Student Divers please read the following
To enroll in a PADI Open Water course you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with diving is required.
Course fees include: Four dives on the local reefs (charter fees), full specialised scuba gear hire (except mask, snorkel, and fins), pool entry fees, and PADI Touch eLearning.
*If you need to hire a mask, snorkel and fins, please see our booking form for more information. If you would like to purchase equipment take advantage of the Sunreef Student Diver Discount to purchase necessary gear.
*If you are booking this course for a 10 or 11 year old, there is an additional fee of $250 applicable as when the child is this age we are required to reduce the ratio of students to instructors. A parent will also need to accompany the child to every portion of the course. If you are doing the course with your child non of the following will apply just the initial fee but if you are not for the Pool day, provided you do not want to get in the pool with them there is no charge for this, but for the ocean dives there will be a $99 fee applicable for each day on the boat as you will be taking up one of the spots on the vessel. If you wish to dive as you are already qualified on the diving days you would just need to pay gear hire if needed for the day.
Prerequisites: No course prerequisites, the PADI Open Water course is the first step of scuba diving certifications. You will need to be 10 years or older, an adequate swimmer, feel comfortable in the water, and in good physical health. No prior experience to scuba diving is required. You may be required to get an AS 4005.1 Dive Medical before starting the course.
Required forms: Each diver must complete a Sunreef PADI Open Water Course Enrollment Form before starting this course with us. This will be sent out to you with your booking confirmation. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions on the medical portions of your waiver you will be required to complete an AS 4005.1 Dive Medical. Please read our Terms and Conditions for more information.
Day 1 will depend on how many other students are booked on for the day as this course requires a minimum of two students in total. We will send out an email and text message the day before your trip around 3:30 pm to inform you of the confirmed check in time of the course. If you do not receive the text message and email you must call us on +61 7 5444 5656 we will not call you to confirm receipt of the messages.
Days 2 and 3 will depend on the sea conditions and weather. We will monitor this closely and if the weather or sea conditions are unsuitable, we will let you know as soon as we can. We will send out an email and text message the day before your trip around 3:30 pm to inform you of the status of the trip and its departure time. If you do not receive the text message and email you must call us on +61 7 5444 5656 we will not call you to confirm receipt of the messages.
Seasickness and equalization: If you find yourself dealing with seasickness or being unable to equalize, our crew will look after you and ensure you are comfortable and safe. However, as this is not something in our control we will not issue any rebookings or refunds for inability to equalize or being seasick and not completing dives. We suggest you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. We will attempt where possible to help you equalize as we descend however we are responsible for the safety of all members of our groups therefore if we cannot in sufficient time and with the safety of the other divers help you descend we will take you back to the surface and you will be unable to complete that dive, we will however where possible take you back in on the second dive and help you try again.
Day 1 If you, the customer wants to cancel or rebook the nominated Day 1 (pool day) date of your course, you must do so before 7 days of the scheduled booking. If you cancel or reschedule within this 7 day period, you will incur a $99 transfer fee.
Days 2 and 3 If you, the customer wants to cancel or rebook the nominated Day 2 and 3 (ocean dives) date of your course, you must do so before 72 hours of the scheduled booking. If you cancel or reschedule within this 72 hour period, you will incur a $135 transfer fee.
Final payment is due on the first day of the course. Once the course has commenced, the course in full is non- refundable.
Parking: The Wharf complex has 4 hour parking available, however you will need to find suitable parking for the tour you are on as some of our trips will be over 4 hours. There are some unlimited parking spaces available outside of The Wharf Mooloolaba / SEA Life car park, however please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15-20 minutes for parking. You can find a parking map of The Wharf Mooloolaba here.