Whether you are 10 years old,or retired and looking for a new past time the Open Water course is the starting point for the Underwater adventure! All you need is a few days of reading the PADI open water book and watching the video..
PADI has a variey of entry level courses to suit every type of "could be diver"
Some people prefer to do a Discover Scuba which is a quick introductory into the Underwater world, it includes some essential theory, and a pool session where you learn how to clear your mask, remove replace your regulator & equalization techniques. Those first breathes are always the best!
After the pool you can opt to do an Open Water Dive which can be credited towards your Open Water Certification.
For Parents of children who are 8 or 9 they can organise a PADI Bubblemaker course.
This is for children to learn in a playful surrounding how to breathe under water on scuba and maximum depth is 6 ft in a swimming pool. Usually a good option is to have a Bubblemakers party, each participant will receive a bubblemaker package, decal etc and it is conducted by a PADI instructor. Children that show an apptidude and desire to do more may enrol for..
PADI SEAL TEAM
Child can be as young as 8, and all the skills and Aqua-missions are done in a swimming pool setting. There are 5 aqua missions to complete then the student becomes a PADI seal with a card and wall certificate, when they complete 10 Aqua-missions they become a Master Seal.
Learning about the Aquatic world can be lots of fun here is Montana at the Aquarium of the Pacific looking at Shark purses.
PADI SEAL having fun in the pool...
The Aqua missions include basic skills such a clearing a mask, regulator recovery and clearing, equalization to night dives and underwater photography all in a confined pool setting! Your child will get a head start into the Underwater world and when they turn 10 can start there journey as a Junior Open Water Student Diver!
JUNIOR OPEN WATER
Confined pool training as seen above is fun and safe.
A student can be 10 to 14 to obtain the Junior rating of Open Water, they do the same as the Open Water students, only they cannot dive below 40 feet and must dive with a dive professional or guardian 18 or older. When I teach Junior students who are 10 or 11 I can only have a maximum of 2 in this age group.
Above Junior Scuba students make their way to the beach for their first dive!
When they get to be 15 they can upgrade their C-Cards to regular Open Water Cards.
OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER
As Open Water Students you will be required to do book study and answer questions at the end of each chapter of the Open Water book,as well as a test on the knowledge learned, you will learn about the Aquatic environment and how it impacts the diver and how the diver impacts the environment! There are fun pool sessions known as confined water, this consists of 5 modules, closely relating to the chapters of the Open Water book. Then it is time for the Open Water dives. You must make 4 dives to complete your course and also fill out your log book documenting your dives; you can opt to use a dive computer and/or use the E-RDP. The possibilities are endless once you have taken this giant stride to get your Open Water license, The Ocean is ready for you to explore, I always recommend the Advanced Open Water course soon after the Open Water so you can learn such skills as Navigation and what it feels like to dive at 100 feet, to give you the confidence and extra time with your instructor.
here a junior scuba diver student learns how to read the compass.
Open Water includes 2 days of diving, sometimes we dive at Shaws Cove and sometimes the student requests a day at Catalina Island. What ever the choice of location you learn as quickly as you are able to. No pressure to perform the skills if you do not feel comfortable. Our job is for you to enjoy the enviroment and feel relaxed and safe.