Scubaducks Dive Centre
Monday 10 -
Tuesday CLOSED Saturday 10 -
Wednesday 10 -
Thursday 12 -
Please note we are CLOSED on all Bank Holidays
Snorkelling: No minimum age
Skin diver: 8 years
Bubblemaker: 8 years
Scuba Rangers: 8 years
Pool parties: 8 years
Try Dive/Scuba Experience: 10 years (but 8–9 years for Bubblemaker)
Open Water Diver/Scuba Diver: 12 years to dive in the UK, because of the minimum age imposed by the open water dive sites that we use for training.
Children aged 10–11 years can complete the course by a referral.
Children aged 10–14 years earn the Junior Scuba Diver/Junior Open Water Diver qualification.
Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives/Diving Specialities: Please see individual specialities for details.
You will need to complete a medical questionnaire.
All paperwork must be countersigned by a parent or legal guardian for participants under 18 years.
The medical questionnaire is to make sure that you are generally fit to dive and must be answered truthfully. Positive answers do not necessarily prevent you from diving but you must get approval from your GP before you can take part. We will give you a form for your GP to complete.
In our superb on-
See the Contact Us page for directions to Scubaducks.
Entry level courses include the equipment you will need for your pool training. Just bring your swimming costume and a towel.
As you progress through your training, you will wish to buy certain items, and we have a very well-
For open water training, preferential hire rates are available to students. For Dry Suit courses, Dry Suits and undersuits are provided. Preferential hire rates will continue to apply for six months from date of course completion.
Please call us on 01296 317787 for current prices.
Scuba Diver: 12 metres. You must dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional.
Open Water Diver: 18 metres. You can dive with your buddy (12 m for Junior Open Water Diver, see below for restrictions on who Juniors may dive with).
Advanced Open Water Diver: 30 metres, with a buddy (21 m for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver).
Deep Diver: 40 metres, with a buddy.
The content and requirements of the courses are exactly the same for children as they are for adults. However, to qualify as a Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver you must be a minimum of 15 years old. Below this age a diver qualifies as a Junior Scuba Diver/Junior Open Water Diver and is subject to some restrictions:
When a Junior diver reaches 15 years of age they can simply apply for an upgrade to their qualification on payment of an administration charge.
Because we have our own on-
There is a maximum of six students per course. There is an Instructor, and at least one other Professional for pool sessions.
There is a maximum of six participants (with two or three of our Professionals) in the pool at any one time, but if you want to invite more, that’s no problem – those not in the water can watch until it’s their turn to have a go.
Yes and no.
A parent or legal guardian must attend with the child(ren) for a Bubblemaker/Try Dive/Scuba Experience/Scuba Rangers programme. This is because each child’s parent/guardian must complete and sign the necessary paperwork, and listen to a safety briefing.
Following this, children can be dropped off as a group but we do require a responsible adult to remain on site during every session.
No, almost certainly not. The course materials are available online, and you can work through them at your own pace.
Our Instructors will provide plenty of help and support to enable you to achieve success. Because we have our own on-
The quizzes and exam are our means of finding out what you have learned and which areas you still need to work on. If you don’t achieve the pass mark first time, don’t worry – we will revisit any difficult areas to make sure you fully understand before you re-
If you are really struggling with a particular aspect then we can schedule additional sessions to help you over the hurdle. This is also true of the in-
Water temperatures in the UK are generally lower than in holiday destinations abroad, but with the appropriate equipment this isn’t a problem: it is possible to dive in the UK all year round in a dry suit with a good, insulating undersuit. You can do the Dry Suit Diver Speciality alongside your Open Water Diver course, or you can do it at a later date.
If you have not dived for six months or more, a Scuba Review is the refresher you need.
The Scuba Review is a combined knowledge review and confined water session that takes approximately 3 hours. Most resorts will require you to complete a Scuba Review if you haven’t dived for a while. Why not re-
We can arrange for you to complete a Scuba Review at a time to suit you.