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PADI Open Water Diver Referral Course

Scuba diving pool practice

If your time is tight or if you wish to start your Open Water Diver course in Hong Kong and finish it by completing the open water dives on a holiday somewhere else, the Referral allows you to do just that.


All prerequisites and materials are as in the full PADI Open Water course.

Related info:

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PADI Open Water Referral Course

in nutshell




  • Theory

  • Pool sessions


from the PADI Open Water Course.


What's in the course?

  • Full self-study options, online or offline, or combination of self-study and review sessons (typically 

  • 6-8 hours of pool work


How long?

Pool sessions one day (6-8 hrs) or split into two ot three sessions.


Time it takes to complete the theory depends on your chosen option.


How much?

Group courses HKD3,200 per person

with online options AUD210 + HKD2,600


Private course HKD4,200 per person

with online options AUD210+ HKD3,400

PADI eLearning Open Water Diver program guides you through the whole academic part of the PADI Open Water Diver course online at your own pace.

You'll complete all academic and pool sessions from the PADI Open Water course here in Hong Kong:


  • Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving.

  • Confined Water Dives (pool) to learn basic scuba skills.


You can complete the academic part either by full self-study using PADI eLearning or PADI Touch programs, or by the more traditional method: a combination of self-study with course manual and DVD and two three-hour instructor led review sessions. Please see the PADI Open Water course page for more specific info.


After you have completed the theory and pool practise, you will be issued a Training Record and Referral Form, which you'll take with you and present to the instructor/dive shop you will do your open water dives with. The referrals are valid for 12 months after the completion of the last segment. Please see more info about the referral process.



How long does it take?


Pool practice is usually split into two sessions each about three hours. If you are doing the course one-on-one, the pool practice may be completed in one day in a long (6-8 hour) marathon session as well. The study options for the academic part allow you to choose the method that best suits your needs.


If you are doing the Referral course as a group course with an on-going Open Water course, you'll follow the regular course schedule.



The classroom sessions are held in our classroom in Sheung Wan. If you do the PADI eLearning/Touch online programs, you do not need to attend the classroom sessions.


Our pool sessions are run at Chi Fu Fa Yuen swimming pool in Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong island. It is a heated indoor pool, and in many ways perfect for the Open Water course.

Scuba session at Chi Fu Fa Yuen swimming pool.
PADI Online Programs

PADI online programs allow you to complete the theory part of the course whenever and wherever you wish.

Chi Fu Fa Yuen swimming pool is an indoor pool with water temperature constant 30C year round.

PADI Touch Open Water Diver program is designed for tablets.

Referral Course Options

(Academics + Pool sessions)

Standard Group Course:


HKD3,200 / person (2-4 participants)

Group Course with PADI eLearning/Touch:


HKD2,600* + AUD210 (for eLearning/Touch) / person

Private Course  (one-on-one):


HKD4,200 / person

Private Course (one-on-one) with PADI eLearning/Touch:


HKD3,400* + AUD210 (for eLearning/Touch) / person

Next course:
PADI Open Water Referral

Pre-Course: eLearning

Saturday, Jan 26 - Pool
18:00 - 22:00
Pool dives 1-2
Chi Fu Fa Yuen Swimming pool, Pok Fu Lam

Sunday,  Jan 27 - Pool
8:15 - 12:00
Pool dives 3-5
Chi Fu Fa Yuen Swimming pool, Pok Fu Lam

Enrollments latest by Wednesday, Jan 22. Places are available on first-come-first served basis.

For weekdays, pool sessions available by request

*) Valid if you selected Pro-Diver Development Ltd. (S-19292) as your affiliated dive shop.

Course fees include professional instruction, PADI Open Water Diver manual, RDP table, log book, use of scuba gear, tanks and weight belts during the course, and pool fees. Transportation to and from pool, pier/shore dive site is not included.


PADI eLearning and Touch programs are payable directly to PADI during the online enrollment process. The PADI eLearning/Touch prices shown as of January 1, 2019.


PADI eLearning students receive the student manual, eRDPML (electronic recreational dive planner - multilevel) and the logbook in digital format.


The PADI Open Water certification fee (PIC) is included in the eLearning fee. Class room based Referral course fees do not include the certification fee.

Course materials & equipment


PADI Open Water Diver manual, RDP table, log book. Course fee includes the required materials and use of equipment you need.

How to sign up


Please contact us clicking the button above, through the contact page or by email or phone. Our office will direct you to one of our instructors, so you can talk directly, ask questions and arrange a course schedule. You’ll then need to drop by in our office to collect the course materials and pay the course fee. 




Start right now with the PADI eLearning or Touch programs by clicking the PADI eLearning button above: select Pro-Diver Development (S-19292) as your affiliated dive shop to get the discounted eLearning price for the in-water sessions.


Courses can be set up by request if you have your own group.

Already Signed Up?

Instructions on how to prepare for the classroom sessions using the manual and videos for those not doing the eLearning/Touch programs.

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