This is how it works. The course consists of 4 chapters in the course book, 5 sessions in the pool (which can be combined in longer sessions or split in multiple short sessions) and four dives in open water. This course can be competed in approximately 5 days. The minimum age is 10. Junior divers receive a restricted certification.
Your instructor will want a completed medical statement from you. In some regions a medical statement with only “no” answers will be sufficient for participation in the course. In other regions a medical signed and stamped by a medical doctor will be required and must unconditionally say that you are fit for diving.
You start your course by downloading the book and reading it. In addition to the book you will require a dive table and the list of standard hand signals that are used by divers around the world. After you have finished a chapter, you can test your knowledge by doing a small 10 question test. Bring your answers to your SCUBA C&P Instructor to have them corrected. Your instructor will then explain all missed answers to assure that your understanding of diving theory is adequate.
If you prefer to read your book on paper, then ask your instructor. The price for the paper version of this book is €24.90. If you cannot find a SCUBA C&P instructor in your area, then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your instructor has more questionnaires available if you wish to practice more. To complete the theory part of the course, you will have to pass an exam under the supervision of your instructor. The minimum score for passing is 80%.
For the sessions in the pool and in the open water you will require diving equipment. You can buy your own set. Many divers prefer to use rental equipment at first. After you have some experience, you will have a better idea of what equipment suits you best.
Depending on the local conditions, your instructor may offer (and in some cases even require) additional training in order to prepare you to dive in the local environment. Such add-on programmes cover subjects such as dealing with low visibility, using a dry suit, diving in currents, diving at night, diving at altitude or using Nitrox as breathing gas.
After completion of your course you will sign a statement that you are aware that your maximum depth is 20 metres and that you are only autonomous in conditions that are similar to those you have experienced during your course, or with which you have gained experience after completion of your training. For different conditions and for sites that do not offer a physical possibility to stop an undesired descend, you must be guided by a professional.
You will then receive your Open Water Scuba Diver certification.