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Over the past 40 years the “Professional Association of Diving Instructors” (PADI) has grown into the biggest world-wide diver instruction and training organisation with members all over the world.
PADI, the biggest association offering diver training was established in 1966 as the national association of the USA. Their basic principles were so successful that today PADI’s international standard has 70% of the market, consisting of more than 2500 clubs and diving schools, situated all around the world. Now PADI certificates are accepted by all diving clubs and diving federations, where ever they are in the world.
The success of the PADI association is based on stringent instructing and training standards that must be maintained by all members of the PADI. This system is a result of the experiences of a huge number of professional divers, who have developed their skills over many years, gaining experience and passing it on to others. The training flows from basic skills to advanced techniques, from theoretical knowledge to practical diving. The aim of the clubs and schools that work with the PADI standard is to make diving not only available, interesting and fun but also the safest form of underwater activity. An important element of PADI is also availability, customers can participate in programmes of various difficulty, PADI clubs offer courses for everybody, for beginners as well as the more skilled diver.
If you chose to take one of the following courses offered by our club, then you will be able to evaluate the two main principles of PADI — availability and safety.
Bubblemaker (8 yrs+) – 45 €
This course is a great way to introduce children to scuba diving in a pool in less than six feet of water. Youngsters can join in the family fun of scuba diving or even start a trend! Children should be comfortable in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers. With youngsters in mind, the maximum depth is only 2 metres/ 6 feet.
Discover Scuba Diving – 65 €
If you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving then this is the course for you! With no experience necessary you can enter the magical underwater world where you will feel weightless and see all the exciting life the ocean has to offer.
Discover Scuba Diving is a 4 hour program for beginners from 10 years of age upwards. You start with a short, easy to understand theory session, then move into shallow, confined water where you will learn the simple skills necessary for you to enjoy your first dive. All of this is conducted by an experienced PADI professional. This is your chance to breathe underwater in a safe and fun environment. Once you have mastered the necessary skills you may have the opportunity to dive in open water to a maximum depth of 12 meters. Enjoyed your discover scuba diving experience then move onto the next level and have the skills you have learned credited towards your certification course.
PADI Scuba Diver – 240 €
Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification.
OWD (Open Water Diver) – 390 €
This course is very popular among divers all over the world. The OWD is the first step to a professional qualification. Basically, if you pass this level you can say that you are a diver. As an Open Water Diver you get the necessary knowledge and skills and international certificate that opens the doors of diving-clubs in every corner of the world. This certificate gives you the right to purchase and rent diving equipment, but above all it allows you to dive without the assistance of scuba instructor into depths up to 18 meters.
It’s a four day course, consisting of theoretical and practical training after which you will have to take an exam, however these four days will be spent with experienced and attentive scuba instructors in our club’s friendly atmosphere. Besides that, the majority of training sessions take place in a fabulous underwater world rather than a boring classroom. We bet that it will be the most interesting and exciting course that you have ever taken and at the end of it you will receive a pass to the world of the oceans and seas, a pass to join the world of the diver.
PADI Advanced OWD (PADI Advanced Open water Diver) – 280 €
A course for those who have already achieved the OWD certificate but who want to continue their education and improve their skills. To achieve the “Advanced Open Water Diver” qualification you will experience 5 different types of dive of which the deep water and navigation dives are obligatory. For your remaining 3 dives you may choose such diverse activities as night diving, underwater video and photography, underwater hunting, wreck diving and many more. After the course you will be able to dive not only during the day but also at night as well as dive to sunken wrecks and objects and explore underwater caves. In addition you will be certified to dive to 30 meters which will add a whole new dimension to your underwater exploration!
EFR (Emergency First Response) – 140 €
This first aid course is necessary before moving on to the next step, the Rescue Diver course. This course is not specifically for divers, it’s more a first aid / first medical assistance course, where the scuba diver receives information on how to perform artificial respiration, heart massage and how to apply a splint and bandage. In general terms the scuba diver learns how to help a casualty and what to do if further medical assistance is required.
RD (PADI Rescue Diver) – 390 €
Before becoming a Dive Master you must take this course. The Rescue Diver course is a further development of the scuba diver’s skills. All of the courses leading up to the Rescue Diver course educate divers in how to manage the body in an unfamiliar environment and how to behave and act in various situations that emerge underwater. The Rescue diver course is designed to train the diver to help other divers as well as themselves when in such situations. The scuba diver who already has an advanced certificate will become familiar with the specifics of unusual situations, techniques to help prevent those situations from occurring in the first place and finally with different techniques to help rescue others, if all else fails. As well as some advanced theoretical sessions, divers who want to receive the Rescue Diver qualification will also have to pass some specific training including simulations of extreme underwater incidents. After the course divers are qualified to carry out rescue work.
DM (Dive Master) – 615 €
The course required to qualify you as a scuba instructor. If you want to pass over your knowledge and skills and to organise diving for others, you will have to think about getting the DM degree. In order to get the DM you have to take not only the Advanced OWD course, but also two specialised courses, which are: MFA – Medic First Aid and RD – Rescue Diver course.
The Dive Master course is based mainly on theory and organisational skills for leading group diving. The DM course requires energy, feedback and diligence. After getting the DM degree you will be able to assist other scuba instructors in any diving club, so diving will become not only a pleasure but also a way of earning some money! When you receive all of the required experience you can apply for IDC – Instructor Development Course. Besides the qualification you will earn something that you cannot buy – respect…
Speciality Diver Courses – from 105 € to 210 €
Finally, just in case if you are interested in a specific types of diving, our club offers you an opportunity to gain skills in one of the various courses termed SD or Speciality Diver courses. We offer courses covering the following specialist fields:
Video and Photography