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. *
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.
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. (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
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
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.
Completed paperwork with Parent/Guardian signature if required. (Contact our shop staff if you are unsure)
Learning key diving skills with our Instructor in the pool before taking the plunge in the ocean.
Flying After Diving Guidelines
For a single no-decompression dive, a minimum preflight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested. (Including pool and shallow water immersions)
For multiple dives per day or multiple days of diving, a minimum preflight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested. Dive Newcastle recommends 24 hours to err on the side of safety.
For dives requiring decompression stops, 24 hours minimum is recommended.
To err on the side of safety, many divers plan a 24-hour surface interval or longer and spend their time exploring topside attractions.
All divers and students need to follow the recommendation given by the manufacturer of the dive computer regarding No Fly Times and should always take the most conservative approach in regard's to flying after diving. Waiting longer before flying when possible after diving and exploring the top side during this period is always your best approach. This information is discussed further and in more detail during your dive course.
Dive Packages, allowing you to save hundreds of dollars off your dive training. You can bundle together 2 or more courses saving even more. (Must be paid in full as a bundle). Training packages are a great way to build and gain that extra experience for your upcoming vacation or diving destination like the Yongala Wreck or Osprey Reef on the Great Barrier Reef.