PADI Open Water


The PADI Open Water Course is your first step in exploring the unique environment underwater. Successful completion of this course will certify you to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres with a suitably qualified buddy.



A $200 non-refundable deposit is required on enrolment to secure your position. Balance payable one week prior to course commencement – no exceptions.


  • Ability to tread water for 10 minutes
  • Ability to swim 200m
  • Dive Medical *

Whats included

  • Two 2 hour theory sessions conducted at the MUUC shed
  • One 6 hour pool/confined water session
  • 2 days of shore diving (usually held on the Mornington Peninsula)
  • SCUBA gear hire for the duration of the course
  • All course materials

Whats NOT included

  • Gear hire deposit
  • Membership of the Melbourne University Underwater Club
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Wetsuit booties

How to Enrol

Complete and submit the enrolment form, PADI statement of risk and liability and MUUC membership forms (if you are not already a member) together with $200 non-refundable deposit and membership fee (if required). It is preferable that evidence of a successful dive medical be provided upon enrolment. The balance of $250 must be paid one week prior to course commencement.


* A dive medical is mandatory for the Open Water Course (beginner level). We recommend you obtain medical clearance before you enrol in an Open Water Course, i.e. before you pay the non-refundable deposit. A list of dive doctors can be found here. Prices for a dive medical are about $130 – we recommend calling doctors to get a quote as the cost of the medical is not covered by Medicare, or private health funds. Dive medicals must be conducted according to Australian Standard AS 4005.1, which defines the requirements for a recreational scuba diving medical examination. The medical form you present at the Course must state that the examination was carried out according to AS 4005.1. We do not accept medicals which have not been conducted according to AS 4005.1. If you attend an Open Water Course without an acceptable medical you will not be allowed in the water.