Learn to Dive


Learning to dive is great fun. You meet new people, see amazing things underwater most people in the world have never seen and you have the perfect excuse to visit exotic destinations…

Read about the courses below and if you sign up online you save 5% if you enter MCDISC at the checkout.


Which course should I be doing?

PADI offers three options for you if you want to learn or discover scuba diving. If you have never dived before and are not sure if it will be a sport you will enjoy then you can attend a Discover Scuba diving session with us which can be accredited towards the course you decide to do. The two courses that are available to enable you to Scuba dive is Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver. Both these courses will get you under the water, having fun but with the Open water you will have a lot more freedom and be able to dive deeper with just your buddy. With the Scuba diver course you will need to dive with a PADI Professional at all times. Please see the course descriptions.

What about gear?

We have a gear rental service to keep your costs down


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What a great way to introduce children to scuba diving in a pool in less than six feet of water. Celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker party. It’s fun, easy and safe.

The Fun Part

Youngsters can join in the family fun of scuba diving or even start a trend! Children should be comfortable in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers. With youngsters in mind, the maximum depth is only 2 metres/ 6 feet.

  • Typical sessions last about an two hours (sign up, gear up and fun included)
  • Also available as an open water experience (2 metres/ 6 feet max. depth)

What You Learn

Kids get a chance to :

  • Experience what scuba diving is like under the direct care and supervision of PADI Instructors
  • Take their first breath underwater
  • Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults

The Scuba Gear You Use

Children use all the basic scuba gear, which is made for their size and stature. Check with Scubacrew your local Padi Instructor and Slough Scuba Store about setting up a Bubblemaker experience today.

The Learning Materials that are available:

Ready to blow bubbles? The Bubblemaker crewpak gives kids a memento of their visit to the underwater world and is full of fun surprises. The pack includes: a kid-sized beach towel, log book, certificate, temporary tattoo emblem and the adorable and a popular Bubblemaker “action figure.” Please contact us if you are interested in the crewpack.

Discover Scuba Diving

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it. We offer this program, in a pool. While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

The Fun Part

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to –after all, human beings weren’t designed to do that – but after a few minutes of awestruck wonder, most participants realize how easy scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the Discover Scuba Diving program is not coaxing participants into the water, but coaxing them out when the program is over. Plus, you can get credit! If your Discover Scuba Diving program includes an actual scuba dive in open water, your experience may count toward PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification, putting you a step ahead of the game when you decide to go for it.

What You Learn

You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwater.

  • Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater
  • Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step

The Scuba Gear You Use

All the equipment you will need is typically included in a Discover Scuba Diving experience. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You might also wear a scuba wetsuit or a weight system depending on where you do your Discover Scuba Diving program.

The Learning Materials You Need

Just your willingness and undivided attention

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Padi Snorkeling Course

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People snorkel because they want to see and interact with the underwater world. Snorkeling is easy and fun. Snorkelers may not want to be scuba divers.

What you can expect from your course

Snorkeling is very easy to learn and great fun for old and young. It will very quickly build up your confidence in the water and everybody can get involved in the sport. Anybody can teach themselves how to use the equipment but this course is to ensure you do it correctly from the start so that you can enjoy the holiday and the diving rather than concentrating on learning some of the skills.During the course we will teach you the correct use and maintenance of all the equipment. Simple things like de-fogging your mask if not shown how could spoil the experience for you. We will teach you fining techniques that will make you glide through the water like a fish, and teach you breathing techniques that will enable you to stay under the water for a lot longer than you thought possible. We will teach you how to free dive enabling you to get closer to the object you are looking at.

What you need to Start your Snorkeling course . . .
    • Minimum 8 years old
    • Mask
    • Snorkel
    • Boots
    • Fins
Course Overview . . .
    • Equipment preparation
    • Suiting up
    • Entry
    • Buoyancy check
    • Surface swim
    • breathing techniques
    • Surface dives and underwater swimming
    • Exit

Course duration is 1 hour 30min in a heated pool. You are also welcome to join us on one of our exotic holidays to practice what you have learned!


Scuba Diver

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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

The Scuba Diver certification opens the door on the underwater world for anyone who’s thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult. Upgrade to Open Water Diver whenever you want! With less time than the Scuba Diver course takes, you can make the jump to Open Water Diver certification and start scuba diving independently whenever time allows or you’re up for more

What You Learn

All the basics of scuba diving through knowledge development, a set of scuba skills in the pool that you’ll use again during open water dives, and an appreciation for the underwater world that will keep you coming back for more bottom time every chance you get! During the course you’ll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:

  • Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents and descents, and breathing underwater.
  • Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
  • Diving environments and aquatic life you’re likely to encounter.
  • Preventing common problems underwater.
  • An introduction to boat diving.
The Scuba Gear You Use

You’ll use all the basic scuba gear and some of it may be included with your course. You may want to invest in your own mask, snorkel and fins since these personal items are a lot more fun to use when they fit properly. A buoyancy compensating jacket that holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply will also be used. Depending on the scuba diving environment, you might also wear a scuba wetsuit.

