Oyster Diving’s ‘Gopro’ zero to hero course.

Start your professional diving career today with our ‘Gopro’ course

Diving instructor in London

If you know that being a professional recreational scuba diver is the life for you then read on! As a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, you get to dive at exotic destinations around the world. Take my own example, following my mid-life crises at 34 I packed in my advertising career in London, packed my bags and headed to the Virgin Islands. After a 3 month Rescue and Divemaster course I then jetted off to Thailand to do my IDC (Instructor Development Course) and IE (Instructor Exam). Having successfully completed these I worked in Thailand for 6 months before doing a season in the Red Sea. I can honestly say that it’s about the best thing I’ve ever done!

Our ‘Gopro’ course takes someone who has never even dived all the way up to PADI Divemaster, the first rung on the professional recreational diving ladder. From here you can then take the IDC and IE with us.


You need to be fit and healthy, be able to swim 200m and float for 10 minutes. By the time you reach the Divemaster course there is a more thorough HSE medical and stamina tests to take.

What does the Gopro consist of?

You will go through each of the following courses with the approximate time to complete it:

Open Water – self-study, pool session(s) and 2 days in open water – allow 2-3 weeks. This course is your certification that allows you to dive anywhere around the world to 18m

Advanced Open Water – Takes 2 days, consists of 5 adventure dives and qualifies you to 30m

Emergency First Response (EFR) – First aid qualification

Rescue Diver – self-study plus 2 full days at the lake

Divemaster – before you start the Divemaster course you need to have logged 40+ dives. We include the dives as part of the package in exchange for helping out with dive site set up and helping students. By the time you finish the Divemaster course you need to have completed 60 dives. The Divemaster course can be done as quickly or slowly as you like. Normally to do it properly and get the most out of the course you should allow 3-12 months depending on your other commitments.

Once you have completed your Divemaster training then you can sign up to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

Where does it take place?

We have six pool locations; Soho (Central London), Surrey & Berkshire (Old Windsor), South East London & Kent (Caterham), North London & Hertfordshire (Barnet), Brighton and Oxfordshire (Banbury).

Open water training takes places primarily at Wraysbury (near Heathrow) and for the deeper dives in Chepstow.


The price is £1,775 which includes all of the training materials for Open Water through to Rescue Diver, equipment hire and certification fees. We are also happy to split the payment in three installments.

Additional costs

Entry fees (£15-20 per day depending on the lake), tank fills £5 and Divemaster crewpack £220.

How to sign up

Please just call the office on 0800 699 0243 so we can take down your details, book in some dates and take your initial payment.

So, don’t be like most people stuck in the rat race, make the first move and live the dream.