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PRO DIVE Open Water Weekday Scuba Diving Course - Sydney - Alexandria

$199.00* Normally: $699.00 Save 72%

Customer Reviews 4.9 

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The Openwater scuba diving course is a combination of online based theory, pool and open ocean dives. You will be trained to dive to a depth of 20 metres and issued with your Openwater Scuba Diver certification which is recognised worldwide.  

Prior to starting the course you will need to complete your theory online which will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete. You will be required to complete a theory exam. It is also a requirement that you are able to swim 200 metres (without stopping) and tread water for 10 minutes. You may use any technique to complete this swim and there is no time limit. The practical skills of diving are then covered and practiced in the comfort of the pool [express course skills are done in an ocean pool or other suitable body of water]. 

To further your skills there are 4 open water training dives. During these ocean dives, you will repeat some of the skills learned in the pool plus additional practical skills to ensure that you are competent Open Water scuba diver.  When you have successfully completed all theory and practical sessions, your instructor will sign your log book and student record file. You will then become a certified Scuba Diver. Your certification will be recognised world wide.

You must be considered fit to dive to complete an Openwater Course and may require a dive medical.  

  • Open Water International Scuba Certification
  • Online Theory
  • Course Start Weekly
  • All Gear Hire is provided
  • 4 Shore training dives
  • Wednesday to Firday Runs over a One Evening starting Wednesdat and continuing all day Thursday and Friday
  • Monday to Tuesday is our express course, runs over two days. 


  • Scuba Gear Hire [Included]
  • Online Training [2-4hrs]
  • International License [Dive worldwide]
  • Confined Water Session
  • 4 Training Dives [Shore Entry]
  • 2 Day or 2.5 Day course [Choose from the best option for you]

Pool Entry Fee


  • Click here for details
  • If our transport option is full, you must have access to your own vehicle.
  • Due to the location and schedule of the course, you will not have access to public transportation

Cost of Dive Medical [if required]

  • Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. For example: heart disease, asthma, or epilepsy.
  • Please inform us prior to reservation if you suffer from any medical condition that may affect your diving.


Your online training and quizzes must be completed online prior to the course commencement. Please allow approximately 4 hours to complete online trainingThis will be issued by us after we receive confirmation of your booking during business hours and an email will be sent letting you know how to access it.


 Wednesday - Friday

  • Wednesday 18:30 - 21:30 (Meet at Pro Dive Alexandria, 184 Bourke Road, Alexandria 2015)
    • Evening course orientation, meet & greet, online training review, gear sizing, and exam
  • Thursday 07:00 - 18:00**
    • Confined water training + swim test
    • Ocean Dives 1 (& 2 if time permits)
  • Friday 07:00 - 17:00**
    • Ocean Dives 2 (if not completed previously), 3 & 4
    • Certification BBQ


Monday - Tuesday

  • Monday  08:00 am - 18:00 pm  (Meet at Pro Dive Alexandria, 184 Bourke Road, Alexandria 2015)
    • Morning course orientation, meet & greet, online training review, gear sizing, and exam
    • Confined water training + swim test
    • Ocean dives 1 
  • Tuesday 07:00 am - 18:00** pm
    • Ocean Dives 2, 3 and 4 
    • Certification BBQ

**please note: these times are a guide deping on group size, time of year and ocean conditions. Exact meet times will be announced during your Orientation evening.


Online training

  • Online theory and quizzes to be completed before your course starts

Photo for certification

  • Upload a photo (headshot) to your online training profile


  • You need to complete a 200-metre swim (unassisted and continuous) and tread water for 10 minutes. If you are unable to complete this test during your course, you will not be able to continue and will have to pay the course fee again to rebook in the future.


  • Online Training Materials currently available in English only, all verbal instructions are in English and you are required to be proficient in English. No translation sevices are available or can be used during the course and other students cannot translate on behalf of the instructors.

