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PADI Open Water Diver / Junior Open Water Diver

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This entry level diving qualification is the most popular diving course in the World. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses are recognized in over 5000 dive centres and resorts in more than 170 countries worldwide and are generally considered the industry standard. Your PADI Open Water Diver certification is your passport to the underwater world.

As with all PADI courses, you need to be reasonably fit and healthy and have completed the required medical form before you can begin. Minimum age requirements are 15 years for PADI Open Water Diver and 10 years for PADI Junior Open Water Diver, there is no maximum age limit (I knew a lady in Australia who qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver at 73, she also went on to do her PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course)!

Once you have completed your PADI Open Water Diver/Junior Open Water Diver course, you will be able and confident to dive to a depth of 18 meters , although Juniors will need to be accompanied by a PADI professional or a certified parent or guardian.

Course Contents:

We will begin with an introduction to your PADI professional team and a tour of our facilities, followed by a knowledge building session in the classroom where you will learn about the equipment and some basic theory. After this, we can get wet! A confined water skills session will take place in either a carefully chosen beach location or at our local pool. Following this, 5 Open Water Dives must be completed to gain certification.

All equipment and materials are provided; all you need to bring is your swimwear and a towel.


Open Water Diver/ Junior Open Water Diver – £495

Group discount available, Price on application.

Exclusive 1-2-1 instructor service, Price on application.

Atlantic Scuba PADI dive school, Cornwall, UK.

SDI Open Water Theory On-Line

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Open Water Diver Course

Start Learning to Dive Today – SDI makes it possible for you to complete all of the academic requirements for your entry-level diver certification on line. You can get started right now and, when you are done, complete your in-water skill-development sessions and final open-water training dives in Cornwall with Atlantic Scuba. read more →

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course

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The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course is an entry-level certification course designed to give you the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives.  Some of the many skills you will learn include buoyancy, proper weighting, marine conservation, equipment assembly, proper dive planning, and maintenance. The course covers all the basic knowledge about equipment, physiology and the marine environment while training students to perform basic skills underwater.  This course is the key to start exploring dive destinations around the globe or just in your backyard. During the course you will complete 5 academic modules, 5 confined water modules, and 4 open water dives. When you complete the course you are eligible to dive as a certified diver. read more →

Welcome to Atlantic Scuba

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Atlantic Scuba Dive Centre is based at Mabe, near Falmouth in Cornwall. At our premises we have a well stocked retail shop and service centre, air/nitrox/oxygen/trimix filling station and a large range of school/rental dive gear. There is also ample parking. We operate our own dive charter boats, ‘Stingray’ is an MCA coded dive RHIB, ‘Moonshadow’ is an MCA coded Lochin 33 hard boat. Both are moored at Mylor, in the Fal Estuary, which gives easy access to the local area.


A range of SDI courses available at Atlantic Scuba



A range of TDI courses available at Atlantic Scuba

Specialist Courses

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Courses only available at Atlantic Scuba

PADI Courses

PADI courses available at Atlantic Scuba

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‘Stingray’ and ‘Moonshadow’ are available for charter to a wide range of dive sites in the area. We also run weekly scheduled dives, which can be booked through our Facebook group, Falmouth RHIB and Hard Boat Diving. They are also suitable for pleasure trips and wildlife watching trips for up to 11 and 12 passengers respectively. Both boats are fully insured and carry all the required safety equipment to go up to 20 miles from a safe haven. Specialising in scuba diving around Falmouth Bay, Gerrans Bay, Veryan Bay and the Manacles, basically from Dodman point to the Lizard point.

Dive Sites

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Wrecks, reefs, caves, shallow, deep, we have a wide range.

Contact Details

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Dive Boats

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Our Boats.



Cylinder testing, regulator servicing and much more.

Online Shop

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Online Shop.

Diving Calendar

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Calendar of events and dives.

Atlantic Scuba, scuba diving in Cornwall. An SDI 5* scuba diving centre or scuba diving school, whatever you want to call it. Learning to scuba dive, in the UK, complete a scuba diving open water course, or many diver training courses in Falmouth. Diving from our own boat for leisure or under diving instruction. Learn how to scuba dive in Falmouth Cornwall England. Start a scuba diving course, learn to dive today with SDI scuba diving lessons. Also snorkelling and freediving. We sell scuba/dive gear, our shop has a wide range of scuba equipment, including tanks/cylinders, scuba masks, suits, wetsuits and regulators. Get you scuba certification at our Dive shop/scuba store.