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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.

Instructor

An instructor level certification is the highest you can go in your diving certifications. Some training agencies offer instructors different levels of certification that they can go through, but it all focuses on the instructor position. An instructor is a leader and must conduct themself in this manner. Once you become an instructor, you can work at a dive shop, resort, club, etc. and teach individuals how to scuba dive. Consult your local dive shop or training agency for course requirements and expectations.

Instructor 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.

Specialty Certifications

There are numerous specialty courses you can take to advance you diving skills, comfort level, and experience. Each of these courses specializes in specific skill sets and techniques and can improve your overall knowledge about diving and open up new diving opportunities. Some of the certifications listed below require specific prerequisites, 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. Some of the specialty courses are:

·         Night diver
·         Underwater photographer
·         Search and recovery
·         Hunter and collector
·         Cavern diver
·         Cave diver
·         Wreck diver (no penetration)
·         Wreck diver (penetration)
·         Ice diver
·         Deep diver
·         Nitrox diver
·         Training assistant
·         Scuba rescue diver
·         Advanced rescue diver

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