Feet First Dive - Port Stephens Scuba Diving Pro - 17/34 Stockton St, Nelson Bay 2315 - p: 02 4984 2092 - e:


Make sure you learn from a pro when you learn to dive. Safety is always a top priority at Feet First Dive, who run nationally and internationally recognised diving courses with the three largest dive training organisations in the world, all within Nelson Bay and the Port Stephens area.

Whether you're taking your first dip in to the ocean with our 'Discover/Try Scuba' course, getting yourself certified via the popular 'Open Water Course', learning technical diving, rescue diving, or taking a professional diving course for your chosen career, the professional team at Feet First Dive have all the necessary qualifications and experience to ensure your dive experience is fun, exciting and safe.

Check out the large variety of pro scuba diving courses available from Feet First Dive Nelson Bay below.

 Try SCUBA for FUN!!

Have you always wanted to try scuba diving? Don't have the time to complete a course? Why not complete the Discover/Try Scuba program. In just a few hours, an instructor will show you the basics and take you on a shore dive in the magnificent Port Stephens marine park.

All the equipment is included in the price, you just need to complete a medical questionnaire, slop on some sunscreen and have fun!


Get certified today!!

Check out the Feet First Dive Nelson Bay OPEN WATER COURSE below. With the new convenience of eLearning, the theory component of our scuba diving course can be done at home online. The certification for this course can be with SSI, PADI or SDI and certification cards can be issued at Feet First Dive on the completion of your course with SSI or SDI

The course includes 2 days with an instructor and 4 ocean dives. All your equipment is included and small class numbers mean you'll get the attention you deserve.

Get Certified with SDI


This course is for the beginner – and will give you the skills to dive, to a depth of 18m – with a world most recognized open water diver certification.

Feet First Dive offers the SSI, PADI and SDI Open Water Diver courses with a convenient e-Learning option – become a fully qualified Open Water Scuba Diver with us in only 2 days!!

The online theory component can be completed at home, at your own pace, prior to the 2-day practical training. Great for those wanting to complete the course with only two days of on-site training. For those who prefer more contact time, other arrangements can always be made. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable and confident with your learning experience.

The Open Water Course includes:

  • Dive Theory (on-line OR paper option also available)
  • Pool training (scuba skills)
  • Four training dives in the waters around Nelson Bay
  • Full equipment hire
  • Open water certification cards on completion (SSI, SDI)
  • Transport while on course

All you need is swimmers, sunscreen and a smile!




(N.B. Your theory MUST be completed prior to your booked course date)

Jan:  (Wed) 4th & (Thurs) 5th
         14th & 15th

Feb:  4th & 5th
         18th & 19th 

Mar:  11th & 12th 

Apr:  1st & 2nd
         29th & 30th

Also...throughout the year, once the above scheduled courses are full, we will run more Open Water (& Specialty) courses. Also, at any time we are happy to take your booking for a PERSONALISED ONE-ON-ONE Courses (prices available on application). Please call the shop for more information on 02 4984 2092.

This is the next skill level after your open water certification. The SDI & SSI Advanced Adventure course will give you an overview of five different specialties. Two of the required specialties are the Deep Diver and Navigation Diver which are the foundation of continuing diver education. 

Advanced Adventurer Course includes:

  • Certification costs - card issued on the last day (except PADI)
  • On-line theory component (manuals available; however they incur extra costs)
  • Full scuba equipment hire for two days
  • 5 Advanced Training dives

SDI - Advanced Adventure Diver          VS           SDI - Advanced Scuba Diver


SDI & SSI Advanced Diver:

The Advanced Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make truly “Advanced Divers.”

During the course your Instructor will take you through four complete Specialty Courses (for example; Deep, Navigation, Photo, Video, Intro to Tech, etc.) covering all the skills, so that by the end you will feel comfortable to conduct dives of a similar nature. Once you have logged your 25th dive (these can include any and all training dives), you will be awarded the Advanced Scuba Diver certification.

Both SDI & SSI - require FOUR complete Specialties for Advanced Open Water Certification 

SDI - Advanced Scuba Diver

SSI - Specialty Courses

The  Rescue Course will give you the skills and the confidence to take on the challenges of all types of diving. The Rescue Diver Course is conducted over two days and one night. During the course you will receive theory lessons, diver aid, self rescue and a variety of realistic rescue scenarios. This course is physical and in your face!

Rescue Diver Course includes:

  • Rescue Diver certification costs - card issue on the last day 
  • Swimming pool entry & dives
  • Three open water rescue training dives (over TWO days)
  • Pre - requisites = CPR + O2 Administrator

N.B. e-Learning theory MUST be completed prior to your booked practical date


Feb:  11th & 12th


Feet First Dive offer a diverse range of specialty courses. These courses will provide you with more knowledge to pursue new and exciting diving in a variety of fields that take your fancy. You may find yourself exploring an underwater shipwreck, or taking spectacular photographs of the many beautiful marine species that reside in the Nelson Bay and Port Stephens area. Perhaps you want to expand your technical skills and experience longer dive times.

Specialty courses generally consist of 2-3 training dives (each), & course requirements can vary – contact Feet First Dive for more information, or review via the links below:.

Now we're getting serious. You are now entering the professional diving arena. The Dive Master course is conducted as an internship. The internship involves working with the Feet First team on a part time basis, in the shop, on the boat and in the classroom. The Dive Master course involves a close relationship with the dive centre.

Dive Masters form an integral part of any diving business. They conduct scuba refresher courses, lead guided dives from the boat &shore, assist instructors during training & their dive expertise provides retail assistance to customers.

The Dive Master course involves an extensive training program, required to bring you up to the professional standards expected in the industry. For more details on the course, please contact us.

SDI Divemaster Course

SSI Dive Professional Ratings 


"The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor (OWSDI) course is designed to teach current Divemasters or Assistant Instructors certified with a recognized dive training organization the knowledge to effectively function as an open water scuba diver instructor. This program is divided into two sections, an instructor development course (IDC) and an instructor evaluation course (IEC)." 

Come in and talk to the Feet First Dive team to discuss your dive career development.

SDI Instructor Rating






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