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Come enjoy Oahu Scuba diving with Waikiki Dive Center. We have been in operation for over 37 years offering first class service to our guests. Waikiki Dive Center has the experience to make your trip to Hawaii, truly memorable. We are conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki near the International Marketplace. Waikiki Dive Center includes a complimentary shuttle with all of our Scuba Diving tours. Combine this with our outgoing and experienced staff, small dive groups and our Coast Guard Certified vessels, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Waikiki Dive Center offers some of the best diving on Oahu, especially Wreck and Reef diving. Waikiki Dive Center is a full service, PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center. Waikiki’s only Full-Service Dive Center. Since 1979, in the heart of Waikiki, we have been providing SCUBA Diving Charters and various ocean sport services on Oahu.
Waikiki Dive Center can accommodate all your diving needs, whether it is Equipment Rental, Repairs, Purchases or air refills – our store can do it all! We are also a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center, offering SCUBA Certification Courses from PADI Open Water Diver to becoming a PADI Instructor at affordable prices. From the best Wreck and Reef Diving on Oahu, with two of our very own USCG certified dive vessels, daily charters in two locations. We also offer Daily Tours for non certified diving for people willing to take the plunge and have the adventure of a lifetime! Our experienced Captains and Crew are here to make your diving experience on Oahu truly remarkable. Let our friendly staff make Waikiki Dive Center your one and only choice for the best Scuba Diving experience on Oahu.
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DSD typically takes a day, involves some instruction and some diving.
PADI's Open Water Certification unlocks an entire new world of exotic ocean adventures. Students from the Discover SCUBA Diving class will already have some of the skills for this course. Anyone in good health over the 10 years of age is eligible.
Advanced PADI certified instructors lead students through guides and videos explaining terms and concepts about the technical aspects of ocean diving. Following class room instruction, the students put the theory into practice with relevant pool dives. Skills build on each other. Eventually students learn about going as far as 130 feet under the surface, pre-dive safety practices, equipment check outs, and how to handle most diving challenges.
Students move through at least five pool dives and four local dives on their way to passing the certification test. The instructors role is to get students safely through the lessons until they are confident enough for exciting open ocean diving. Though fun and focused on making students comfortable underwater, this is a serious course that conveys and verifies defined skills on those that pass. Not everyone attains the level of competence required for safe open water diving. For this reason, gaining the PADI Open Water Certification is a cause for pride.
A big part of SCUBA revolves around equipment. Students learn about selecting masks, snorkels, fins, dive computers, dive gauges, wet suits, buoyancy vests, tanks, regulators and weight belts. The dive shop can rent all of the necessary gear. Instructors can also assist students with buying gear that improves their diving enjoyment and safety.
Class length varies by season and size. It can take as little as 2 intense days, or as long as 8 weeks depending on how many hours per day students can devote, along with access to suitable dive sites.
Gaining experience as an Open Water Certified diver often leads to a desire for more skills. Becoming an Advanced Open Water diver gives more knowledge and skills for enjoying SCUBA in a wider variety of more challenging conditions.
If PADI Open Water certification is like a standard driving license, then the Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification is sort of an off-road license. At a minimum, students gain underwater navigation skills, learn about deep water conditions, get introduced to more advanced dive computers and functions, plus learn several specialty skills of their choosing.
Specialties include photography, wreck diving, using underwater scooters, optimized buoyancy, and more. A total of 16 specialty skills to sample makes this a seriously exciting course!
One of the highlights for AOW students involves exploring the mysterious and murky world of night diving. Feel like a special forces commando while diving with only moonlight as your guide on the surface. Below the surface, and aided by submersible high intensity flashlights, the phosphorescent sea creatures give student's eyes a treat they have to see to believe!
Anyone who completes the Open Water certification (or equivalent from another organization) and is at least 15 years old, can sign up. Expect 5 dives with underwater navigation, deeper activities from 18-30 meters / 60-100 feet, plus 3 specialty introduction dives.
Despite the name, divers just out of the Open Water course enter the Advanced program routinely because it gives them more skills while earning hours for their log book.
There are both home study and in class books explaining theory, safety issues, and new skill exercises.
For the gear lovers, this course will definitely fit the bill. Everything from the basic scuba gear, to underwater compass, wreck diving tools, underwater photography equipment, DPV's (underwater scooters), dive lights, dry suits (for possible cold water diving), dive flags/floats or other optional equipment may be used. The dive center will have rentals available for each specialty.
