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PRO DIVE Openwater Weekend Scuba Diving Course - Sydney - Manly

$299.00* Normally: $699.00 Save 57%

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  • Open Water Certification
  • Online Theoretical Learning
  • Weekly Course Commencement
  • Complete Gear Rental Included
  • Four Shore-Based Training Dives
  • Scheduled Over One Evening, Followed by Saturday and Sunday

 Overview of Our Sydney Openwater Scuba Course

This Openwater scuba diving course in Sydney uniquely blends online theoretical study with hands-on training in both a controlled pool environment and the open ocean. Designed to equip you with the skills for diving up to 18 meters, the course leads to the globally acknowledged Openwater Scuba Diver certification.

Initially, participants engage in 3-4 hours of online theory, culminating in a theoretical exam. Additionally, a physical swimming test is mandatory, involving a 200-meter swim and a 10-minute water tread, with no constraints on time or swimming style. Primary practical diving techniques are first honed in a Sydney-based pool.

The course intensifies with four ocean dives in Sydney's beautiful waters. These practical sessions not only reinforce skills learned in the pool but also introduce advanced diving practices, ensuring you become a proficient Open Water scuba diver. Upon successful completion of all theory and practice components, your instructor will endorse your log book and student file, officially certifying you as a Scuba Diver with international recognition.

Fitness for diving is essential for participation in the Openwater Course in Sydney, and you may be required to undergo a diving medical examination.



  • Scuba Gear Hire [Included]
  • Online Training [4-6hrs]
  • International License [Dive worldwide]
  • 4 Training Dives [Shore Entry]
  • 2.5 Day Course

Pool Entry Fee


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  • 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 ad 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.

Friday - Sunday

  • Friday 18:30 - 21:30 (Meet at Pro Dive Manly, 9 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale 2100)
    • Evening course orientation, meet & greet, online training review, gear sizing, exam
  • Saturday 07:00 - 17:00**
    • Confined water training + swim test
    • Ocean Dives 1 & 2 (if time permits)
  • Sunday 07:00 - 17:00**
    • Ocean Dives 2 (if not done the day before), 3 & 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


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  • 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


  • 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 is 12 years

Frequently Asked Questions


I'm new to diving and I want to buy some equipment. Which piece of equipment should be the first?

There are two schools of thought on this. One is that you should not really consider purchasing your personal gear until you are sure what type of diving you like. This school believes you should buy only mask, fins and snorkel, for fit and sanitary reasons.
The other school of thought is that rental gear, especially in international tropical locations, is often second rate and poorly maintained, and that gear you purchase will be better and more reliable.

Also once you have some idea about what you need, it is always recommended you buy the best quality you can afford. Scuba equipment is after all, life support equipment. 

Most start with mask, fins, snorkel, then probably move to a wetsuit, then regulator and BCD. Typically people agree a cylinder is probably the last piece of equipment to buy.

Source: (adapted by Sue Crowe)

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.



$199.00 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

18:30 9 Sydenham Rd Brookvale

Click here to get directions from Google Maps

Public Transport
Bus Routes from the CBD (all from the Carrington St, Wynyard stands), need to disembark at the very next stop after Warringah Mall (nr Roger St). Timetable and more information can be found at at
Use Google Maps to get Details

Weekday AM: Routes 178, 180 and L85 all have departures arriving at Pittwater Rd (nr Roger st) stop before 0900.
Weekday evening:  Routes E76 (Stand D), E78 (Stand D), E79 (Stand D), L80 (Stand D) and L85 (Stand C)
Weekends:  Saturdays: 180 (Stand D) and 180 (stand C)
Sundays: 190 (Stand A)

Public Transport from Manly Ferry Wharf:

Weekday AM:

Routes 155, 156 and 136 will all get you to the shop before 09:00.

Routes 135, 156 and 159 will get you to the shop by 10:00.

Weekday evening:

Routes 135, 155 and 169 will all get you to the shop before 18:30.


Saturdays: 136, 155
Sundays: 151, 155, 156


Address:9 Sydenham Rd Brookvale


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.
Jackie was awesome by Charlie Niel - 26-Apr-2024
Jackie was an amazing instructor! Excellent course and would definitely recommend by Kara Talty - 26-Apr-2024
All instructors were fantastic and the experience was great! by Rob Hartley - 19-Apr-2024
Fabulous instructors! There’s a lot of theory to cover and the instructors do it with ease and a smile that fills you with confidence. Would recommend to anyone who’ll listen by Mitchell Hodder - 19-Apr-2024
Loved this experience. Had a really awesome dive instructor who made me feel comfortable and confident. Unfortunately, we had some very poor visibility due to sydney rain, but they were very kind to offer us to join another day when conditions are better to complete our 3rd and 4th dive. by Ken Vinh Khang Lu - 05-Apr-2024
Matt the instructor was sensational! He provided clear instructions both on the surface and in the water, helped when we needed it and was lots of fun. by Peter Hanlon - 29-Mar-2024
Really enjoyed my open water dive course with the team at Brookvale. Such a positive environment and safe for you to achieve your goals. by Rachael Dodwell - 22-Mar-2024
Jackie was great - super clear and patient and really fun to dive with. by Anna Saulwick - 22-Mar-2024
Did a course with Daniel. Genuinely couldn't imagine a better person to take you through the weekend. Casual, informative, funny, and engaging. Had an amazing time and Daniel alone would keep me coming back to Pro Dive Manly. Course and cost were both fantastic - highly recommend to anyone thinking about it. by Rowan Brooke - 22-Mar-2024
Had such a great time with the team at Pro Dive Manly - Apo and Matt were super knowledgeable, professional and fun to learn from. Thank you for making it a great experience, will definitely be back! by Sarah Wu - 08-Mar-2024

*All Prices are Per Person and Prices may vary depending on Start Dates and options.

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