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  Scuba Certification is completed in 3 parts.
  1. Class,
  2. Pool Training, and
  3. Four Scuba Dives


1. "Class"  Knowledge Development - 5  Knowledge Review Modules

Read the Book and Watch the DVD.  There 5 Chapters or modules.

For the 5 modules of theory, you'll read the PADI Open Water Diver manual in conjunction with watching the PADI Open Water diver video and complete the five knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter.  After I have made sure you understand everything in the knowledge review questions, you'll be given a quiz of ten questions for that module. Again, don't worry I'll go over any questions that you don't understand. At the end of the 5th module and knowledge review you'll be given the PADI Open Water diver final exam. Just like the quizzes this is multiple choice and, again, just like the quizzes I'll go over anything you don't understand. Hopefully by then you'll pass with 100%. But all is not lost if not - as long as you score 75% or better you have passed!  And I'll go over any questions you've got wrong so you are completely happy and understand them all.  If you score less than 75% we'll go over everything you missed and you may take the test again.


2. "Pool Training"  Confined Water Pool Skills
You must complete the following skills before the end of the course.

200m/yard continuous swim (or 400m snorkel swim)
10 minute swim/float
Prior to completing Open Water dive 1 you must practice and master the following skills in confined water dive 1
1 Equipment assembly and disassembly
Equipment donning and adjustment
BCD inflation and deflation at the surface
  - low pressure inflation
  - oral inflation
Regulator recovery
Regulator clearing (blast and purge methods)
Mask clear (partial)
Underwater swimming
Submersible pressure gauge use
Alternate air source use
Hand signal recognition
Ascent
Prior to completing Open Water dive 2 you must practice and
master the following skills in confined water dives 2 & 3.
2

 

3

Pre-dive safety check
Deep water entry
Snorkel clearing - blast method
Snorkel/regulator exchange
Descent
Surface swimming with scuba
Mask removal, replacement and clearing
No mask breathing
Disconnect low pressure inflator
Proper weighting
Air depletion exercise
Weight removal at the surface
Deep water exit - remove equipment
Fin pivot (both methods)
  - low pressure inflation
  - oral inflation
Neutral buoyancy swim
Cramp removal
Tired diver tow
Air depletion exercise/1 min alternate air source swim
Free flow regulator breathing
Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
Prior to completing Open Water dives 3 & 4 you must practice and master the following skills in confined water dives 4 & 5
4

5

Equipment assembly and disassembly
Equipment donning and adjustment
Proper hyperventilation
Headfirst surface dive
Skin dive ascent and snorkel clearing
No mask swim
Hovering
Scuba unit removal and replacement
  - underwater
  - surface
Weight removal and replacement
  - underwater
  - surface

3. "Check-Out Dives"  4 Open Water Scuba Dive - Skills

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For Open Water Dive 1 of the course a PADI instructor must lead the entire dive. For dives 2-4 however, a PADI Divemaster may lead the underwater exploration part. With adult student divers, dives 1 & 2 are completed to a maximum depth of 40 feet and dives 3 & 4 are to a maximum depth of 60 feet.

Open Water Dive - Dive Flexible Skills
These are the dive flexible skills that must be completed.  Surface skills may be completed on any dive, but underwater skills may only be completed on Open Water Dives 2,3 or 4.

Cramp removal
Tired diver tow
Surface swim with compass
Snorkel/regulator exchange
Remove/replace scuba
Remove/replace weights
Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) + (oral inflation on surface)
Underwater compass navigation

 

DIVE
1
Equipment preparation, donning and adjustment
Predive safety check
Entry
Buoyancy check/weight check
Controlled descent
Underwater exploration
Ascent
Exit
DIVE
2
Equipment preparation, donning and adjustment
Predive safety check
Entry and weight check
Descent
Buoyancy control (fin pivot - with low pressure inflation)
Mask clearing (both partial & full flood)
Alternate air source use (donor & receiver + oral inflation on surface)
Regulator recovery/clear
Underwater exploration
Ascent and exit
Weight removal at the surface
DIVE
3
 Equipment preparation, donning and adjustment
Predive safety check
Entry and weight check
Free Descent
Buoyancy control (fin pivot - with oral inflation)
Mask clearing (full flood)
Underwater exploration
Ascent and exit
DIVE
4
Equipment preparation, donning and adjustment
Predive safety check
Entry and weight check
Free Descent
Buoyancy control
Mask removal, replacement and clear
Underwater exploration
Ascent and exit
  Open Water Dive - Dive Flexible Skills
These are the dive flexible skills that must be completed.  Surface skills may be completed on any dive, but underwater skills may only be completed on Open Water Dives 2,3 or 4.

Cramp removal
Tired diver tow
Surface swim with compass
Snorkel/regulator exchange
Remove/replace scuba
Remove/replace weights
Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA) + (oral inflation on surface)
Underwater compass navigation

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