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PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Qualification Course

May 6 @ 8:00 am - May 8 @ 5:00 pm



There’s been a lot of enthusiasm out there for scuba diving recently.

Is it the blue sea, crystal clear water, beautiful multi-coloured fish swimming happily just inches away from you in the tropical River Severn? ………………………………….…….. (editor – Who wrote this rubbish? )

Perhaps it’s the fun and sheer delight of making the leader team struggle to crow-bar you into the wet-suits. For whatever reason, for the two years before the pandemic, we have had to run two Open Water courses each year to satisfy demand. Now here is the first (perhaps only) 2021-22 one.

Our close relationship with the JCScuba Dive School now in its fourteenth year means that the Octopus Scuba Explorer Unit will again be running the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver course for those Scouts and Explorer Scouts wanting to gain this qualification and embark on thrilling holiday adventures well into the future. This is a qualification for life and remains valid even of you do not dive for several years due to other commitments (university, relationships, family, work etc.).

For the first time this year, we are moving to digital delivery of the theory training in line with Marlborough College and Dauntsey School (JC Scuba’s other main youth customers). Our course set-up this year is slightly different to previous years because of this change, and there will only be one residential Scout weekend instead of two.

On registering for the course, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire before being sent the registration codes to allow you to access the training material. The instructors will monitor your performance as you work through the material and complete the on-line review questions, and final exam, ready for the practical training at the first weekend. (Do not worry, nobody has failed the exams on our courses……yet).

During this weekend, the friendly instructor team from JCScuba will then take you through a review of the material, including a review of incorrect exam answers to make sure everybody understands what the correct answers were. You will also have more training time in the pool before heading off to do some Open Water dives at a local site.

This will then just leave you with another day’s Open Water diving, at the dive site, to achieve the full qualification (which is included in our course fee).

The course also has the potential to deliver various scout activity badges and these will be agreed with Scouts and their Leaders. For Explorers, gaining the qualification is listed as one possible route for completion of the DofE Physical Activity section and can count towards Chief Scout Awards (Platinum and Diamond).

The residential weekend is based at a Scout HQ in Gloucestershire and all training material, PADI registration, equipment hire, accommodation, food, transport and entrance fees to the training and dive locations are included. For the additional day, you will have to make your own way there, but the entrance fees, instruction and kit hire is again included. The discounted cost is £530 for the whole course but it can be paid in instalments by arrangement with the Course Director (see booking form for contact details).

The practical training dates are:  6th – 8th May AND 22nd May, 2022

To apply for a place on the course, please complete and return the TWO forms available here:

2021 Scuba OW Application form (1)

2021 Medical Questionnaire




May 6 @ 8:00 am
May 8 @ 5:00 pm
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County Badge Courses
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