- Minimum of 14 years of age
- Be fit to dive (answer NO to all the questions on the RSTC Medical Statement or be deemed fit for diving by a GP
- Swim 200 metres and tread water for 10 minutes
The 2-3 day course consists of four parts:
Pre-Learnings and Quizzes (MUST be completed before you arrive)
Day 1 :
Open Water E-Learning Refresher Quiz
Confined Water Skills
Open Water Dives 1 and 2 (if time permits)
Day 2 :
Open Water Dives 2 (if not completed previous day), 3, and 4
We’d like to leave this additional day free in case we need extra time due to inclement weather or if you just need a bit of extra training.
- Complete set of all dive gear you’ll need for your course including wetsuit and dive computer.
- PADI E-Certification Card.
- All course materials required for the practical days.
- Multiple dives on the best dive sites the Busselton Jetty has to offer.
- Highly experienced, professional, caring and fun dive instructors who are committed to getting you to love SCUBA diving and our underwater world as much as they do.
PADI Open water Dive course $595 pp
Or do it with a friend and save $50 each!
The PADI Open Water course is the first step of scuba diving certifications. You will need to be 14 years or older, an adequate swimmer, feel comfortable in the water, and in good physical health. No prior experience to scuba diving or snorkelling is required.
Your medical history may require you to complete a dive medical and have a specialised diving doctor certify that you are fit to dive. To find out whether you need one or not, click here. Please answer the questions with a “Yes” or a “No”.
If you answer all questions with a “No” you do not require a dive medical to do your course. If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you will need to get a GP to conduct a dive medical to certify you as fit to go SCUBA diving. Many GPs offer this service in Busselton, Perth and most other areas too. Prices do vary so ringing around for quotes may be worth your while.
Can I take photos or videos?
Absolutely – just check in with your Instructor for the best times and places to do this during your course.
Can I fail the level 1 open water diver and not obtain my certification?
Your instructor will assess whether or not you are a competent Open Water Diver at the end of your course. They do fail students though this happens very rarely, and only after they have tried their very best to do what they can to help all of their students pass.
Do I need to be able to swim? You need to be comfortable in the water, able to swim 200m unaided (this doesn’t have to be fast at all!), and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.
What to bring?
- Beach clothes
- Warm jacket or jumper
- Dive Medical if required
We’ll provide everything else you’ll need: SCUBA equipment, wetsuit, mask, fins, etc.
Terms and Conditions
Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully. These apply to all course bookings with Dive Busselton Jetty. By booking your Dive Course with us you are confirming that you agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions.
Dive Busselton Jetty, and all the company’s affiliates, officers, agents, employees, workers, directors and representatives, will be referred to as “the company”.
2. Booking onto a course
2.1 All customers must show proof of diving certification from either PADI, SSI, CMAS, or equivalent certifying organisations to take part in any non-entry level diving activity.
2.2 All customers must complete and sign the relevant Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Form before commencing in-water activities.
2.3 The Company is not permitted to dispense any medical advice. If you are unsure of a medical matter related to diving or otherwise, please seek advice from a certified Medical Practitioner before engaging in scuba diving or similar activities.
2.4 Upon signing up for any diving course, irrespective of previous experience or training, the Company requires each student to complete a Medical Questionnaire.
2.5 The maximum depth permitted on all Company vessels is 30 metres for Open Water Divers with the Deep Adventure Dive certification, Advanced Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Instructors. Open Water Divers without any additional Deep training will not be permitted to dive deeper than 18 metres.
2.6 The Company reserves the right to modify and/or cancel diving arrangements for the reasons listed, but not limited to, those below:
2.6.1 the number of customers scheduled for the trip;
2.6.2 weather conditions making the trip to the scheduled destination not possible;
2.6.3 other ensuing technical difficulties.
2.7 Customers or students who fail to participate in any dives on a dive tour or any course training dives, for whatever reason, shall not be reimbursed by the Company for any unused or uncompleted portion(s) of the tour or course.
2.8 The Customer agrees to study independently and to complete the specific learning requirements for the course as outlined in emails from the Company and as shown on the Company website. This includes completing all course study objectives using PADI Digital, e-Learning or Touch products before arriving to begin the course as agreed. If the Customer arrives to begin the course but has failed to complete assigned work ,or if the Customer fails to arrive on time, it may be necessary to make up the work and continue the course at a later time. The student will be responsible for any additional costs and/or inconvenience this causes.
2.9 Safety is the number one priority at the Company, and if our Instructors believe that a student is not sufficiently competent to dive safely at the level they are trying to achieve after they have finished the course and after we have exhausted all efforts to make them a safe and competent diver, the student WILL NOT be certified or may receive a lesser certification than the one expected, with less responsibility attached, or no certification whatsoever. To be very clear, PAYING FOR THE COURSE DOES NOT GUARANTEE CERTIFICATION, A STUDENT MUST ACHIEVE MINIMUM COMPETENCY AND KNOWLEDGE OF ALL COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS TO OCCUR.
