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Padi "Scuba Diver" upgrade to "Open Water Diver"

The Padi Scuba Diver course is a subset of the full Open Water course.
Beacuse of the restrictions this qualification places on divers, most holders of this card wish to upgrade to full Open Water as soon as possible.

We are professional dive educators. Auston has been teaching for over 25 years and Terry, our lead Instructor, has over 2,000 registered students with Padi.

  • Removes your 40ft (12 m) depth restriction.
  • Removes the requirement to always dive with a Divemaster / Instructor.
  • No extras. We even include your certification fee.
  • 2 half days required when you are on island.
  • Small training groups only (Private Course is available).
  • Places are always limited. Please plan ahead and book your course well in advance.

Course Content

  • Academics.
  • Pool Session.
  • 2 boat dives in a single day.
  • We have an information sheet available. Please ask us.

More Detail

Academics - You complete the academics portion that you have not already done. This consists of Knowledge Reviews 4 and 5, Quiz 4 and the final exam. You will need to study your Open Water Manual for this. (Manual not included in course pricing as you should already have one.)

Pool Session - You complete the Confined Water dives 4 and 5 to practice some new skills.

Open Water - You complete Open Water dives 3 and 4, demonstrating your new skillset.

Open Water Dives - 2 ocean dives from our boat in 1 day. We usually start around 8.15am and finish by 2pm. Dive time is limited by your air consumption. The average student dives for around 35 to 45 mins on each dive. You spend a small part of each dive demonstrating your mastery of the new skills you learned in the pool.

Dive Tables - We teach the course using a dive computer. We can also use dive tables if you wish.

Padi Basic Scuba Diver

Prior to 1987 there was a Padi qualification called "Basic Scuba Diver", not to be confused with the current "Scuba Diver" qualification. - If you still hold one of these and wish to upgrade then please contact us.

What you need to know

  • Padi Scuba Diver card required.
  • You need to be able to swim 200 yds (mtrs).
  • You need to be able to float unaided for 5 minutes.
  • You will need your original Padi logbook. If this is unavailable you will need to purchase a new one.
  • This course is meant to provide an upgrade for an active diver. We presume that all the original skills you learned are still current. If this is not the case and you have experienced very little diving since your "Scuba Diver" qualification, then you will be advised to take the full "Open Water" course.

Performance Based Learning

Timing- The course moves at your pace. At Open Water we practice the easy skills first before moving on to more complex ones. If you need more time than what we allow, then extra time will be made available for you (at an additional cost). Not every student completes the Open Water sections of the course in 2 dives.

Standards - We do not expect perfection from a new diver. However we do expect you to be able to complete each skill safely (most skills are safety related). We use words like "Comfortable", "Repeatable", "Maintaining Bouyancy" to describe what we expect from you.

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