Course Outline

Scuba diver above water

Once you are a certified diver, you will be competent to dive per your certification level. To consolidate the skills you have learned, do additional dives after you complete the course. Join your local dive club where you can dive socially within your training limits and gain valuable diving experience.

Your dive center or instructor can give you advice on the next logical training option that matches your interest area. It may be shipwrecks, night diving, underwater photography, or even travel to exotic locations. Your dive center will also have plenty of opportunities for you to participate in a wide variety of diving experiences. While you will have loads of fun on dives to your certification level, there is a wealth of additional diving opportunities at dive sites at slightly deeper depths, at night, or in overhead environments like caves and wrecks (additional training required). The possibilities to enhance your dive experience through additional training with your dive center and instructors are endless and can last a lifetime.

Refer to the following table for your program's specific training and certification depths, and diving limitations.

Course Training Depth Certification Depth Diving Limitations
Junior Scuba Diver 12 m/40 ft. 12 m/40 ft. Dive with a dive professional
Scuba Diver 12 m/40 ft. 12 m/40 ft. Dive with a dive professional
Junior Open Water 12 m/40 ft. (Dives 1 and 2)
15 m/50 ft. (Dives 3 and 4)
15 m/50 ft. Dive with a certified adult dive buddy
Open Water 20 12 m/40 ft. (Dives 1 and 2)
18 m/60 ft. (Dives 3 and 4)
20 m/66 ft. Dive with a certified adult dive buddy if age 12 to 14 years old
Dive with a certified dive buddy if age 15 years old and older

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