Students with the Advanced Open Water certification gain confidence in their ability to navigate underwater, safely dive a wider variety of conditions, and go places they would have been hesitant to with only Open Water skills.
A great course for taking the diving excitement even farther..sign up today!
Adding the Rescue Diver certification shows the ability to overcome challenges and assist other divers in distress. This is one of the more intense courses available for anyone who has completed either the Adventure Diver or Advanced Diver Certification (or equivalent from another organization). A student must also have a current (less than 2 years old) First aid and CPR course certification.
PADI Rescue Diver crewpaks include materials needed for the course, such as pocket masks, instruction book and DVD. Specially trained PADI instructors guide students through advanced techniques for self-rescue, assessing and managing stress in other divers, emergency response and equipment issues, steps for rescuing divers, and assisting unresponsive divers.
Students will need basic scuba gear with a dive computer and accessories. All items will be available for rental or purchase at the dive center.
Once through the rigors of becoming a Rescue Diver, a new challenge awaits. Adding the Emergency Oxygen Provider Course certification elevates a student’s capabilities for assisting other divers.
These three courses - First aid and CPR, Rescue Diver, and Emergency Oxygen Provider - can turn a diver into the person who can potentially save another person's life. Sign up today and add a critical skill set to your diving repertoire.
When you know you love diving, and might want to make a living teaching the exciting world of scuba, then becoming a PADI Divemaster can make your dreams happen. The requirements include:
• Minimum age of 18
• PADI Advanced Open Water certified
• PADI Rescue Diver certified
• Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certified
• Have at least 40 dives prior to the course, with a total of 60 needed for certification
• A high level of diving fitness with a Medical Statement signed by a physician within 12 months
Each student receives the PADI Divemaster crewpak loaded with educational resources and diving accessories for performing the tasks required for certification and instructing others. Generally, serious divers that enter the Divemaster program have all of their own scuba gear, but rental gear is available for specialty accessories. Students are encouraged to have dive watches, a dive compass, and diving knives.
The course covers three general phases over a period of 8 weeks, but can be condensed with more intense programs into 2 weeks or less. Classroom, independent study, and diving sessions work on water skills, stamina, organization, problem solving, and teaching methods for scuba techniques. Often students intern with other instructors for honing the lessons.
Achieving Divemaster certification demonstrates a high level of skill, confidence, and a commitment to becoming a leader or instructor for scuba diving with others. The certification confers a host of privileges all aimed at helping teach newer divers the safe practice of diving. Divemasters act as assistants to full instructors for any PADI diver course, and can lead courses up to the Open Water Diver Course.
Recommended courses after Divemaster include preparations for becoming a full PADI Instructor. Specialty courses that add to diving skills in more stressful environments such as Search and Recovery, Emergency First Response Instructor, and Deep Diver are all highly recommended.
Also known as the Open Water Scuba Instructor course, it requires a minimum of 4 days, and can lead to lifetime of educating others in the joys of safe scuba diving. This course is for those wanting either a career in diving, or simply love sharing their passion for diving with new students.
Applicants must have:
• A Divemaster certification
• A medical release signed by a physician within the last 12 months
• At least 18 years of age
• Emergency First Response Instructor certification
• Logged 60 dives with night, deep, and navigation plus have at least 100 dives before the exam
• A CPR and First Aid training certification within the last 24 months
• A diving record longer than 6 months
Class equipment requirements include standard scuba gear, specialty gear as needed, and the PAD Instructor crewpak with 23 items for the course. Students get theory workbooks, exam books, the Instructor Manual, cue cards for core courses, and other learning or teachng materials.
Attaining status as a PADI Instructor opens up the entire resort world to you as your potential office. This certification is required for teaching all the PADI courses up to Divemaster. Beyond becoming an instructor, there are specialty certifications for teaching such skills as wreck diving, deep water diving, photography, etc. All of the future teaching opportunities are available with the Instructor certificate.
Get wet, get underwater, and see if scuba diving is for you. Without a lot of theory, classroom time, or stress, students can be blowing bubbles beneath the surface and enjoying their first scuba experience. This session is a great option when someone is curious about diving, but not sure they want to commit for full certification. This session can also be a good way to keep children occupied with a specially trained scuba instructor teaching them scuba basics while their parents or siblings are out diving deep!
