Plan D Scuba Inland 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 is aimed at everyone who wishes to learn to dive in an ordered fashion which allows time for discussions and personal development without excessive time pressures. The course aims to accommodate up to 8 Students per course and for that reason, follows a fixed schedule. Deviations from the schedule can incur extra costs or may require that the student alters their course to join one that can accommodate the deviation in scheduling. 

The price also includes the use of school soft gear (mask, snorkel, fins, weight-belt and wetsuit) for the duration of the course. 

The Course also includes: PADI Ultimate Open Water crew Pack containing the Open Water Training Manual, PADI Student Log Book, Set of Training DVD's and a PADI Electronic Dive Planner, 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. 


A. Theory Component: 

  • When: 4 Week Day evenings over two weeks (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday combination)
  • Venue: Plan D Scuba Adventures Dive Centre (35 12th Avenue, Parktown North)
  • How Long does it take - 18:30 - 21:30 on each of the four evenings.

B. Confined Water Training (Pool) Sessions:

  • When: First Weekend after the course has started (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Venue: Aquanzi Lodge or another heated pool nominated by the Dive Centre.
  • How Long does it take - Depends on your ability levels and the number of people participating (9 - 12 hours). The Confined Water Sessions are scheduled from 7 :00 - 15:00 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 usually scheduled for half a day on each day.

What is the initial cost and what does it include?

Initiation Fee: R1200.00 –

What does the initiation fee include:

  • Registration and General Information Session
  • PADI Ultimate Open Water Crew Pack (Manual, Set of Training DVD's, Electronic Recreational Dive Planner – Multilevel Version, 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 R45.00 per fill x 6 – 8 fills)
  • Rental of Hard Gear – BCD, Regulator and Cylinder for the 4 Days of the Course (usually R 150.00 per day x 4 days)
  • Rental of Soft Gear – Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Weight-belt and Wetsuit (usually R150.00 per day x 4 days).
  • Pool Entrance fees – (usually R45.00 per 3 hours x 3 sessions)
  • Instructor Fees

Not Included:

  • All refreshments
  • Entance fees to the Local Quarry for your Qualifying Dives (R70.00 @ Miracle Waters – R100.00 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 on a regular basis - should you miss a portion - you can either pay extra for a one on one make up session to catch up or join onto the next course that has a free spot.

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 as per the schedule provided by your Instructor during the briefing session.

·         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?

Watch the Confined Water Training Sessions on the training DVD's so that you have an idea as to what is coming during each session.

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