PADI Scuba Diver

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The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. Ideal for those with limited time but a strong desire to become a diver, this certification is perfect if you plan to dive primarily with a dive guide. This course serves as an intermediate step towards the Open Water Diver certification if that is your ultimate goal.

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet.
  • Obtain air refills, rent or purchase diving equipment, and participate in dive activities under appropriate supervision.
  • Continue your dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and enrolling in specific specialty courses.

To enroll in the PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver), you must be at least 10 years old, able to swim, and in good health. No prior diving experience is required, but you can try diving through the Discover Scuba® Diving program before the course.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main parts:

  • Knowledge Development: Independent study with eLearning or in the classroom to understand the basic principles of scuba diving, covering the first three of the five sections of the Open Water course.
  • Confined Water Dives: Learning basic scuba skills through the first three of the five pool sessions of the Open Water Diver course.
  • Open Water Dives: Applying your skills to explore the underwater world with two of the four open water dives from the Open Water Diver course.

You will learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, BCD, weight system, and a tank. All equipment will be provided by our center for the duration of the course.

  • Good health.
  • Good swimming skills.
  • No prior certification required, or Discover Scuba Diving PADI certification.

Upon completion of the course, you will receive the PADI Scuba Diver certification and an eRecord, which allows you to continue your training to become a PADI Open Water Diver at any dive center worldwide.

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