Learning to scuba dive with PADI is an incredible adventure! With PADI as your training organization, your path to breathing underwater is accomplished in three exciting phases:
1. Knowledge Development - Learn the lingo.
During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. You briefly review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you're getting it.
At the end of the course, you'll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down. You and your Instructor will review anything that you don't quite get until it's clear.
Select the knowledge development option you prefer:
This is what it's all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you'll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You'll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you've made continue learning during four open water dives with your Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives around Stoney Cove.
The first course in diving is the PADI Open Water Diver, this is the first course for all PADI divers. Then you will be a fully qualified diver! It is comprised of 2-3 theory sessions in a classroom. 4-5 pool sessions and 2 days in open water.
The Open Water Course come in three options:
The Scheduled full course (including open water dives) The scheduled course starts from the first Tuesday evening of the month, and are set dates that continue through the chosen month. You will also have your theory on the two of the months Saturdays.
The Bespoke full course (including open water dives) Bespoke means that subject to our availability, you can start whenever you like, and work with us to pick dates that work around you, a good choice if you have odd work hours.
Our Referral PADI Open Water Diver course is that same course but not including the open water dives, this is the selection for most people who wish to finish their course abroad.
The PADI courses we offer can be very flexible depending on our availability. We can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.
Your instructor's interest is in your learning to scuba dive, not in how long you sit in a class. So, training is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver who dives regularly.
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. We will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment performs a different function so that collectively, it adapts you to the underwater world.
When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you want your own
These have a personal fit, and we will help you choose ones that have the fit and features best suited to you. Included in the cost of your PADI Open Water Diver course, we will provide a:
Check with us to confirm sizing available for your course package. It's recommended that you invest in your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:
The kind of gear you will need depends on the conditions where you dive. You may want:
Easy. There is no best gear. But, there is the best gear for you. Our shop staff are fully trained and experienced with nearly all the dive gear out there. They are here to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. We can get you set with the right stuff, plus they provide service and support for years of enjoyable and dependable use.
You can dive practically anywhere there's water – from a swimming pool to the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers and springs. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:
For example, if you've just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably won't be diving under the Antarctic ice on your next dive. But, don't limit your thinking to the warm, clear water you see in travel magazines. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.
Your local dive site can be anything from a special pool built just for divers like one found in Brussels, Belgium, or more typically natural sites like Belize's Great Blue Hole, Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Japan's Yonaguni Monument. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It's not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.
The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the scuba diving training and experience appropriate for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. GALAXSEA DIVERS can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person's individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate.
DAN has information available online if you wish to do some research.
Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing gloves and an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.
Contact us for information about exposure protection needed for any of your diving.
When you're lucky, you'll get to see a shark. Meaning you get bragging rights against other divers!
Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare. Most commonly shark encounters primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger eractic feeding behavior. Sharks main food source is fish and if they can get a free feed they will.
Most of the time, if you see a shark it's passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.
Some myths, about sharks, that you have heard may be dispelled by checking out Australian Geographic.
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres unless you are a Junior Scuba Diver then it is 12 metres. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 12 metres/40 feet where the water's warmer and the colors are brighter.
That's not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you'll learn in your PADI Open Water course.
People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.
We keep classes small so that we can give you more time to get comfortable with the amazing world of diving.