Whether you are a total newcomer to scuba diving or looking to refresh your skills, gain more experience or take the first steps towards your diving career, Oxford Dive Centre will have a course to suit you.

To find out more about the dive courses we run at the Oxford Dive Centre please click one of the courses from the Course Selector below.

You can also check out where we do our Pool training and Open Water dives.

Kids Courses



We also run PADI programs for kids from 8 years and older. See here for more details.



We also run several snorkelling programs. You can choose from the following experiences :

PADI Discover Snorkelling - An introduction to snorkelling for the complete beginner. Basic Skills and equipment use in the comfort and warmth of a swimming pool . Suitable for the beginner.

Snorkel Pool Session - Join us in the pool to enjoy a snorkelling session with tips from our instructors. Enjoy a snorkel session before you go on holiday. Get the most out of your snorkel equipment.

Contact us for further prices and schedules.



Try Dive     £40
Open Water Diver (crewpack) £200 £195 £395
Open Water Diver (e-touch) £225 £195 £420
Open Water Diver (eLearning) £150 £100 £250
Open Water Diver Drysuit Option £55    
O/W Referral (crewpack) £150 £145 £295
O/W Referral (e-touch) £175 £145 £320
O/W Referral (e-learning) £105 £100 £205
Scuba Diver £100 £145 £245
Scuba Diver to Open Water £100 £115 £215
Advanced Open Water £150 £145 £295
Advanced Open Water Drysuit Option £150 £195 £345
Rescue Diver inc EFR £150 £190 £340
Emergency First Response (EFR)     £99
Divemaster     £400
Assistant Instructor     £350
Scuba Review     £70
All Specialities (Unless Stated)     £145
Side Mount     £295
Equipment Speciality     £95
Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB)     £145
Nitrox Diver     £145
Wreck Diver     £245
Drysuit Diver     £155
Deep Diver     £245
DSMB     £145
Navigator     £195
Escorted Dives     40 per day plus 20 if Dry Suit is required
(inc all


All Deposits are Non Refundable and due at the time of booking.
Try Dive and Scuba review must be paid in full at time of booking.
Balance is due on the day of the course.



All students must complete a medical form prior to receiving any in-water training. Please review the attached form when booking a course and seek doctors approval if any question on the form is answered 'yes'. Please feel free to call us to discuss any of the medical form requirements.

PADI Medical Form Here (pdf Version)


All Deposits are Non Refundable and due at the time of booking.

Try Dive and Scuba review must be paid in full at time of booking.

Balance is due on the day of the course.





Discover Scuba introduces the basic safety information and then allows you to try scuba diving under the close supervision of a PADI professional in a swimming pool. This is a great opportunity to try scuba diving before committing yourself to the full Open Water Diver course.

PREREQUISITES: Minimum age: 10, must be comfortable in the water and in general good health.

DURATION: Approximately 2 hours

COST: £40 - two for one! Book a Discover Scuba and bring a friend for free!  This cost will be discounted off the Open Water Course if you sign up within 2 weeks.

LOCATION: Oxford Dive Centre & Headington Girls School

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Discover Scuba experience consists of a brief introduction to your equipment, basic safety procedures and some hand signals, followed by your first breaths underwater!

The open water course is the entry level PADI qualification - once completed this course certifies you to dive worldwide to 18 metres with a buddy

PREREQUISITES: Minimum age 10, must be comfortable in the water and in general good health.

You will need to read the open water diver manual and complete the knowledge reviews before the course starts.

DURATION: 2 weekends (4 days)

LOCATION: Oxford Dive Centre & Headington Girls School, Stoney Cove, Leicester or Chesil Beach, Dorset

COST: The cost of this course is £395


1. Knowledge Development - This gives you the basic principles and knowledge needed for safe and enjoyable diving. There are five modules. These are studied in your own time using the Open Water Diver Manual. You then meet with an instructor to go over what you have learnt, ensuring you understand it thoroughly.

2. Pool Dives – In the pool you will have a basic swimming skills test – 200 metre swim and a 10 minute float.  You will then learn the skills required to become a safe diver, as well as experiencing your first breaths underwater!

3. Open Water - Four open water dives are required for certification. Two dives are conducted per day. You now get a chance to put to practice what you learnt in the pool and a taste of the adventures that lie ahead.

The PADI Open Water Referral course involves completing the knowledge development and pool dives in the Open Water Diver course and then leaving the open water qualifying dives for completion up to a year later either in the UK or abroad.

DURATION: Two days

COST: £250

LOCATION: Oxford Dive Centre & Headington Girls School

The purpose of the PADI Speciality diver courses is to familiarize you with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards for various special interest areas in diving.

We offer the following Speciality courses:

These courses can be completed either here in the U.K. or on any of our holidays. For more information on any course please contact us.

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course provides you with a structured means to explore special diving interests and gain dive experience.  This is where your adventures really begin!!  No more classrooms – you go on proper dives, building up your experience and practising your skills.

PREREQUESITES: Minimum age 10, PADI Open Water Diver or have an equivalent certification from another training organisation.

DURATION: 5 dives usually over 2 days.

COST: £295 (includes course materials, equipment hire and tuition).

LOCATION: Stoneycove, Leicester or Chesil Beach, Dorset

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The advanced course consists of 5 dives: 2 core dives and 3 elective dives. The elective dives you may choose will depend on various environmental factors. Your instructor will help you choose these.

There are no exams or classroom work on this course: you just need to read the relevant sections of the Adventures in Diving manual and complete the knowledge reviews.



The Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response (EFR) course are important steps in expanding your knowledge and experience beyond a purely recreational level. As a rescue diver you will learn to look beyond yourself to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. The course readies you to help prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies using a variety of techniques. The course is great fun and will significantly build your confidence as a diver.


