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Choosing Right Diving Course

For someone who has never done a diving course can seem complicated. Nothing is more true than reality, it is quite simple if we know the classification used to progress in recreational diving. In this guide I intend to make it clear what each course is and how to choose the right one depending on your purpose.

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Difference between courses and experiences

The first thing is to differentiate between experiences or adventures and what a course really is . There are several activities that can be done inside the recreational diving and that do not imply a certification. These types of events allow someone without experience to have a first contact with the underwater world. In this way, you can make the decision to start your training or simply have a good resource.

Recommended experience for those who have never dived

Maybe the best known experience and the one that most people have done. It is an event designed for those people who have never dived. No previous experience is necessary. Here the person makes a first contact with the underwater world.

For this the Instructors, perform a theoretical session and then a practical session. A safety depth is used and the participant learns basic concepts such as emptying the water from a mask and recovering and purging the regulator (the equipment that supplies us with the air we breathe). In addition, you will know what it feels like to be suspended in the water and breathe next to the fish.

Dura about 3 hours. The person should only bring a swimsuit, flip-flops and towels. It is necessary to know how to swim and be in good health. Depending on where you do it, there may be age limitations.

This activity can be done in a swimming pool or at sea. It is much more attractive to do it in the sea, where you will enjoy watching the marine life. Remember that we are invading its environment. It is important not to disturb the marine life and to avoid any contact so as not to disturb its environment.

What course should I take to become a diver?

OPEN WATER DIVER: Your first diving title

If you have already had your first underwater experience and you have decided to become a diver, the next thing to do is to choose how to start depending on where you want to go. If you want to dedicate yourself to diving as a way of making a living , go to the section “Work as a diver”.

If what you want is to have a title to have fun diving anywhere in the world, then you should take an initial level course, commonly called Open Water Diver o 1 star diver, depending on the certifying house (there are several such as PADI, FEDAS, SSI, CMAS, among others). We work with PADI.

There is a first certification called PADI Scuba Diver. It allows you to dive up to 12 meters always accompanied by a Diving Instructor . It is about half of the Open Water Diver course, but you will always depend on having an Instructor with you (and this means higher dive costs). So we always recommend jumping directly. Some people prefer to do the PADI Scuba Diver because of the confidence it gives them to be accompanied by a professional.

With the PADI Open Water Diver qualification you will be able to dive to 18 meters depth . In addition, this qualification is valid anywhere in the world for equipment rental and diving.

Diving training

Combine your training and save money

Once you are an Open Water Diver, you will be curious about types of diving that require specific knowledge. The next qualification you can get is the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver o una ediving specialty .

If you plan to reach the maximum recreational diving , it is a good idea to do the specialties together. Most centers offer specialty packages that make you save on costs. For example, in Portosub you can do 5 diving specialties and get the Advanced Open Water Diver course , which costs 300€.

With the Advanced Diver certification you can go down to 30 meters of depth and it gives you access to do the Rescue Diver course.

Diving Specialties you have a great variety to choose from depending on the type of dives you want to experience. Deep Diving extends your limits up to 40 meters deep. You can become a specialist in search and recovery, buoyancy, underwater navigation, dry suit, night diving, wreck diving, current diving and a few more.

The most common in Galicia are Deep Diving, Nitrox, Dry Suit, Underwater Navigation and Wrecks. Although this will be adapted to the type of diving you want to do in the future.

Rescue Diver

Diver assistance training course

With the title of Advanced Open Water Diver you can do the Rescue Diver Course. This course enables you to self-rescue and to help other divers in distress. It is by far the most rewarding of all the recreational diving courses you can take.

First aid experience is necessary. If you don’t have it, you can do it at the same time as the rescue course. This course is required for the Master Scuba Diver qualification and for Divemaster or dive guide.

Master Scuba Diver

Maximum Recreational Diving Distinction

Master Scuba Diver accreditation gives you the status of a prepared diver. But to obtain it, you need training and practice. Among the requirements for this qualification are:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
  • PADI Rescue Diver.
  • A minimum of five PADI specialty courses
  • A minimum of 50 dives recorded in the logbook

Work as a diver

Diving Instructor, Diving Guide and other branches

When wanting to work as a diver, there are different branches, of which I summarize the main ones:

Diving Guide or Divemaster: it is a recreational qualification that allows you to guide other divers and serve as an assistant to an Instructor. There is also the figure of Assistant Instructor that allows you to give some training always supported by an Instructor.

Recreational Diving Instructor : can provide recreational diving training and certify through a company the aptitude of the diver.

Professional diver: is an intermediate level vocational qualification called “Technician in Medium Depth Diving” and allows you to perform the following professional activities:

  • Make safe intervention dives and manage/maintain simple hyperbaric equipment and facilities.
  • Perform elementary underwater cutting and welding work with basic conventional methods.
  • Perform underwater work of hydraulic and explosive works.
  • Perform underwater repair work afloat and refloating.
  • Perform administration, management and marketing in a small company or workshop.



Become a Diving Instructor from scratch

Would you like to become an instructor?

To be an instructor, you must be a Divemaster and have been a diver for more than 6 months. You will have to take a course called IDC or Instructor Development Course. This course consists of a first stage that makes you an Assistant Instructor, and if you continue, a second stage that makes you a PADI Dive Instructor.

Let’s go to the necessary courses (in addition, you will need to have registered 40 dives before starting the course):

  • Padi Open Water Diver
  • Padi Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Emergency First Response

The Advanced course can be taken after the Open Water course. Then you will have to take the Rescue course, which you can combine with the first aid course. To become certified as an Instructor it is necessary to have made at least 100 dives.

Do you have any other questions? write to buceo@portosub.es and I will be happy to answer you.

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