Scuba 101: Getting Your First Diving License

Are you an aqua baby whose heart belongs to the sea? Perhaps one with a penchant to swim with the fishes and venture into the deep blue beneath? Well better read on, because we’ve got this easy-peasy guide on how to be a certified diver just for you.

Life is so filled with promises that you can never have enough ‘firsts’; from the usual that’s fitting the norm up to the weird and whimsical, our failures and achievements are still, in the end, experiences— something worth treasuring more than a lingering thought. And as we grow, we find new ways to grow and define each aspect of ourselves.

So, are you an aqua baby whose heart belongs to the sea? Perhaps one with a penchant to swim with the fishes and venture into the deep blue beneath? Well better read on, because we’ve got this easy-peasy guide on how to be a certified diver just for you.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, better known as PADI is the world’s largest scuba diving training organization and issues certification cards that issues all diving licenses for all scuba divers. In order to be a certified diver, you must enroll in dive shops around your area that conducts PADI courses to pass the requirements.

1.) Find a dive shop.

It probably won’t be too hard to find considering that we live in a tropical country made up of islands; there are many shops out there such as that offers diving courses varying in difficulty and specialty so you can freely choose which one suits you, your time and your budget.

Luzon has Scuba World in Makati, OceanZoneExplorers in Quezon City and Sea Rider Dive Center at Puerto Galera, while Visayas houses Sea Explorers in Cebu and Thresher Shark Divers in Malapascua. Mindanao, on the other hand, boasts Scuba de Oro which is located in Misamis Oriental.

2.) Enroll in a diving course.

PADI courses have various courses that you can choose from depending on how much you want that C-Card. First and foremost, the minimum age to avail the program is 10 years old and must be able to demonstrate basic water skills apart from passing a scuba medical questionnaire.

Some lessons can also be conducted online like the Open Water Diver course; something you should take note especially if you’re tech-savvy but on a pretty tight schedule. Usually, new-ish scuba divers opt for an open water diving course since it is the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world since you’d have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.

Sea Explorers Philippines is based from Cebu have a great variety of programs to choose from: they offer courses ranging in difficulty and separated by levels such as Instructor Development Course or IDC, which is composed of two parts and if passed, will qualify you to attend the PADI Instructor Examination.

They also offer Emergency First Responder Instructor course (EFRI) that covers Primary Care, Secondary Care and Care for Children. Divemaster trainings, on the other hand, are advanced programs that can start anytime along the year and will undergo direct training with their Course Directors along with the help of their most experienced instructors.

3.) Pass the requirements.

Once you’ve enlisted yourself on a diving course, it’s time to make your mark! Bask in the water as you learn the basics right from certified PADI instructors themselves. Immerse yourself as they teach you the proper procedures and techniques, down to the choosing the right gear and conducting the dives which may take place in an enclosed space or a diving spot. The instructors adjust to your performance so the pace is never too slow or never too fast, so stop worrying about getting that license in no-time.

And that’s it! Are you ready to make a leap and take a dive into a whole new world under the sea? Well better enroll now!

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