PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the worlds’ largest diver training agency and the Open Water Course is the most popular and recognised diving PADI certification which is accepted at over 5,000 dive centres worldwide.

Discover Scuba

A taster session, ideal if you’re not sure if it’s for you!Watch a short DVD, chat with the Instructor about important issues and safety while diving, jump in the pool for some fun skills and then it’s off to the ocean for a dive under the supervision of your Instructor

Open Water Courses

Learn to scuba dive with PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Lessons. Classes are offered year-round with many options to meet your schedule. PADI eLearning options are also available as well as private and semi-private classes. Even if you have taken an introductory scuba course (such as at a resort), the best opportunities in diving await those who are fully certified. Your PADI Certification will be recognized worldwide.

Who Can Learn?

    • The minimum age for diving is 10, with additional restrictions placed on those under 12 years of age.
    • Students 14 and younger will earn their Junior Open Water Certification.
    • A Swimming requirement of a 200-yard swim (or 300-yard swim with mask, fins, and snorkel) and 10-minute tread or float.
    • Medical Conditions-Each dive student will fill out a brief medical questionnaire before beginning the course. The purpose of this questionnaire is to determine if a physician should examine you prior to participating in recreational diving training.

PADI Scuba Certification

Your PADI Open Water lessons is divided into three sections:

    • Knowledge Development (home study, classroom and/or online) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
    • Confined Water Dives (pool sessions) to learn basic scuba skills
    • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore

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What Equipment Is Required?

Most of what you need for the pool dives is provided (wetsuits, tanks, regulators, BCD`s, etc.). We want our new students to learn on equipment that is comfortable and easy to use.

Advanced Open Water

After completing your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably realized there’s a lot more to diving than getting your certification. Open Water certification is just the beginning of learning how to dive. The PADI Advanced Open Water course fine-tunes your skills and introduces you to some of the other aspects of diving. With no classroom time, most of the learning you do will be hands on and the dives can be completed in two days.

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What Is Involved?

You will undertake a total of five ‘Adventure dives’ over two or three days, each one targeting a unique set of skills. Before each dive, your instructor will do a brief review of what you`ve learned in the book and about the dive site.

  • Self-study-When you sign up for the course, we`ll assist you in choosing the adventure dives you`ll be doing. You`ll read five chapters out of the Advanced Open Water textbook correlating to those adventures dives. You`ll also complete 5 knowledge reviews on these chapters.
  • Adventure Dives

There two required dives for this course are:

  • Underwater Navigation-practice using your compass and performing swim patterns to get your bearings underwater.
  • Deep Dive-expand your open water depth limits to 100 feet by diving to 60 feet (dive to 100 feet is optional).

Three other dives will be chosen from 15 different options, based on the dive site. Some of the adventure dives we have done for this course are:

  • Peak Performance Bouyancy-work on perfecting your buoyancy through a variety of skills such as hovering, swimming through hoops, etc
  • Night-learn the techniques used in night diving, practice diving with a dive light, and experience the night life of fish!
  • Search & Recovery-this underwater treasure hunt will allow you to use search patterns, line reels, and lift bags to bring items up off the bottom.
  • Wreck-explore the many mysterious wrecks in our region or some of the ones we`ve sunk on purpose just for you.
  • Deep-Open up the full realm of diving by learning to dive to 30m and the essential skills involved.
  • Underwater Photography-fine tune your photography skills and learn how to produce fantastic underwater photos.
  • Plus many more

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Rescue Diver

A diver comes to the surface, in a state of panic. Do you know what to do? A diver comes to you for help. His buddy is missing. What do you do? In the Rescue course, you will learn how to respond and how to prevent this sort of mishap. Some of the techniques you will learn in the PADI Rescue Diver course are:

  • Self-rescue
  • Recognising and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment (AED and oxygen delivery systems)
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • Missing diver procedures
  • In-water rescue breathing
  • Dive first aid
  • Surfacing the unconscious diver
  • Underwater emergency management

These are just some of what will be covered in this demanding and comprehensive course. You`ll be amazed at how much you will benefit from becoming a Rescue Diver!

Self-Study-A textbook and video are included in this course. Required reading, video, and knowledge reviews must be completed before each class.

  • Classroom-Classroom usually consists of four sessions which the instructor will review homework, discuss rescue techniques, and demonstrate procedures to practice.
  • Rescue Dives-Four dives are required for completion of this course. In-water and out-of-water techniques will be reviewed and demonstrated under the supervision and guidance of your instructor. You will put into practice all that you have learned in the classroom and will also respond to diving emergency scenarios.

Emergency First Response

Many divers take the PADI Emergency First Response course (EFR) to prepare for Rescue Diver or Divemaster. However divers and non-divers alike will find this course to be rewarding and beneficial in every day life.It is designed to build rescuer confidence in providing care when faced with a medical emergency. Not only does it meet CPR and First Aid requirements for PADI`s courses, it also meets international guidelines.Some of the topics covered:

  • Scene assessment
  • Universal precautions and barrier management
  • Rescue breathing
  • Basic Life Support CPR
  • Bleeding and shock management
  • Spinal injury management
  • Basic first aid and first aid kit recommendations
  • Splinting and bandaging techniques
  • Choking response
  • AED use
  • Oxygen administration

Through a combination of independent study and skill practice with an instructor you’ll build the confidence and skills to provide basic emergency care.

