Open Water Referral

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Padi offer the Referral course for anyone that wishes to complete all of the e-learning, theory and confined (Skills) in the UK, but would prefer to complete the 4 open water dives on holiday.

At the Oxford Dive Centre we offer this course. We will fill out your log book (or e-learning record) as proof of everything you have done with us, and you can just hand this in to your chosen dive centre abroad and they can pick up where we have left off.

Perhaps you have already decided what beautiful destination you would like to visit and complete your course, but if not, perhaps we at the the Oxford Dive Centre can help. We can take you to one of our favourite destinations.

Oxford Dive Centre, Oonasdivers & Red Sea Diving Safari have worked in close partnership for well over a decade.

These referral packages have been created for you, as we know what a diver needs!

Many new divers choose to undertake their first dive courses in the UK where English is a first language and they can be sure that they will receive a high quality level of training. However they often like to combine their experience with a dedicated diving holiday.

For this reason we have chosen our friends at Red Sea Diving Safari to partner with us in providing a joint package where you can complete your academic theory and confined water skills here with us in the UK, before jetting off for the warmer waters of the southern Red Sea, Egypt, where you will be taken through your final qualifying dives, on some of the most beautiful reefs, that are teaming with the life that you so want to see, and with a member of staff from the dive centre, that you are already familiar with.

These packages are fully ATOL bonded by our travel partner Oonasdivers Ltd, the UK’s longest established independent dive tour specialist.

Both Oxford Dive Centre and Oonasdivers have plenty of first hand experience of Marsa Nakari, and we are confident that you will have an amazing time.


  • 10 years of age
  • Be certified medically fit to dive by completing the PADI Medical questionnaire, including sign-off from your GP if required.
  • Able to swim 200 metres
  • Able to float or tread water for 10 minutes
  • Have completed the e-learning as detailed in the PADI learning materials

What can I expect?

If you choose to do the first part of your PADI Open Water Diver course with the Oxford Dive Centre, this takes place over a series of Thursday evening/Sunday morning sessions (usually three sessions).  

The first evening session is Registration, followed by swimming and snorkelling assessments at the swimming pool.

The kit familiarisation session and the time spent at the swimming pool, combines the knowledge gained through e-learning and the skills needed to become an Open Water Diver.

It is our aim that on completion of the course you will feel confident completing your Open Water Certification with us in Marsa Nakari, or a destination of your choice.

If your time is limited and you may not be able to commit to the schedule outlined above, call us to discuss your options.  

How much will it cost and what do I need to bring?

Students need to bring their swimming gear for both the Referral and Open Water parts of the course. In addition you will need to purchase your own mask and snorkel.

  • PADI Open Water Referral: £355
  • Prices for Marsa Nakari can confirmed at the point of booking.

Additional costs not covered by the course fees:

  • Purchase of Mask and Snorkel: typically between £30- £70

What can I do after this course?

  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Escorted Dives
  • PADI Drysuit Speciality, PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality and many others. See chart below:


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