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Featured Author // September 11, 2018

What’s the Difference Between PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water?

Posted by Andrew Jenkins

 

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You may have heard your instructor or dive shop mention the PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) Diver course. You may have even thought about enrolling in the course. But are you still wondering how the AOW course differs from the PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) course, and what new things you will learn and experience? If so, keep reading.


The PADI Open Water Diver course: Learning to dive
What happens in the course?
You learn the fundamental skills needed for diving. During the course, you read, watch videos, take quizzes, and demonstrate mastery of basic scuba diving skills.


Parts of the course:
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 main portions: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives. You can choose one of three ways to complete your Open Water Diver Knowledge Development.

Why take the course?
The underwater world holds some of life’s most incredible experiences. We’ve listed 10 Reasons to Become a Scuba Diver, but essentially the OWD course will allow you to become a certified diver.

The Advanced Open Water Diver course: Go on dive adventures

What happens in the course?
The AOW Diver course is comprised of five different Adventure Dives. An Adventure Dive concentrates on a particular activity or skill within the realm of scuba – it is the first dive of a Specialty Diver course. There are 26 PADI Adventure Dives to choose from.

While you’re doing your AOW dives, you’ll be accompanied by a PADI Professional. They are there to answer questions and help you fine-tune your technique and learn new skills.

The dives in the AOW Diver course are very different from those in your OWD course. The Adventure Dives are similar to a regular dive, except that you focus on a particular diving specialty. The Deep Adventure Dive of the course involves diving deeper, between 18-30 metres / 60-100 feet. During the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive you practice navigation skills underwater while diving.

Parts of the course:
Of the five training dives you complete, the Deep Adventure Dive and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive are both mandatory. As for the other three dives, you get to choose what interests you the most. Students in the AOW Diver course have very little classroom time and no written exams.

Why take the course?
You’ll gain more experience diving while under the supervision of an instructor. It’s an opportunity to try a sampling of different specialties to see what interests you the most.

 

Source: https://www2.padi.com/blog/2015/08/11/whats-the-difference-between-padi-open-water-diver-and-advanced-open-water/

Featured Author // August 6, 2018

Why Scuba is the Ultimate Experience

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TUrtle Bay Scuba diver

 

There are countless ways to spend your free time, but only one gives you the opportunity to explore the world in ways no other activities can match. Here are a few reasons why scuba diving is the ultimate experience:

Weightlessness.
Many people dream of training to be an astronaut, but only an elite few actually experience weightlessness in outer space. Divers, on the other hand, can get weightless anywhere there’s water – floating above a reef, gliding through a wreck, or hovering mid-water like a genie.

There are countless ways to spend your free time, but only one gives you the opportunity to explore the world in ways no other activities can match. Here are a few reasons why scuba diving is the ultimate experience:

Weightlessness.
Many people dream of training to be an astronaut, but only an elite few actually experience weightlessness in outer space. Divers, on the other hand, can get weightless anywhere there’s water – floating above a reef, gliding through a wreck, or hovering mid-water like a genie.

 

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Scuba allows you to move in three dimensions.

With the exception of pilots and a few high-flying olympians, most people can only move side to side and back and forth, but scuba diving allows you to move up and down – even upside down. Moving in three dimensions is such an unusual experience, new divers have a hard time getting it right – floating up too quickly or crashing down hard. If you find yourself struggling, the PADI®Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialtycan help dial in your skills.

Anyone can dive regardless of gender, age or physical ability.
Scuba diving is a sport you can enjoy from age 8 to 88 and beyond. Children can try scuba gear in a pool at age eight and get PADI certified as young as ten. Learn more about scuba diving for kids.

PADI’s Adaptive Diving programs, and organizations like The Cody Unser First Step Foundation and Patriots for Disabled Divers help disabled individuals and veterans suffering from traumatic physical and mental injuries to experience the underwater world.

Scuba diving can be enjoyed year-round, almost anywhere in the world.
Some activities can only be enjoyed during a particular season, but scuba divers can enjoy their favorite activity anytime, just about anywhere there’s water. In locations where the local dive site may be frozen solid, divers grab a chainsaw and go diving anyway.

 

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Getting scuba certified makes our world a better place.
When you get a scuba certified with PADI, you support our Four Pillars of Change corporate social responsibility program. Together with PADI Members and our partner Project AWARE, we protect marine animals and work to improve the health of our oceans. In addition, PADI supports programs that help disabled individuals learn to scuba dive, and individuals who use scuba diving to make a positive impact in their community.
If scuba divers do not take an active role in preserving the aquatic realm, who will?” – John Cronin, PADI Co-Founder

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/02/26/scuba-ultimate-experience/

 

Featured Author // December 29, 2017

5 Reasons why the Discover Scuba Diving Experience makes the Perfect Gift

First published in PADI; written by guest blogger, Danielle Schofield

The holiday season is on its way, so it’s time to dust off the decorations and hunt for the ultimate gift to impress fussy friends, restless kids and the person who already has everything.

Enter the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. Covering basic scuba skills, dive gear, and offering a taste of what it’s like to breathe underwater, this introduction session is the perfect gift for budding adventurers. Not convinced? Here’s a few more reasons why:

 

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19 November, 2017 at 12:43 am

5 Reasons why the Discover Scuba Diving Experience makes the Perfect Gift

Posted by Guest Blogger

Written by guest blogger, Danielle Schofield
The holiday season is on its way, so it’s time to dust off the decorations and hunt for the ultimate gift to impress fussy friends, restless kids and the person who already has everything.
Enter the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. Covering basic scuba skills, dive gear, and offering a taste of what it’s like to breathe underwater, this introduction session is the perfect gift for budding adventurers. Not convinced? Here’s a few more reasons why:

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#1 – It’s the gift that keeps on giving
Although the Discover Scuba® Diving session must come to an end, for many, it’s the beginning of an eternal relationship with the ocean, and they’ll still be saying ‘thank you’ months, years or decades later. But, even if taking a scuba certification isn’t on the agenda, this taster experience will still create memories that last a lifetime — and that’s a gift that’s truly priceless.


#2 – It’s a family (and friends) affair
PADI Discover Scuba Diving is a great shared experience for pairs or small groups, and a unique way to bring family and friends together. Plus, kids will be so enthralled with bubble blowing and breathing underwater like a superhero, they’ll (maybe) stop squabbling over who got the best gift!

 

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#3 – The price is right

As a taster session, the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience costs less in comparison to a full scuba course. This makes festive budgeting a little easier — whether you’re shopping for stocking fillers for one, or an affordable group gift. Of course, if the person you’re buying for is already dreaming about their first scuba certification, why not get them an eLearning gift pass instead?

#4 – It will help fuel future gift ideas

Having a scuba diver on the gift list makes shopping just that little bit easier. Once someone’s hooked on the underwater world, there’s a plethora of gift ideas out there to suit every budget, taste and experience level. Whether it’s bits of new dive gear, books, or even clothing, you’ll never run out of ideas again.

#5 – It’s an enriching alternative

If you’re looking for a gift that will get the kids and teens up and about, out of the house, and away from the television or tablet, then look no further. The Discover Scuba Diving experience is active, educational, but most importantly, fun. They’ll never even realise they were learning new skills!

 

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And, here’s a bonus reason: because the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is, well, an experience — and not a tangible item — there’s no wrapping involved. Not only does that make life easier (who enjoys gift wrapping?), it’s much kinder to the planet, too!

So, if you’re ready to plan some super fun, sock-free festivities for your friends and family this year, get in touch with your local PADI Dive Shop to find out more about pricing and availability.

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