PADI Open Water Diver
The most popular entry level scuba course in the world
Can be completed in 3 - 5 days depending on the commitment and aquatic ability of the student. You must be at least 10 years of age, complete a medical history statement and have a medica consultation if required. You must be able to swim a distance of 200 metres and maintain yourself in deep water for 10 minutes.
Water skill sessions: These are conducted in sheltered shallow water. Here you learn and practice all the essential skills you need to scuba dive safely. The are five segments to this training supported by DVD which can be watched in the classroom prior to each session.
Classroom: The more you self study - the less time you need to spend in the classroom. There are 5 segments to this each with a multi-choice test at the end. Supported by DVD and Instructor prescriptive teaching they cover the basic physics of diving, equipment, the environment, dive tables and safety considerations.
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Open Water Dives: After you have mastered the basic skills you will then demonstrate that you can apply these skills on actual dives. There are 4 dives. The first 2 to a maximum depth of 12m and the last 2 to a maximum depth of 18m. This will be your maximum depth until further training is completed (10/11 yr olds limited to 12m). During these dives you will be having fun as you learn and also discover the wonders of the Red Sea coral reefs.
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