Open Water Scuba Diver

2 Classroom sessions, 2 confined water sessions, and 4 Open Water Dives 

You've often thought about what it might be like to scuba dive. Maybe your friends dive or you've seen divers while boating or snorkeling. This is your chance to learn and become qualified to experience the underwater world.

Over a minimum of four days we will guide you every step of the way as you learn about the underwater environment, the physics of diving, dive equipment - its correct setup and use, preparing your equipment to dive, dive skills, and dive planning and safety.

Why choose us?

When it comes to diving, not all training is created equal. At Sidemount Pros, we understand what it takes to be a "real-diver". We don't rush you through your course. We invest the time and focus on your foundations first. This becomes the platform upon which we develop you as a diver.

Firstly, you learn the theory. Then about your equipment and how to set it up properly, so that it is comfortable, streamlined and accessible. Next, we work on your comfort and control in the water; on your buoyancy control, stability and trim. Then, and only then, do we move onto dive skills and execution.

By concentrating on your foundations first, we enable you to more easily learn dive skills. This makes the whole learning experience more enjoyable for you and ultimately, you become a better diver.

Mask Clearing Drill

Mask Clearing Drill

On this course, you will combine classroom theory time with poolside equipment workshops and skills sessions, finally putting this all together in two days of open water diving. Course numbers are limited to 3 students to maximise your learning and individual coaching time.


The fee for this course is NZD $695 incl. GST. Course fees include instruction, scuba diving equipment, air fills, pool fees, and SDI certification fees. 

Course manual or eLearning, boat fees, accommodation are at additional cost. Note: Instructor boat and accommodation cost is shared amongst course participants.


On successful completion of this course, students are certified as SDI Open Water Divers and this qualification is recognised world-wide.

Sidemount Pros supports SDI's Global Referral program.