Minimum age 12, with 20 logged dives.  PADI Advanced Open Water diver or have an equivalent certification from another training organisation. You should be in relatively good health and fitness. To complete the course you should have a current first aid and CPR qualification - at Oxford Dive Centre we offer the EFR Primary and Secondary care course which fulfils this requirement.

DURATION: 2 weekends

LOCATION: Oxford Dive Centre, Headington Girls School and Stoney Cove, Leicester

COST: £340 including E.F.R.


You study in your own time using the Rescue Diver manual and then meet with an instructor to go over the knowledge reviews in the Rescue Diver manual, complete the final exam (multiple choice) and make sure you have a sound understanding of all the topics.

Topics include self rescue, diver stress, diving first aid, emergency management and equipment considerations.


There are pool training sessions consisting of a total of 10 skills. These include self rescue, tired diver, panicked diver, response from the shore/ boat/ dock (responsive diver), distressed diver underwater, missing diver, surfacing the unresponsive diver, unresponsive diver at the surface, exiting the unresponsive diver, first aid for pressure related injuries and oxygen administration, and response from the shore or boat (unresponsive diver).


There are 4 open water scenarios where you put everything you learnt in confined water to practise! These take the form of realistic practice emergencies in the open water dive environment.

The Divemaster course is the first PADI professional certification. At Oxford Dive Centre this course is completed on an internship basis: you work alongside our instructors. This course lets you progress at your own pace from being a purely recreational diver to a PADI professional and role model diver.

We understand that the Divemaster course is a big commitment so please let us know if you would like to meet us before signing up for the course!

PREREQUESITES: Minimum age: 18
Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver or have an equivalent certification from another training organisation.
CPR and first aid training completed in the last 24 months.
20 logged dives to start the course.
Medical clearance for diving signed by a physician (current within the last 12 months).
It is highly recommended that you have your own dive kit at this stage in your diving career! Please contact us if you would like to discuss this or would like help in choosing and purchasing your dive kit.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: CPR and first aid training completed within the last 24 months prior to the Divemaster certification date.
60 logged dives documenting experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.

DURATION: Varies and highly dependent on how much work you put in to the course!

COST: £400 (this includes the divemaster manual, use of tanks, and all tuition.  Does not include the Divemaster application fee and other recommended books for the course or entrance to the dive sites).


KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT: This is conducted through classroom lectures, home study and 8 multiple choice exams (physics, physiology, equipment, decompression theory and the RDP, dive skills and the environment, divemaster conducted programs, supervising certified divers and supervising students).

WATERSKILLS AND STAMINA: By the end of the course you will complete: 400 metre timed swim, 15 minute tread water, 800 metre snorkel swim, 100 metre tired diver tow, rescue assessment (simulated rescue of a non breathing diver on the surface), mask removal skill to demonstration quality, and the 20 skills as learnt in the Open Water course.

REQUIRED TRAINING EXERCISES: These include: mapping project (survey a dive site and draw a map from it), equipment exchange (exchange all equipment except weights and wetsuit with another diver while buddy breathing underwater), and a Divemaster conducted programme (organise an actual or simulated PADI Discover Snorkelling, Scuba Review, Discover Local Diving).

INTERNSHIP: To qualify as a Divemaster you will be required to participate in: 1 Open Water Diver course in confined water, 4 other confined water sessions on any PADI course, 1 Open Water Diver course in open water, 1 open water session for any continuing education PADI course, 3 other open water sessions on any PADI course and 1 session supervising certified divers in open water.

Emergency First Response is PADI's new first aid and CPR course. It teaches you to provide emergency care for someone in need and is based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care. This course is suitable for divers and non divers and meets the requirements for 'appointed person' in the workplace. To qualify as a rescue diver you need to have current CPR training and the first part of this course fulfils this requirement.

There are two parts to the course:

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR)

Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid)

PREREQUESITES: You will need to read through the workbook, watch the video and complete the knowledge reviews in the workbook before starting the course.


LOCATION: Oxford Dive Centre

COST: £95


Primary Care

Scene assessment, barrier use, primary assessment, rescue breathing, one rescuer adult CPR, serious bleeding management, shock management, spinal injury management, automated external defibrillator orientation, conscious choking adult, emergency oxygen use.

Secondary Care

Injury assessment, illness assessment, bandaging, splinting for dislocations and fractures.

Scenario Practise

You then put all you have learned to practise by applying the skills to realistic situations.

Master Scuba Diver

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. Live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world like never before. Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver – a rating that puts you in a class of distinction. You earn it by diving it, writing your ticket to endless adventure through the experience and training that set you apart as a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you've reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you’ve acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

Want it. Live it. Dive it. Master Scuba Diver.

Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You'll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you'll also start learning the PADI System of diver education. What can PADI Assistant Instructors do?

What will I need to start? What will I do? How long will it take? What materials are needed?

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

The Open Water Scuba Instructor program hones your leadership and teaching skills to prepare you for life as a PADI Instructor.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Program Course Prerequisites:

What it takes:

You must have a minimum of 100 logged dives to become a PADI Instructor (though you can begin training as one with 60 logged dives).

Instructor Examination

After you complete your IDC, you demonstrate what you’ve learned in the Instructor Examination (IE). Here a PADI Instructor Examiner independently and objectively assesses your knowledge and skills, testing everything from dive theory to PADI training standards. PADI is the only certification organization that requires an objective, independent examination to qualify as a professional instructor. This balanced and consistent evaluation process is one of the hallmarks that makes PADI professionals the most demanded and respected instructors in the dive industry.

Instructor Examination Prerequisites:

What it takes: