My Open Water Certification Details

by Mike on August 14, 2012

I’ll have my PADI Open Water Certification by the end of this month if all goes as planned.  All I have left is to complete my two open water dives in the ocean.  With the certification in hand, I’ll be able to dive to 60ft with other PADI certified divers, which is timely for my upcoming trip to Bali.  The dive sites of Bali caters to both advanced and beginner divers.  My plan is to stick to the bunny slope of dive sites by the Amed area.

That’s my plan going forward.

The process leading up to the certification was as follows:

The certification comprises of classroom, pool and open water sessions.  The open water for those that are unfamiliar is the out in the ocean or lake if you’re land locked.

The Classroom Sessions Involve:

  • Watching videos on reading material
  • Assembling your SCUBA gear
  • Learning to use a recreational Dive Planner
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Review of safety protocol.
confined dives at survival systems inc

Pool where I did my confined dives. NOTE that's a trainer equipment used to train emergency egress and rescue operations.

confined dives at survival systems inc

Pool where I did my confined dives

The Two Pool Sessions consist of:

  • Putting on your wet suit and SCUBA gear
  • Proper entry BWRAF into the water
  • Learning to breathe underwater
  • Assembling and dismantling your SCUBA gear
  • Clearing your mask
  • Learning to be neutrally buoyant
  • Exercising emergency protocols
  • A swim test demonstrating the ability to swim 400 meters and the ability to tread water for 10 minutes.
The Two Open Water Dives consist of:

I haven’t had the open water dives yet, but I’m going to assume it’s the same exercises we discussed and practiced during the confined dives.  Will update this section as I complete it.

UPDATE 8/25/12

The first open water session consisted of demonstrating the skills we’ve practiced in the first confined sessions(the pool sessions).   The skills we were required to demonstrate involved: removing my mask and clearing the water once it’s back on my face, removing your regulator and clearing the water once it’s back in your mouth.  On the surface we had to demonstrate that we could remove our BCD and put it back on.  Separately, we had to demonstrate the same skill with the weight belt.  If you dropped the belt, it’s gone and your dive session is pretty much over as it’ll be time consuming to go back to shore and get a replacement.  Luckily, I succeeded in completing every skill.

The second open water session is scheduled for this week.  I’ll post an updated when that is completed.

Equipment Purchased:

  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Mask
  • Boots

I paid a total of $200 for the all the aforementioned equipment.  Since I don’t plan on diving locally, I didn’t buy the larger and equipment that will cumbersome to pack(BCD, regulator, cylinder, and wet suit).  My plan is to rent that equipment when ever I plan to travel and dive.

I’ll post a picture of my equipment.  Right now I’m on the road and away from all my gear.

Scuba gear required for open water certifcation

My scuba gear for my open water certfication

WHAT COMPELLED ME?

There are some places in the world that make a trip more enjoyable with the Open Water Certification.  Two places that come to mind and that are also on my bucket list are Maldives and Bora Bora.  I couldn’t imagine going to either one of these places without the certification and be relegated to just snorkeling.  I also heard from traveler’s grapevine that there’s not much to do once you’re at your over water bungalow.  Essentially, I didn’t want to travel to great lengths to soak up sun and wade on a beach.  I want to see what’s in the sea and the marine life that lives in the pristine, clear waters.

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