PADI Scuba Diver Description
This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver Course, covering only the first three sections of knowledge development, the first three pool sessions, and the first two open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. The PADI Scuba Diver Course consists of three main phases conducted in 2 days.
PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:
- Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
- Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
- Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.
To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge Development in a classroom to understand basic principles of scuba diving – just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.
- Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills – just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course.
- Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore – just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.