Explore the underwater world – from historic shipwrecks and fragile reefs to the mysteries of your local quarry. When you become a scuba diver, you can see what you’ve been missing locally or on vacation.
- Escape to a different world with new colors, shapes, textures and creatures.
- Explore and connect with nature.
- Experience new sensations and new perspectives.
Where do I start?
The place to start is the PADI Open Water Diver course. This is the entry level diver certification. From there, most people continue on to take the Advance Open Water Diver course. After that, you can take the Rescue Diver course and a wide variety of specialty courses.
What do I learn?
The Open Water Diver course has 3 parts:
- Knowledge Development
You learn things such as how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives.
- Confined Water/ Pool Dives
You develop basic scuba skills in a pool. Here, you learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing.
- Open Water Dives
You and your new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor in a typical dive environment. This is where you have fun putting it all together and begin to fully experience the underwater adventure.
What gear do I need?
You need your own mask, fins and snorkel when you start the Open Water Diver course. These have a personal fit, and we can help you choose ones that are best suited to you. You will also need a weight belt with 4 to 6 lbs of weight. We supply the the rest – tanks, regulators, bouyancy compensators, etc.
Who can dive?
If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:
- Physical fitness
You don’t need to be an olympic athlete, but you do need to be in reasonable health and physical condition.
For safety, all students must complete a brief questionnaire about medical conditions.
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed in the questionnaire, you need to seek approval from your physician before any in-water activities. If you think this applies to you, you should take the form to your physician as soon as possible to avoid any possibility of missing classes.
Comfort in the water
You don’t have to be an accomplished swimmer, however, you do need to be reasonably comfortable in the water. You demonstrate basic water comfort by swimming 200 yards/metres. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. You must also float/tread water in deep water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.
You must be at least 10 years old.
Can I keep my course materials
Yes. The training materials supplied to you during the course are yours to keep. Depending on the learning options you choose, these materials may include:
- PADI Open Water Diver Manual and PADI Open Water Diver
Video (a multimedia version is also available for computer
- Log book
- Recreational Dive Planner (Table, eRDPml, computer or eRDP)
What forms are required?
You must fill in the following form(s) before participating in the Open Water Diver course:
- Padi Medical Questionaire
Note: If you suffer from any of the conditions listed in the questionnaire, you need to seek approval from your physician before any in-water activities.
- PADI Safe Diving Practices
- PADI Liability Release
How long does it take to get certified?
You’ll be diving in less time than you think. Typically, you complete the PADI Open Water Diver course over anywhere from four days to six weeks, depending upon the course schedule. We often run courses that allow you to complete the pool and knowledge development in a single week-end. Then the next weekend we complete the open water dives.
PADI programs are performance-based meaning that there is no time limit to completing them. The programs are not designed to be difficult, but they do cover the important information that you need to know and the basic skills that you need to have. What this means is that you can take as long as you need to complete the course.
Can I do my open water dives down south?
Absolutely! You can take your Pool and Knowledge Development with us and we can give you a “referral” to take to another PADI dive center or resort. They can then do the open water dives with you and issue you with your PADI certification. Please note that the price they charge may be higher (sometimes a lot higher) than our prices.
Is it expensive?
Compared with getting started in other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities learning to dive isn’t expensive. You can expect to pay about the same as you would for:
- a weekend of rock climbing lessons
- a weekend of kayaking lessons
- about three hours of private golf lessons
- one amazing night out at the pub!
When you invest in scuba diving lessons, you learn something you’ll enjoy the rest of your life.
Where can I dive?
After you’re certified, you can dive practically anywhere! PADI certifications are recognized around the world.
Of course, the Open Water Diver course is not intended to make you an expert from the start. Your diving experience, training, site accessibility, conditions and interests will determine where, when and what kind of dives you do.
How deep can I dive?
The Open Water Scuba Diver certification trains you to dive safely to depths of 60 feet or less.
After the Advanced Open Water certification, you’ll be able to dive down to 100 feet.
130 feet is the maximum depth for any recreational diver, but this requires more training and/or experience.