Everyone has watched the amazing wildlife films with stunning blue water reefs from across the world. And let’s face it, we all want to be out there…
Everybody wants to LEARN SCUBA!
Many divers held a childhood ambition of wanting to be a “Marine Biologist” when they grew up.
Actually what they wanted was to swim with dolphins, snorkel with humpback whales and dive with sharks!
This is Where You Begin: PADI – The Way The World Learns To Dive…
You can do a “Try Dive” on a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program if you’re 10 years old or 100 years young – It’s EASY & it’s FUN!
Children who are under 10-years-old participate in the PADI Bubblemaker programme, essentially the same as Discover Scuba Diving – just with restricted depth. We also offer Birthday Pool Parties.
The minimum age to begin the PADI Open Water Diver qualification is 10-years-old.
10 and 11-year-olds can also take the PADI Adventure Diver and certain specialties.
The PADI Advanced Open Water and other more challenging courses are open to divers aged 12 or older – with no maximum age.
All Professional level “Go-Pro” and extreme “TecRec” courses require students to be 18-years-old or over.
There’s something for just about everybody.
Anybody can participate in Scuba Training providing you have reasonable health and fitness.
Answer the questions on our Fit to Dive Medicals page – any “YES” requires a visit to your doctor.
If you have any concerns about medical conditions, download the PADI Medical Statement.
If you want to get your health and fitness on track, we also offer Personal and Group Training sessions here on site and as a mobile training service. Visit Blue Ocean Fitness for more information.
For more complicated or specialist issues we recommend that you contact the medical team at the Hyperdive Medical Services. They are the experts in diving medicals.
Begin Your Adventure by Visiting Us at the Dive Centre
Situated next to Maidstone Leisure Centre, we are the big blue and white building with a zebra-crossing in front… you can’t miss us! Park at the leisure centre and walk over to us for a cup of tea and a chat while we answer any questions you might have.
We can get you into the water for your first breath very quickly and registering for a course is very easy.
You’ll receive the Complete PADI Crewpack upon enrolment. You will receive your own DVD & Student Manual for course preparation and future reference, a Logbook to record training and dive experience and your own PADI electronic multi-level dive planner app.
There is also a digital version of the Crewpack for use on iPad & android tablets: PADI’s new “Open Water Touch”. A small premium is charged for this deluxe product. Ask when you enrol if you prefer this option.
Start Your PADI Open Water Diver Course Right Here, Right Now!
Book your Open Water Diver online or call us and we’ll invite you to come along any Tuesday or Thursday evening to enjoy the PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme, included in the Open Water Diver course fees.
You’ll get to visit the Dive Centre & meet the team, and enjoy a fun & entertaining introduction to scuba.
Upon registration with us at the Dive Centre, we supply you with the complete PADI Study Crewpack as part of your training fees.
You then have a choice about how you complete the rest of your course in order to suit your own schedule, along with an opportunity to meet other students and make new friends.
You may decide that a weekend course is ideal for you – we run them every alternate weekend throughout the year.
Check our Dive Calendar for dates or call or email us for information.
This option will get you diving with other students, and is a quick and fun way to review your knowledge development with an instructor and complete the pool diving skills whilst making friends and having fun underwater.
Evening Executive Schedule
Alternatively, you may prefer to bring in your diary and book in a series of 5 evenings (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays) to complete the course on an “executive” programme tailored around your personal schedule. There is an additional charge for this premium service.
This is a great option if you have a hectic diary, or if you want to progress at your own pace, fast or slow!
To complete the Open Water Diver course you’ll make four qualifying dives putting what you’ve learned in the pool into practise and meeting some underwater wildlife. There are flexible choices for completing your qualifying dives both in UK and on our diving holidays.
And that’s it!
You’ve Got Your PADI!