Open Water Scuba Certification

This Basic Scuba Certification meets the requirements for ISO Level 2- autonomous diver certification. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive once your open water training is complete.

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Basic Scuba Certification details:

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• Age. Minimum is 15 years by the water phase of the course. (Junior certification for ages 10-14 years is allowed.

• Certification/Experience/Knowledge. There is no certification required to enter this course. Students who hold credentials from the NAUI Introduction to Scuba program may, at the discretion of the instructor, be awarded credit for skills and knowledge acquired.

The Open Water SCUBA Diver course (OWSD) is NAUI’s entry-level SCUBA Diver certification course. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required to become a competent, confident, capable, and safe SCUBA Diver. Upon completion of this course, graduates will be considered competent to engage in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the activities, areas, and conditions dived approximate those encountered during training.

This course is a 40 hour block of instruction and ISO Level 2 certification program.

The minimum age for this course is:

15 years old with parental consent, a signed waiver, and an interview by staff, or
18 years or older.
There are no previous certification prerequisites for this course.

The Basic Scuba Certification course will cover the science and application of SCUBA diving, and include hands-on skills development covering everything from physics, biology, equipment, planning, neutral buoyancy from the beginning, basic survival, self-rescue and buddy rescue skills, dive planning, navigation underwater, emergency procedures, communication, and much more.

Students will be taught using both a standard jacket style BCD and regulator as well as back-plate and wing BC with technical long-hose equipment configuration.

Students will be required to pass an initial class 3 swim test, consisting of:

Swim proficiency in 3 of the 4 basic strokes (side, breast, elementary back, and crawl)

Survival Swim for 10 minutes (tread water or float)

15m (50ft) underwater swim on a single breath and without pushing off of another object

The OWSD Course will require completion and successful passing of online academics, formal lectures, skin diving skills, equipment recovery, self-rescue skills, buddy-rescue skills, rescue of unconscious divers both underwater and on the surface, confined water SCUBA training, and a minimum of 5 open water dives.

Basic Scuba Certification course graduates will receive a lifetime internationally recognized ISO Level 2 Recreational Open Water SCUBA certification from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), and will be prepared to conduct open-water dives in waters and conditions proximate to those encountered during training.

This is a restricted recreational SCUBA diver certification that limits divers to a maximum depth of 18m (60ft) within recreational limitations.

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Phoenix Lake Pleasant Checkout, San Diego Beach & Boat Checkout, San Diego Beach Checkout


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