Learn to dive and con-ed PADI courses





The world's largest diver training organisation with courses from beginner level upwards to instructor. Gain your passport to the underwater world as a qualified diver.

PADI forms:

Liability release & assumption of risk

Medical statement (questionnaire)

Safe diving practices

Replacement card


PADI eLearning

Access the manual and video clips online with the eLearning courses for Open Water Diver & Scuba Diver, Scuba Tune Up, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox). Even the PADI Dive Master course is now available online with self-study.

Work in the comfort of your home, available in different languages, and then complete the skills development and open water dives with your Aquaventures instructor.



EFR - First Aid

Emergency First Responder or First Aid training is a useful skill for anyone to have, not related to medical emergencies in or on the water but those that can occur in the home, at work, during social activities or sporting engagements and of course as a result of traffic accidents or medical conditions. More details available on EFR page.



Both these training agencies are mainly club based and Aquaventures is an approved (training) centre. We're also a BSAC Branch and offer membership plus skill development and technical training programs. For more information please send in your request form.




Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

The longest defined coastal touring route in the world - 2500 km of coastline from West Cork to Donegal where the land and sea merge. 

On the Golden Spur of this route Baltimore features Dún an Óir (castle of gold), Dún na Séad (castle of Jewels), Cailín Óir (Golden Girl ferry), Silver Strand on Sherkin island and its internationally famous golden sunsets. Baltimore was an important pirate centre during the 17th century Golden Age of piracy and still harbours many sunken wrecks and stories of hidden treasure.

Let us submerge you

Experience uniquely rich and colourful flora and fauna in a magical sub-aqua world.  Under the direct supervision of an instructor guide, you too can enjoy this.

Aquaventures specialises in snorkelling and diving from a superbly-run centre in Baltimore on the Wild Atlantic Way, renowned for its spectacular coastline, colourful reefs and wrecks. For more than 30 years, we have trained many students to scuba-dive (typically 15 to 55 year olds) all of whom are now “stars of the seas”. Let us take you on an amazing aqua-venture!



PADI Courses

Escape to a different world with new colors, shapes, textures and creatures – a world where the roles you play in normal life take on a new dimension. Become a scuba diver and escape to a peaceful place to renew your energy and excite your senses.

You can gain an internationally recognised qualification in as little as 3 or 4 days. Whether you wish to dive in Irish waters or turn your holidays abroad into real adventures, the opportunities are here because diving is adventurous, fun and relaxing.  Diving is challenging, healthy and can involve existing hobbies such as photography and history. See and experience something new on every dive.  There are countless things to capture your interest and imagination.  There are many dive sites that offer something for everyone from the wreck diver to the nature enthusiast. On the boat journey out to dive sites you have a good chance of spotting seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks, sunfish and the very occasional leatherback turtle - all depending on time of year / season and weather conditions.

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Visiting the underwater world is much different than many people think.  It is not a cold, colourless place where everything is blurred and where one must constantly exert in order to breath.  Diving is enjoyable and done in complete comfort and safety.  With proper training and equipment, diving is safer than horse riding or playing tennis!

Knowledge and skills acquired during training will prepare you to safely enjoy a new and exciting dimension of life.  Prepare yourself through formal training to enjoy the unequalled beauty of the underwater world - the infinite variety of colours, shapes and textures.  Let your troubles melt away in the swirling blue-green expanse of the earth's waters, in a sphere of safety provided by your diving education.  To be assured of proper instruction, seek formal training from a professional instructor.

Diving is a sport which requires reasonable medical fitness and good health.  A simple self-declaration medical form or consultation with your GP is required depending on the certifying agency chosen.

Cross-over courses are designed for qualified divers who wish to change certifying agency.  These will depend on current diver grade, experience and additional training required.

Completion and referral courses are available for those divers who have missed part of their training or who wish to speed up training commenced elsewhere.

If however you’re not really interested in scuba diving but would like to learn proper snorkeling skills we also offer guided snorkeling tour half-day excursions (swimming ability and general good health are prerequisites and minimum age for children is 6)


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Private Instructor

All our courses are generally taught on a ratio of 1:2 or even 1:1 and scheduled to suit your own timetable. Our instructors have over 30 years' diving experience and at least 25 years teaching it so you'll be in safe hands.

