PADI - SCUBA DIVER COURSE
The PADI – Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you ̶ particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that’s your ultimate goal.
PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:
- Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
- Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
- Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.
The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving – just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills – just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course
- Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore – just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.
It takes only 2 days to complete. This certification is good for life and it will allow you to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 40 ft/12 meters under the supervision of a professional PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor.
What is the difference between the Scuba Diver and the Open Water certification?
The full Open Water Certification will allow you to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 60ft/18 m without the assistance of a PADI professional. The Scuba Diver Certification will allow you to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 40ft/12m and requires the assistance of a PADI professional.
For the PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior PADI – Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. A medical questionnaire has to be completed and might indicate a contraindication to check with your doctor.
No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
All of our PADI – Scuba Diver courses are private or semi private. We can start every day you want us to. Stop by at our dive shop to enroll in the course. Your PADI Instructor will schedule time with you to check your progress and make sure you understand important scuba diving information.
In the PADI – Scuba Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD) and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.