Plan D Scuba Budget Inland Open Water Course

The Inland Open Water Courses are always a popular choice for people in a hurry to qualify or looking to qualify first and then go on a trip at some later stage. While qualifying inland is perfectly acceptable, you must always remember that you are qualified to dive in conditions like or similar to those in which you were trained. While diving overseas can often make our quarries look tough, diving of the Southern African Coastline is a different story and often requires a little more guidance. Our preference is always to include a supervised visit to the coast as part of our courses so that we can ensure that your transition from an inland to coastal environment is as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Ultimately that is why we all start diving - to explore the fantastic under water world. 

This Course as its name implies offers the student the PADI Course without any frills or extras. We conduct this course according to our published schedule and no deviation can be accounted for without incurring extra costs. This course is conducted in groups of 6 - 10 persons per course and follows a strict time schedule. This Course runs over two consecutive weekends on a full time basis. The course relies on a minimum of 8 persons on course and for that reason, follows a fixed schedule. Deviations from the schedule would incur extra costs.

The Course Price includes: PADI Standard Open Water crew Pack containing the Open Water Training Manual, PADI Student Log Book and a PADI Recreational Dive Planner (plastic Table version), PADI Certification, All the Required Air-fills for the course, All the Pool Entrance and Use Costs, rental of all Scuba Equipment required to complete the course, Quarry Dives and the Instructor Fees.


The Course Price excludes the use of school soft gear (mask, snorkel, fins, weight-belt and wetsuit) for the duration of the course. The Soft Gear may be rented for the duration of the course at a special rental price (contact the Dive Centre for pricing). 

We do offer an entry level soft gear set special for students signing up for this course: Purchase the Soft Gear Set (5mm Semi-Dry Wetsuit, Choice of 2 Masks, Purge Snorkel and Closed Heel fins) - Retail Price is R2995.00 and you will receive a R400.00 discount off the set if purchased before your first pool session.

You can upgrade the standard crew pack to the Ultimate Crew Pack provided in the other courses for R300.00. 


A. Theory Component: 

  • When: Split over two weekends
  • Venue: Aquanzi Lodge or another heated pool nominated by Plan D Scuba Adventures
  • How Long does it take - 7:00 - 18:00 Each Day.

B. Confined Water Training (Pool) Sessions:

  • When: First Weekend the course starts (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Venue: Aquanzi Lodge or another heated pool nominated by Plan D Scuba Adventures.
  • How Long does it take - Depends on your ability levels. The Confined Water Sessions are scheduled from 7 :00 - 18:00 on each day.

C. Qualifying Dives:

  • When: Saturday and Sunday of the second week after the course started to complete the four the qualifying dives scheduled for 7:00 - 15:00 each day.

What is the initial cost and what does it include?

Initiation Fee: R2000.00 –

What does the initiation fee include:

  • Registration and General Information Session
  • PADI Standard Open Water Crew Pack (Manual, Recreational Dive Planner, PADI Log Book)
  • PADI Certification Card


What is included in Course Price:


  • Airfills required for the practical training sessions – both Confined Water [Pool Sessions] and Qualifying Dives (usually R55.00 per fill x 6 – 8 fills)
  • Rental of Hard Gear – BCD, Regulator and Cylinder for the 4 Days of the Course (usually R 250.00 per day x 4 days)
  • Pool Entrance fees – (usually R55.00 per 3 hours x 3 sessions)
  • Instructor Fees

Not Included:

  • Rental of Soft Gear – Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Weight-belt and Wetsuit (usually R150.00 per day x 4 days) – Special Price: R400.00 for the 4 Days
  • All refreshments
  • Entance fees to the Local Quarry for your Qualifying Dives (R80.00 @ Miracle Waters – R120.00 Bass Lake / person / day)
  • Transport

When do you have to pay?

You need to pay the Initiation Fee to sign up for the course and receive your training materials. The Final Payment is due on the first day of the course.

