Open water diving
If you have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.
Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding padi specialty diver course . If you have already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you have earned credit for an Adventure Dive.
Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they have ever taken. PADI Rescue Diver is made to learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.
Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.
If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Adventure Diver certification or higher, you can enroll in the Wreck Diver Specialty course.
The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it is a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.
If you have earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher and you are at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.
The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox helps to get less decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then do not hesitate to become an enriched air diver. If you are a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course.
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Most frequent questions and answers
The necessary skills are not tough for most people to master.
During scuba certification class, you’re taught the effects of increased water pressure and safe diving practices.
You rehearse equipment-related skills in a controlled water setting until you feel comfortable, as well as practice what to do if things don’t go as planned. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer or an athlete to scuba dive, but some degree of comfort in the water certainly helps.
On the contrary, the problem is due to a lack of knowledge about the effects of pressure and is easily prevented. Increasing water pressure pressing inward on your eardrums as you descend, compressing the surface-pressure air within your middle ear,causes the pain. The remedy is to equalize the pressure on both sides of the eardrums This is done by pinching your nostrils shut,
lifting your chin and gently trying to blow out through your nose.
Believe it or not, the human body is quite buoyant. With your lungs full of air, you’d be hard pressed to sink,
especially in salt water. That’s why most people have no trouble snorkeling — when you lie flat on the surface with your head in the water, your weight is easily supported, whether you weigh 100 pounds or 300 (45 kg or 136).
Divers strive to wear as little weight as necessary to allow them to descend from the surface without struggling,
and remain slightly negatively buoyant throughout the dive.
The basic scuba certification course, commonly called Open Water Diver, is divided into three sections: academics, confined water and open water. The academics portion develops the knowledge base necessary to understand the principles behind diving rules and procedures. Traditionally, this involved several classroom sessions spread over days or weeks. The technology now used by scuba instructors has allowed academic training to fit just about anyone’s busy schedule.
There have recently been lowered by some scuba certification agencies with the development of non certification programs for children as young as 8 years old. In general, children must be 10-12 years old, depending on the agency, to be certified as “Junior” divers, who may dive only under restricted conditions (i.e., limited depths and supervision by a scuba professional or certified adult diver).
At 15 or 16 years old, students receive the same certification as adult divers.
Prospective scuba students are asked to have a standard medical questionnaire completed by a doctor — preferably one knowledgeable in hyperbaric, i.e., pressure-related, medicine. Certain conditions may preclude those of any age from diving, temporarily or permanently, especially conditions associated with lung functions or anything that may impair your ability to perform effectively underwater. As long as you maintain relatively good physical and mental conditioning, it’s never too late to learn scuba. Many divers continue into their 70s and 80s .