All the gear - masks, snorkels, fins, wet suit (if required), vest, tank, and regulator are included.
Instructors guide students through pool exercises, giving them a smooth, easy and quick introduction to scuba gear and how to use it.
Open to ages 8+. Usually takes around 2 hours depending on class size. Safety, fun, and introducing the excitement of diving are what it is all about.
When they realize how simple and cool it is to breathe underwater, students will want to sign-up for the next level: Open Water.
SSI Open Water is a certification recognized world wide and allows you to dive in the most common environments with a dive buddy. Covering both the important theory of underwater breathing challenges and activities imparting safe diving practices, students progress from novice to a comfortable skill level. Instructors review interesting diving manuals, DVD's and online training with students prior to pool or open water diving sessions.
All basic scuba gear is provided including: wet suit, buoyancy vest, tanks, regulator, gauges, fins, mask and snorkel.
Upon completion, students can rent equipment at most dive shops, dive in a wide variety of conditions, and dive about 30 meters or 100 feet deep. This means they can see most of the great diving sites around the world.
The class includes a total of at least 5 confined pool sessions with a minimum of 4 open water dives for passing the certification requirements. You need between 3 to 4 days to complete the course.
Requirements for entering the Open Water course include:
• Must be at least 12 years old
• In good health without a cold or ear infection
• Be ready to start the adventure of scuba!
Once as student passes through the Open Water course, they will often want to learn more about specialty diving skills such as nitrox, wreck diving, diver stress and rescue, or any of the 18 diving specialty sessions.
There are 18 specialty diver course options available for those who possess an Open Water certification from SSI or equivalent organization. Some of the more popular specialty courses are Diver Stress and Rescue, Nitrox Diving, Deep Diving, Ecological Diving, Search and Recovery, Dry Suit Diving - great for colder climates, Digital Underwater Photography, Motion Picture Diving, and for the more adventurous - Shark Diving and Wreck Diving.
Learning the specific techniques for each specialty prepares divers for handling a wider variety of undersea challenges. Each specialty course covers the theory, safety considerations, equipment, and practical skills required for confidently applying a new underwater skill.
By the time most divers are going through the specialty ratings, they have their own gear. If that is not the case, all the basic scuba gear is available for rental. Gear for most specialties can be rented as well.
Some of the courses require a valid CPR & First Aid certificate prior to enrollment and are only for ages 12 and up.
Coursework involves reviewing the manual and DVD's for each specialty, developing a dive plan, covering the water skills, then applying them during actual diving under real conditions.
Specialty courses range from a 1 to 3 days. To gain the SSI Specialty Diver certification, divers must complete 2 specialty courses and at least 12 dives. This requirement gives the Specialty Diver a higher rating at this intermediate level than any other scuba certification.
There are so many diving specialties to choose from, an Open Water certified diver can continue learning multiple skills for adding to their scuba tool kit for months. One quick way of determining which specialties are more appealing for a particular diver, is enrolling in the Advanced Open Water Diver program.
For Open Water Divers who want the most demanding Advanced Diver certification in the scuba industry, this is your course. Similar to the Specialty Diver, the Advanced Open Water course involves pursuing specialty diving skills. Here is the complete list of specialty courses available:
• Deep Diving
• Enriched Air Nitrox
• Boat Diving
• Perfect Buoyancy
• Search and Recovery
• Dry Suit Diving (for cold water)
• Night/Limited Visibility
• Wreck Diving
• Shark Diving
• Digital Underwater Photography
• Equipment Techniques
• Waves, Tides and Currents
• Stress and Rescue
Instructors lead students through both theory and practical exercises for 4 individually chosen specialties. This is a great sampler course for choosing specialty diving skills to focus on.
Divers pursuing this rating are encouraged to invest in their own equipment for improved familiarity, leading to improved safety. However, students can choose to rent the basic scuba gear required, as well as specific gear for each specialty.
24 dives are required to obtain the coveted SSI Advanced Open Water rating, far above requirements from any other rating agency. Course length varies from 1-3 days.
The same age and physical requirements for Open Water apply here.
Age requirement is 12 years or older.
Deep Diving, Cavern Diving, and Ice Diving are not available to Junior Divers.
This in depth Advanced Open Water course prepares divers for making the challenging leap into Master Diver status. The other option after this rating, is to take more of the specialty courses to gain additional experience and a rating for each specialty.
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