
You do need to be able to swim for the PADI Open Water Course as a 200m swim and a 10 minute float / tread water is a requirement of the course. Also, while we can supply materials in a variety of languages, the course is taught in English so a good level of spoken English is also required.
Please note that for the group Open Water courses our minimum age is 14 and we need in person, signed paperwork from a parent or guardian if under 18. We can arrange, on request, courses for younger divers, but as these are at a reduced ratio please be aware there may be an additional cost.