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PADI OPEN WATER DIVER
Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate in the PADI Open Water Diver Program, then the PADI Jr Open Water Diver program is available to you. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.
A PADI Jr Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
What will I do?
Throughout the course you will learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.
How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you.
What will I need?
PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
PADI Open Water Video or DVD
Where can I go from here?
Continue the adventure with the PADI Adventures in diving program, you next step in exploring the underwater world. Complete five adventure dives including underwater navigation and a deep dive plus three elective dives from the adventures in diving program and earn the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Qualification.
What is SCUBA
SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus and was invented by Jacques Cousteau. It consists of a steel or aluminium cylinder that contains air (the same air as you are breathing at the moment). The air in the cylinder is delivered to you to breathe, through a mouthpiece, similar to that of a Snorkel, this SCUBA unit allows you to breathe easily underwater and is attached to a buoyancy jacket for comfort.
How safe is SCUBA Diving
Recreational SCUBA diving has been shown to be no more of a risk than swimming. Together with the knowledge and experience that you will receive during the PADI certification course and a healthy respect for the water you will find that Scuba Diving is safe, easy and fun.
Do I need to be a strong swimmer
You should be reasonably comfortable in the water. By this we mean in your swimming costume you should be able to swim six lengths and be able to tread water for ten minutes.
What type of person dives
People like yourself from age 8 to 80. If you enjoy sunshine, crystal clear water, you have a love of nature and adventure or if you would just like to do a little bit more than sit on the beach during your holiday.
How long does the course last and when do I pay
Courses start weekly and are scheduled to be as flexible as possible. You pay an initial deposit and the balance no more than five weeks after the course starts. You can pay by Credit or Debit card also.
What equipment do I need
You do not need buy equipment as this is supplied during the course and when you go diving, after a while you may wish to buy a few personal items such as a mask, fins and a wetsuit.
What if I have a problem with the course
If you have any problems during the course and you are willing to work to overcome them, then our instructors will work with you at no extra cost to yourself.
Where will I dive Where would you like to dive. We can arrange for you to dive nearly anywhere in the world, or you can dive with us on one of our instructor led holidays to our associate resorts in the Red Sea. Everything is organised for you from the moment you leave the departure airport until you return home. Also you can dive in England at Stoney Cove, a famous inland dive site near Leicester, where you can dive on a wreck or explore the cockpit of a plane.
How deep will I go and how long will I dive An average dive lasts for about 45 minutes but it depends on where you are and how deep you wish to go, The Scuba diver certification maximum depth is 12m, Open water diver maximum depth 18m and the maximum depth for divers with deep diver training is 40m.
Is learning to dive difficult? No, it's probably easier than you imagine -- especially if you're already comfortable in the water. PADI's entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver? PADI courses are performance based, which means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you've mastered the required skills and knowledge. Because some learn faster than others, course duration varies. For example, the PADI Open Water Diver course can be split into five or six sessions over as little as three days to a much as seven or eight weeks.
How old do I have to be to become a certified diver? You must be at least ten years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. Ten and 11 year old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet. 12 to 14 year olds must dive with a certified adult. At age 15, the Junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver certification.
Are there any special qualifications or considerations to participate in a scuba class? No. Generally speaking, anyone in good average health and at least 10 years old can participate. You will, however, complete a medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates a reason to be cautious about diving, you'll need check with a physician to make sure you can dive.
Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver? No. You need to be a reasonably proficient swimmer and comfortable in the water. You must swim 200 metres/200 yards nonstop, without a time or specific stroke requirement or a 300 metre/yard swim with mask, fins and snorkel. You'll also perform a 10 minute tread/float.
I'm a certified diver through another training organization. How can I become a PADI diver? Start by visiting us at one of our pool sessions and present your certification card. After an assessment of dive skills and knowledge, we will guide you to the appropriate course. Here are some general course prerequisites: PADI Adventures in Diving program and most PADI Specialty courses - An entry level scuba certification and documentation of at least four open water scuba training dives as part of the certification course completed.