Last June 2-3, I finally completed my open water diver certification. This is probably one of the most amazing ventures I’ve done this 2018.
The deep blue sea is one of my weaknesses – I get paranoid just thinking about it. Because I didn’t learn how to swim when I was a child, the open water does not make me feel comfortable. Not until three years ago when I tried an introductory dive in Batangas. For the first time, I saw a glimpse of the underwater world. What I thought to be one of the scariest things I’ll ever do turned out to be one of the most incredible and therapeutic experiences I ever had.
Since then I always hope that I’d be able to go back in the deep. It took quite a while but I did! This time for my Open Water Diver Certification.
There are several organizations that provide dive training and certification, one of which is PADI or the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. PADI has a great number of membership and dive centers worldwide.
Surely, you’ll find a PADI dive center near you just like us as we chanced upon divers.ph. If you’re like me and my dive buddy, Marie, who prefer a Makati location, divers.ph is a great option.
DIVERS.PH has a well organized training. You’ll get immediate response from them for whatever inquiries you may have and they will explain everything in detail. I also like the discipline imposed during our open water dives. They closely monitored us to properly execute the required scuba skills. They will let you practice as needed while guiding you each time. They also gave us several tips from scuba skills to gears. Aside from the meticulous training, one of the best things I like about DIVERS.PH is their documentation of your dives. You will surely love your cool photos.
Our group also had fun dives which I really enjoyed. This is the time you’d appreciate more how awesome it is to dive. We got the opportunity to dive with more advanced divers which I also found to be a learning experience.
PADI Open Water Diver Course
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives.
It’s important to learn certain principles in scuba diving. As such, you have to self-study the dive manual provided. To speed up learning, you can choose to watch the course videos. And you guess it right, there’s a written exam for you to complete the certification.
Confined Water Dives
In the confined water dives, you’ll learn basic scuba skills in a swimming pool. We spent 2 days for our pool session. Also, this is the time when we took our written exam.
Open Water Dives
In the open water dives, we applied the skills we learned during our pool session. Just like the pool session, we spent 2 days for our open water dives. Halo Secret Bay in Mabini, Batangas was our resort venue.
It is recommended that you allot consecutive weekends for the pool session and the open water dives. This schedule is not mandatory but it’s better to venture in the open water while the skills you learned during the pool session is still fresh in your memory.
But don’t worry if you’re like us who can’t follow the recommended schedule. Since we were able to attend the open water dives three months after our pool class, we were given the chance to review some important skills in the pool. Also, before each of our open water dive was conducted, our instructor explained to us what we needed to do.
I’m just excited to explore more of the underwater world after finishing the open water course. If you can get a buddy with you, the better. With a buddy, you can immediately plan practice dive sessions. Our goal is to regularly dive after the certification so we won’t forget the skills we learned.
Do note that PADI courses are performance-based, you have to pass the written exam and you should be able to execute the required scuba skills. If you’re not sure if scuba diving is or you, better take the intro/discover scuba diving session first.
Was the open water diver certification easy? I have several diver friends and what I would always hear from them was that it was easy. For me, it’s not really that easy. You have to set time to study the manual. Both the pool and open water dives were physically demanding. If you don’t have an active lifestyle, I advise you to somehow physically prepare yourself if you can. I am just glad that I started running a few years ago and scuba diving just inspired me to be more fit.
Open Water Diver Course Package by DIVERS.PH
Duration: 3-4 days (possibly 2 weekends) depending on your pace to master the scuba skills
Pool Session Venue: Dive Buddies in Makati (2 days)
Open Water Dive Venue: Batangas (2 days)
Course Fee: PHP19,000 inclusive of gear rentals (BCD, regulator, mask, snorkel, fins, weights, belt), dive license, dive manuals, RDP table, classroom/pool use.
Batangas Dive Resort Fee: PHP6,500 – covers room (twin sharing), meals, gear rentals, tanks, conservation fee, boat fees and tanks for the 4 open water dives needed to complete the course.
Note: During the open water dives, you will try to use a dive computer to plan your dive.
Contact No.: +639174308998
Address: 4402-B. Valdez St. Poblacion, Makati City