Learning to Dive in Cornwall Course Details

PADI Scuba Course Details

The PADI website contains full course details, and course pre-requisites. However, please read below for a summary of course requirements and details of other terms specific to Cornish Diving School. If you have any questions about the course details, please feel free to contact us.


Unless otherwise stated all courses include dive equipment and materials. Prior to starting dive training participants will be required to sign a medical form stating they are fit to dive. Upon payment you will receive course materials and have access to your instructor for help and guidance during the learning process. Boat Dives for specialties & Advanced Open Water are charged separately.

Padi Scuba Diver Course

Min age 10 years. Duration 4 days.
The Scuba Diver course is a sub course of the full Open Water course. It allows a more relaxed pace as it only requires 3 knowledge development sections completed before arriving on the course,  3 pool/confined dives, 2 open water dives and no final exam. At the end of the course you are qualified to: rent kit and dive with a diving professional to a maximum depth of 12m.
A Padi scuba diver can upgrade to Padi Open Water diver when required.

Padi Open Water Diver Course

Min age 10 years. Duration 4 days.
Course consists of knowledge development which is completed before arrival on the course, 5 pool/confined dives, 4 open water dives and final exam.  This is an intensive 4 days but at the end you are a fully qualified diver able to: rent kit, dive without professional supervision to a maximum depth of 18m.

Adventure Diver Course

Min age 12 years. Duration 1-2 days.
This course consists of 3 Adventure dives which count towards specialities and Advanced Open Water course. This is a good course for building experience after taking the Padi Open Water course.

Advanced Open Water Course

Min age 12 years. Duration 2 days.
Course consists of 5 Adventure dives, Deep & Navigation are mandatory. The remaining three are made up from the following list: Project Aware, Boat, Drift, Drysuit, Nitrox, Multilevel, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery, Naturalist & Wreck. Deep and boat are normally completed on a Sunday where a special rate of £25 for both dives is payable to the skipper.

Rescue Diver Course

Min age 12 years. Duration min 3 days.
Course consists of knowledge development, self-rescue review, 10 rescue exercises & 2 rescue scenarios. You will also prepare an emergency assistance plan for a dive site.


Min age none. Duration 1 day shore based.
O2 Provider
Min age none. Duration 1/2 day.


Min age 18. Duration depends on whether you are taking a straight course or internship and your readiness to move from recreational to professional level. Please note that materials, equipment and registration are not provided on the Divemaster course.
This is a challenging but highly enjoyable program which would be greatly enhanced by building a basic level of fitness before starting.
As the Padi Divemaster course is a professional level course enrollment on the course is not a guarantee that you will pass, although we work closely with each candidate and tailor the program accordingly.

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