Skills Training in the Swimming Pool


PADI Discover Scuba & Discover Scuba Diving

For total beginners, this half or full day "try dive" course, run for a minimum of 2 people (some might call it "suck & see") is a great introduction to find out whether diving is right for you. You must be able to swim and be in reasonable good health. It covers a morning session with theory and pool training or shallow open water dive site (Discover Scuba) followed by an afternoon dive in the sea (Discover Scuba Diving).

Minimum age for the Discover Scuba half day course (in the pool) is 10 and Discover Scuba Diving (in the sea) is 14 or 12 if child is of reasonable size and physical strength.

Discover Scuba Diving afternoon dive - depending on your level of competence as well as tides and weather the afternoon dive could be from a nearby beach or offshore in Roaringwater Bay or the Kedges where there are suitable shallow dive sites to put into practice what you learned during the morning session.

Prebooking required and normally available between April and October.

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PADI Scuba Diver

This beginner level course is ideal for people wishing to do some diving on holidays under the direct supervision of an instructor or divemaster to a maximum depth limit of 12 mtrs, once qualified. It takes 3 days of training including theory, skills practice and dives. Minimum age is 14 with swimming ability and reasonable good health.

Course includes all pool fees, diving equipment rental, manual, logbook and qualification card. There is an additional fee to PADI for the eLearning element. Prebooking required and normally available between April and October.

This course is also available online with PADI eLearning - see how it works by clicking here.

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PADI Open Water Diver eLearning

No previous experience necessary, although some people might have tried the Discover Scuba or Discover Scuba Diving beforehand, this course can be done online (eLearning at your own pace with a laptop or PC and takes approx 18 hours) including visual presentations / video clips and quizzes / exam followed by 3 days with your instructor. Skills are practiced in the pool, followed by 4 open water dives. Once qualified you'll be able to dive independently, with another dive buddy of the same or higher grade, to a maximum depth of 18 mtrs.

Course includes all pool fees, diving equipment rental, manual, eRDPml, logbook and PADI qualification card. There is an additional fee to PADI for the eLearning element. Prebooking required and available year-round.

How does eLearning work - for a quick demo or to sign up on PADI's website click here.


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PADI Open Water Diver Touch

An industry first, the Touch fuses state-of-the-art technology with proven PADI instructional design to deliver the excitement and experience of learning to scuba dive to consumers’ iOS (an iPad2 with iOS 7.0 or higher is recommended) and Android* tablets. The Touch is a tablet-based version of the popular PADI Open Water Diver course, integrating the PADI Open Water Diver manual curriculum, learning objectives, video clips, quizzes and Knowledge Reviews into a rich, interactive learning environment. Since the Touch is a tablet-based application, no internet connectivity is required to view course content. So, student divers can conveniently access the knowledge development portion of the course at any time from any location. This increased accessibility makes the PADI Open Water Diver Touch extremely appealing to the ever-growing market of tablet users.

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PADI Open Water Diver Referral

This course is for people wishing to do some diving on holidays elsewhere but make a start with their training in order to finish their open water dives in warmer climates or elsewhere due to time restrictions. It basically covers all segments of the PADI Open Water Diver modules 1 to 5 with knowledge reviews, theory lessons and tests plus all pool training skills practice. The student is then referred to another PADI dive centre or instructor to complete 4 open water dives, which must be done within 12 months of the last Referral segment.

Similarly, you may have started your training elsewhere and were unable to complete the Open Water Diver course. Call us to discuss how to complete your training and become qualified.

Course includes all pool fees, diving equipment rental, eLearning fee or manual, logbook and eRDPml. Prebooking required and normally available year-round but particularly useful when conducted over the winter months (October to April or May).

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PADI Scuba Review/Tune Up with optional additional Orientation Dive

Already qualified but a little rusty on your skills or knowledge, not having dived for some time or perhaps learned in warm waters and wishing to adapt to Irish diving - this course repeats your basic knowledge and skills with an instructor either during a half day session or a full day review. This is also a great "update" on your skills and abilities before going on a diving holiday abroad and can include the introduction to the new eRDPml dive planner or diving with a computer and will be properly logged and signed off.

Course includes all diving equipment rental. Prebooking required.

