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Learn to scuba dive in Ireland


The PADI Scuba Diver course in Ireland

Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a PADI Scuba Diver. This certification allows for ample dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course if that's your ultimate goal.

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses

Why With Us

  • We are located at the edge of Europe on the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way
  • We have a UNIQUE AQUARIUM which we use for our Courses & Fun Dives
  • We care for our environment
  • We have a heated swimming pool in our school
  • We offer FREE of charge JACUZZI, SAUNA & STEAM ROOM

What You Learn

The PADI Scuba Diver Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development eLearning - study online to understand basic principles of scuba diving,
  • Confined Water - swimming pool dives, and our unique Dive Aquarium,  to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives  to review your skills and explore!

Why eLearning? 

At Dive Academy, we use PADI's eLearning portal for all knowledge development for the Scuba Diver course, so we can focus our time & efforts on teaching you the practical skills in the confined and open water sessions. 

  • Minimized class time and maximum in - water time
  • Accessibility anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
  • Learn at your own pace, in your own home or wherever you choose 

Our unique Dive Aquarium – a key part of your learning 

At Dive Academy, we have the only dive aquarium in Ireland; this provides an opportunity to sample ocean - like conditions in a confined water environment. Learning basic skills in a warm water swimming pool is an important step, but Dive Academy is unique in that we can continue the Confined Water practice in our aquarium, which is filled with cool seawater. This gives you a better appreciation of diving at depth, and also the opportunity to dive in exposure gear-wetsuit.


To enrol in the PADI Scuba Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:

  • 10 years or older (children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for Padi e-Learning)

The Fun Part

The fun part of this course is...well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Scuba Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories.

Options for Scuba Diver course at Dive Academy 

At Dive Academy we offer three different options for the PADI Open Water Diver course, depending on your availability, flexibility and budget. Follow the links below to find out about each option 

What can I get after the Scuba Diver course

Once you have completed Scuba Diver course, you effectively have a license to dive at any PADI Dive Centre (and many non-PADI centres) in the world, with other qualified divers. This is a qualification for life and is universally recognised – it is your passport to explore the underwater wonders of this planet.

What's the next step after this course

Having completed Scuba Diver course, there are many more courses you can take to develop more skills such as diving even deeper than 12 metres. You can consider starting of a journey of the Open Water Diver certification.