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Basic Open Water

Scuba diving training involves taking a course from a training agency such as SDI, NAUI, or PADI.

Basic open water scuba diving training is a process of going through classroom lectures and practical exercises and making multiple dives in a pool environment and then in the open water. Once you successfully complete the classroom portion, pass your exam, and complete all of the pool and open water session requirements, you then become a certified diver. Your instructor will provide you with a temporary card until the training agency you certified under sends you your permanent card. You’re then ready to begin your diving adventure.

Once you complete your open water certification, you can move on to an advanced level certification.

When you begin pursuing getting your diving certification, there are a number of questions you may have and there are a number of questions you should ask your dive shop or instructor. See FAQs for some of these questions.

Dive Master

As a dive master, you are able to lead dives and dive trips, take certified divers on vacations, and work full time or independently supervising certified divers at a club, resort, store, or charter boat service. Diver masters often work here before moving on to instructor level certifications. Consult you local dive shop or training agency for course requirements and expectations.

Dive master certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

Master Diver

With a master diver certification, you gain the in-depth knowledge that establishes you as a recognized authority in your diving community. By increasing you diving skills to a professional leader, you’ll be able to participate in open water dives in settings that will test your abilities while enhancing and expanding your diving capabilities.

The course requires approximately eight dives (depending on the training agency) and hours of classroom lectures. Courses can focus on emergency procedures and rescue, deep/simulated decompression diving, limited visibility or night diving, underwater navigation, search and recovery, light salvage, etc.

Master diver certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

Once you complete the master diver certification, you can move on to becoming a dive master or instructor.

Advanced Open Water

Scuba diving training involves taking a course from a training agency such as SDI, NAUI, or PADI.

Advanced certification is a continuing education certification course for certified divers. The advanced level certification allows you to increase your knowledge and skill sets as a diver. It also enables you take advantage of more diving opportunities. The advanced skills you learn make you more experienced and increase your safety awareness. Multiple dives and a number of hours of classroom work are required to complete the advanced certification. Some of the different types of dives you’ll conduct include: night diving, navigation, a deep dive (130 feet, 40 meters, max.), search and recovery, boat diving, non-penetration wreck diving, diving in surf or currents, etc.

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Once you complete your open water certification, you can move on to an advanced level certification.

To get the most from the course and to become the best diver you can be, read and study each assigned section prior to class. Keep the learning objectives in mind as you study. Review often and immediately after completing a section. Take detailed notes on areas your unclear about, listen to your instructor, ask questions, and make sure everything is clear to you before moving on. Log your dives in detail so that you can go back and review once the course is completed. By practicing these techniques, you’ll find that your knowledge, comfort level, and experience grow quickly.

When you’re ready to increase you skills, techniques, and knowledge about diving, consult your local dive shop for current course information, costs, times, dates, etc.

OW Training Intro

Scuba diving is an underwater adventure sport. Scuba diving takes you into the underwater world for glimpses into an exciting environment for exploration and discovery. “SCUBA” stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and allows you to descend below the water’s surface for an exciting and rewarding experience. Divers are generally hooked on the sport after their first dive!

To dive, you need to be certified. The first certification you must aquire is a Basic Open Water certification. There are many elements of diving and diving safety, so getting the proper certification and training is essential before making the plunge.

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