Do you want to become a scuba diver? The Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School is a certified PADI Dive Resort and your one-stop-shop for all things scuba in Cape Town. Join our PADI-certified Dive Instructors on an awesome underwater adventure that will bring you joy for the rest of your life… Take on the PADI Open Water Diver course!

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What is the PADI Open Water Diver course?

PADI Open Water Diver is the world’s foremost recreational scuba diving course, recognised around the globe and taken up by hundreds of thousands of ocean explorers every year. This is a fun and challenging course for beginners that will stretch your abilities and foster a deeper appreciation for what it takes to breathe and explore underwater.

Once qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be able to dive with a buddy down to 18 metres, rent dive equipment, book boat dives, obtain air fills, take additional classes, and even proceed to an Advanced Open Water Diver qualification.

PADI Open Water Diver opens the door to a world of incredible ocean adventures.

The PADI Ocean Water Diver gives you the skills and confidence to go from never having dived before, to being able to dive recreationally anywhere in the world!

Course information


The PADI Open Water Diver course at the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School costs R7 875 per person. This includes everything you need for the course – digital theory packs, gear rental, dive permits, final qualification certification, etc.

Age limits:

Participants must be aged 10 years or older to enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course.

10- to 14-year-old divers earn a Junior Open Water Diver certification.

Important medical information:

In order to do the PADI Open Water Diver course, you need to be reasonably healthy. You will need to complete a medical questionnaire before being allowed to dive - download it here. Have a look through the questions on Page 2. If you were to answer “Yes” to any of the questions, you would need a letter from a doctor clearing you for diving. If you answer “No” to all questions, no doctor’s letter is required. Should there be an answer that concerns us, we reserve the right to ask for a referral to a diving physician. For your safety and ours, honesty when answering these questions is of paramount importance.

Course duration:

The course takes three days to complete. The days do not need to be consecutive (you have up to six months to complete the course), but we strongly recommend that you complete these days in close succession so that everything is fresh in your mind.

Days typically start at 08h00 and finish around 16h00.

What is provided?

We provide everything you will need on the day, including all gear, study material, and hot showers and towels.

Snacks and drinks are included. We also provide lunch on the last day.

All you need to bring along is a swimsuit and a reusable water bottle.

Transport to the shore-entry dive sites is not included.

Flying after diving:

Please be advised that you may not do this course and dive if you are planning to fly within 24 hours after the dive.

Did you know?

  • PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organisation.
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium is a certified PADI Dive Resort! This means we meet all the stringent health, safety and quality requirements as set out by PADI.
  • In addition to Open Water Diver, the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School also offers Discover Scuba Diving and Advanced Open Water Diver courses, as well as refresher courses.
Learn how to use scuba diving equipment to take your first breaths underwater!

Course outline:

E-learning: Knowledge development sessions cover the following:
- Theory sessions on a digital platform in preparation for your course
- When you come to the Dive School for diving, we’ll revise what you’ve learnt online.

Day 1: Confined dive (Pool session)
- We spend the day in the swimming pool at the Two Oceans Aquarium, teaching you how to use the equipment, and diving skills that have been covered in the e-learning components.

Day 2: Open Water Dives 1 & 2
- Your first ocean-like dives! We do two dives in the Aquarium’s I&J Ocean Exhibit, practicing what you’ve learned in the pool.

Day 3: Open Water Dives 3 & 4
We will do two shore-entry dives in the False Bay/Simon’s Town area, honing your diving skills and finalising your certification. Transport to these dive sites is not included.

Book at or call +27 (0)21 418 3823

Other diving experiences at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Adventure Diving

The Two Oceans Aquarium offers three unique, all-weather scuba diving experiences for every level. Swim with the stingrays in the I&J Ocean Exhibit, dive with the raggies of the Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit, or explore the Kelp Forest Exhibit - the choice is yours.

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PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience

If you want to try scuba diving, but aren't quite ready to take the plunge into a full certification course, PADI Discover Scuba Diving at the PADI-Certified Two Oceans Aquarium is for you - a half-day short course followed by a dive in our I&J Ocean Exhibit.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Want to take your recreational diving to the next level? Continue your scuba journey with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. Learn new skills needed for advanced diving, from deep diving to underwater navigation.

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Scuba diving refreshers

Already a qualified diver, but a little out of practice? Want to refresh your skills and scuba knowledge and get back into the underwater world? A PADI refresher course is the ideal opportunity to update your diving know-how.

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Start learning today and begin your PADI scuba diving adventure!