If you’ve never tried diving before, then the best place to start is with a Discovery Scuba course. This will give you a really good insight into the world of diving, having lots fun experiencing the underwater world seeing wildlife and scenery.
Once hooked (we’re sure you will be!), you can then start on the PADI certifications (starting with Open Water) which will allow you to dive progressively deeper depths with each qualification you take. For Open Water this is 18 meters, for Advanced Open Water, 30 meters and for the Deep diver specialty course, 40 meters.
Recreational diving certifications help you gain experience before allowing you to dive to a maximum recreational depth of 40 meters (130 feet) with a deep diver specialty course. Recreational diving allows a direct ascent to the surface with requiring decompression stops.
If you wish to remain longer at depth, then you should consider a nitrox course – one of the specialties that Taprobane Divers offers. If you wish to go deeper, then you will need to consider one of the technical diving courses that we also offer.
Taprobane Divers also offers the first level in professional courses in recreational diving – to become a Divemaster.
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. It is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world, and will include one dive.
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. Get ready to:
* Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
* Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
* Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
* Have fun swimming around and exploring.
If you would like undertake ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.
Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher?
You have a couple of options. You can choose the ReActivate™ program or complete our own Scuba Refresher course
The ReActivate™ program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional. It’s quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next PADI course or to start your diving vacation.
Participation in PADI ReActivate™ is not mandatory, but recommended as an easy way to refresh your foundational scuba safety knowledge and skills if you haven’t been diving in a while. Divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a “ReActivated thru” date on it.
On the Scuba Refresher course, you go over the knowledge you learned during your initial training and then practice the fundamental skills in a confined water dive.
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.
The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:
* Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving – just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.
* Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills – just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course
* Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore – just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.
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 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.
The first scuba diving qualification all PADI divers will take is the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. This will allow you to dive to a depth of 18m.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
* Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
* Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
* Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
To enroll in this course, you must be:
* At least 10 years old,
* Have adequate swimming skills, and
* Be in good physical health.
The AOW course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.
During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.
In this course, you log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving – the certification will allow you to dive to a depth of 30m.
To enroll in this course, you must be:
* At least 12 years old and
* Be a Padi Open Water Diver
* Young divers may only participate in certain Adventure Dives (see Specialty Courses for more information)
Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature.
The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue
exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:
* Self rescue
* Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
* Emergency management and equipment
* Rescuing panicked divers
* Rescuing unresponsive divers
You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.
Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a nonstressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.
EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings.
Your training will cover the following areas:
* Primary Care (CPR) – This course teaches you the steps and techniques for handling life-threatening emergencies. You’ll practice eight skills for aiding patients who aren’t breathing, have no heartbeat, may have a spinal injury, may be in shock or who may have serious bleeding. You’ll learn to how to perform CPR and continue to monitor the patient, so that you provide every possible chance of survival while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.
* Secondary Care (First Aid) – Because many medical conditions are not life-threatening and emergency medical services are sometimes delayed or unavailable, this course teaches you how to provide first aid that eases pain and reduces the risk of further harm. You’ll learn to assess a variety of injuries and illnesses and practice bandaging and splinting.
* Care for Children – This course allows participants to learn, practice and apply emergency care skills specific to helping infants and children with medical emergencies. It’s designed for those who work with children or are likely to have
to respond to emergencies involving youngsters. This course is often integrated with Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses.
* CPR & AED – This course focuses on CPR training and teaching participants how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). This course is often integrated into First Aid at Work programs.
* First Aid at Work – In some areas, such as Great Britain, Australia and Canada, governmental regulations call for enhanced CPR and first aid training for the workplace. First Aid at Work programs designed for these areas include additional topics and skills to meet requirements while following the easy to learn EFR approach to training.
* EFR Refresher – It’s a good idea to refresh your CPR and first aid skills every 24 months, and that’s what the EFR Refresher course is designed to do. Focusing on key skills, the course allows you to stay up-to-date and ready to lend aid when needed.
Click this link for more information on the PADI website
Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.
The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.
As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.
What you’ll be doing:
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:
* The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
* Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
* Diver safety and risk management
* Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
* Business of diving and your career
* Awareness of the dive environment
* Dive setup and management
* Mapping an open water site
* Conducting dive briefings
* Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
* Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
* Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs
To enroll on a PADI Rescue Diver course, you must be at least 18 years old and need to have:
* Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. * A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
* At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.
Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor.