Since PADI is the most used certification agent in the world we'll only look  into the courses they offer. There are numerous other certification agents available with similar and/or other programs, but for our convenience we'll just look into the official Padi courses.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Why Discover Scuba Diving?
Perhaps you have always wanted to try diving, but didn't want to commit to a course in case you didn't like it - well, now is your chance to try it out.
Experience the thrill of breathing underwater and the incredible sensation of weightlessness!
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI Professional in pool or pool-like conditions.
 During your adventure, you'll master some basic concepts and scuba skills and might even head off to experience an open water adventure.
What do I need to start?
Minimum age: 10
A completed and signed Discover Scuba Diving brochure
What will I do?
When you participate in a Discover Scuba Diving program, you discover excitement and adventure
- freedom and serenity. Nothing compares to the "weightless" exhilaration of breathing underwater.
Only a diver knows the feeling!
How long will it take?
Get ready to dive today.
Whether you watch the short PADI Discover Scuba video, or are briefed with the Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart,
you'll enter the water quickly and ready for your scuba adventure.
What will I need?
A sense of adventure
Discover Scuba Diving brochure
Where can I go from here?
As soon as you Discover Scuba Diving, you're on your way to an internationally recognized certification.
That's because you may learn skills used in the PADI Open Water Diver course during your Discover Scuba Diving adventure.
 If you and your instructor elect to practice these skills, they may be credited toward the PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certifications.
Stop by your PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information on the PADI Open Water Diver program.

 

PADI Scuba Diver
Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming vacation, but don't have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now there's a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time.
Why PADI Scuba Diver?
The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.
As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a Scuba Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Scuba Diver program available.
Minimum age: 10
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you'll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing pool dives, knowledge development sessions and by making two open water (ocean or lake) dives.
How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you.
What will I need?
PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
PADI Open Water Video or DVD
Log Book
Where can I go from here?
After completing the Scuba Diver program, you'll want to continue your dive education and the PADI Open Water Diver certification to explore more dive opportunities. To get started on your adventure, go by your PADI Dive Center or Resort and ask about the PADI Open Water programs today!

 

PADI Open Water Diver course
Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.
Why PADI Open Water?
As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.
What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate in the PADI Open Water Diver Program, then the PADI Jr Open Water Diver program is available to you. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.
A PADI Jr Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 and 11 years may only dive with a PADI Professional, a certified parent or certified guardian to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
What will I do?
Throughout the course, you'll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.
How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you.
What will I need?
PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
PADI Open Water Video or DVD
Log Book
Where can I go from here?
Continue the adventure with PADI's Adventures in diving program, you next step in exploring the underwater world. Stop by your PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information on the PADI Adventures In Diving program.


PADI Adventure Diver
The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Why PADI Adventure Diver?
Have you always wanted to try underwater photography? How about wreck diving? Here's your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more comfortable in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy diving more than ever.
What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old (10 for PADI Junior Adventure Diver)
What will I do?
This certification includes three of the following Adventure Dives:
Adventure Dives available to divers 10 years old and older:
AWARE-Fish Identification
Underwater Naturalist
Boat Diver
Underwater Navigator
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Underwater Photography
Additional Adventure Dives available to divers 12 years old and older:
Altitude Diver
Multilevel Diver
Deep Diver
Night Diver
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Search and Recovery Diver
Drift Diver
Underwater Videography
Dry Suit Diver
Wreck Diver.
How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: nine
Maximum Open Water Training: three dives over one day
What will I need?
Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak
Adventures in Diving Video
Log Book
Where can I go from here?
After your PADI Adventure Diver certification you can take the next step by completing two more adventure dives. If you've completed five total adventure dives that include deep and navigation, you're an PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
PADI Adventure Dives can also count towards PADI Specialty Diver certifications. If you liked your Night Adventure Dive so much that you wanted to take a complete PADI Night Diver Specialty course, your Night Adventure Dive can count as the first dive of that specialty.
Stop by your PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information on the PADI Adventures In Diving and Specialty programs.


PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Why Advanced Open Water Diver?
After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.
What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
What will I do?
This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the Deep Adventure Dive, the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive and three of the following:
Altitude Diver
Boat Diver
Drift Diver
Deep Diver
Dry Suit Diver
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Multilevel Diver
Night Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery Diver
Underwater Naturalist
Underwater Videographer
Underwater Photographer
Underwater Navigator
AWARE Fish Identification
Wreck Diver
How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: 15
Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days
What will I need?
Adventures in Diving Crew-Pak
Adventures in Diving Video
Log Book
Where can I go from here?
PADI Advanced Open Water Divers at least 15 years of age can enroll in PADI Wreck or Deep Diver Specialty courses and continue on to the PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver course.
PADI Adventure Dives can also credit towards the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver certifications. Stop by your PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information on the PADI Adventures In Diving program.

 

Emergency First Response
The Emergency First Response program trains you in both Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid), and meets an important prerequisite for the Rescue Diver program.
While learning about accident management, you'll apply the skills learned in this program to the unique needs of diving.
Upon completion, you'll be a qualified first-responder whether an accident occurs in or out of the water.

