Scuba Diver

Who Should Take this Course?
The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you - particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that’s your ultimate goal.
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, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba Diving program.

What you will learn?
The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

What scuba gear will you use?
In the PADI Scuba Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water. Your PADI Instructor will help you out on picking the proper equipment you will need during this course. Generally you will need your own "personal items", like mask, snorkel, boots, and fins. We provide the buoyancy control device, regulator, and submersible pressure gauge.

Scuba Diver Steps to Success

Knowledge Development
This is the first step after signing up and receiving your study materials. You will need to read the Open Water Diver Manual chapters 1, 2, and 3 After you have studied and complete the knowledge reviews for each chapter. You are now ready for the 1-2 hour classroom session, where will go over the the material you studied. The classroom is located in Northeast area of Pensacola.

Confined Pool
Now the fun starts, you will learn and practice your new SCUBA skills in a pool. You will have plenty of time to practice all the skills you will need to move on to the Open Water Session to get your PADI certification. Don't worry if you don't get all the skills the first time, we will have as many pool sessions you need at no additional cost.

Open Water Sessions
Just when you thought the pool was fun, now comes the most exciting part, Open Water! This is where you put all of your skills you learned in the pool to work on your way to get Open Water Diver certified. You will spend about 3 hours in the water under the close supervision of your PADI Instructor. Depending upon the option you selected you will see fresh water or salt water environments, each has their own unique qualities so the choice is yours.


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