Never dived before?
You are now on Diveprice.com which shows you are interested in diving, but you have no idea what to do as you have no idea what you are looking for. This page will help you discover diving and figure out which initial PADI scuba diving certification to start your diving adventure on Diveprice.com.
You have several options if you have never dived before:
Programs: These programs will not make you certified to dive again. But you can complete thsee programs as many times as you like and carry over the credit to completing an entire course such as Open Water Diver Course or Scuba Diver Course.
Bubble Makers Program –This program allows kids over 8 years old to use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim in shallow water of at the most 2 meters with a dive guide. Click here to find a Bubble maker program in your dream destination.
Seal Team – is a chance for kids above 8 years old to learn basic scuba skills like breathing underwater, mask clearing and swimming around. Credits from this program can be carried over to Open Water Course. Click here to find a Seal team program in your dream destination.
Intro Dive or Discover Scuba Diving – In only 2-3 hours you can learn the very basics and complete a Discover Scuba program or an Intro dive with a PADI instructor at a registered diving center or resort. The best part about these programs and dives is that they are cheap, short and a great way to try out whether diving is for you or not. It entails a brief theory lesson, a completion of a few skills in shallow water then a dive. The credits from this course can be carried onto experience towards your Open Water Certification. Click here to find a Discovers scuba diving program in your dream destination.
Beginners Courses: These courses below are with you for a life time. With a PADI course you can move up and improve your diving certification, go on guided dives and see the underwater world!
Scuba Diver – If you are on short time you can complete the scuba diver course and use the credits from this certification to get your Open Water Scuba Diver Course. If you want to go primarily with a guide, up to 12 meters and participate in supervised dive activities then Scuba Diver course if for you. But completion of Open Water Dive course is mandatory if you want to improve you diving skills. To enroll in this course you must be over 10 years old. Click here to find Scuba Diver course in your dream destination.
Open Water Diver Course (OWD) – The OWD Course is PADI´s entry level scuba certification course and is recognized everywhere in the world! Average time of completion is 3-5 days. The OWD Course consists of knowledge development (this part can be done online to save time at the dive shop. click here to check out PADI Elearning), a confided water dive to learn basic skills and an open water dive to use your skills. Click here to find an Open water diver course in your dream destination.
Improve your skills
From the Open Water Diver course you can expand your diving certification to get more exploration, more excitement and more experience.
Scuba Refresher – Haven’t dived in a while? No worries. As your PADI certification is with you for a life time there is no need to redo the courses. Instead when you’re feeling rough on the rules take the Scuba Refresher program. The average time length for this program is one day. The program consists of reacquainting you with diving and going over your skills so that you are back to feeling confident under water. Click here to find a Scuba Refresher program in your dream destination.
Adventure Diver – Adventure Diver gives you the chance to try out specialty dives you may be interested in or something you want to work on. In this course you will do the first dive of 3 types of specialties, improve your skills and find out what is your favorite type of dive. Adventure Diver may be credited towards the first dive of any corresponding PADI specialty (below on page).After this course you can complete Deep Diver and Underwater Navigation Diver courses to complete your Advance Open Water Diver. Click here to find an Adventure Diver course in your dream destination.
Advance Open Water Diver (AOWD) – This is the course of courses after your Open Water Diver certification. The course takes three to four days and is designed to advance your diving knowledge. During this course you will try many adventure dives of your choosing but navigation and deep must be included. Click here to find an Advance Open Water Diver course in your dream destination.
Rescue Diver- This course prepares divers for a variety of emergencies to be a more comfortable and safe diver, for themselves and others. In this course you will learn how to self-rescue, deal with stressed divers, emergency management, emergency equipment and rescuing unresponsive divers. This course is usually offered together with Emergency First Response course (see below).This course can be taken after your AOWD course. Click here to find a Rescue Diver course in your dream destination.
Emergency First Response- This course prepares you for medical emergencies and follows the international guidelines for emergency care. This course is required for any professional diving courses. This course is usually taken with the Rescue Diver course. Click here to find an Emergency First Response course in your dream destination.
Now onto Specialties! With specialties you can choose to improve your skills on particular dives. Prerequisites of certification (OWD or AOWD) vary depending on the specialty.
There are many specialties available. So far on Diveprice.com we list Underwater Navigator, Wreck, Deep and Enriched Air Nitrox as they are the most popular specialties.
Deep Diver-After the Deep Diver course you will be able to dive to depths up to 40 meters or 130 feet. The minimum requirement is an Adventure Diver or AOWD certification. You will learn how to use deep diving equipment, manage your gas supply, deep dive planning and buoyancy control at great depths. This course takes an average of 2 to 3 days. Click here to find a Deep Diver course in your dream destination.
Underwater Navigator- After this course you will be able to estimate your distance underwater, compass navigate while making at least five turns, mark or relocate an object or location and underwater map marking . The minimum requirement is an Adventure Diver or AOWD certification.This course takes 2 to 3 days. Click here to find an Underwater Navigator course in your dream destination.
Wreck Diver- During this course you will complete four wreck dives aiming to teach you safety considerations, wreck mapping, use of penetration lines and reels to guide and techniques to avoid kicking up or damaging the wrecks and its inhabitants. This course requires a minimum certification of Adventure Diver or AOWD. The average length to complete this course is 2 to 3 days. Click here to find a Wreck Diver course in your dream destination.
Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver – This is the most popular specialty scuba course as enriched air nitrox is higher in oxygen and lower in nitrogen resulting in no more decompression time, meaning you can stay down longer and get back into the water sooner. You can do this course straight from your OWD certification. The course typically takes 2 to 3 days. Click here to find a Nitrox (Enriched Air) Diver course in your dream destination.
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Dive Master- This course is the first step into the professional level of diving. Diver master courses teach you the skills of dive leadership. You will complete exercises to make you a problem solver and teach you how to help others improve their scuba. This course qualifies you to supervise dives and assist instructors with students. You must have 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 to complete. This course can take minimum 2 to 3 weeks to complete. You must have a Rescue Diver certification or higher to complete the Dive Master course. Click here to find a Dive Master course in your dream destination.
Assistant Instructor- This course is taken after the Dive Master course. The Assistant Instructor course gives you the ability to work as a dive instructor – teaching people the art of scuba diving. For this course you must have logged 100 dives and usually takes 5 to 7 days. Click here to find an Assistant Instructor course in your dream destination.