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Scuba Diver course and we will provide you with your Manual which contains everything you need to complete the course. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a DvD demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Once you’re a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures.



Scuba Tune Up

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. . . for certified divers. Not dived in a while let us brush up all your skills and ensure you are safe for your next dive. It only takes one session in the pool to get you back to the right standard.

It is highly recommended before you get back in the Open Water especially if you are going on holiday as some Dive Operators will require it.

The short classroom session focuses on dive theory and dive planning, looking at all dive safety aspects. We will then test your basic scuba skills in the heated pool. One to one tuition can be arranged, to meet your requirements, or if you have been out of the water for an extended time we could arrange a two hour intensive review; just speak to us as we are very flexible.

The Scuba Gear you will use

If you don’t own your own Scuba Gear then it is not a problem we will supply you with everything you need. However, it is always best to have your own gear especially the basic mask, snorkel, fins and boots.

The Learning Materials you need

We will supply you with the Padi Quiz exam for you to refresh your scuba knowledge before the pool session. SCUBA Tune Up is designed to help you get back into diving and keep your knowledge in top shape.

Eight individual sections help you review:
  • Safe diving practices
  • Dive planning fundamentals
  • Problem management.
  • Breathing air at depth
  • Recreational diving and dive tables both basic knowledge and dive planning.



Open Water Diver

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Get Certified!

Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver Course and get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development ( in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills (normally in a pool)
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
  • If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

The fun part about 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. During the course, you will be learning in a pool to do all the different skills needed to keep you safe in Open Water. You will then do four dives at a local dive site under the supervision of your PADI Instructor to qualify.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water. You can find everything at http://www.sloughscubastore.co.uk/

The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course and we will provide you with the Ultimate Crew pack which contains everything you need to complete the course. PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a DvD demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

Open Water Referral – Confined water . £240.00

Four Pool sessions where we train you all the safety skills, and a classroom session going through all your knowledge reviews and final exam. This ensures you are ready for the Open Water Session no matter where you want to complete your course. With us safety is paramount!

Open Water Referral – Open water . £160.00

Four Open water sessions where you get a chance to demonstrate what you have learned in the confined water sessions. We normally train in Wraysbury Lake, Stoney Cove or Vobster. Again we can accommodate just speak to us. If you do not wnat to dive in the cold water then come along on one of the two trips we run overseas per year.


Advanced Open Water Diver

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Exploration, Excitement, Experiences . . .

They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving. You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice
The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more. Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.

The Advanced Open Water Diver Course start’s with you and your Instructor choosing the Adventure dives best suited for your type of diving. Start Now!
What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include

  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)

And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose,

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out underwater photography equipment , DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light a dry suit, lift bags, a dive flag/float or other specialty gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

We will provide you with your Advance Open Water manual which contains everything you need to complete the course. PADI’s Adventures in Diving Manual provide’s information on more than 16 types of specialty diving. You’ll use them as a guidebook to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures. Curious about night diving? Flip to the night diving chapter. Once you’ve previewed the skills, your instructor will guide you on your first night diving adventure. Having trouble with underwater navigation? Review the underwater navigation section then sign up for the Navgation Adventure Dive with your PADI Instructor.



Emergency First Response

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CPR and First Aid: Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care

First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course. Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors! The fun part about Emergency First Response training is learning serious medical emergency response skills in an upbeat, positive environment. You gain the confidence that you are prepared to help in an emergency.

What You Learn in the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Courses
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
  • Preventing and caring for shock
  • Spinal injury management
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations
  • AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
  • Care for Children (optional)
  • Oxygen provider (optional)
The Learning Materials You Need

Through a combination of independent study and skill practice with an instructor, you’ll build the confidence and skills to provide basic emergency care. The Primary and Secondary Care Manual provide step-by-step skill demonstrations. The Emergency First Response Care at a Glance card is a quick-reference guide for emergency situations. Designed to fit in a glove compartment or backpack, the Care at a Glance card is an important component for any first-aid or disaster preparedness kit.


Rescue Diver

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The PADI Rescue Diver Course is very challenging and rewarding, Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver manual are required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation. We will provide you with your manual which you need to complete the course.


Master Scuba Diver

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Sharpen Your Skills with the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating IF you have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.

More than a pipe dream?


Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver – a rating that puts you in a class of distinction – writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart. With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments. See all the specialty diver courses offered.

Want it. Live it. Dive it.™

For more information on becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver, please speak to one of us.


PADI Divemaster Course

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Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
    • when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use
  • You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, preferable a dive computer, etc.
  • It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find everything at www.sloughscubastore.co.uk.
The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Divemaster crewpak includes everything you’ll need to start the PADI Divemaster program. The complete set of materials includes:

  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment.
  • The Diving Knowledge Workbook – a self-study guide used in preparation for the Divemaster and Instructor exams.
  • Divemaster slates
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • CD-ROM with instructor outlines for Divemaster-conducted programs (exclusive item not available for purchase separately)
Crewpack is not included in the course fee.


To take this course, you must be:

  • 18 years old
  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 20 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.