Dive in and learn to scuba with PADI this summer

PADI Diving Photo With 90,000km of coastline, rich marine life and diverse corals, the Mediterranean Sea is a world class destination for divers. The region is a diver’s paradise and beneath the warm turquoise waters a wealth of hidden treasures are waiting to be found, from ancient shipwrecks to subtropical wildlife, colourful reef scape, excellent marine parks and diverse ecosystems.

There really is something here for everyone with year-round diving opportunities and a vast choice of destinations that divers of all skill levels can enjoy in the Mediterranean.

If you haven’t yet discovered the underwater world but you’re thinking about becoming a diver, as summer approaches it’s the perfect time to dive in and learn to scuba. The weather is generally better, the waters are warmer and the seas calmer. These conditions are ideal to get scuba certified.

But how do you get started? PADI® is the world’s largest and most popular diver organisation and, in this edition, we dive in with them to discover everything you need to know about scuba diving lessons, PADI certification, and answers to frequently asked questions about learning to scuba dive.

The first step is to book your PADI Open Water Diver Course with a verified PADI Dive Centre. In doing so, you can be assured you’re receiving top training from qualified dive professionals. They will guide you as you begin this exciting journey underwater.

PADI Diving Photo

 PADI’s Scuba Certification: Everything You Need to Know

What is a Scuba Diving Certification?

If you’re fascinated by the underwater world and the amazing creatures who live there, a scuba diving certification is your passport to extraordinary experiences that support healthy oceans. A scuba diving license identifies you as an underwater explorer and ambassador for the ocean.

PADI Diving Photo

The Open Water Course

PADI’s Open Water Diver course® is the world’s most popular and widely-recognised scuba diving certification. You can become a certified diver in as little as four days, or over the course of a year. Once certified you can:

  • Scuba dive with a partner (without supervision)
  • Rent or purchase scuba diving gear
  • Book excursions with dive boats and resorts
  • Get air fills at local dive shops
  • Call yourself a certified diver!

A scuba certification course is much more than just learning how to explore the underwater world safely (but that’s definitely covered). It’s a great way to reconnect with the natural world.

By the time you finish your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll understand our ocean planet in a new way.

PADI Diving Photo

PADI Diving Photo

What’s in the PADI Open Water Course?

Phase 1: Knowledge Development

You must be at least 10 years old, able to swim, and in good physical health to enroll in a scuba diving course. In some countries, you may be required to attend a medical with a physician (your PADI Dive Centre will advise you if this is the case). If you meet these qualifications, the first thing you’ll do is learn scuba diving fundamentals during phase one, ‘Knowledge Development’.

During knowledge development, you’ll learn all about scuba equipment, familiarise yourself with scuba terminology, and watch videos of diving skills. It is self-study, so you control the time it takes for you to comfortably go through the material. Most people pace themselves and complete their knowledge development over a few weeks, but it can be completed in a matter of days.

The most popular choice for knowledge development is PADI eLearning®, an independent study option where you read, watch videos, and take quizzes using your computer or mobile device. Complete your scuba studies whenever, wherever it’s convenient. On average, the programme requires eight hours to complete.

At the end of knowledge development, you’ll take a final exam to ensure you have a thorough understanding of scuba diving essentials. Your PADI Instructor will answer any questions you may have along the way.

PADI Diving Photo

PADI Diving Photo

Phase 2: Confined Water Dives

During phase 2, you’ll take your first breath underwater in a calm environment such as a swimming pool or tranquil lagoon (known as “confined water”). You’ll practice basic diving skills such as clearing water from your mask, ascending and descending. Your instructor will demonstrate and review the skills with you until you’re comfortable performing them on your own. When you feel ready, you’ll move on to the final phase, open water diving!

Phase 3: Open Water Dives

You’ll learn to dive by diving to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet. The open water course includes four open water dives in total, usually done over two days. With your instructor by your side, you’ll practice the skills you learned in confined water, and explore the underwater world.

Most student divers complete their dives close to home, in the ocean, or other body of water. You can also complete your four “check out dives” on a tropical holiday; ask your PADI Instructor about an Open Water referral which allows you to take the knowledge development and confined water sessions in one place and your ocean dives in another!

After completing four open water dives and all course requirements, you become a certified diver – a title that will last a lifetime. Now you are free to explore the other two-thirds of our ocean planet!  As a PADI certified Open Water Diver, you’ll have access to many exciting PADI courses that help you reach your diving goals—whether they be exploration, ocean conservation, underwater photography, wreck diving, or your other favorite interest areas.

How Much Does a Scuba Certification Cost?

Scuba lessons cost about as much as a full day of surfing lessons, three hours of private golf lessons, or one amazing night out! Learning to scuba dive is a great value because you earn a certification that’s good for life.

If you see an advertised price that’s drastically lower than all the others, ask what it includes. Some dive shops include everything for one price, while others charge separately for in-water training, online course tuition, scuba equipment, etc. If you already own a mask, snorkel and/or fins, bring them to your instructor before your first pool session. Some snorkeling masks and fins are inadequate for scuba diving.

Tips from the PADI Pros:

  • Fitting an Open Water Diver course into a short holiday can be a lot of pressure. If a relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace learning environment is important to you, choose online learning and start your in-water training at a local dive shop. It will prevent you from feeling time-pressured during your trip.
  • If trying something new in a large group makes you uncomfortable, consider a private or semi-private class.
  • Not sure if scuba diving is for you? Ask your local dive shop about a Discover Scuba® Diving You’ll get to try on scuba gear and test your comfort level in a pool or other calm, shallow water environment with a PADI Dive Pro.

To get started on your PADI Open Water Diver Course contact your local  PADI Dive Centre

For more information about PADI visit www.padi.com

There are currently 206 PADI Dive Centres in Spain, 9 PADI Dive Centres in Palma,  31 PADI Dive Centres in the Balearics and hundreds located throughout the Mediterranean.

About PADI

PADI® (Professional Association of Diving Instructors®) is the world’s largest and most popular diver organisation with a global network of 6,600 dive centres and resorts and more than 128,000 professional members worldwide. Issuing more than 29 million certifications to date, PADI enables people around the world to seek adventure and save the ocean through underwater education, life-changing experiences and travel. For over 50 years, PADI is undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, maintaining its high standards for dive training, safety and customer service, monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. With a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation, PADI is leading the way for millions of people to actively explore, steward and protect the ocean through its course offerings and partnerships with like-minded, mission-driven organisations. PADI embodies a global commitment to ocean health with its mission to create a billion torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM  www.padi.com


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