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The PADI Scuba Diver Referral course offers a tailored approach for individuals who wish to begin their scuba diving education locally and complete their certification elsewhere, particularly suited for those with travel plans or who prefer to dive in different locations. This course structure allows students to complete the theoretical and confined water training segments at their local dive centre and finalise their open water dives at any PADI dive centre worldwide.


Course Structure

The Referral course is divided into two main phases: theoretical learning and confined water dives completed at the student's local dive centre, followed by the completion of open water dives at a PADI dive centre of their choice.



Participants engage with the core principles of scuba diving through online or in-person sessions, covering dive theory, safety protocols, and equipment management. This foundational knowledge prepares students for the practical aspects of diving.


Confined Water Dives

The confined water sessions allow learners to develop essential scuba skills in a controlled environment, such as buoyancy control, equipment setup, and basic underwater navigation, under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors. This phase is crucial for ensuring students are well-prepared for open water diving.


Open Water Dives

Upon completing the initial segments, students are referred to complete their open water dives at another PADI dive centre. This component enables learners to apply their skills in an open water setting, supervised by a PADI Professional, in a location that suits their personal or travel needs.



Successfully completing the open water dives leads to the PADI Scuba Diver certification, recognising the individual's ability to dive under direct supervision up to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet. This certification offers a pathway to further diving education, including the PADI Open Water Diver course.


Course Options:

•    Standard Open Water Referral Course: -This level covers everything required to complete the course. The 2 pool sessions are on a Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm and all sessions must be booked in advance of starting the course.
•    Flexible Open Water Referral Course: - At this level in addition to everything above you also get access to our Saturday afternoon pool at 12 noon and an additional pool session. You can also take advantage of the option to book as you go and your classroom session includes the PADI Aware Speciality. 
•    Tailormade Open Water Referral Course: - At this level, your course is tailor made to fit around your requirements and your schedule.

Scuba Diver Referral Course

PriceFrom £120.00
  • Course Requirements

    • Be at least 10 years of age.
    • Be able to swim.
    • Be in good physical health.
    • Be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 16.
    • Complete a Medical Statement. (Click here to download) If you need to answer ‘yes’ to any question medical clearance will be needed from your GP prior to diving.
    • Agree to our terms and conditions.  click here
  • What's included?

    • Full access to PADI eLearning resources.
    • Aquanorth Log Book.
    • Full kit hire for the duration of your course. (You will need to bring a towel, swimming costume, T shirt and shorts for the pool sessions.)
    • Maximum of 4 students in a group.
    • 2/3 scheduled pool sessions to complete your confined water skills depending on the level selected.
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