PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diving Course

PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diving Course and Certification

Dates: Weekends and Evenings

Price: from £345

Age: 10 – 14 year olds

Please also see our PADI course packages. Private courses also available.

The perfect present

PADI Junior Open Water Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and recognised scuba diving certification. It has introduced millions of people from around the world to the adventurous diving lifestyle. If you are between the ages of 10 and 14, you will be qualified as a Junior Open Water Diver. The great news is that once you turn 15 years old, you will be automatically upgraded to a full open water diver, with no restrictions! The Open Water Diver qualification is a life-long open water certification that enables you to dive around the world to a maximum depth of up to 18m. Please read below how we deliver the UK’s best Junior Open Water courses.

After you have completed your Junior Open Water certification, there are some restrictions associated with age:

10 – 11 year olds: Must dive with a parent/guardian or PADI Professional. Restricted to 12m maximum depth.

12-14 year olds: Must dive with an adult certified diver. Maximum depth 18m.

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We offer the most fun, convenient and comprehensive diving courses in London and the South East. Here’s why:


Multi-Award Winning Dive Centre

Our many accolades include having twice won ‘UK Dive Centre of the Year’, ‘Instructor of the Year’, PADI’s Diver Aqusition Award.

PADI Approved Youth Training Centre

Oyster Diving is a PADI approved Youth Training Centre. This means that we adhere to the health and safety practices and comply with the government legislation for working with youth.

PADI approved Youth Training Centres must adhere to strict health and safety practices and comply with government legislation for working with youth.

Our staff like working with children, and enjoy passing on their knowledge and expertise to younger generations. Seeing the joy of discovery in Junior Open Water divers is a sight to behold!

When you choose to work with a PADI Approved Youth Training Centre, you can feel confident your young persons are enrolled with the most instructionally sold diver training system available worldwide.

Your child’s introduction to the underwater world with PADI will open the door to a lifetime of discovery and exploration.

Open Water Diver Training in Small Group Sizes

Having other people learning to dive at the same time makes your dive experience and scuba training more fun, plus it can help put your mind at ease when others are asking questions too. However, we believe that class sizes should be relatively small so we like to keep them to a maximum of 6 students to 1 scuba instructor, more often than not it is less than this!  You can also request a 1 on 1, or 2 on 1 class. Just call us. This class will be a mix of ages, from 10 year old to those young at heart!

PADI Junior Open Water Diver Certifications and Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be at least 10 years old and be in reasonable health but you certainly don’t need to be an Olympic athlete. You will need to be able to swim 200m (any stroke) continuously and float/tread water for 10 minutes.

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The Open Water Scuba Gear You’ll Use

During the PADI Junior Open Water scuba certification course, you learn to use full basic scuba diving gear, including a dive computer and standard accessories. If diving in winter then you also use a dry suit to keep you warm and toasty. We use the latest gear from Aqua Lung, one of the worlds top diving manufacturers. All equipment is provided so all you need is your swimwear and a towel but we do recommend that you have your own diving mask & snorkel. If you are interested in purchasing your own equipment then you might find this article useful.

Convenient Pool Locations

All of our heated pools have been hand selected to offer the ideal setting for learning to dive:

Exclusive Open Water Location

Mercers Lake, Redhill, Surrey. Located close to the M25/M23 turning. Direct train from London.

Clear water, friendly staff, underwater woodland, convenient location and loads of fish, make this the ideal place to learn to dive. We are the only dive centre allowed to use this location!

As the lake is cold in the winter, we recommend children complete their lake dives in the late spring, summer and early fall, when the water is that little bit warmer.

There are two options to complete your open water course….
Full Course
(Part A & B)
Referral Course
(Part A)
Online Theory
PADI’s new ‘eLearning system’ is the easiest, most comprehensive and convenient method to learn the theory. You can go at your own pace, take breaks when you like and complete it in the comfort of your own home. Works on tablet, PC and Mac.
Pool Skills
The confined water dives take place in one of our heated swimming pools. You’ll learn how to use the scuba equipment, complete extensive safety skills and practice how to become totally weightless while underwater.
Open Water Training Dives
UK Option
We will meet you at our exclusive lake Mercers Country Park to complete your four open water dives. Dives take place on a Saturday and Sunday morning (9am to 2.30pm). This means you will be a fully qualified diver at the end of the weekend.

Malta Option
For those who are less keen in jumping in the lake in the UK, we work closely with a dive centre in Malta where you can complete the dives over a long weekend. Malta offers clear, warm waters and exceptional value for money. Read more here.
Complete Training Dives on Holiday
We will sign a Referral form in your log book (provided with the referral course) which you can hand to any PADI dive centre around the world. This allows you to complete the four open water training dives with them.

Tailored Packages

To enhance and let you get the most of your diving course we have designed a couple of packages. If there is something

Part A: Referral (theory & pool) Package
+ £69


PADI eLearning Theory (eTraining log, eManual, eRDPml, RDP Table (digital), eRecord, Knowledge Development Reviews, Quizzes, Exams and Videos) worth £155

Tuition by our PADI professional diving instructors

Equipment hire

Pool training
in your chosen venue

Training log book

Certification fee

Small group sizes
Basic package plus

Aqua Lung Plazma diving mask

Zephyr snorkel

Pass guarantee – if you are not ready to complete your open water dives then you can come back for another pool session(s) until you are safe to complete the open water dives.
Standard Package plus

Aqua Lung Storm Fins

Aqua Lung Hydroflex shorty 3mm wetsuit 
(male and female sizes)
Silver Package plus

Aqua Lung i300 dive computer
Gold package plus

Rogue BCD

Legend MBS regulators with octopus, pressure gauge and regulator bag

Explorer carry on luggage Bag
Part B: Open Water Dive Packages
4 x Open water course completion dives over 2 days at our exclusive

Dive computer rental

Small group sizes
1 extra dive – enjoy a guided dive as a qualified diver (subject to time constraints)

Pass guarantee – if you don’t complete your dives on the day, then you can return to try again until you pass.

Mask defog – much more effective then spitting in your mask!

Dive boots – clean, warm and hygienic!
Standard plus

PADI dry suit specialty course incl online learning and certification fee



Dry suit hire
Silver package plus

Enriched air Nitrox course includes online learning and certification fee.

Extras: There are NO additional costs for the Referral course. The ONLY additional costs for the certification dives; entry to the lake on arrival x 2 days @ £15 each and 3 air fills at £5 each.

Private courses are also available – please get in touch!

As corporate patrons of the Shark Trust you are also able to make a small donation to help with shark conservation helping divers and the planet to continue to benefit from these magnificent marine creatures.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may be wondering why you should choose Oyster Diving for your PADI open water diver course. We are a multi-award winning PADI scuba diving school offering affordable and professional open water dive training throughout the UK. From private lessons to group holidays, you can learn the principles of scuba diving at affordable prices. Book your PADI open water dive training with Oyster Diving today and enjoy the highest quality dive trainer service, equipment and facilities.