PADI Scuba Diver Course – What’s Involved for LSST Students

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 Scuba 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 Vic, I or 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. Thank you see you soon, Hotch & Vic

So What Next?

The Induction Event: We run this event on a Wednesday afternoon after school at 15:15 in the Pavilion Classroom adjacent to the Jackson Pool. If you haven’t already attended your induction please contact us (use the contact button below) and we can schedule your event. Once at the event you will then have the opportunity to meet the Dive Team, ask us questions and become aquatinted with the content of the course. We will discuss timings, complete some straight forward course paperwork and give you your PADI Ultimate crew pack.

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 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, we normally expect you to finish to the end of Chapter 3 before we start your pool sessions, this is simply because you will understand what we are going to show you before you get in the water.  The diving is the fun part, the knowledge section supports this so we combine the two.  We normally schedule the pool sessions on or before the first classroom session and look at any unique needs that you have. The pool skills development is split into 3 separate yet interconnected sessions which are spread over three 2 hour pool sessions at the Jackson pool on Wednesdays 15:15 – 17:00.

We will teach you a combination of scuba and skin 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. 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 the skills 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 Girton. If you have chosen a PADI Scuba Diver 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 day (either weekend or weekday depending on your flexibility) we will complete two 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.

Log Book: You can choose to have an online log book (Scuba Earth) or purchase a paper one from us. Either way it is a vital part of your scuba diving equipment, it is proof &  a log of your experiences.

Course fees: We will take a £75 deposit from you when you sign up.  Once you finish your Pool sessions & Open Water dives we will require the outstanding balance of £155 so we can get you registered and certified with PADI.  

The only additional expenses you will incur are then entry fee into Girton (currently £10).

Equipment: All of the equipment you need to complete the course is included in the price, we do encourage you to buy a mask, snorkel and fins to start though as these are very personal items but not until you have started your pool work; try our kit see what you like first before making a decision. We have have a huge stock of scuba kit at the Hub.

Help: Is at hand, 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.

Where: To recap, all of your pool sessions will be at the Jackson Pool on Wednesday 15:15 – 17:00. Please bring swim wear & shower kit. Your session at Yarborough will be 07:30 – 09:30 on the Sunday specified. When you arrive at Yarborough go through reception, get changed into swim kit & a tee shirt then meet us on pool side.

Classroom sessions are on Wednesday at the Pavillion Classroom at 15:15 on Wednesdays.

So what now:  Once you certify as an Scuba 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 become a PADI Open Water diver, adding extra skills, experience and depth to your certification, PLUS you will be able to dive without a PADI Pro present. You can then go one even further. Don’t stop, 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 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 £20 per person for all equipment and pool time, jut give us some notice so we can arrange your equipment.

We always 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. We will be at the Bishop Grot refectory at 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.

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