Master Scuba Diver

Reach the highest level of non-professional training in the PADI system of diver education. This rating puts you in a class of distinction and it means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.Prerequisites

  • Rescue or Junior Rescue Diver
  • Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses
  • Minimum of 50 logged dives

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Divemaster

Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with PADI instructors, you expand your dive knowledge and master your skills to the professional level. This course develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.Just a few of the opportunities that will open to you as a Divemaster are:

  • Assist a PADI instructor during any PADI Diver course.
  • Supervise training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives.
  • Conduct a Scuba Review course.
  • Assist in Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, or Specialty Dives.
  • Continue your training to become a PADI instructor.

What Is Involved?

The Divemaster course will prepare and teach you dive leadership skills through classroom and independent study sessions. You will complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water, training exercises to test your organisational and problem solving abilities, and finally an internship or series of practical training exercises.

What Equipment Is Required?

We recommend you own all your own scuba equipment, not only for your convenience, but for the familiarity with your gear that will make you a better diver.

When and Where? 

The Divemaster course is designed to be completed at your own pace and within your schedule. You may complete the course within a few months or it may take as long as a year, depending on your commitment.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they`re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems.The AWARE-Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can enroll in this course.

What’s involved?

Through classroom discussions, you learn:

  • How coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef.
  • Why coral reefs are so important.
  • Why many coral reefs are in dire trouble?
  • What you can do to prevent further decline.
  • How Project AWARE unites divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference

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Deep

Some of the greatest sights underwater lay in the deep. Open a different world of diving by earning your Deep Diver certification. With this course, your depth limits will be expanded to 30 meters.Your Deep Diver instructor will guide you in 4 deep dives and show you the techniques and considerations taken when diving deep.There is no classroom with this course. You will go over knowledge reviews, discuss the content of your student materials, and preview and debrief before and after each dive at the dive site.

  • Deep Dives-Under the supervision of your instructor, you will perform skills at depth in a series of four open water dives

Digital Underwater Photographer

Shooting digital photos and videos underwater enters a completely different world of photography. This course will provide you with practical techniques to improve and hone your skills as an underwater photographer. Your experienced instructor with many years of underwater photography under his belt, will be able to answer questions, troubleshoot, and critique your underwater photos. You will learn:

  • Choosing and using digital underwater cameras
  • Shooting great photos quickly
  • Primary principles and composition tips for getting great shots
  • Editing your digital pictures and videos
  • Buoyancy control for photography

Drift

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying-except that you`re underwater. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you`ll:

  • Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment-floats, lines and reels.
  • Get an overview of aquatic currents-causes and effects.
  • Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.
  • Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.

Equipment Specialist

The more you know about how your dive gear works, the more comfortable you are with it, the more you can care for it, and the better it will perform. As an Equipment Specialist, you will be prepared for basic equipment maintenance, care and adjustments.

  • Routine, recommended maintenance procedures to prolong equipment life and reduce need for professional service.
  • Transporting and storing equipment to reduce the risk of damage.
  • Overcoming common problems with equipment and emergency repairs to save a dive.
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations.
  • Introduction to the latest developments in equipment technology.

No dives or pool sessions required, minimal self-study, and one classroom session, there is not a lot of time commitment required for this course.

Night Diver

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal marine life emerges. Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

  • Light handling and communication techniques.
  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. Glide effortlessly, using less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. The Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.
During the dives, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine the exact weight you need, so you`re not too light or too heavy.
  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you`re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.
  • Hover effortlessly in any position-vertical or horizontal

Search and Recovery

A very practical and fun course, the Search and Recovery course enhances your navigational skills and gives you valuable diving experience. You will learn how to plan and conduct safe search and recovery dives, establish appropriate search patterns, work through problems posed by limited visibility, and practice methods for recovering lost or sunken objects. This course is not only fun but will greatly improve your diving abilities.

  • Search and Recovery Dives-Under the supervision of your instructor, you will perform skills at depth in a series of four open water dives

Wreck

Divers will tell you there`s nothing like your first sight of an old shipwreck, full of mystery and history at the bottom of the ocean. Completing the Wreck Diver specialty, you`ll get to experience that feeling diving shipwrecks. With minimal classroom sessions, most of this course will be spent diving to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for safe and fun wreck diving. You will learn:

  • Wreck diving techniques and hazards
  • Wreck diving equipment considerations
  • Planning and organizing wreck dives
  • Wreck entry techniques

Wreck Dives-Under the supervision of your instructor, you will perform skills underwater in a series of four wreck dives. You will be required to map out a wreck, tie and run a dive reel into a wreck, practice wreck entry and exit skills plus more.

 

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