Although this is a PADI Open Water course the standard Abyss Scuba Diving PADI open water course has a number of advantages over the budget course.
Smaller class size. In our standard course, the student to instructor ratio is half that of the budget course and most competitors course. This ensures that if you have any issues the instructor has the ability to work with you on an individual basis. The smaller class size means that you minimise the time you waste waiting for others to learn skills for this reason you will get more time to dive and hence you will end up a more confident diver.
PADI eLearning. This gives you the advantage of the flexibility of when you do your theory and because you can go at your own pace, this means the student comes to the course more prepared and more confident to do their in-water training. The eLearning approach will save you approximately half a day in time to do the course. PADI eLearning is the world leader in online diver training.
Shark Shields. All our standard open water course are taught with the added security of a Shark Shield to increase the participant's confidence while learning. Because of class size and other considerations, the Budget course is not taught with the protection of a shark shield. Please note the Abyss Standard and Private open water courses are the only courses in Sydney that are taught with the protection of Shark Shields. Themalution Heated Undergarment. All our standard open water courses are taught with you wearing an iDry wetsuit and Thermalution heated undergarment to ensure your enjoyment. Budget courses are taught with you using a standard wetsuit.
Lunch A light lunch is not provided during the Budget course and the Participants must provide their own lunch on each day whereas those on the standard course have a light lunch supplied.
Transport. All transport from the dive centre and to the dive sites is included with the standard course. This also includes picking up from Kogarah Railway Station if necessary. Transport is not included with the Budget Course although it can be for an extra $35 for the course (Pickups from the station are not available for the Budget Course).
Choice of Days. The standard course has a course running Monday-Tuesday, Wednesday-Thursday or Saturday-Sunday giving the participants flexibility to meet their needs.
For people who see diving as a lifelong pursuit, we recommend upgrading to one of our standard courses. Choose a day that you want your in-water training lessons to run Monday-Tuesday, Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday- Sunday.
We also offer a Free Fotaflo photo package to all students on the standard course. Our staff have been specially trained to capture the best possible photos and videos of your adventure. The package can be purchased as an optional add-on for the budget course for an additional $16 or $25 during the course.
NOTE: Because of the high ratios of students to Instructor, friends cannot attend as a tag along diver on either day of the course.