PADI Open Water Diver

Learn to scuba dive in Ireland.

Learn to Scubadive in Galway.

Who is a PADI Openwater Diver?

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Openwater Divers learn to scuba dive independently with a buddy to depths of 18 metres. As the world's leading scuba dive training organisation, PADI's certifications are recognised around the world and are your passport to a life less ordinary. Beginners can learn to dive today at Scubadive West, Galway, Ireland.


What does the PADI Openwater Course Cover?

The PADI Openwater Course consists of knowledge development, dive skill development and open water dives.

The knowledge development is covered through self study, audio visual presentations and quizzes.

Skill development takes place in a pool or confined body of water and the final phase of your course is completed over four open water dives at our dive centre in the clear, sheltered waters of Little Killary Bay. This phase allows you to gain the experience necessary to dive independently in the open water environment.


Knowledge Development.

E-Learning. Complete all of your dive theory independently at home via state of the art e-Learning.This eliminates the need to attend classroom presentations and allows you complete your PADI Open Water Course with us here in just 4 days.




PADI Openwater Course Format: Two Options

1. Dive Holiday : Tuesday - Friday

Enjoy a week in lovely Connemara and combine a holiday with gaining your PADI international diving licence! Complete the course with us Tuesday thru Friday (10am to 5pm) at our Dive Centre. see schedule.

shoti2. Modular: Two Weekends

For the person whose time is valuable, complete the diving course with us over two weekends at our Dive Centre. see schedule



What Age Do I need to Be to learn to dive?

Scubadive West welcomes anyone from the age of 11 years and above for scuba diving. There is no upper age limit. If you have a child younger than 11 years, we are happy to undertake our Discover Snorkelling programme with them.

How Do I book my PADI Open Water Diver Course?

Simply contact us with deposit details for €100 and we will secure your place on the course of your choice.

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PADI Openwater Diver 2018 Schedule.

a) Modular Option, Two Weekends

Weekend One

Weekend Two

Course No.

April 7th & 8th    PADI e-Learning

April 21st & 22nd   

Mod 01/18

May 5th & 6th    PADI e-Learning

May 19th & 20th    

Mod 02/18

June 2nd & 3rd   PADI e-Learning

June 16th & 17th 

Mod 03/18

June 30th & July1st  PADI e-Learning

July 14th & 15th

Mod 04/18

August 4th & 5th   PADI e-Learning

August 18th & 19th

Mod 05/18

September 1st & 2nd   PADI e-Learning     

September 15th & 16th

Mod 06/18

Oct 6th & 7th   PADI e-Learning

October 2oth & 21st   

Mod 07/18


b) Dive Holiday, One Week Courses Tuesday - Friday 




Course No.


Tuesday-Friday  PADI e-Learning  

24th - 27th   

Int 01/18


Tuesday-Friday  PADI e-Learning

22nd - 25th

Int 02/18


Tuesday-Friday  PADI e-Learning 

19th - 22nd

Int 03/18


Tuesday-Friday  PADI e-Learning     

3rd - 6th

Int 04/18


Tuesday-Friday  PADI e-Learning

7th - 10th

Int 05/18


Tuesday-Friday  PADI e-Learning

4th - 7th

Int 06/18


Monday-Friday  PADI e-Learning

2nd - 5th

Int 07/18

* Tuesday to Friday on e-learning dates.

Please note that Scubadive West reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course based on weather and bookings.



4 day PADI Open Water Diver Course,

e-learning option on all dates listed,  €520.

Course fee includes all tuition and full equipment hire.

Add €138 plus VAT for PADI e-learning  online course purchased directly from PADI.

E-Learning. Complete all of your dive theory independently at home on your computer, via state of the art e-Learning. This eliminates the need to attend classroom presentations and allows you complete your PADI Open Water Course with us here in just 4 days.

Contact us here at Scubadive West to get started straight away. A deposit of €100 will secure your place on the course dates of your choice.





PADI training materials.

PADI e-Learning lets you learn at home on your computer. 


While PADI Open Water Touch lets you learn on the move!


Watch, listen, read, scroll, tap and interact while you learn to scuba dive with  PADI Open Water Diver TouchTM. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s portable and it’s your entry to the underwater world as a scuba diver. 

The Touch integrates the PADI Open Water Diver Manual with the PADI Open Water Diver Video into a powerful, tablet-based learning experience. When you dive in with the Touch, you’ll:

  • Learn diving facts, principles and safety concepts in preparation for your confined and open water dives.
  • Watch video clips that show you the world of scuba diving.
  • Take simple quizzes to make sure you understand the material as you progress.               

 After you download the Touch, you don’t need to be online to use it so you can truly learn anytime, anywhere.

Want to try it? Download the free PADI Library app for Apple or Android and experience the Touch introduction. Trying to decide which method of learning is best for your PADI Open Water Diver course? Learn more about the Touch or contact us here at Scubadive West to help you decide and to buy this option. add €138 + VAT.







PADI Open Water Diver TouchTM   A great way to prepare for your 4 day PADI Open Water Diver course at Scubadive West.




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We have scheduled boat dives departing to world class dive sites and shore diving onsite in our private sheltered cove. Our purpose built dive centre has hot showers, male and female changing rooms, coffee dock & viewing area with free Wi-Fi, Air and Nitrox to 300 bar, our extensive rental room includes top of the range neoprene drysuits and thermals, semi-drys, weight integrated BCD's and regulators fitted with dive computers. We are agents for Scubapro, SUUNTO, O'Three, Fourth Element, Analox, Oceanic and many more. We are also an IDEST approved Dive Cylinder Testing House. 

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