Learning to Scuba Dive in Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu Hawaii
Would you like to know a little more about what is involved in going on your first scuba dive? Read on.
A big part of what Island Divers does is taking people on their first scuba dive. There is more than one option for these introductory dives. Our most popular program is a day long experience that introduces people to the basics of scuba diving with a morning confined water session followed by a two tank afternoon dive from one of our dive boats.
A PADI instructor is always with you each step of the way. Each ocean dive is with your instructor the entire time, and they remain responsible for your safety while you follow the basic diving rules that you will learn. Dives will last 35-45 minutes depending on your air consumption and are up to, but not more than, 40ft deep.
Dive Shop Choices
When comparing dive operators, you might want to ask what size tank you’ll be using – an 80 cuft tank is normal size (we use these), but some operators use the smaller 63 foot tank. While the shorter tanks are excellent for children and small women, they tend to cut the dive a little short for full sized divers. This program is called Discover Scuba Diving, and while it does not certify you to dive on your own, it can be credited towards Open Water Certification should you decide to spend another two days and get scuba certified. We offer a $100 discount to those that decide to pursue the full scuba diving certification course. The Discover Scuba Diving program is open to anyone 12 years of age or older with in good health.
Island Divers Hawaii also has an introduction to diving program that does not include a pool session prior to the dives. In this case the divers are introduced to the skills on the boat and practice the necessary skills in the ocean one at a time with the instructor immediately before the dive. This program leaves less time for skill development before the dives and is generally recommended only if you have previously participated in a Discover Scuba Diving program, or possibly if you are very comfortable in the ocean environment. It does have the advantage of only taking a half day however leaving the boat dock at 9am and returning from the dive trip around 1 pm.
If you already know that you want to get scuba certified, then you might just want to go for the PADI Open Water certification. On the first day you will spend the day reviewing the academic work that you completed independently, either by book or online, as well as learn to dive in a swimming pool at the Hickam location. On the second and third days you will do your check out dives from the boat in the afternoon and get to experience all the cool marine life that Hawaii has to offer. You will almost certainly see a green sea turtle, our logo critter. Hundreds of reef fish and coral species are common. You have a chance to see eels, eagle rays, octopus, dolphins and even the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.
Another option for getting certified on Oahu is taking your classroom and pool work at a local dive shop and then spend two afternoons diving with us on Oahu doing referral, or check out, dives. This two day referral package is just the right amount of Waikiki diving for some while they are on vacation, and you get to leave with your scuba certification! Dive Honolulu for your next adventure vacation!
For any kind of scuba diving training, such as Discover Scuba Diving or a scuba certification course, the student will first need to be medically cleared. If the student is able to answer “No” to all questions on the form, then they will not be required to have a physicians’ signature for diving. A “Yes” answer on this form means that the student should take the entire packet to a physician for a medical approval to engage in scuba diving activities. Please review this medical questionnaire in time to get the required clearance if necessary. To save time, we advise that you print it, fill it out and bring it with you prior to your dive.