The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year. As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip. This course requires 3 confined water practices, 2 open water dives, and covers the first 3 modules of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual.
There are three ways you can go about becoming certified. The first is to do the complete course here in the warm waters at Xcalak. The course takes 4 days to complete, approximately 6 hours a day, and includes all academic modules, confined water practices, and the 4 required open water instruction dives
The second way to become certified is to take advantage of PADI´s e-learning platform. It allows you to go through the academic portion of the open water course at home, at your own pace, with state of the art support materials from PADI. When you sign up, make sure you affiliate with XTC Dive Center so that we can follow your progess from the start and assist you in any part of the process. When you come to Xcalak, you´ll finish the confined water and open water portion of the course with our instructors here.
The third way to become certified is to do a “Referral” course. In this case, you do your academic modules and confined water practices with a dive instructor or dive center near home. Then, you can come to Xcalak and do your open water check out dives in the clear, warm Caribbean with one of our instructors.
XTC Dive Center offers a variety of specialties and techincal courses upon request. We can certify you for anything from PADI Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, or Underwater Naturalist:
You’ll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You’ll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 – 40 metres / 60 – 130 feet.
During your PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you’ll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organization and potential problems. You’ll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. You’ll put these into practice during your three open water dives.
During your PADI Equipment Specialist program, you’ll familiarize yourself with the operation and maintenance of your personal equipment. Your instructor might also provide the opportunity to review new or unfamiliar dive equipment. The program is not an equipment repair program but it does give you: • Theory, principles and operation of dive equipment • Routine recommended care and maintenance procedures • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment.
Obtain the necessary skills to safely explore the reef after dark. It is widely known that the reef is most active after dark. That´s when most of the hunting, mating and running around happens. Diving at night is when you´ll be most likely to encounter octopi, morray eels out and about, lobsters roaming the reef and many other critters. Although a very safe and enjoyable experience, night diving does require a new set of skills that we´ll be happy to teach you!
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