Have you always wished you could breath under water, have a passion for the sea, or would like to have a career in scuba diving? If so, the PADI Open Water Course is just the course for you! This popular course is one of the first steps into the underwater world. Hundreds of people from around the globe have taken this course here with us at Seashell Dive Centre and gone on to discover the magnificent life hidden under the sea. 

This 3-4 day Course provides you with a lifetime qualification which certifies you to dive up to 18 meters anywhere in the world. It gives you the opportunity to meet new diving buddies, learn new skills and discover the 71% of our world which is hidden below water.

The Open Water course consists of three main elements:


There are four ways of studying the theory for this course:

  • Classroom learning: The full Open Water course with this option will cost you €415.00 per person. Students spend time in the classroom watching the PADI training DVD and reading their PADI manual (included) while raising any queries they might have with the supervising instructor.
  • Online e-learning: The Open Water cousre with this option will cost you €370.00. This allows students to study and understand diving theory at their own pace using PADIs online training facility prior to arriving at the dive center.  However, if you wish to choose this option you need to order an e-learning pack from us at an extra cost of €60.00pp.  The Open Water eLearning is available in English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic languages.
  • Open Water Diver Touch (for iPads and tablets): The Open Water course with this option will cost you €370.00. This also allows a student to study the theory at their own pace and in their own time. The Open Water Touch is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Arabic languages. The advantage of this method is that it allows students to study offline by downloading an application onto your tablet after purchasing the touch pack from our centre at an extra cost of €65.00pp.
  • Digital manual:  The Open Water course with this option will cost you €370.00. You have to purchase your digital version of the student manual with integrated Knowledge Reviews at an extra cost of €65.00. The advantage is that these digital manuals are offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Korean, Danish, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Norwegian languages. So you can download the book and study in your own language at your own pace.

Confined Water training:

The confined water sessions teach you the essential skills you need to have in order to become a confident and safe diver. These are taught at a maximum depth of four meters where the instructor describes and demonstrates each skill which you will need to repeat in turn until you have them fully mastered.

Open water dives: 

Once the skills and theory have been mastered, you are ready to take your first of four open water dives. It is here that you will truly appreciate the value of being able to discover life under the sea. Each dive will increase in depth, ensuring you build your confidence with every dive you do.

Through our instructors passionate teaching and the friendly atmosphere at the dive center, we can ensure you will have the best diving experience where every student gets personal attention. With good visibility, very little underwater current and over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Maltese waters are the perfect place to learn to dive and so is Seashell Dive Center.


Suggested Itenerary:

Day 1 - Training and theory

The morning begins by learning the basics of diving theory, then, after a break for lunch we start the confined water training in the afternoon, teaching you some basic skills in the bay.

Day 2 - 2 open water dives

After getting the grips with the theory, equipment and basic skills, you are now ready to take your first two dives in the morning. You will then have the afternoon free to relax at your hotel and relive the excitement of your first diving experience.

Day 3 - 2 open water dives

Now your confidence has been boosted from the previous days diving experience, you will do two more dives at new and exciting dive sites. In the afternoon you will sit an exam to ensure you have mastered the theory of diving and the all important safety aspects involved.

Minimum requirements:

  • No previous experience necessary 
  • To be in reasonable health
  • Minimum age of 10 years (Junior Open Water Diver)
  • Under 18s must have parental consent

What's included:

  • All necessary equipment
  • Instructor tuition (available in various languages)
  • Return transport to and from your accommodation in Cirkewwa, Ramla Bay, Mellieha, Xemxija, St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba, Qawra areas
  • Road transport to the dive sites and back
  • PADI Certification card
  • PADI Manual (*only for classroom based method of theory training)
  • High-quality Seashell Log book

How to book:

  1. Decide on training method (online or in classroom)
  2. Enquire availability via email and fix a date
  3. Pay deposit online

This course can also be booked as a LEARN TO DIVE HOLIDAY

Deposit pp.: 

Further questions?  contact us!