PADI Discover Scuba Diving. It's a strictly shallow dive, starting in water "deep enough to stand up", after a thorough briefing on safety rules, techniques and equipment. We usually specify a maximum of 2 divers per PADI instructor. Your dive can then be credited towards an Open Water Diver course; please let us know if you are interested in this option.
PADI Open Water Diver. A full beginners diving course, taking about 4 days and involving theory sessions (DVD & personal teaching), shallow water training and 4 actual dives (at least 2 on a day trip with our big boat). On successful completion of the program you should understand all the basics of safe diving (including the need for further training if you intend to go on to more demanding diving!) and will receive your log book plus PADI certification; valid for life.
PADI Scuba Review. PADI recommends this "diving tune-up" after more than 6 months of no diving. It certainly is necessary after much longer periods or if you're feeling a little out of touch. We will go through your basic dive theory, check and refine your SCUBA skills and then do some fun diving with you too.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. The next level, featuring further training in underwater navigation and deep diving, plus 3 other specialized activities such as night diving, underwater naturalist (no, not naturist!), photography, multilevel diving or search and recovery. So you do 5 dives in total over 2 to 3 days. Any of the advanced dives can then be credited to the specialty course that might take your fancy.
PADI Rescue Diver. A more serious (but definitely still fun) level of diving education. Self rescue techniques, surface and underwater problems, emergency management, actual rescue scenarios and more are covered in theory lessons and a minimum of 5 in-water training sessions over at least 3 days. With this certification you should be able to better care for a dive buddy with problems, in addition to becoming more self-sufficient and confident as a diver yourself.
PADI Emergency First Response. A one-day, classroom based course on basic first aid, required before you start your Rescue Diver program, although proof of training (inc. CPR) with any recognized first aid organization within the past 2 years is also acceptable.
PADI Dive-master. The first level in the PADI professional program will teach you how to care for certified divers and assist in teaching situations. This should take a minimum of 4 weeks (including as many dives as it takes) as there's lots to do! In-depth (so to speak) theory, lots of in-water work but, more than anything else, learning how to help in the running of a dive center; from filling tanks and maintaining equipment, to caring for divers and students, to handling potential customers and dealing with paperwork. We are always interested in teaching these courses, as we try to use only dive-masters taught by ourselves as staff here.
PADI Specialty Training. What's Special in Diving for you? We've dived here for 15 years & have compiled a full photo directory of our local marine life, so join us for the Specialty U/W Naturalist course or the U/W Photographer course; we are experts. Have you ever dived with the extra bottom time that enriched air (Nitrox) allows you, or do you want to dive deeper, but with proper training first? Then we've got the Specialty Enriched Air or Deep Diver courses. Basically there's a program to meet most diver's special interests & we're usually happy to teach it;
Instructor Training and beyond. Your professional training doesn't have to stop at Dive-master; we can send you on to the excellent Dive Asia, in Phuket to complete your Instructor development course and further. Every candidate we have sent there has been completely impressed by all aspects of their IDC.
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