Learning To Dive

Learning To Dive PADIWed, 07/20/2005 - 11:43 - Adv Open Water 2Flickr

At Sinai Blues we use the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) method. The PADI organisation has been in existence since 1967 and certifies around half a million divers each year. It is one of the, if not the, most well known diving association, meaning that by taking one of their courses, you will receive a license that is recognised globally and is valid for life. To find out more, take a look at their website: www.padi.com


PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD)

The DSD is similar to the Shore Introductory Dive although rather than going straight into the sea, participants go to the swimming pool first to perform some skills. Once completed, divers then go to the sea with their instructor for a 30min dive to a maximum depth of 12m. On completion of this activity, participants have the choice of continuing onto a diving course or doing further Shore Introductory Dives or, for a different experience, hop on a speedboat with their instructor and dive on a different reef away from the resort. If one chose not to continue with a course directly after completing the DSD, Sinai Blues can provide a "diploma" which verifies the skills and dive already completed which can be used as a credit towards the PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water course, (valid for 12months after completion of DSD).


PADI Scuba Diver

If you go a little further on from the DSD (as described above) and complete 3 pool sessions, two sea dives and the accompanying theory with an instructor then you can gain the first beginner qualification called the PADI Scuba Diver license. The whole course can be done in about 2 days and allows divers to dive to 12m under supervision of a PADI professional. It’s not the full qualification and will not allow you to dive in challenging conditions or with regular dive groups, however, it is the perfect entry level course for anyone looking to get a license but not spend too much time of their holiday training.


PADI Open Water Diver
The PADI Open Water course is the most popular and most widely recognised entry level diving course, certifying divers to dive to a maximum depth of 12m/18m (depending on the age of the diver). It consists of 5 theory segments, 5 confined water skill sessions, (conducted in a swimming pool), and 4 open water dives, (conducted in the sea).  Every student has unique needs so the duration of the course varies according to the needs of each guest, that said, presuming that the student grasps the skills and theory quickly, potentially the course can be completed in a minimum of 3.5 days, the average being 4 days, while some may prefer to spread it out over 5.