PADI Scuba Diving Courses

Mark surfacing from a Branksome Beach dive - "All ok!"

PADI Open Water Diver Course

 Internationally recognised, the PADI Open Water course is the most popular scuba course in the world. It is a qualification for life and qualifies you and a buddy to dive independently of supervision in conditions similar to, or better than those you trained in. 

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PADI Open Water Course with Go Below Scuba Diving

How does the course work?

The course consists of 3 distinctive parts:-

  • Knowledge development & theory:

Your training begins with PADI Open Water eLearning. You will learn the basic principles of diving in a very user friendly way. Although this is the self-study part of the course we are available to help! 

  • Pool sessions:

The fun begins! You will have 5 swimming pool sessions in which you will learn and practice scuba skills under the supervision of your instructor.  

  • Open water dives:

You will continue your training into open water! You get to demonstrate the skills you've learned in the pool in open water diving scenarios over 4 dives. We mainly use the sea for the Open Water section of the course, this way you experience 'real life' diving. 

Once your instructor is satisfied you can complete the skill requirements you will be an Open Water Certified Diver! You will receive your PADI Open Water Certification card and can then continue your dive adventure anywhere in the world!

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PADI Open Water Course

Why choose Go Below Scuba Diving?

  • We teach in small groups - giving you more time with our instructors
  • The Open Water section of the course is mainly taught in the sea. Not just in a lake or quarry. 
  • Courses are run over an intensive 4 days or evenings and weekends depending on your needs.
  • We are fully insured (Thankfully never used)
  • Our active dive club gives you the opportunity to keep diving once qualified
  • Competitively priced courses - Click here for our course fees
  • 'Pay as you learn' payment plans are available

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What happens after the course?

Once you are certified you will probably want to go diving! We are an active club and dive throughout the year, exploring the wrecks and reefs along the south coast and will encourage you to join us to develop your skills and of course have fun diving. 'Like' our Facebook page or contact us to find out when we're next diving
You may want to continue your diver training after your Open Water qualification, we offer a range of PADI courses. Keep scrolling for more information.

Here's what Luke had to say after completing his intensive course.........

"I have just completed my PADI Open water diver course with Mark at Go Below Scuba Diving. 

Really glad I chose to take the training with Mark because his approach to delivering the course was absolutely fantastic. 

He was extremely professional throughout the whole week, whilst ensuring that the training environment was still relaxed and enjoyable.

Any queries I had were answered almost immediately whether that was by telephone call or email. 

Mark definitely went above and beyond to ensure that my diving experience went smoothly & I recommend Go Below to anybody who is looking to start diving"

Diving is great fun and builds confidence!

Diving is great fun and builds confidence!

Scuba Diving courses - next level

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It’s designed to advance your diving and helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out 5 different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. 

These are the sort of adventure dives you can do:- 

  • Deep  (Qualifies you to 30 metres)
  • Navigation
  • Boat diver
  • Dry suit 
  • Wreck diving 
  • Search & recovery 
  • Drift
  • Peak performance buoyancy
  • Fish identification
  • Night diving 
  • Multi-level diving 
  • Enriched air Diver
  • Naturalist

You log dives as you go through your course and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving!

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Emergency First Response (First Aid) Training

Emergency First Response Course

Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence and increasing  willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. 

Course participants learn to follow simple steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals and videos to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings. 

EFR courses are based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care.

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PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Diver Course

 Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. 

 You'll learn:- 

  • Self rescue
  • Recognising and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers


  • PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water 
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
    You can complete your EFR and Rescue Diver Training together as a bundle. 

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ReActivate® Scuba Refresher Program

PADI Reactivate Course

Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? The ReActivate™ program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or get ready for a diving vacation. The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it. 

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Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Go Below Scuba Diving

Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

07855 193669