Fitness to Dive

  • You must review Dive Medical Requirements and Fitness to Dive information prior to the commencement of the course
  • Doctors registered to do the Dive Medical -
  • If you have answered "yes" to any question on your dive medical form, you are required to provide us the following form ticked "Approved – I find no conditions that I consider incompatible with recreational scuba diving or freediving" by a medical doctor with no additional conditions (Download form)
  • This must be provided no less than 7 days before your course start date. 
  • The instructor always has the final say if a dive medical is required.

What you need to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Lunch


  • Minimum age in standard course [2.5 days] is 12 years
  • Minimum age in express course [2 days] is 12 years

Frequently Asked Questions

Training or Certifying Agencies

What's the difference between RAID, SSI, NAUI and PADI Certification?
  • There are many International Certifications around the worlds - ISC, PADI, SSI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, BSAC, CMAS just to name a few.
  • All Internationally recognised certifications conform to the ISO Standard, which has been adopted by Standards Australia and by the major training agencies.
  • Training agencies do not teach dive courses. Dive Centres and their instructors do. Since 1969 PRO DIVE has been teaching Sydney how to dive, longer than anyone else.

Dive Training

Do I need tocomplete swim a 200 metres (unassisted, continuous & untimed) and Float for 10 minutes test? Can this be done with any stroke?

Yes, and failure to do so will mean that you wont be able to continue the course. The 200 meter swim and 10 minute test are to demonstrate that you are watersafe. The swim has to be continuous (no grabbing the side of the pool) , using any stroke and is not timed. 

What Course do I need to do to become a qualified open water diver?

As a Beginner,the course you need to do is one of our OPENWATER Courses. This beginners course is suitable for anyone who has never dived or snorkelled before as well as students who may have already experienced an Introductory Dive. On completion of the OPENWATER course you will be certified to dive to a depth of 18 meters,be able hire scuba cylinders and purchase air fills.  The certification you receive is recognised world wide.

What are the requirements for me to participate in an Openwater Course?

1. All students must be able to swim.  There is a 200 meter swim test and 10 minute tread water/float test completed in the heated training pool (one of the confined water modules you will be required to complete and pass).
2. The Minimum age is 15 years of age and there is no maximum age limit
3. All students must be medically fit to dive.  Please refer to the Dive Medical Page on our website for information plus a link for the Student Medical Waiver form which all students are required to complete and suggest you complete and submit
4. If you have completed and submited the student medical waiver form and received an advice that you will be required to complete a full dive medical, for details for doctors who are registered to do the dive medicals please view this website  Your own doctor may also be able to do this medical for you and you will need to provide the appropriate dive medical form. This form is linked to the Dive Medical Page and can be printed off.

I have children under the age of 18 who would like to learn to scuba dive?

Children as young as 10 years of age, however as the Student instructor ratio have to be halved for anyone under 15 years in a course, none of our standard openwater course are available for anyone under 15 years*. 

When considering if our open water course is suitable for your child, please note that we do not offer specific courses for children and they will be training with other adults on the course.

  • We do require that the bookings for children under 18yrs of age be made directly at the Dive Shop/Training Centres as we will require
  • Specific consent forms to be completed by a parent or guardian.
  • The opportunity to meet our Team and to ensure that we have appropriately sized dive gear for the student.

* Anyone want a child under the age to complete a course in Sydney will need to look at a private course or a program specifically run for children under that age.

What Equipment do you provide on the Open Water Course?

All students are provided with the following gear hire for the duration of the course

  • Mask, fins and snorkel, 5 Mil wetsuit one piece with long arms and long legs, buoyancy vest, regulator with alternate air source and dive computer, scuba cylinders including air fills, weight belt and weights.

If you wear glasses, here is some information for you

1. You are able to dive with contact lenses provided that they are soft lenses. 

2. Alternatively you may wish to consider purchasing a prescription mask. There are masks available to purchase where the standard glass lenses can be taken out and replaced by prescription lenses. Lens sizes range from -1 diopter to -8 and are in half sizes ( i.e. 1.5, 2, 2.5 etc). (Masks with prescription lenses are not available for hire)..




