PADI Open Water Referral


Padi offer the Referral course for anyone that wishes to complete all of the home study, 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 as proof of everything you have done with us, and you can just hand your book 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 Home study as detailed in the PADI learning materials

What can I expect?

If you choose to do the Referral course with Oxford Dive Centre, we will need for you to complete all of the E-learning, swim/snorkel session and attend 3 pool sessions, where you will complete all of the skills that will be needed in order for the follow on dive centre to do your  4 completion dives in open water.

It is our aim that on completion of the course, you will feel confident to continue on your diving journey somewhere abroad.

It is the ideal course for those of you that are on a time constraint.

How much will it cost?

The Padi Referral course will cost £400

What do I need to bring?

Students need to bring their swimming gear and a towel. You will need to bring your own Mask and Snorkel.

Additional costs not covered by the course fee:

Purchase of Mask and Snorkel. We have a huge range at the dive centre that range from £50 – £100

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 our speciality page.