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PADI SCUBA DIVER
Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming holiday, but don't have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now there's a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to put on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time. PADI qualifications are accepted the world over, learn to dive with PADI the Way The World Learns to Dive.
Why PADI Scuba Diver?
The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for holidays or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year and want the comfort level of diving with professional instructors.
As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a Scuba Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Scuba Diver program available.
Minimum age: 10
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing pool dives, knowledge development sessions and by making two 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?
After completing the Scuba Diver program, you'll want to continue your dive education and the PADI Open Water Diver certification to explore more dive opportunities. Both the PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Diver qualifications are two of the most recognised scuba qualifications in the world.
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.
Is scuba diving expensive? No. Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest however much you want, depending upon your interest level. Because most dive centers and resorts rent equipment, you can invest in equipment over time, renting what you don't have. There's probably good diving not far from where you live, so travel costs can be flexible enough to accommodate even the tightest budget. Most people find the costs of scuba diving similar to the cost associated with snow skiing or mountain biking.
What's in a scuba tank? Oxygen? Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. The air in a scuba tank is like the air you're breathing but is also filtered to remove impurities.
My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive? Your ears hurt because of the water pressure on your eardrum. In your scuba course, you'll learn simple techniques to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane.
In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Should I be concerned? Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. A few do bite or sting, but you can avoid these by not touching them. Divers aren't natural prey for sharks and therefore shark attacks are rare.
I need vision correction. Is that a problem? No. Wearing soft contact lenses shouldn't be a problem while you dive. However, if you wear hard contacts, you'll want to dive with gas permeable lenses. See your eye doctor for more information. Another option is to have prescription lenses put into your mask. And we can arrange that for you.
Scuba diving sounds exciting, but I'm not sure if it's for me. Can I try it without signing up for a course? Absolutely. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience allows you to make a shallow scuba dive supervised by a PADI Professional after a short pool session. This usually takes a few hours. Or, you can try the PADI Discover Scuba experience that lets you try scuba in a swimming pool.
I want to learn about PADI; what is PADI? PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the largest scuba certification organization in the world. PADI develops scuba programs and diver training products, monitors scuba training conducted by more than 130,000 PADI Professionals worldwide, maintains diver certification records and issues your diver certification credentials. In addition, PADI maintains various support services for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. Since its inception in 1966 PADI has grown to have members in more than 180 countries and territories and international service offices in nine countries. Approximately seven out of ten North American divers are certified by PADI, and approximately 55 percent of all divers worldwide are certified by PADI.
What is the PADI International Resort and Retailer Associations? The PADI International Resort and Retailer Associations consists of approximately 4400 authorized PADI Dive Centers, Resorts, dive boats, dive operators and hotels that offer recreational scuba, PADI instruction and other related services. These facilities are your source for dive equipment, education, travel and other dive opportunities. To be an association member, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts must adhere to specific standards that assure you'll get the best training and service.
What is Project AWARE Foundation? Project AWARE Foundation, established in 1992, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization committed to the conservation and preservation of the aquatic environment and its resources. Project AWARE programs included beach cleanups, environmental presentations, research, campaigns and other efforts to help preserve and protect the underwater world.
I'm already a scuba diver and I've lost my certification card. Can I get another one and how long does it take? To replace a lost card you can contact us at Sublime or you can go to the replacement card area at padi.com. It takes about two weeks to replace a certification card so if you are diving sooner than that, have the PADI Dive Center or Resort you're diving with call PADI. PADI will transmit your certification information. If you were certified after 1984 in PADI Asia Pacific, PADI Americas, PADI Canada, PADI International Limited or PADI Europe territory, PADI Dive Centers or Resorts can usually verify your certification through the computerised Dive-Chek system at any time. 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.