Steps to Get a Scuba Diving Certificate:
1 - Theory
As with any type of certification, theory comes first. During the first few days of your diving course, your instructor will take you through the basic principles of scuba diving. You will learn about what you need to keep in mind while planning a dive, how to choose to kind of scuba gear you will need, the signals that you need to use to communicate underwater, and other diving procedures. You'll watch a few instructional videos as well, before plunging into a pool or another pool-like environment for some practice dives. Once your course is done, you'll have to take a final exam to ensure that you have a proper understanding of scuba diving basics.
2 - Confined Dives
Along with your theory, you'll also have to get used to the sensation of diving. You'll take part in a few practice dives either in a swimming pool, or is some other confined water body, similar to a pool environment. During these dives, you'll start to get comfortable with your gear and with staying underwater. You'll also get a chance to learn to set up your gear, get rid of any water in your mask, regulate your buoyancy, navigate underwater, and get in and out of the water easily. Most importantly, you'll also learn about essential safety procedures.
3 - Open Water Dives
Once your instructor is sure you're comfortable underwater, you'll be given the opportunity to indulge in a few open water dives. You will take on four dives in two days under the guidance of your instructor.
4 - Advanced Open Water Dives
As an open water diver, you can dive up to a depth of 18 metres, and enjoy some amazing marine life. However, with the depth limitation, you may miss out on some incredible wrecks, or seeing some other underwater creatures that live deeper under the sea. You can choose to take an Advanced Open Water Course, and take your diving to the next level - literally!
To be eligible for certification, your instructor will test you to see if you meet certain performance criteria. You will be assessed based on:
- A 200 metres/yards swim or a 300 metres/yard swim with mask, fins and a snorkel. There is no time limit for this, and you can choose your stroke.
- Your ability to float in water for 10 minutes using any method you prefer.
With the help of certain adaptive techniques, even individuals with severe physical challenges can meet these requirements and participate in diving. It is not uncommon for people with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges to earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Ask your dive professional for more details.
Standard Scuba Diving Equipment
Before you head underwater, make sure you have all your gear with you. Here's our list of diving equipment required:
- Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
- Weight System
- Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG)
- Dive Computer
- Dive Watch
- Scuba Tank