October 15, 2018

Open Water Diver

Open Water Diving at Alba

Learning to dive can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. There is nothing quite like the feeling of weightlessness as you explore a whole new world and observe a diverse range of marine life in their natural habitat. The Open Water Diver Course teaches you the skills and procedures required to dive safely. Depending on the certification agency it takes 3 or 4 days to complete and includes some theory, a pool session, and 4 or 5 open water dives. Once qualified, you can dive with a buddy anywhere in the world at a maximum depth of 18m or 20m, and as long as you keep active with your diving, the certification will not expire.

Scuba Diver

If you are a little short on time, or don’t feel confident to be able to dive without an instructor, you can do the scuba diver certification. This will qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 12m, but under the supervision of an instructor. The course involves theory and a pool session, and 2 open water dives. Once qualified, you can upgrade to an open water diver at any time by completing 2 additional dives with an instructor.

Alba diving prices

Which agency?
While most people have heard of PADI, it is one of over 100 different diving certification agencies that you can learn to dive with. No matter which agency you choose, your qualification will be valid around the world, and as you progress through your diving, you can take the next level of training with a different agency- they recognise each other’s equivalent qualifications. For example, if you did your PADI open water course, you could then do the SDI advanced adventure diver, then the Raid master rescue diver, and then the PADI divemaster.

The most popular diving agencies are members of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC). As such, their courses include a common set of diving skills and procedures, so you will learn essentially the same diving skills no matter which course you take. The real difference between each agency is their approach to diver training and the quality of materials they provide to help you to learn.


Raid Open Water 20

RAID is one of the newer diving agencies, and is arguably more progressive than longer-standing agencies such as PADI. The open water 20 course takes 4 days to complete, and uniquely consists of 5 open water dives. The main difference with Raid compared with most other agencies, is that you complete all the theory online before undertaking the practical training. This allows more time to get hands on with the equipment and focus on the diving. The training materials are very comprehensive and up to date, and the open water dives have a logical progression from one dive to the next. At the end of the course you will be certified to dive to 20m.

Course outline
• Pool session
• 5 open water dives

Schedule
Day 1- Equipment set-up and pool session
Day 2- Open water dives 1 and 2
Day 3- Open water dives 3 and 4
Day 4- Open water dive 5 (nitrox introduction dive)

Prerequisites:
In order to enrol on the course, you need to:
• Be 15 years old.
• Have no medical contraindications to diving, or a signed medical within the last 6 months.
• Be able to swim 200m and float for 10 minutes.

For more information about the RAID Open Water Course, please click here.

Children between 10-12 years old can do the junior open water course.

For more information about the RAID Junior Open Water Course, please click here.


PADI Open Water Course

PADI is probably the most recognised of all the diving agencies, as it has offered training since 1970. In spite of strong competition in recent years, it is still the largest diver training agency in the world. The open water course consists of some prescriptive theory, a pool session, and 4 open water dives. The course is normally conducted over 3 days, and will qualify you to dive to a maximum depth of 18m.

Prerequisites:
In order to enrol on the course, you need to:
• Be 18 years old, 15 with parental consent.
• Have no medical contraindications to diving, or a signed medical within the last 6 months.
• Be able to swim 200m and float for 10 minutes.

For more information about the PADI Open Water Couse, please click here.

Children between the age of 10-14 can do the Junior Open Water Course.

For more information about the PADI Junior Open Water Course, please click here.


SDI Open Water Course

SDI is the recreational arm of Technical Diving International (TDI), the largest technical diver training agency in the world. It has been around since 2001 and has been steadily growing since then. As with Raid, you can undertake the theory for the open water course online prior to undertaking any practical training. The open water course consists of 4 dives, and takes 3 days to complete. Upon qualification you will be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18m.

Prerequisites:
In order to enrol on the course, you need to:
• Be 18 years old, 15 with parental consent.
• Have no medical contraindications to diving, or a signed medical within the last 6 months.
• Be able to swim 200m and float for 10 minutes.

For more information about the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course, please click here. 

SDI also offers Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Course, for children aged between 10-14 years old.

For more information about the SDI Junior Open Water Scuba Diver Course, please click here. 

If you would like more information or have any questions about the Open Water Course at Villa Alba, please get in touch.