This course is also available online with PADI eLearning - see how it works by clicking here.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Adventures Dives

Already qualified as an Open Water Diver and looking to broaden your experience level, depth or special interests such as photography, history and wrecks, marine biology then this course is your next step on the PADI ladder. Five adventure dives make you an Advanced Open Water Diver and these must include deep and navigation dives. The other three choice dives can include night, wreck, boat, peak performance buoyancy, drift, digital underwater photography, drysuit, search & recovery, diver propulsion vehicle (underwater scooter) or Nitrox.

This course includes the homework of reading all relevant chapters in the manual for your chosen dives and knowledge reviews, but there are no quizzes or exams, just pre-dive briefings.

Course includes the Advanced Open Water Diver manual, boat fees, airfills, PADI qualification card, all basic diving equipment rental but specialist equipment is available at an additional charge such as scooters, cameras, drysuit, nitrox. Prebooking required and available between April and October. Some dives can be completed over the winter months, but it is unlikely that these include boat diving due to weather restrictions.

Prerequisite is Open Water Diver and 4 logged dives documenting experience of similar diving conditions, otherwise an Orientation or Scuba Review must be undertaken. Depth limit for 12 to 14 year olds is 22 mtr, 15 year and older 30 mtrs once qualified.

This course is also available online with PADI eLearning - see how it works by clicking here.

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PADI Specialties

Already qualified as an Open Water Diver or higher but wanting to expand your experience level on specific dive topics or interests. Your instructor will cover knowledge and skills over 1 to 4 dives, depending on the Specialty including audio visual (DVD / Video) and knowledge and practical training. Prebooking required. Minimum age for most specialties is 15 but check with us for specific course details and prerequisites.

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Boat - 1 day course. Most dive sites are accessible only by boat and different sizes and types of boats require different techniques in particular entry and exits, kitting up, stowage of equipment, balance of people and gear and often the use of shotlines or anchor lines, buddy pair SMBs and Reels, boat terminology and safety equipment requirements.

Deep - 2 day course to extend your maximum diving depth limit from 30 to 40 mtrs, ideal for the deeper wrecks in our area such as the Kowloon Bridge.

Digital Underwater Photography - either 1/2 or 1 day course to get to grips with either your own underwater camera or our rental one (Canon Powershot A540) which includes downloaded images onto a disc for your to take home. Get to grips with the PADI SEA method, exposure, composition, contrast, sharpness, white balance and taking both horizontal and vertical images. Participants on the full day course will also cover the Digital Photography Workflow Workshop.

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (Underwater Scooter) - 1 day learning the use of an underwater scooter or DPV, techniques, problems & hazards and maintenance.

Drift - 1 day course where the use of reels, lines and floats are practiced in "moving" water, ideal when diving outside of slack tides. Good buoyancy skills are necessary and will be perfected during the course as will navigation and communication.

Drysuit - 1 day course ideally with your own drysuit as fit / correct measurements are difficult on rental suits. Talk to us to check on availability of school rental suits to do this course. Get plenty of practice on buoyancy skills, maintenance, donning, special features, problems with air movement inside the suit, weight system removal and bcd donning etc.

Enriched Air (Nitrox) - 1 1/2 day course to safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. Course includes theory and 2 dives plus rental of nitrox cylinders and gas, analysing the mix, planning MODs and related special procedures. Only certified Enriched Air Divers can purchase nitrox fills and is Nitrox or Enriched Air diving is a growing trend to increase diver safety. This course is also available online with PADI eLearning - check it out.

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Multilevel - 1 day course during which you will become familiar with different dive planners (eRDPml, Wheel, dive computer, dive timer or watch & depth gauge) and safely extend bottom time by ascending to shallower depths during a typical dive profile. Subjects including planning, hazards and safety, DCI theory and emergency decompression procedures.

Naturalist - 1 day course with an overview of major aquatic life groupings, responsible interactions and associations and special techniques to help preserve bottom dwelling aquatic life and minimize aquatic life disturbances.

Navigation - 1 1/2 day course improving your skills to use both natural navigation techniques as well as deploying lines, fin-kick cycles, timed distance swims and of course using compasses both the direct and indirect type. These skills will help you estimate distances, dive site locations, returning to shot or anchor lines and beaches and thus avoid long surface swims.

Night - 3 dives course to become familiar with special night diving techniques, buoyancy, use of torches and different hand signals and see a very different type of marine life behaviour. Night dives are often shallow dives on familiar dive sites using torches and strobes and deal with disorientation and emergency procedures.

