This guide will help you to determine which level most intrigues you and what is required of you as a student.
Instruction video, confined water instruction and one reef dive to a maximum depth of 40 ft/12m
Time commitment: 3.5 hours
Certification: Long term certification NOT awarded but able to dive under the supervision of an instructor for 10 days to a maximum depth of 40ft/12m
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Instruction videos, Course Theory, confined water instruction, two reef dives to a maximum depth of 40ft/12m
Time commitment: 2 days
Certification: Passport Diver
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Instruction videos, confined water instruction, course reading and theory sessions, one final exam, four reef dives for open water testing.
Time commitment: 4 days minimum
Certification: Open Water Diver recognized world-wide
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Four open water reef dives with instructor and skill completion. Course and confined water requirements completed with host dive shop. Paperwork from host instructor required.
Time commitment: 2 half days
Certification: Open Water Certification
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Mandatory theory and open water dives with an instructor.
Time commitment: 3 half days
Certification: Adventure Diver
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Specialty Courses offered by both SSI and PADI are a great way to improve your diving skills and continue your diver education. As your skills improve, your appreciation for and understanding of the sport of scuba diving will be enhanced during each underwater experience you have. Each organization offers specialty courses that highlight a dive skill and provides an in-depth theory and diving experience that will help your understanding and dive ability. You can consider night/limited visibility diving, wreck diving, underwater photography, drift diving, enriched air nitrox, boat diving and much more.
Time commitment: Depends on specialty
Certification: Depends on specialty
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Theory and Video, Final Exam, 2 reef dives and 10 surface exercises with an instructor
Time commitment: 4 days
Certification: Stress and Rescue Diver
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Required reading materials, sixty dives logged to obtain certification, Instructor Assistant duties.
Time commitment: 6 weeks
Certification: Dive Control Specialist with Professional Dive accreditation
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