PADI Open Water Referral Course

Who should take this course?

Referral Courses are for those who have completed part of their training below the PADI Open Water Diver certification level, or for divers who have completed any level of dive training with another certification agency other than PADI and wish to continue their training with PADI.
  • The typical Referral Course is for those who have completed their academics and confined water at home or somewhere else, and would like to complete their final 4 open water qualification dives.
  • Upgrade from Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver: This referral course is for those who have been certified as Scuba Divers and want to upgrade to Open Water Diver.
  • From Non-PADI to PADI: For those who have completed any amount of training with a non-PADI dive training agency, you can continue your training with PADI. We will determine the equivalent license level with PADI, and proceed from there.
  • Experienced Diver Program: For those who have previous dive experience from the military or commercial dive training, then your training, if documented, can count as credit toward the Open Water Course. A program will be designed by your instructor based on documentation and observation of your diving skills.

Prerequisites and infos

To take this course, you must
  • be 10 years of age or older
  • have proof of successfully accomplishing the theory and pool session in the last 12 months. Please send by e-mail your referral form signed by your initial PADI instructor (Referral Form Example)
  • The PADI Open Water Referral Course can be completed in 2 days
  •  A PADI Medical Questionnaire must be filled in prior to Open water sessions. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question medical clearance is needed from a Doctor prior to diving. Download Medical Form.