Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
Professional association of underwater instructors,
established in the
PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)
The PADI Open Water Diver
course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of
people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. In the PADI Open Water Diver
course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and
standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon
whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water. At the end of the
course you will receive the Open Water Diver certification, which is recognized
throughout the world and allows you to make great dives wherever there is
water, rent dive equipment and continue your training. Our experienced
instructors will teach you all the basics of Scuba Diving in a fun, relaxed and
safe 3 day course.
PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
•Day 1 - Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
•Day 2 - Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
•Day 3 - Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.
To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must
•Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD)
The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.
The training lasts 2 days and does not require any classroom time. It includes 5 dives, 2 of which are required – deep dive (no deeper than 30 meters) and underwater navigation. Other 3 dives are available upon diver’s discretion.
This can be:
- digital underwater photography
- night diving
- wreck diving
- diving with underwater scooters
- peak performance buoyancy
- AWARE Fish Identification Course
- Plunging from the boat
- Drift diving
- Multilevel dives with computer
- Search and recovery
To take this course, you must be
•A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
•15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
Emergency First Response (EFR)
CPR and First Aid: Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care
It is taught in class and lasts one day. First aid and CPR are good skills for anyone involved in adventure sports – just in case. And, you need these skills for the PADI Rescue Diver course. Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills – and they’re for anyone, not just divers. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors.
PADI Rescue Diver
“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. This
course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how
to manage them if they occur.
This is a two day course:
- Day 1 - knowledge development and open water training in a swimming pool.
- Day 2 - During the open water training, your instructor will demonstrate one more time all of the skills learned with the assistance of a divemaster or qualified assistant. Once all the skills have been practiced over and over, you are ready for the final day’s training in “live” scenarios – now this is where it all comes together and your rescue skills and knowledge are put to the test.
To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must:
•Be 12 years or older,
•Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization),
•Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).
During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of training exercises.
Be a certified
PADI Rescue Diver or have an equivalent rating. (If equivalent candidate must
submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the past 24 months.)
Have completed and logged at least 20 dives as documented by the individual's personal logbook. Note: at least 60 dives are required to complete the program.
Be at least 18 years old at the start of training.
Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive.
After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:
● Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
● Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
● After successfully completing the PADI Divemaster Course you'll become a member of PADI and receive benefits.
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