Open Water Diver

Learning to dive is an incredible adventure, your path to the  underwater realm is done in three easy exciting phases.      

KNOWLEDGE

DEVELOPMENT

 

 

During the first phase of your PADI open water training, you learn the basic principles of scuba diving. You will learn how pressure affects your body, how to choose scuba gear and what to do when planning dives. You will go over what you have studied in the knowledge sections of your book with your instructor to make sure you understand the information.

You can even start right now with the online Elearning class.

You can do all your academics online in the comfort of your own home.

  1. CONFINED WATER

    DIVES-Scuba

    Skills Training

This is what it’s all about, diving.

You will learn the skills needed to make you a safe,

confident diver in the local YMCA pool. Most of the skills

are all safety related so you will have the ability to

handle things in the open water.

  1. OPEN WATER DIVES:

After your confined water dives, you

and your new dive buddies will make 4 open water dives. We

use either the Illinois River or the

Smith

River depending on

conditions.  You

can also get a dive referral and finish your open water

dives on vacation, this way you are still diving and not

using up your valuable vacation time doing the academics.

 Q: HOW LONG DOES IT

TAKE TO BECOME A SCUBA DIVER?A: Its possible

to complete your confined and open water dives in as few as

three or four days by completing the classroom portion

ONLINE via PADI Elearning. There are traditional classroom

sessions, where you will meet once a week for 3 weeks.

From the first day scuba diving will transform your

life, you can do it almost anywhere there is water.

Start

Learning online today!

Q: WHAT SCUBA GEAR

DO I NEED TO LEARN TO DIVE?

A:

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun

of diving, we can help you find the right gear for you. When

you start learning to scuba dive as a minimum you will want

your own mask, snorkel and fins. These are personal items

that need to fit you well every time, it will make learning

so much easier if you are not fighting your gear. In our

class we provide all the other equipment you will need to

complete your class. After you are certified you can always

rent gear if you choose to.

When you have your own gear you are

more comfortable if it is fitted for you, you will find it

is a lot more convenient, easier and more fun to go diving.

 

Sundance Divers 543

NE E ST. Grants Pass, 541-479-9715 www.sundancedivers.com

  Q: WHAT IS REQUIRED

TO TAKE SCUBA LESSONS?

A: 

If you have an appetite for adventure, you can become

an avid PADI scuba diver.

Minimum Age

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in mind they read the same book as you, they need to

understand what they are reading and be able to take a test

on it and pass, to become a JR. Open water diver.

 

Physical: For safety, all students must fill out

a medical questionnaire. If none of the Questions

apply to 

you, sign the form and you are ready to start. If you answer

yes to any of  the

questions you will need your Doctor to sign off on it. Most

doctors are happy to do it.

 

Water skills:

 

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You will need to be

able to swim 4 laps in the YMCA pool, there is no time limit

and you can swim any way that you like.

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You will also need

to be able to tread water for 10 minutes, using any method

that you want.

 

Q: WHERE CAN I DIVE?

 

A: 

You can dive practically anywhere there is water, from a

pool to the ocean and all points in between, including quarries,

lakes, rivers and springs. Where you dive is determined by your experience level,

site accessibility, conditions and your own interests.

 Q: MY EARS HURT WHEN

I SWIM TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL,   WILL THAT KEEP ME FROM DIVING?

 

A: 

Our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in

our ears, you just 

need to learn how to do it. If you can adjust your

ears while flying, you will probably have no problem learning to adjust to

water pressure while diving.

      

Q: HOW DEEP

DO YOU GO?

 

      

A: With the necessary training and experience,

the limit for recreational diving is 130ft. beginning divers stay shallower than about

60ft. most of the best diving is usually around 40ft. The colors are brighter, the

water is warmer and there is more aquatic life to see.

 

     

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I USE UP ALL MY AIR?

 

     

A: 

That is not likely,you use a gauge that tells you how much

air you have at all times.In the unlikey event that you do run out of air

your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that will allow you to safely reach the

surface.

     

Q: WHAT IF I

FEEL CLAUSTROPHOBIC?

 

     

A: People find the weightless feeling of scuba

diving is quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you

may prefer if your mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training

your instructor will make sure you are comfortable with each stage of learning,

helping you master each  skill necessary, to become a

 scuba diver.

 

SUNDANCE

DIVERS, 543 NE E ST.

 

Grants Pass, Oregon 541-479-9715