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ChrisH
posted : August 2, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
My wife and I have just done a try dive at a local PADI centre in a swimming pool, and loved every second of it. We are now eager to do the Open Water Course. However, as we have a young child it will be difficult for us to go abroad and then spend a full day diving - we have the little one to think of!

An idea that we had would be to pass the course, and as we're ready made buddies(!), we could then go diving on holiday where you could shore dive, and basically dive as and when we pleased. From looking at various dive centres abroad though in places such as cyrpus, it says you need to have done the AOW course to hire the equipment if you are going out on your own.

Does the open water course not allow you to dive with a buddy, without an instructor? If not, do many places allow you to do a single dive, or is it generally a full day? We're looking to do most of our diving abroad, the UK is too cold....! We're also thinking of just doing the OW rather than anything else as well - is that not a good idea?

Any help you can give would be great.

 
Rebecca
posted : August 7, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
Dear Chris

The Open Water does indeed qualify you to dive with a buddy of an equal or higher certification level. However, it is suggested that you dive for a while in the company of more experienced divers who know the dive sites and can help you develop your diving skills to a point that you can SAFELY and COMFORTABLY dive with your buddy. I would therefore suggest, once having done your Open Water course, that you join a local dive club and participate in outings, dives, pool training etc.

If diving abroad, guided dives are usually quite advantageous in price, and the local dive schools know where the best spots etc are.

As for doing only Open Water: that is fine for the moment, but remember that your dive skills can and SHOULD be developed over time: the Advanced Course is helpful and will also allow you to do more varied types of diving. Do no limit yourself from the beginning. You can however take your time with further diver education, doing it when and as you feel like it.

Hope this helps!

ATB
Rebecca

 
ChrisH
posted : August 8, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
Hi Rebecca

Thanks for your reply, that makes perfect sense. We're looking at getting our OW done early next year, and then go to Cyprus for a family / diving holiday around May time (and hopefully drag Nan and Grandad along to babysit for us as well!).

If you (or anyone) has heard of any recommendations of family-friendly destinations that are good bases for scuba divers, I'd love to hear from you. Our little chap will be 1 next March, so we wouldn't want to travel too far by plane hence Cyrpus. If there is anywhere just as good for beginners and is even closer though, please let me know!!!

Chris

 
Rebecca
posted : August 9, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
Tenerife! Better diving than in the Med, IMHO

 
Barry
posted : September 11, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
Hi. I only learned to dive this year in Lanzarote and I'm at the PADI Advanced Open Water level and dive mainly from beaches here in Lanzarote. There are some excellent beach dives, with reefs, caves, sandy bays, wrecks, boat dives (suitable for open water) etc and most of the resorts are very family orientated. We dive from Playa chica in the Old Town area of Puerto Del Carmen and though we buddy dive without guides (we live here and did several guided dives before diving alone which as with any new dive site is recommened) but MA Diving in Lanzarote offer great guided dives and the staff are very experieneced and helpful. Happy Diving. Barry



 
Winker88
posted : September 11, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
Hi if you learn to dive in warm waters and at a later date you want to dive in the uk WHAT A SHOCK getting in and out at chesil cove what a bas***d if I was you learn over here and then you can dive any sea,ocean,lake ect as british divers we are harden to cold bad vis waters.
Best of luck

 
waveydavey
posted : September 27, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?
Hi Chris, where in Cyprus are you going.
I can very strongly recommend a dive centre run by a really nice english family that will take their time and teach you well.
I did my O/W with them and I had 1 to 1 tuition for the whole course!!
[url=http://www.divers-unlimited.com/]Divers Unlimited[/url]

 
waveydavey
posted : September 27, 2005 Post subject: Open Water Course - What can you do?


Sorry, here's the addy.

http://www.divers-unlimited.com/

 
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