Open Water and Scuba Diver

The Open Water and Scuba Diver Courses are both entry level PADI qualifications – once completed they certify you to dive worldwide to 18 metres with your buddy for the Open Water certification level and 12 metres with a PADI professional for the Scuba Diver Qualification.

You can choose to do either the Full Open Water Course or if you are short of time – the Scuba Diver Course.

What does the course consist of?

The Open Water Certification comprises of three elements

  • Knowledge Development (Theory) Modules
  • 5 Confined Water Modules
  • 4 Open Water Dives
  • Approx 4 Days

The Scuba Diver Comprises of two elements

  • Knowledge Development (Theory) Modules
  • 3 Confined Water Modules
  • 2 Open Water Dives
  • Approx 2 days

New to InterSkill is the online Knowledge development 

  • Do all your knowledge development at home – in your own time.
  • The Total course fee INCLUDES the online course – no hidden extras!!

How long will it take?

Typical schedules would be:-

1st day –  10am – 12pm – theory and exam

2nd day –  10am to 3pm – pool / confined water training

3rd day – 11am to 2pm – open water dives 1 and 2

4th day – 11am to 2pm – open water dives 3 and 4

For the Scuba Diver qualification:-

1st day – 10am – 12pm – theory, 1pm – 4pm – pool/ confined water training

2nd day – 11am – 2pm ,  open water dives 1 and 2


AGE: Minimum age: 15 yrs (Junior Open Water: 12 yrs – please ask for further details).

PHYSICAL: Must be in good general health. For safety, we ask all students to complete a brief questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving.

Medical statement can be downloaded here  ENGLISH or SPANISH


WATERSKILLS: Must be comfortable in the water. Before completing the course, your instructor will ask you to demonstrate basic water skills by swimming 200 metres (or 300 metres in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. You will also need to float or tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.

What does each element of the course involve?


This develops your familiarity with basic principles and procedures. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best equipment for your needs and what to consider when planning dives.

You will complete Knowledge Development in your own time, reading each of five sections of the provided PADI Open Water Diver Manual and watching the corresponding section of the PADI Open Water Diver DVD (which also previews skills you’ll learn).Generally speaking you will need 1 – 2 weeks to read the open water diver manual and to complete the knowledge reviews before you start the course. Alternatively you can spend a relaxing day in the peaceful surroundings and complete the multiple choice quizzes in your leisure.

You will briefly review what you studied in each section when you meet with your instructor. At the end of the course, you will take an *exam that makes sure you’ve got a grasp of all the key concepts and ideas.

[*For those who are taking the Scuba Diver Course their is only 3 multiple choice quizzes and NO EXAM.]


Fun is the key ingredient to our Confined Open Water Module, here you will develop basic scuba skills in our outdoor swimming pool and you’ll learn everything from setting up your equipment, to clearing water from your mask. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air with your buddy. You may also play some games. The aim is to ensure you feel comfortable under water.

There are five confined water dives for the Open Water Qualification and three for the Scuba Diver Qualification, each building upon the previous one. Over the course of these modules, you will attain the skills you need to dive in open water.


After your confined water dives you will undertake four open water dives or two if you are taking the Scuba Diver with your personal PADI Instructor at our dive site in Tenerife, the water is clear and warm, averaging 23 degrees, it is highly likely that on your dives you will see hundreds of fish along with our resident Turtles.

Two dives are conducted per day, unless alternatives schedules are requested. This is where you can have some fun putting into practice what you’ve learnt and fully experience your first underwater adventure.

After the final dive we all celebrate a well earned qualification.

Why should I train with you?

Good question ! and without blowing our own trumpet, take a look at some of our referals.

What we can say is that :

  • You will have a dedicated PADI Master Instructor on a 1-1 basis
  • InterSkill  continues to specialises in divers with special needs
  • We use a proven technique to overcome fears and phobias (NLP)
  • You will train in our own dedicated outdoor pool (in Tenerife)
  • All the equipment is maintained in top condition by our own certified mechanic
  • We only use top of the range Apeks regulators
  • Once you complete the course you automatically become an InterSkill Club member (worth €100) and are privileged with subsidised diving

What is needed for the course?

  • The course price includes all the required manuals
  • You may like to buy a dive log (priced at €25) to log your adventure dives – available from the shop

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