Great instructors and fun diving spot

2023-10-16 staff were super friendly and helpful had an amazing day! Try Diver.
2023-10-23 Good personal and a lovely day - Try Diver.
2023-10-19 The Crew und the Dive Instructor Sam were awesome. Absolutly recommended for Diving Open Water Student.
2023-10-23 Fun friend and felt safe. Catered for all abilities. Snorkeller.

Super expérience, 😍 staff très pro, avenant et bienveillant. 🙏 De belles photos et de beaux souvenirs. Un spot super 👌

2023-10-25 Very friendly and highly professional staff! Open Water Diver
2023-10-25 Everything is good and lovely staff - Open Water Diver.

We liked it a lot and the instructor Janis were really good, thorough and calm through the hole day. Thank you so much guys!


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Padi Open Water Diver

Dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18m.

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Minimum age 10 years for junior certification and 15 years for adult.

Ability to swim and in good health.

No diving experience required.

Full PADI Open Water Diver course: 465€ including e-learning

Upgrade from PADI Scuba Diver to PADI Open Water Diver: 250€

PADI referral, all shallow water sessions and e-learning completed: 250€

minimum 3 days for full course

Become a qualified diver in 3 to 4 days! Upgrade from PADI Scuba Diver in 1 to 2 days!

Complete PADI referral in 2 days! With the PADI Open Water Diver qualification you will be able to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 meters.


The 3 steps to certification are …

  1. Theory

The theory section covers the basic principles of diving which you need to understand for your safety and fun. The theory section is self-study using a digital manual (e-learning) with Instructor assistance as necessary.

The theory includes:

  • Read the 5 chapters of the PADI digital Open Water manual and complete the knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter. The chapters include video illustration for easy learning.

  • Complete 4 multiple choice quizzes.

  • Complete a multiple choice exam covering the whole manual.

  1. Shallow Water

In shallow calm water you will learn all about the equipment and basic underwater skills in 5 shallow water sessions. Sessions may be combined. You will also complete a 10 minute swim/float and 200 m swim demonstrating comfort in the water.

  1. Open Water Diving


Put the skills you have learnt into practice and have a whole lot of fun in 4 open water dives, maximum depth 12 m for 10 and 11 year olds, 18 m for divers over 12 years.

Frequently asked questions:


Diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to obtain written approval from a physician prior to diving. We have a doctor on call to answer any questions and who makes the final decision as to who can dive. Any queries please let us know.

When can I start a PADI Open Water Diver course?

We do not schedule set dates for completing a course. You are on holiday! We can complete courses any day except Sunday.

How do I book?

Easy! Simply press the book now button. An inquiry form will come to us and we will organise dates, transfers and answer any questions.

How do I upgrade from PADI Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver?

You can upgrade whenever you want. You will need to:


  • Complete 2 shallow water session.

  • Complete 2 additional open water dives.

  • Complete the final 2 chapters of the Open Water manual together with corresponding knowledge reviews, 1 multiple choice quiz and a multiple choice exam covering the whole manual.

  • Swim 200 m without stopping.

What is a PADI referral?

The full PADI referral is when you have completed all shallow water skill sessions and e learning with another PADI school. You then just need to complete the 4 open water dives with us to become a PADI Open Water Diver. The price given will be adjusted if you have completed more or less than the full referral. IMPORTANT. The course must be completed within a year.

How deep will we go?

The maximum depth for children aged 10 and 11 is 12 m. Divers over the age of 12, 18 m. Divers under the age of 18 must have written parental or guardian consent.

Where will we dive?

You can complete the PADI Open Water Diver course through our dive bases of Rhodes Town, Kolymbia or Pefkos. We will book you into the base closest to your hotel.

How long are the dives?

Training dives have a minimum duration of 20 minutes and an average duration is around 30 – 45 minutes underwater.

What is the visibility and what will we see?

Most days of the year we have great clarity and visibility that reaches 15-20 meters. At the depth where the open sea diving takes place, we meet various species from large or small shoals of Mediterranean fish. Octopuses, cuttlefish, sea urchins, sponges, turtles, shrimp, sea snails, lionfish and more! Please check out our gallery for more.

Is the theory easy?

Of course, it is designed for a 10 year old to understand.


PADI e-Learning enables you to complete all the theory material and the final exam on your phone, computer or tablet from your home or hotel.

Can I fly after diving?

You must leave a minimum of 18 hours after diving before flying.

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring swimsuit, towel and either phone, tablet or computer for the theory section. All diving equipment is provided by the Waterhoppers for the duration of the course.

Is a pick -up service provided?

Yes. We provide a transfer from hotels to the closest dive base.

Our Experience

We are proud for what we have achieved and the trust we gained by you!

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