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PADI is the acronym for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. It is the certifier with which we work in Portosub and the most important worldwide. There are also others in Spain such as SSI (International Diving School) or CMAS (World Confederation of Underwater Activities) among others.
Each one has its own courses, most of them equivalent between one organization and another and their way of achieving objectives. Recreational diving professionals belong to one or even several of them, depending on the requirements of the area, their clients, etc.
At Portosub we focus every day on improving our services and making diving accessible to everyone. To do this we seek to bring diving to a level accessible to all and we fight for it from the beginning to the present day.
It is possible to dive in the sea without previous experience. It is what is called Discover Scuba Diving . An instructor will guide you through a theoretical part and then in the practical part make a dive. You will learn to use the basic diving equipment and carry out the activity safely . It can be done on the coast and in Ons. If you want more details, you can consult the information about diving baptisms in the Island of Ons. Our centre located in Portonovo carries out this type of activity every day. What are you waiting for to see the seabed up close? It’s closer than you think.
The difference between diving and snorkeling is that in the first one you don’t go with a bottle of compressed air in your back that allows you to breathe underwater. To do this, you need a series of skills to make it a safer activity. The PADI Open Water Diver consists of a theoretical section (which you can do online) and a series of practical exercises. You will practice situations that may occur underwater so that you learn to solve them naturally.
Once you have completed the theory and practice, you will obtain a certification of worldwide validity. You will be able to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 meters. The duration of this course is from 4 to 5 days, if you want more information about this course, consult our page about Open Water Diver.
The technical diving is developed in depths superior to the 40 meters, that are the limit of the recreational diving. For this type of dives, specific knowledge and mixtures of different gases in the air are necessary.
Professional diving is the sector of underwater activities with purposes other than recreational. Their most common jobs are inspections, welding, repairs and recovery of objects.
Technical Diving Courses
PADI as certifier has training in technical diving. However, in Portosub we have dedicated ourselves to recreational diving up to 40 meters. The great part of the dives that we offer are developed below 30 meters. On the other hand, the costs of each dive at great depths make it accessible to a very limited public.