The PADI Open Water Course is your first step into Scuba Diving and certifies you to dive anywhere in the world together with a diving buddy to a maximum depth of 18 meters. The course takes between 3 ½ to 4 days to complete and we generally start courses every day with small group sizes (average of 2 to 4 students).
The course includes 5 confined water dives where you learn the basic scuba diving skills, 4 open water dives where you demonstrate that you can perform those skills yourself, watching 5 videos, self study of the student manual and some homework which we call knowledge reviews. There are also 4 quizzes (multiple-choice) to be completed to test your knowledge, so we are able to give you additional information and prepare you for the final exam (50 questions, multiple-choice). Most of the dives are conducted of the beach, since you have to learn how to dive first. But on the last day. B&J takes you out by boat for your final two dives. You will visit a dive location in the vicinity of Coral Island, famous for its marine life and beauty and will dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters. On this day also lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The duration of the training day will depend on your preference. The day starts usually at 09.00am, you watch some videos, do some theory, go twice into the water for training and are finished between 4pm and 6pm with a good hour lunch break in between. On your own leisure time you can complete the self study (“homework”) in the manual.
Since PADI requires every student to have his/her personal student manual and dive table, the packages offered include the PADI Open Water course, PADI Open Water Student Manual, dive equipment rental and certification (if mastery is achieved).
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course (AOW) certifies you to dive to a depth of 30meters and is the required certification level in many dive destinations. The AOW course includes 5 dives, of which the Underwater Navigation and the Deep Dive are compulsory. The other 3 dives are your choice. However, it is highly recommend that you decide for the Night Dive and the Peak Perform Buoyancy dives. Most divers choose the Wreck Dive, Fish Identification or the Underwater Naturalist as their 5th dive. There will be no final exam; the only homework you have to do is to read the appropriate sections in the AOW Student Manual, and to write down the answers of the Knowledge Reviews of each chapter.
If you choose these dives including the night dive, the duration of the course would only be 2 days. If you don't want to include the night dive the duration would be 2 1/2 days. Complying with PADI standards, the PADI AOW course is offered together with the AOW student manual, dive equipment and certification.
Once certified, you will be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and therefore qualified to dive together with a buddy or in a guided group down to a depth of 30 meters - anywhere in the world!