3.1 Customers are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel insurance, with a reputable insurance provider, and applicable to the activities they will be undertaking. Such insurance should provide comprehensive coverage of at least the following; Diving, Medical, Travel, Personal Liability and Cancellation provisions. The Company shall not be held responsible for any resultant financial or personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance.
3.2 The Company shall not accept any liability for the loss or damage of any luggage or dive equipment whilst undertaking diving activities with the company, nor during the transfer(s) to or from the locations where such dive activities take place.
4. Price and Payment
4.1 A 1.5 % fee shall be applicable for all payments via credit card (VISA or Master Card) and via Paypal. This will cover both the costs of the actual card fees charged by the merchant facility, as well as additional fees and charges and costs incurred to take such payments.
4.2 The number and timing of dives in any package is an estimate based on usual diving circumstances, and not a guarantee. Where circumstances arise, such as, but not limited to; adverse weather conditions, personal illness, technical difficulties, dive site remoteness/inaccessability or personal choice, and cause a reduction in this estimated number, there will be no partial refund in such circumstances, and the student agrees to the instructor rearranging the dive activity as required to meet minimum requirements.
5. Customer’s Obligations
5.1 Where the customer is negligent or irresponsible, and causes any damage to, or loss of property and equipment belonging to the Company, the customer shall recompense the Company in full, to the current market value of any loss or damage.
5.2 The customer undertakes to be physically, emotionally and mentally prepared and fit to participate in the activities they have signed up for. Any resultant injury or discomfort borne out of any unfitness shall not provide any ground for complaint or refund.
5.3 Where Customers are physically, mentally or emotionally unfit to dive, demonstrate a distinct lack of respect for or handle/harm marine life, consume alcohol between dives, or fail to abide by general international safe diving standards and practices, The Company, represented by any of its Instructors, may prohibit an individual’s participation on a dive(s). This may in turn mean the individual is unable to be certified at the end of their course.
5.4 When taking part in a PADI course or Program each customer is responsible for obtaining authorisation from a doctor in the event that they answer “Yes” to any questions on the Medical Statement that is provided in advance by the company. If the customer arrives on the morning of a course or program and is subsequently unable to continue due to a “Yes” answer on the medical form with no approval from a doctor, any deposit paid will be forfeit, and a minimum of the cost of the course instructor’s wage and oncosts for the first day of their course will be deducted from any amounts paid, and the customer will be liable for any additional costs incurred.
5.5 The customer is responsible for being aware of specific requirements of the course they are undertaking as outlined in the emails from the Company and the information provided on the Company website. If the customer is unable to complete any of the performance requirements that are specifically mentioned in correspondence with the Company, such as the 200 metre swim and 10 minute swim / float, the customer will not be able to continue the course and any deposit paid will be forfeit and the customer will be liable for any additional costs incurred.
6. Course payment
6.1 All courses are to be paid for in full at the time of booking to secure the participant(s) place(s) on a course.
6.2 Should a customer be unable to pay for their course in full, a 33% deposit may be accepted by the company. Once the booking is confirmed by receipt of a deposit, the deposit is non-refundable in the event of any cancellation caused by the customer including: where a customer arrives on the morning of a course and is subsequently prevented from beginning the course due to a “Yes” answer on the medical form with no approval from a doctor; a customer not being able to continue a course due to the fact they are unable to meet the course requirement for being able to swim 200 metres or float or swim for 10 minutes.
7.1 The Company will refund all monies paid by the customer where the Company itself cancels a trip or course for any of the reasons stated above, except for the cost of any PADI materials provided to the customer. The PADI materials may be retained by the customer for future use. In the case of a refund, bank transfer fees will be deducted from the refund.
7.2 If any participant in a diving activity provided by the Company requires emergency evacuation, the Company shall not accept any financial responsibility for any ensuing itinerary changes, nor costs incurred, by any participant in this diving activity, or other activities impacted by such an event occurring.
7.3 Non-entry SCUBA diving courses – students who cancel during day 1 will be charged 66% of course costs. Full payment will be required if notice of cancellation is given after 5pm on Day 1.
7.4 Open Water course – students who cancel during day 1 will be charged 50% of course costs. Any cancellation during day 2 will be charged 80% and any cancellations after 5pm on day 2 will be liable for full payment.
7.5 Continuing education courses – students who cancel during day 1 will be liable for 70% of course costs and full payment will be required for cancellation any time after day 1.
7.6 The outstanding balance for all courses or Tours booked must be paid in full to the Company one week before the trip is due to commence. The customer authorises the Company to charge all outstanding amounts to the credit card used to make initial payment for the Course at this time, without any further permission being required by the Company from the customer.
8. Governing Law
8.1 This contract shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Western Australia.