All dive courses combine classroom-based study with practical, in-the-water training which is held either in a swimming pool or the open sea.
This one day course is basically aimed at getting non-divers who have never considered putting their head under the water and taking a look around a chance to do so. The morning is taken up with a short class on diving and safety, followed by some confined water work, after lunch participants will enjoy two short, fully supervised, shallow water sea dives. No PADI certification is provided after completing this course.
The ‘Scuba Diver’ course can be viewed either as a preparatory course for anyone wishing to take an Open Water Course within the following 12 months or as an extended This course is a more extended introductory dive experience. This course is offered either as a very busy one day course or a gentler two day course. The course consists of classroom based theory sessions, confined water dives and two open water dives.
Having completed the course you will receive a ‘Scuba Diver’ certification card. This allows you to dive under the supervision of a PADI instructor. You can also upgrade, to the Open Water Course by taking a supplementary course within 12 months of receiving ‘Scuba Diver’ certification.
This is the most popular course, the reason being that having successfully completed it you have a license that will allow you to dive, to no more than 18 metres, virtually anywhere in the world. However, it is important to remember that this is still an entry level course. Three or four days intensive study can’t make you a skilled diver.
The course an be studied part time over the course of several weeks – however it is always condensed into three or four days training for those taking the course away from home. Five theory sessions are combined with a day in confined water practising the skills you have learnt, four open water dives, a review session and final exam. It’s fun, but you’ll be kept busy and have a lot of information to absorb.
Another two day course that is designed to help certified Open Water Divers improve their practical underwater skills. It consists of five specialty dives each of which is accompanied by a short theoretical session. Depending on the dive school, either two or three of the dives are mandatory, the others elective. The mandatory dives are usually a deep dive and underwater navigation. Elective dives can include: a night dive, boat dive, drift dive, wreck dive, peak performance buoyancy, multi-level dive, search and rescue dive etc.
Having gained experience diving it’s well worth taking this one day course that will furnish you with the skills required to provide First-Aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) properly. Choking management, control of bleeding, shock management and the primary circle of care are amongst the areas of first aid you will learn about. As the skills taught on this course relate to first aid in general, no diving skills are required. Therefore, this makes a good supplementary course for any independent traveller or outdoor enthusiast.
A two day course focusing on giving you training in managing dive-accidents and assisting divers in trouble. Academic sessions and open water training are used to teach you how to anticipate dangerous situations and solve problems when they do occur. Participants must hold the Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, must have completed a course in CPR, such as the Emergency First Response, and should have completed a minimum of 20 logged dives showing experience in deep diving, night diving and underwater navigation. There is a final exam on this course.
This is where it really starts for anyone considering a career in diving. The Dive Master certification can be taught as lengthy course lasting approximately two weeks. However, for divers who are serious about taking this first step to becoming an Instructor picking up the skills via a two or three month internship at dive schools are more common and more popular. All applicants for Dive Master must have Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver certification plus proof of first aid and CPR training. They should also have completed a minimum of 20 dives at the start of the course, although 60 logged dives are required before Dive Master certification can be granted. Your training covers everything from learning how to guide new divers, maintaining equipment and running a dive shop to assisting the Instructors.
Having gained your Dive Master qualification, the next step is a 7-10day course that prepares you for life as an Instructor. It includes a lot of classroom based work designed to ensure that you know how to pass on your skills to students in a safe, effective manner coupled with open water sessions.