Peak Performance Buoyancy - 1 day course during which you'll learn how to fine tune your weight distribution and buoyancy, streamlining and visualisation techniques to be totally in control of how and where your body moves in the water.

Search & Recovery - 2 day course during which you'll learn search pattern techniques, using lines and navigation equipment, lifting bags or SMBs to raise objects to the surface safely, working in teams often in poorer visibility to retrieve objects lost.

Wreck - 2 day course with dives on different wrecks, learning about specific skills and equipment use to safely dive around but also inside wrecks, identify and avoid hazards, visibility, air supply, and use of torches, lines and reels for penetration.


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PADI TecRec Diver

If you're interested in technical diving, the first level is PADI Tec 40 Diver (then PADI Tec 45 followed by PADI Tec 50), and you can consider enrolling in the  course right now. Because you can do one of  these dives in confined water (such as a swimming pool), many divers start the Tec 40 courses in the winter months, ready to continue in open water when spring arrives.

Since it's part of the course, your PADI Tec 40 course training credits toward the PADI Tec 45 and Tec 50 courses.

Prerequisites are

• Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)

• Be a PADI Enriched Air Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)

• Be a PADI Deep Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)

• Have a minimum of 50 logged dives, of which at least 10 dives must be on enriched air, 12 dives must be deeper than 18 metres/60 feet and 6 dives must be deeper than 30 metres/100 feet

• Have a medical form signed by your physician

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PADI Master Scuba Diver

This rating is achieved by having a minimum of 50 logged dives, be an Advanced Open Water Diver or Jr. Open Water Diver and attain 5 specialties outlined above. Minimum age 12.

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PADI Rescue Diver

Often quoted as being the most rewarding and challenging of all PADI courses, during your 4 to 5 days' training you will learn to look after your own safety but also that of your buddy diver(s). Components included are self-rescue and diver stress management, emergency procedures and equipment, panicked diver response, in-water rescue breathing protocols, exits and practicing through different dive accident scenarios. As part of this rating you need to have up to date (with 24 months) Emergency First Responder training, either through PADI or equivalent recognised organisation.

Prebooking required. Minimum age 15 and Advanced Open Water Diver plus 20 logged dives including navigation and deep.

This course is also available online with PADI eLearning - see how it works by clicking here.

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PADI Emergency First Responder

This one day CPR and First Aid course teaches you how to help others in need and deal with life threatening emergencies not purely associated with diving but possible in every day situation at home, work or in public. You will receive your own EFR manual and learn to build your confidence and skills through a combination of knowledge developments, skills practice and realistic scenarios both through audio visual aids (DVD) as well as role play with other students on the course.

The primary care includes scene assessment, use of barriers, primary assessment, rescue breathing (kiss of life), CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, serious bleeding, shock and spinal injury management

Secondary Care covers non-immediate life threatening situations (illnesses, injuries, bandaging and splinting for dislocations and fractures.) again with knowledge developments, skills practice and scenarios.

Prebooking required, no diving qualification or experience necessary.

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PADI Dive Master

This is the first professional level within the PADI system and qualifies you to assist with or run independently some elements of diver training and snorkel or skin diver tuition. Your Dive Master training will include improving your dive skills to demonstration quality, developing a professional level of understanding of dive theory, organising and conducting scuba diving activities plus assisting with other divers in training. As with all PADI courses you will cover knowledge development, practical skills sessions and applications plus stamina tests (swims, snorkels, tows and floats). Your in dependant study will cover 12 subjects. Practical application will combine theory and water skills in conjunction with actual confined and open water students of varying levels of training i.e. Discover Scuba, Open Water, Advanced Open Water Diver. You'll learn to prepare dive briefings, make an emergency action plan and a mapping project of a dive site.

The Dive Master course can be conducted over 7 to 8 days or through an internship over 6 to 8 weeks (highly recommended). Give us a call to discuss either options and find out what suits you best.

Prebooking required. Minimum age 18 and Rescue Diver plus 60 logged dives by the time you complete your DM course including navigation and deep. At this level of training you are required to have all your own diving equipment as well as the PADI Divemaster Crew Pack, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, the Diving Knowledge Workbook and the eRDPml, RDP and Wheel. In addition it is advisable to have all previous diving manuals for OW, Advanced and Rescue Diver in your possession.

This course is also available online with PADI eLearning - for details on how this works visit PADI's website - click here.

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