Types of Scuba Diving Lessons by aihaozhe2

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									If you are planning on learning how to scuba dive, you'll need to complete a training
course and receive certification. For new learners, this means you'll need to choose
between Padi and Naui certification. For experienced divers, there are a wide range of
courses available that can help you improve your skills and get even more fun out of
your underwater adventures. Here's a breakdown of what you might be interested in
taking.

Padi or Naui?

For new non-divers, the first decision is whether to pursue Padi or Naui certification.
Both training programs are based on the same general idea: to teach people how to
dive safely. They have solid reputations and have certified divers all over the world
through their programs. The main difference is that Padi certification is more popular
and is held by most of the new divers who hit the water.

You might also be limited in choice to what's around you. Diving training centers are
usually affiliated with one or the other type of certification so if you only have access
to a Naui training center that might be the best choice for you. However, the Padi
e-learning courses are giving some options.

Padi E-Learning

While it might sound ridiculous to learn how to scuba dive through an e-learning class,
what you're actually doing is learning the basics through an online class. For example,
you'll talk about the different pieces of equipment needed, how to use them, and
safety measures you'll need to remember. You'd take the course at your convenience,
pass the online quizzes meant to test your knowledge, then move onto the
water-portion of your learning at an approved diving center or resort with a skilled
trainer.

This type of course is a good option for someone planning to go diving for the first
time on vacation so you can get all of the classwork work out of the way and start
getting into the water as soon as you arrive.

Beginning Course

Known as the Open Water Diving Course (Padi) or Scuba Diver (Naui), this initial
course is meant to introduce you to all of the basics you need to dive. The Padi course,
for example, introduces learners to some of the principles of scuba diving, as well as
the techniques and methods necessary to move around underwater. The Naui course
promises to do much the same thing, including teaching you how to use the
equipment and learn safety procedures.

Both courses do require part of the training be completed in the water. The Naui
course, for example, includes at least five open water dives. The number included in
the Padi course may be up to the diving center or training with whom you are
working.

Once you successfully complete either course, you are certified as a diver. With that
certification, you'll be able to actually go on dives or take additional courses.

Courses for Experienced Divers

An important thing to remember is that once you select your certification you'll need
to complete the rest of your courses through them as well. For example, if you take
the Open Water Diving course through Padi, you'll be able to take other courses that
Padi offers, including more of their e-learning options.

The Advanced Open Water diving course offered by Padi covers both deep diving and
underwater navigation diving. You'll also learn about some other exciting and popular
diving activities, such as exploring undersea wreckage or going night diving. Boat
diving is also covered and is also a popular choice. This course is also available
through the e-learning option.

If you've chosen Naui certification, you'll be able to choose the Advanced Scuba
Course which includes diving in currents, boat diving, shore diving, and salt and fresh
water diving. This course includes a minimum of six dives.

Other Courses

Both Padi and Naui certification opens up the possibility of becoming a Master Scuba
Diver. This is the ultimate non-professional certification for a diver. It does include
additional training in a wide variety of diving techniques.

Besides this extra certification, you can also take a number of specialty diving courses
through the Padi training centers, including enriched air diving which lets you stay
underwater longer. You can also learn how to dive in dry suits or explore caverns
while diving.

Additionally, experienced divers who want to use their skills for more than just
personal enjoyment can take further classes that will help them become rescue divers
or diving trainers. There are plenty of options available once you take the first plunge
and get your initial certification.

								
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