Open Water Course

Dive Newcastle is where Newcastle comes to learn to dive. It is the largest dive centre in the region and the only Scuba Schools International Instructor Training Centre.

Our Retail Showroom and Training Centre are located on the Pacific Freeway in Beresfield right in the centre of greater Newcastle. The region has incredible diving and we always choose the best site on the day from Lake Macquarie region to Port Stephens there are literally hundreds of great sites.

YOUR GUARANTEE: We guarantee to give you as much time as required to learn to dive or your money back.

Learning to Scuba dive is a life changing experience, allowing you to see places few people have had the opportunity to explore. With over seventy percent of the world being underwater, as a certified diver you will have all this at your doorstep waiting for you to dive in and explore. The SSI Open Water Certification will qualify you as a competent autonomous certified diver, allowing you to dive internationally to a depth of 18 metres.


  • Minimum age is 10. Depth restrictions apply for 10 & 11 year old's with the maximum depth of 12m. (Special bookings and adjusted prices are required for any students aged under 15 years, due to limited depth and reduced class sizes. Total class size is reduced to a maximum of 4 (2 Adults & 2 Children).* VIP courses for children or small groups can be arranged please contact our staff or visit our VIP course booking page.

  • *All persons under the age of 18 require parent/guardian signature for participation.*

  • *Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied with a parent/guardian over the age of 18.

  • Successfully complete the fitness to dive questionnaire. Some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. For example: heart disease, asthma, or epilepsy. Cost of diving medical is not included. A medical is only required if you answer yes to any of the following questions on this form.


  • Swim 200m without stopping. There is no time limit, and you can swim in any style you like.

  • Float or tread water for 10 minutes without stopping or holding on.

  • Own transport is required to all pool and diving locations.

Course Includes:

  • Online academic training to be completed prior to face-to-face training

  • 6 pool/confined water sessions

  • 4 open water dives

  • Maximum depth is 18m / 60 feet (age 12+) (age 10-11 reduced to 12m).

  • Completion over 3 days (weekend or midweek options available)

  • The use of modern diving equipment for the duration of the course including all Tanks, Regulators, Gauges, BCD, Weights, and Wetsuits.


  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Boots.

  • Transport is not provided


What To Bring:

  • Sunscreen

  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Boots

  • Swimwear

  • Towel

  • Lunch

  • Mobile Phone

  • Completed paperwork with Parent/Guardian signature if required. (Contact our shop staff if you are unsure)

Your course steps:

  • Step 1: Your adventure starts today. Online training with Scuba Schools International state of the art system makes it fun and easy and prepares you for the practical.

  • Step 2: Orientation and Review. We will meet at the Training Centre to review your academics and talk about your adventure ahead. We will fit you in your equipment so your ready to go.

  • Step 3: Pool training : We use a 3.5-meter-deep pool where you can get real world training and experience in controlled conditions. You will always remember the excitement of your first breathe underwater. The pool is the perfect place to learn and practice skills until your ready for the ocean dives. You will be trained at your own pace and we will ensure your confident to take the next step.

  • Step 4 : This is where the real adventure begins. You will complete 4 ocean dives starting in shallow water and building up under the watchful eye of your highly experienced SSI instructor.

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Our Dive Centre is centrally located at Beresfield between fantastic locations like Nelson Bay, and the Central Coast providing some of Australia's best shore and boat dives . Our address is 4/17 Babilla Close, Beresfield 2322

Current special price is just $545 + $100 Gift Voucher (normally $595) for our three day course. All necessary equipment is provided excluding Masks, Snorkels, boots and Fins.

These items can be bought prior to the beginning of the course to ensure a tailored and comfortable diving experience.

The Open Water Diver Course generally takes a minimum of three (3) to four (4) days to complete, and consists of the online classroom work, pool sessions, and open water diving. Dive Newcastle offers a wide variety of schedules for water training sessions for your convenience.

After successful completion of Open Water Diver, you will become an internationally certified diver. You will be able to hire scuba equipment, obtain air fills, and participate in organised dives including boat dives, shore dives, local Dive Travel or International Dive Travel. This certification is recognised world wide.

We suggest you join our Dive Club where you will receive great benefits from Dive Newcastle at Swansea and be introduced to other divers and can participate in our regular club and dive activities.

Our Open Water Diver course will make you a good diver. Our continuing education programs will teach you to dive to deeper depths, at night, and to hone your buoyancy and navigation skills to a higher level.

The Open Water Course from Dive Newcastle provides you the fundamental training you need to properly scuba dive to a depth of 18m. By the end of the course you’ll know how to assemble and use your diving equipment, how to plan and execute a safe dive, and how to deal with common problems underwater.

You may complete the online course at your own pace. While you are completing the online course, your dive instructor will coordinate a time for you to complete the in-person dive component of this course. Both the online instruction and in-person dive requirements must be fulfilled to complete the course.

The use of scuba equipment is included in the course (scuba cylinder, regulator, gauges and buoyancy control device). There are however many benefits to owning your own scuba equipment. Mask, snorkel and fins are personal items which you will need to purchase or rent.

Typically you will need to invest around $300. Before purchasing any equipment, it is very important to speak to the team at Dive Newcastle. There are many important considerations to ensure you get the right equipment for your course and beyond.

Statistically diving is very safe, however proper training is essential. Your Dive Newcastle instructor will ensure your comfort and safety are paramount.

You will be amazed at what lies beneath the surface of the water often very close to your own home. You can dive in lakes, quarries and of course the ocean. It is always important to ask your local dive store where the best dive sites are and get an orientation.


Open Water Diver


was $595
SAVE $50 + $100 Gift Voucher

3-4 Days | 4 Open Water Dives Ever
wanted to explore the world underwater and be a certified diver? Then this course is for you!

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Open Water + Nitrox Package


was $890
SAVE $106 + $100 Voucher

4-5 Days | 6 Open Water Dives
Learn to Dive AND improve the quality of your dives with this Open Water + Enriched Air Nitrox Course!

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Open Water + Nitrox + Advanced Adventure Package


was $1435
SAVE $156 + $150 Voucher

4-5 Days | 10 Open Water Dives
This package delivers unmatched value in providing you with the knowledge and certifications to become the Ultimate Adventure Diver.

Learn the basics of Scuba Diving, how to extend and improve the quality of your dives with Enriched Air Nitrox AND to Dive to new depths as an Advanced Diver.

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Meet Our Resident Dolphin Flipper

The video below features our dive staff playing with the super friendly and playful resident dolphin named Flipper. Our dive spot also features beautiful Seahorses, friendly Octopuses and big schools of fish.

*Whilst Flipper does come out to play often we cannot guarantee a chance to see him.

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