Learning to scuba dive is an incredible adventure! Your path to breathing underwater is accomplished by taking the PADI Open Water Course, which consists of three exciting phases:
1. Knowledge Development- Learn the lingo.
During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. You review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you’re getting it. At the end of the course, you’ll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down.
2. Confined Water Dives- Scuba Skills Training.
This is what it’s all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you’ll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
3. Open Water Dives- Locally or on Vacation.
After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives near your home or at a more exotic destination while on a scuba vacation.
It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in as little as three days by completing our Private Fast Track Course. This option works well for people who are visiting from out of town, or those who are on a tight time frame. We do one day of class/pool and the next two in the ocean.
We also offer a Continuous Evening Open Water course, which involves 4 evenings of class/pool, and one weekend in the ocean. This option is great for those who work shift-work, or who have a very chaotic schedule. The schedule is incredibly flexible and can be completed in as little as 1 week or as long as 1 year.
The last option we have is called our Weekends Only Semi-Private. This course takes place over 2 weekends, the first being class/pool and the second weekend is your ocean dives.
Your instructor’s interest is in your learning to scuba dive, not in how long you sit in a class. So, training is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver who dives regularly.
Compared with getting started in other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:
– A full day of surfing lessons
– A weekend of rock climbing lessons a weekend of kayaking lessons
– A weekend of fly-fishing lessons
– About three hours of private golf lessons
– About three hours of private water skiing lessons
– One amazing night out at the pub!Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you
Learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a high trained, experienced professional – your PADI Scuba Instructor. From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you share with friends. And, you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Depending on the course option you choose, you can get certified today for as little as $599!
If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:
– Minimum Age: 10 years old
– Physical: For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.
Waterskills: Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic waterskill comfort by having you: swim 200 metres/yards. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. You will also need to float or tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.
About Physical Challenges: Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. Individuals with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Contact us for more information.
We have some of the worlds most beautiful diving, and it’s right on our back door step! Our water temperature ranges from 4°C – 9°C. In the summer months it is very comfortable to dive in a wetsuit (7mm John/Jacket), and during winter most people make the transition over to a dry suit. We dive all year round, and the visibility can vary quite a bit depending on the time of year. During the summer months we usually experience run off and plankton/algae blooms which can affect the visibility, so typically the fall-winter months are the best time to dive.
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