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) Course Content
Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies.
 The course focuses on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure participants have the confidence in their ability to provide care when emergency situations arise. Primary Care (CPR) skills taught in this course:
 Scene Safety Assessment Universal Precautions - Communicable Disease Protection, including barrier use Primary Assessment Rescue BreathingCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Conscious and Unconscious Obstructed Airway Management Serious Bleeding ManagementShock Management Spinal Injury Management
Recommended Skills
   o Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
   o Emergency Oxygen Use Orientation.

Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid) Course Content
Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening. Participants focus on secondary assessment and first aid through knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice.
Secondary Skills taught in this course:
   o Injury Assessment
   o Illness Assessment
   o Bandaging
   o Splinting for Dislocations and Fractures
Includes Reference Section on the following topics:
Allergic Reactions, Bruises, Burns, Chemical Burns, CPR (adult, child, infant) Choking (adult and infant), Cone Shell Stings, Coral, Jellyfish and Hydroid Stings, Cuts, Dental Injuries, Diabetic Problems, Dislocations and Fractures, Electrical Injuries, Eye Injuries, First Aid Kit Assembly, Fish Spine Injury, Frostbite, Heat Exhaustion, Heatstroke, Heart Attack, Hypothermia, Illness Assessment, Injury Assessment, Insect Stings, Octopus Bites, Poisoning, Rescue Breathing (adult, child, infant) Scrapes, Seizures, Snake Bites, Spider Bites, Sprains and Strains, Stroke, Temperature Related Injuries, Venomous Bites and Stings, and Illness Assessment Record Sheet.

Emergency First Response Care for Children Course
The Emergency First Response Care for Children course is an innovative CPR, AED and First Aid training course that teaches participants how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. Participants learn about the types of medical emergencies that children face, and how they differ from adult conditions. The curriculum also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations with children, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventing common injuries and illnesses in children.
Emergency First Response Care for Children course trains the lay rescuer to follow the same priorities of care used by medical professionals. The student masters the priorities and the procedures of patient care for infants and children in a non-stressful learning environment, which reduces the performance anxieties that interfere with learning and enhances confidence when rendering aid in a real medical emergency.
The course includes both primary care (CPR) and secondary care (first aid) skills. The primary care portion of the course prepares the rescuer to render aid to an infant or child with a life-threatening emergency such as choking or cardiac arrest. Secondary care focuses on developing secondary patient care skills and building the rescuer's confidence to render first aid to an infant or child in need when emergency medical services are either delayed or unavailable. The Care for Children course content is based on guidelines from the Pediatric Working Group of ILCOR.
Care for Children Primary Care Course Content:
Scene Safety Assessment Universal Precautions-Communicable Disease Protection & Barrier Use Primary Assessment Obstructed Airway Management (child and infant) Rescue Breathing (child and infant) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (child and infant) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use Serious Bleeding Shock Management Spinal Injury Management.
Care for Children Secondary Care Course Content:
   o Injury Assessment
   o Bandaging
   o Illness Assessment.


PADI Rescue Diver
Why PADI Rescue Diver?
The PADI Rescue Diver will expand your knowledge and experience beyond purely recreational level because you'll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.
What do I need to start?
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months
What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:
Self-rescue and diver stress
dive first aid
emergency management and equipment
swimming and non-swimming assists
panicked diver response
underwater problems
missing diver procedures
surfacing the unconscious diver
inwater artificial respiration
egress (exits)
first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
dive accident scenarios
How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: 25
Minimum Open Water Training: five sessions over two days
What will I need?
PADI Rescue Diver Crew-Pak
PADI Rescue Diver video
Where can I go from here?
The PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all Professional level PADI courses, beginning with the PADI Divemaster certification. Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in a PADI Rescue Diver course and prepare yourself for what lies ahead.

Specialty Programs
How far will you take this diving thing? It's up to you. With PADI Specialty Diver Programs you can chart your course for a colorful collection of awesome dives. Sure, your PADI certification opens up the oceans and lakes to you, but the PADI Specialty Dives take the underwater adventure to depths that will stir your soul. Achieving PADI Specialty ratings can take anywhere from as little as one day to a full weekend -but this is all hands-on, so you'll be diving right from the start.
Below are the numerous specialty certifications. Get five specialty ratings and you're on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver.


PADI Master Scuba Diver

What is the PADI Master Scuba Diver Certification?
This certification denotes that you've reached the highest recreational diver level in the PADI System of diver education. PADI Master Scuba Diver indicates you have a significant amount of training and experience in a variety of dive environments.
What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
50 logged dives
Five PADI Specialty course certifications
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for Junior Master Scuba Diver)
Where can I go from here?
The PADI Master Scuba Diver certification is the highest recreational level in the PADI system of diver education. But, you don't have to stop there! You can continue on to become a PADI Professional. As a Master Scuba Diver you'll be well qualified to begin your training as a PADI Divemaster.
Stop in at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for details about your PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.

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