What happens if I can’t make a session as per the schedule?

This course is conducted as a single item. Should you miss a session for any reason – then you forfeit your spot on the course - unless for medical reasons, in that case – we shall offer you a make-up spot during the next full time course that has available space or you would incur further expenses to make up the missing training.


Once I decide to start what are the next steps?

·         Step 1: To register for your Open Water Course, sign in, pay the initiation fee and collect your training materials.

·         Step 2: Attend the General Information Session (usually conducted when you collect the training materials).

·         Step 3: Collect your Schedule

·         Step 4: Answer the questions on the included PADI Medical Questionnaire – should you have any yes answers, you are required to provide a Doctor's medical Clearance that you are fit to scuba dive before any in water training sessions can occur. Please bring the doctor’s clearance to the first training session or e-mail it through to

·         Step 5: Read through the Training Manual and watch the Training DVD's. Answer the Quick Quizzes and Fill in the answers to all the Knowledge Reviews. Waiting to complete the knowledge Reviews on the day will dramatically extend the sessions.

What happens in the Theory Sessions?

·         Step 1: Arrive at the Scheduled Theory Session with the necessary work complete (in cases where the work is incomplete, you will be liable for the extra training time it takes to complete the work during a Theory Session). Saturday 1: Complete Knowledge Reviews 1 and 2. Sunday 1: Complete Knowledge Reviews 3 and 4. Saturday 2: Complete Knowledge Review 5 and Final Exam.

·         Step 2: Assess the Knowledge Review Answers with your Instructor and clarify any questions or problems which may exist.

·         Step 3: Write the related Quiz (10 Questions with a passing score of 8/10) for each section as they are completed and review the quiz answers for any problems.

·         Step 4: Complete the Theory Sessions with a Final Exam (50 Questions with a passing score of 75%). Review the Exam and answer any questions that may have arisen.

What do I need to do before a Confined Water Session?

Read the Training manual and complete all the Knowledge Reviews at the end of each chapter.

What happens in a Confined Water Session?:

The Confined Water Sessions will be conducted in a heated swimming pool specially designed with Scuba Training in mind. It will have a shallow section of around 1.4m and a deep section of 3m.

On arrival, you will be given a brief orientation and taught how to assemble your equipment and briefed on what is to happen prior to entering the water for the first training session. At the end of each session, you will have time to dis-assemble the equipment and rinse it under instructor supervision. Logbooks will be filled in and then the session will be done. Saturday 1: Sessions 1 – 3, Sunday 1: Sessions 3 – 5.

What do I need to do before a Qualifying Dive?

Watch the Qualifying Dives on the training DVD's so that you have an idea as to what is coming during each session.

How long do the Qualifying Dives take?

There are four qualifying dives required to achieve the Open Water Certification. These dives must be completed over no less than two days. Saturday 2: Qualifying Dives 1 and 2. Sunday 2: Qualifying Dives 3 and 4








How do I book?

To book your spot on a course, please specify:

  1. Which Course Dates would suit you.
  2. How many spots you would like to reserve.
  3. The names of the students.
  4. The course option you have chosen (Full Time Group Course – in this case or one of the other Open Water Course Options if they suit better).
  5. Send through proof of payment of the deposit (as described below).

We will then send you a preliminary booking form and an invoice. Your spot on the course is secured with a non-refundable Initiation Fee of R1200.00 per person joining the course and in all cases, the courses are reserved on a first paid basis.

Personalised Courses are tailored as per individual or group requests.

What are the deposit Details?

Contact Plan D Scuba Adventures to book your course and they will send through a proforma invoice with the necessary Bank Details.

What if I want to buy my own gear?


We do offer specials to our students with respect to purchasing their own Equipment during and after the course. Please contact Sean at the shop to enquire as to what specials are currently available. These specials can save you as much as 30% of the price of your equipment.

How do I contact you if I have questions?




Sean and the Plan D Team