Congratulations you have now taken the first step into an amazing world that will captivate and excite you. We will guide you through all of the elements of the course and ensure that you are completely happy, have achieved mastery of all of the knowledge, skills and etiquette that you need to be a certified PADI Open Water diver with Stellar Divers, of course not forgetting, we will ensure that you have fun along the journey. We are excited and looking forward to sharing our knowledge, love of scuba diving and showing you what the oceans have to offer you.
This page is full of information to answer any questions that you may have about what to expect while you are doing your course. Please read through, enjoy and if you have any questions at all any of the Dive Team will be more than happy to answer. Use the contact button at the bottom of the page to raise a question or just give us a call at our Lincoln office.
So What Next?
The Induction Event: Please feel free to do all the paperwork remotely, it is easy to arrange and all part of the online experience, in fact you may have already done it. We do however offer everyone an opportunity to come in, meet the team and have an opportunity to ask questions face to face before you start the course. We run these events most Sundays after our pool session normally at 10:30 or Tuesday evenings around 6pm at our office.
Knowledge Development: It is so easy to do your knowledge development; there are in fact two choices. You can choose a downloadable (do anywhere) version or an online eLearning edition. They are both exactly the same in content however the downloadable (Touch) version requires a tablet with IOS or android and gives huge flexibility. You will need to specify your choice if you haven’t done so already.
Ok so what is in the course; after a brilliant introduction you will be asked to complete 5 interesting sections each with a knowledge check at the end. On completion of all 5 sections you will be asked to complete a final exam, the pass rate is 75% and if you don’t first succeed you will have a chance to do it again.
It is all done remotely but as you are doing the course with us you are always welcome to email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org we will give guidance and any coaching you need. You may want to come in and visit us, we will always be on hand to offer help and guidance. A small tip for you, please be careful with the questions in the knowledge checks and final exam they may on occasion seem ambiguous, this is not to catch you out, it is simply designed to make you think.
Once you have successfully completed the final exam we will receive an email telling us of your success, your virtual scorecard will be updated and you are ready to get cracking with the in water part.
Oh all the course materials and resources will be available for the rest of time, so no losing anything, no getting workbooks soggy and the best bit you have a refresh anywhere you want.
Pool Sessions: This course is very much a blend of knowledge development and pool work, (the diving is naturally the most fun part) the knowledge section supports this so we combine the two. The pool skills development is split into 5 separate yet interconnected sessions which are spread over five 2 hour pool sessions at Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln, LN1 3SP. We will teach you many scuba diving skills, each skill and set of skills will be briefed for you then one of our highly qualified instructors will demonstrate exactly what we want you to do. You will then get plenty of time to practice the skill or set of skills until you and we are happy before moving on to the next. You will master each and every skill at your own pace and there will be plenty of time to put the skills into practice as we always finish the sessions with a dive around the pool to help you consolidate and have some fun. Once you have finished your pool sessions it is then time to go to Open Water.
Open Water: This is where it gets really exciting; if you are finishing the course with us in the UK we will take you to either; 8 Acre, Stoney Cove or Capernwray. If you have chosen a PADI Open Water Referral you will finish this section at your holiday/travel destination (please seek out a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre like us). Over the two days (either weekend or weekday depending on your flexibility) we will complete four dives, the dives will allow you to expand your skills into the Open Water environment and the best bit, you will actually dive with fish life, see some fantastic wrecks and start to see how amazing diving really is. We will also teach you how to navigate underwater using a compass so you can easily then find fantastic wrecks and points of interest when you dive. At Capernwray for instance there are many interesting things to see; a helicopter, sunken boats, submarine and some great fish life. Incidentally the “interesting” things have been deliberately sunk for your pleasure 🙂 Once you finish the last dive and have visited 18m (12m for juniors) you will then be a fully certified PADI Open Water diver with all of the prestige and opportunities that it brings.
Log Book: It is a brilliant idea to keep a record of your diving. A paper log book that you and your instructor complete is invaluable, it proves your diving experience and lets you keep a diary of your diving experiences. It is something to be very proud of and it’s great to look back on. If you want a paper version then call in at the Hub and treat yourself to one, there are some brilliant PADI binder versions available too.
