If you want to obtain a PADI certification, one of the best places to get the experience is through professional instruction. You can easily find courses in various Punta Cana resorts that can help you learn all about scuba diving and the many details that going scuba diving involve and you can even obtain a certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
If you want to be able
to go scuba diving with a reputable scuba diving shop or group, you
have to obtain certification. This certification is available through a
number of organizations, of which the PADI is the most commonly
recognized. By taking the courses and obtaining certification through
the PADI, you are obtaining proof that you have received training in
professional scuba diving and are competent enough to handle yourself
when scuba diving.
In order to take the PADI certification, you have to be 15 or older, though those between the ages of 10 and 15 can take the Junior Open Water Diver course to obtain PADI certification. You need to be relaxed swimming around in the water and you need to be in good physical condition in order to qualify to take the certification courses.
It will require that you swim
about 200 yards but there is no time frame in which you have to reach
the distance and you can use any stroke that works for you. Floating or
treading water for ten minutes is another requirement, but it is up to
you as to how you achieve this goal. Once you have passed these tests,
you will take the course, which consists of:
Studying from a book
Training in a pool
Diving out in open water
You can do all of your book work in a weekend or you can take your time to complete the study. You can even finish the book study, exams and pool training all in one intensive weekend course and this route has become popular for people wanting to hit the water as soon as possible. You can also finish the course work over a span of six weeks, taking only an hour or two every week. You can even do some of your book work through online certification courses.
Once you have completed your pool training, you are able to do some open water diving. The dives take place over a couple of days and you need to have four or five successful dives in open water if you want to qualify for your certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
be tests of some of the skills that you learn in class, such as
clearing your mask or buddy breathing. You have to pass these tests in
order to qualify for a c-card, which will be your certification of
having completed the open water diving course.
You can find courses that range from $150 for short courses to $500 for an entire course including pool training, book studying and open water diving.