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What are all levels of diving?

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by jessepcvfd6, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. jessepcvfd6

    jessepcvfd6 Registered

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    I know you start out with OW but after that... What are all the ones leading up to the final certification as a diver?

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  2. Coop42

    Coop42 Contributor

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    Actually, at the end of your OW class (and after you have completed the required dives) you are a Certified diver. You can now rent gear and go diving. That doesn't mean you're a great diver after your OW certification, just a diver.

    Each certification agency has different courses that you can use to improve your skills. Many are focussed on particular diving specialities (caving, wreck diving, etc.).

    If you specify an Agency you're planning on getting your training from, and where you're located, various people here on the board would be able to offer more detailed information.
     
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  3. jessepcvfd6

    jessepcvfd6 Registered

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    By agencies do you mean like padi? BC that's who mine is through and I live in North Alabama

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  4. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

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    For PADI the path is advanced open water (advanced is a very relative term here), nitrox, deep and rescue. Or some minor variation. At that point you have all the qualifications needed for normal recreational dives. There are other specialty courses that are useful along the way, like the peak performance buoyancy and a few others.
     
  5. diversteve

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  6. dreamdive

    dreamdive Rebreather Pilot

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    Your question is a bit ambiguous - You can stay OC recreational and move to OC technical, or move to rebreathers and then either way do normoxic, trimix, advanced wreck, cave,

    Of course, you can look at teaching....

    There is much one can do and learn in diving.

    Good Luck to you!
     
  7. jessepcvfd6

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    Yeah I think I'd eventually want to be a dive instructor but I really want to get rescue stuff as well.

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  8. Steve_C

    Steve_C Contributor Rest in Peace

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    Getting trained as an instructor requires some rescue training along the way.
     
  9. danvolker

    danvolker Dive Shop

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    There are plenty of divers with just a basic OW cert and thousands of dives, that are Much Better Divers than instructors that qualified with the minimum dives to go for their instructor cert....
    Bottom line...get a thousand dives or so and then consider being an instructor. There is no getting around the value of experience.
     
  10. jessepcvfd6

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    That is very true

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