Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre : Stradbroke Island

LEARN TO DIVE | Open Water Course:

Dive Boat on beach

Manta Lodge YHA and Scuba Centre located on beautiful North Stradbroke Island is the ideal setting to learn to scuba dive; predominately due to the pristine diving conditions found at the island. This combined with the high level of diver training delivered by Manta’s group of passionate instructors as well as the island’s close proximity to Brisbane!

Why become a PADI Open Water Diver?

Becoming a certified diver is beginning of a whole NEW adventure! Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre’s instructors equip you with the necessary skills to lead your own dive! After completing your diver training at Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre you are qualified to dive ANYWHERE in the world, within the limits of your training!

PADI Courses Start from $499.00 (non-refundable) and this excludes the theory component of the course.

Course Itinerary

The theory part of the course consists of 5 chapters and is now completed through:
Online through PADI E-Learning

Offline through PADI Touch

These need to be completed PRIOR to commencing your course!

Group in pool

Day 1
The day will start off with completing relevant paperwork and a short knowledge review.
You will then be introduced to the scuba diving gear and off to a swimming pool to practice and complete 5 confined water pool sessions, incorporating equipment care/selection.
Day 2
All your practice and preparation is now put into practice with two boat dives departing from Home Beach, North Stradbroke island. This day includes underwater exploration and practising skills to gain diving experience!
Day 3
The final day incorporates one more trip out on our vessels Rigid One or Rigid Too, for two boat dives incorporating more exploration, skills and fun underwater! Upon returning there of a small amount of paperwork to complete, and before you know it you are then a certified PADI Open Water Diver!!


Previous swimming experience is necessary if you are interested in commencing a scuba diving course. During the course you will have to be able to:

  • Swim 200m unassisted or Snorkel 300m
  • Stay afloat for 10 minutes
  • Minimum age 12 years (12-14 year olds receive a Junior Open Water Certification)
  • Be medically fit to scuba dive

Medical Information

Scuba diving is an exciting and demanding activity. The purpose of the following questions is to find out if you need to be examined by a doctor before you participate in recreational scuba diving. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving.

If you answer YES to the following questions it is MANDATORY to undertake a diving medical examination prior to commencing your scuba diving course. Please download and answer the student medical declaration dive medical leaflet (PDF).

If you have answered YES to any of the questions in the PDF, the next course of action is to book in for a diving medical examination with a diving doctor using the following diver medical form. Click here to find a diving doctor in your area. Please download and take the Dive medical for Doctor (PDF) with you.

Course Inclusions

  • Confined water pool training
  • Four boat dives on either of our two vessels (most dive centres do not include four boat dives)
  • Full equipment hire
  • International PADI Open Water Certification
  • PADI E-learning enhancement pack

To watch the PADI Open Water Diver Video click here

To watch the PADI Learn to Dive in Australia Video click here

Upgrades | Packages


Most divers elect for the premium Open Water Diver Course which includes an additional dive trip on top of your course at some of our world famous dive sites! (Offered at a discount of 50%) Add 2 dives for an additional $65.50 + required gear rental


You have the option to purchase your own mask and snorkel on any one of our Open Water courses at a special discounted rate for all diving course students! (10% discount for students)


Did you know Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre is also has a range of different accommodation options available! If you are either a diving student or YHA Member you can receive additional discounts off our range of accommodation options.

Continuing your Diver Education

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Event Details:

Event Dates:

Saturday 21 October - Monday 23 October