De PADI Scuba Diver-cursus is een subcursus van de PADI Open Water Diver-cursus. Als je weinig tijd hebt, maar je wil wel graag leren duiken, dan is de PADI Scuba Diver-cursus wellicht iets voor jou ̶ vooral als je denkt dat je voornamelijk met een duikgids gaat duiken. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that's your ultimate goal.
PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.

To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba® Diving program.

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The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (eLearning, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving - just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills - just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore - just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.

Beschikbare talen

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You learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you're diving in tropical, temperate or cold water. Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment you need and may suggest additional educational materials, such as the required logbook.

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Get started by registering for Open Water Diver eLearning which allows you to start the course whenever, wherever it’s convenient with direct access online. There are also other home study options available at Dive Shops like the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and online video package). Stop by your local PADI dive shop to enroll in the course, get your materials and start reading the book and watching the video. Your PADI Instructor will meet with you to schedule knowledge review sessions, confined water and open water dives.

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