The beginning level of certification is called Open Water certification. You can get that certification from many different organizations; Island Divers is associated with and has instructors certified from PADI. Once certified, you are certified for life and able to rent dive gear, book dive charters, and just go diving with a buddy anywhere in the world.While getting certified, you’ll learn about the many continuing education opportunities in diving, especially Advanced Open Water, but Open Water is where you start. The great thing about learning to dive in Hawaii is the great experiences you’ll have during the four open water check out dives that you do during the class. It is really hard to get through a scuba diving course on Oahu without seeing a green sea turtle, loads of fish, eels, and all kinds of coral. Right from the beginning, you are going to fall in love with it.
Each class is broken up into three major parts:
- Academic study – the basic of academic study are completed on your own time, either by using traditional books and videos, or completing the training online directly with PADI.
- Confined water training – this means learning to dive in calm water. A pool is the best environment to be introduced to the skills of diving. Island Diver uses a pool for all confined water training; it is simply more convenient for the client and provides a better training experience.
- Open Water dives – these can be completed either from the shore or from a dive boat. We prefer boat dives and they are included in all our major programs.
Two Choices for Open Water Certification
Three Day Open Water – this program is most suitable for island visitors and those with irregular schedule. One day of academics and pool, and two days of boat diving. There is no minimum participation for this course and you can chose any three days, they do not have to be consecutive. All equipment is included. Required student material is available at a discount during the course.
*PADI is the largest and most recognized diving certification agency in the world. Another benefit is that they maintain your diving certification in an online database accessible by every PADI Dive Center around the world, so if you ever forget your certification card at home, you can still go diving with a PADI Dive Center. Other diving certification agencies include NAUI, SSI, SDI, IDEA, and others. Island Divers recognizes these agencies certification for participation in their diving programs, but we only teach and issue PADI certifications.
**A third option: get you confined water and academic work done at home before you come on vacation through a local PADI dive shop. Tell them when you sign up that you want to do your check out dives when you are staying in Waikiki. Book your check out dives with us and then all you need to do on Oahu is go scuba diving with us!
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