How many people will be in my class?
  • In Sydney, Pro Dive Coogee and Pro Dive Manly have the following instructor to student ratios. 
    • Week Day Course - Max 7 Students per instructor: 
    • Weekend Course - Max 7 students per instructor
English is not my first language what is available to me?

Currently the e'learning is only available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and more. However all pratical training is done in English,

I have a booking, what must I do before the course starts?

Immediately on receipt of your confirmation voucher  please action the following:
1. Via the link Dive Medical on your voucher, please complete and submit the completed dive medical questionnaire. If you receive an advice that you are required to have a full dive medical, this must be completed at least 7 days prior to course commencement

2. Please register for your E learning. Instructions on how to register are on your voucher.  To be allowed to start the course you must have completed all the theory prior to the start date. You will need to allow 6-7hrs to completethis. Once you have registered for the open water course theory, the Dive shop receives notification that you have registered and will confirm back to so  you will be provided with access. 

If you have not completed the online theory, you will not be able to start the course. $100.00 rebooking fee will apply if you need to change your start date.


Note all prices are Per Person.

Standard 2.5 Day course


$699.00 AUD


Express 2 Days course


$899.00 AUD



Certification Card
$29.00 AUD

A physical certification card to compliment your e-card. Perfect for slipping into your wallet for easy access on your travels.

Club Membership (includes complimentary transport during the course)
$50.00 AUD


  • Complimentary transport during the course
  • 10% off shore and boat dives


Our limited seats are reserved for our Club Members. If you don't have access to a vehicle and can't arrange one, you will need to include this option as the pool and dive sites are scattered around Sydney.

Because of the location of the dive sites, you will not be able to catch public transport, and ride-share options will be expensive. If you have a car, you are welcome to drive yourself. Our Club Membership is your best option if you do not have a car.


Shore and boat dive bookings at Alexandria and Manly for 12 months, excluding special offers.

Meeting Point

PRO DIVE at Alexandria
Address:184 Bourke Rd Alexandria NSW 2015


Our aim is always to offer our divers a safe and enjoyable experience. Below are reviews from customers who left use feedback on their experience.
Instructors were good by Zacharie Darroch - 08-May-2024
Ralf was a great instructor who was very good at explaining not only the theory but also the practical side of scuba diving by Michael Xylas - 01-May-2024
Jackie Lai was our instructor! Absolutely amazing. Eased us into the beginner's course step-by-step. We got to see so many cool animals of the sea along the way. Highly recommend PRO DIVE Alexandria! by Roland Szenasi - 03-Apr-2024
Rodrigo was an excellent instructor!! Was unbelievably fun! by Erik Busck - 27-Mar-2024
Nice experience, awesome crew 😊👌🤙🏼 by Luan Bernazar - 27-Mar-2024
Had an amazing experience diving for the first time and fell in love with it immediately. Our diving instructor(s) were very professional and taught us all the necessary skills and made sure we remember everything. The atmosphere was very supportive, relaxed and humorous too. At the end of the course we had some pizza and beers to celebrate our certificates and to bond more with each other. I never even tried diving before but now I’m already dreaming about becoming an instructor. 🤓😁 Thank you PRO DIVE staff! by Tiia Kynsilehto - 20-Mar-2024
Great Instructors, great logistics and equipment. Recommended. by Gordon Malouf - 06-Mar-2024
Couldn’t have asked for a more fun and engaging learning experience, all the instructors where beyond helpful and I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who wants to scuba dive! by Kyler Long - 06-Mar-2024
very professional and caring. by Ben Bowie - 28-Feb-2024
Such a nice staff! Great equippment, planning, logistic and installations. They made me feel comfortable and safe through the entire experience. by Viridiana Gutierrez Dominguez - 21-Feb-2024

Nationally Recognised Training

 Statements of Attainment for the following nationally recognised Training Units of Competency under the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package can be obtained on the completion of this program through PRO ADVENTURES RTO(31105)

- SISOSCB001 - SCUBA dive in open water to a maximum depth of 18 metres
*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates and options.

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