Course fees: We will take a £75 deposit from you when you sign up. We do not expect you to pay anything else until you have finished the pool sessions when we will ask you for the next payment of £195 (for any Open Water Option). Once you finish your Open Water dives we will require the outstanding balance so we can get you registered and certified with PADI, if you are doing the Open Water course without any bolt ons the final balance will be £125. If you have chosen one of our prestigious packages such as Open Water Premier UK or Premier Holiday edition we will conclude all of the additional specialist training before the final balance is payable. You can of course choose a different payment plan to suit you, just let us know your thoughts. The only additional expenses you will incur are then entry fees into 8 Acre (currently £15), Capernwray (currently £17 non member) or Stoney Cove (currently £22 non member) if you wish to join Capernwray it will cost you £25 for a lifetime membership and then £12 per day after. For every certification we complete you have an opportunity to make a small donation to receive a very special certification card, plus you will be supporting an amazing cause. Project AWARE is a charity that is dedicated to cleaning and preserving the oceans, something that is close to our hearts.
Equipment: All of the scuba equipment you need to complete the course is included in the price of all Open Water packages (unless you are diving in a Dry Suit or doing the Dry Suit Speciality as part of PADI Open Water Premier UK Edition then dry suit hire is extra). We do encourage you to buy a mask, snorkel and fins as you get going, we have a huge selection at the Hub and we will be only too pleased to help you get the best ones to suit you.
Where: All of your pool sessions will be at: Yarborough Leisure Centre, Riseholme Road, Lincoln, LN1 3SP 07:30 -09:30 on Sunday mornings, unless you have opted for the Open Water Executive option, in which case your pool time may be different. Please bring swim wear, shower “stuff” and your log book. When you arrive go through reception, get changed into swim kit & a tee shirt then meet us on pool side. If you want to join us for help with your knowledge development, simply call in for a coffee and chat or purchase kit then we will be at: The Scubahub, 4 Stirlin Court, Saxilby Enterprise Park, Saxilby, Lincoln LN1 2LR.
Help: Please remember that we are here for you, if while you are going through your course you encounter a question or need assistance then just let us know. Drop us an email or call the office, we love to chat. Please, please feel free to ask as many questions as you wish, you are doing something completely new and exciting, it is normal that you have questions. We certainly all did when we started diving so please never feel that you can’t or perhaps shouldn’t ask.
So what now: Once you certify as an Open Water diver the world is yours to dive. You will have learnt an abundance of skills and seen some amazing things so why stop there? Why not take the next step and learn how to apply those skills to real diving situations? Let us teach you how to expertly navigate to and properly dive on wrecks, how to enhance you buoyancy skills, how to dive to 30 meters and perhaps take pictures of the amazing things you see! Interested? Then the PADI Advanced Open Water & PADI Advance Open Water Plus is just what you want. Most of our Open Water divers make the natural step to Advanced Open Water level and become much better divers who have much more fun in the process. Please have a look at these fantastic courses and enrol to take the next exciting step, you can do all of the theory as before without even visiting the classroom, just visit our eLearning hub and see how.
Stellar Divers: As a qualified diver you will be eligible to come with us on our many trips both UK & abroad and enjoy our social events. We want you to stay part of Stellar Divers and enjoy diving as much as we do. Please come to the pool on Sundays and keep your skills alive. We charge £10 to use the pool if you have all of your own kit, £15 if you just need air or £30 per person for all equipment and pool time, just give us a few days notice so we can arrange your equipment. We often go for breakfast in Lincoln after the pool, it is one of our weekly socials and catch up, please come along even if you haven’t been diving, a lot of members do just that. If we are doing breakfast we will be at the Bishop Grosseteste Refectory from 10am on pool Sundays. Please keep up with us on Facebook & Twitter, we post all of our trips, events and news on here rather than bombarding you with emails. Please visit these pages and like/follow to keep up with all things Stellar. Once you dive with us we will send you an invitation to our Stellar Divers Club page on Facebook, please accept this and then enjoy the benefits.