PADI Diver Courses

At Shellharbour Scuba Centre we offer PADI recognised diver courses for beginners through to advanced professionals.

Our instructors take pride in a relaxed and comfortable learning environment, to make certain all who dive in, not only surface qualified, but also with a greater appreciation for the sport.

We accept small groups (as scheduled) but encourage individuals to book one-on-one instruction at a time that suits them. Our aim at Shellharbour Scuba Centre is to ensure each student develops a good understanding of the principles of scuba diving.

Training facilities include a conveniently located ocean pool nearby the Shellharbour Scuba Centre. All students will have the opportunity to dive Bass Point – one of the best marine exploration locations in New South Wales – at one of its many exciting dive sites on offer.

Have you been on an Adventure Dive before? Don’t forget to let us know, as prior scuba diving training may reward you with credit toward a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver qualification.

Our PADI courses are recognised worldwide!

For more information or to book, contact Shellharbour Scuba Centre or visit us in-store today!

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PADI Open Water Diver

Shellharbour Scuba Centre’s PADI Open Water Diver course is not only the perfect gift or a fantastic holiday activity with the kids; it is the first step to exploring the world like you may have never done before. No prior scuba diving experience is required and this course is widely recognised; millions worldwide have already … more » “PADI Diver Courses”

PADI Adv. Open Water Diver

Looking to take your scuba diving to the next level? Enrol today for Shellharbour Scuba Centre’s PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. Increase your scuba diving knowledge with a minimum of five (5) speciality dives. All Adventure Dives are conducted under the supervision of one of our qualified instructors and are logged. Only two specialities … more » “PADI Diver Courses”

PADI Rescue Diver

While the PADI Rescue Diver course is compulsory only for Divemaster certification, it is also highly recommended, as all scuba divers should know how to prevent and manage problems in the water. Dive with confidence – in this course, our highly experienced instructors at Shellharbour Scuba Centre ask all students to partake in safe diving … more » “PADI Diver Courses”

PADI Divemaster

Shellharbour Scuba Centre is proud to offer all students the ability to become a PADI Divemaster. If you love scuba diving as much as we do, join our highly experienced instructors and make it a career!  Become a leader and take charge of dive activities by completing this first level of vital professional training. Topics … more » “PADI Diver Courses”

Speciality Courses:

AWARE – Conservation Diver

It is common knowledge that reefs are more than just beautiful tourist attractions but part of a bigger ecosystem. The PADI AWARE – Corel Reef Conservation Diver speciality course enables students to recognise the complexity of aquatic habitats and contribute to the conservation of these vital systems. Learn how coral reefs function and the complex … more » “AWARE – Conservation Diver”

AWARE – Fish Identification

If you’re new to scuba diving, or even an experienced diver, “what was that fish?” is still a common question. But with the PADI AWARE – Fish Identification speciality course, become the diver with all of the answers. Enhance your dives by learning how to identify characteristics of local fish families and species; fish survey … more » “AWARE – Fish Identification”

Deep Diver

As a PADI Deep Diver, you will be able to scuba dive with confidence at depths of 40 metres (130 feet)! This Adventure Dive will familiarise you with specialised deep diving equipment; deep diving planning, buddy contact and buoyancy control; managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

Digital Underwater Photographer

With a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Adventure Dive you can now take your scuba diving experiences home with you in high-definition! Join Shellharbour Scuba Centre’s enthusiastic instructors on a number of dives with hands-on training. You will learn how to choose the right underwater camera system for you; the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, and Adjust) … more » “Digital Underwater Photographer”

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver

The PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver Adventure Dive enables students to dive further from shore than ever before. Also known as an underwater scooter, this vehicle propels divers through the water faster and without the need to kick. Go farther – this speciality course will teach you how to maintain your DPV; plan dives, … more » “Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver”

Emergency Oxygen Provider

The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider speciality course is not limited to Rescue Divers or Divemasters. At Shellharbour Scuba Centre, we’d prefer all students were primed for absolutely everything – including knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen – you could save a life. This course enables students to recognise scuba diving illnesses treatable with … more » “Emergency Oxygen Provider”

Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)

At Shellharbour Scuba Centre, we specialise in PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) scuba diving and are proud to offer this popular speciality Adventure Dive as one of our many options. Diving with “enriched air,” also known as Nitrox, enables divers to remain submerged for longer with a greater no-decompression limit (NDL). A PADI Enriched Air … more » “Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)”

Equipment Specialist

Scuba diving involves a lot of specialised equipment to ensure the sport is safe and enjoyable. Don’t miss a moment of the action just because you’re missing an o-ring! The PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you how to generally care for and maintain your gear, including minor adjustments and repairs. Allow our experts at Shellharbour … more » “Equipment Specialist”

Night Diver

While the ocean continues to fascinate mankind during our waking hours, discover a whole new world after dark with the PADI Night Diver Adventure Dive. Daytime creatures retire and make way for their nocturnal counterparts – mysterious and alluring – this speciality course opens your scuba diving adventures to limitless possibilities. During a number of … more » “Night Diver”

Peak Performance Buoyancy

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course is ideal for scuba divers looking to perfect their newfound skills. Excellent buoyancy control ultimately defines an expert scuba diver. During a number of Adventure Dives, you’ll learn how to determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy; trim your weight system and … more » “Peak Performance Buoyancy”

Project AWARE® Specialist

The aim of a Project AWARE® Specialist is to join a global force of scuba divers in an effort to preserve the world’s water resources – one dive at a time. Through classroom discussions, you learn how Project AWARE® unites scuba divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference; about environmental issues in the ocean … more » “Project AWARE® Specialist”

Search & Recovery Diver

As per its title, the PADI Search & Recovery Diver is able to find and recover lost items. Learn how to search effectively and the best means of recovering the item; be it small, large, or simply awkward. During a number Adventure Dives you’ll practice swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation; locating … more » “Search & Recovery Diver”