Anybody who is interested in scuba diving has to undergo a basic scuba diving course, which is referred to as open water course. As young as 12 years old, which is the minimum age for junior scuba diving students, can enrol in a junior open water course class and a minimum age of 15 years old can study in the open water course. However, age is not just the only requirement in getting a certification on scuba diving. The most important prerequisite is the health qualification of a potential enrollee, one who has no lung problems or ear issues. Therefore, a health certification will be one of the requirements by certified agencies offering open water courses in scuba diving.


When one has qualified to enrol in the scuba diving nj open water course, there are three learning areas which the student will have to study and pass, and these are: knowledge development, confined water training, and open water training. Whatever will be the approaches of the instructors, the student is expected to learn the basics of scuba diving techniques, diving safety, equipment knowledge in scuba diving which includes maintenance knowledge, and planning. For each phase of the basic courses, theoretical tests will be given, as well as hands-on exams, which will require students to actually dive in the water. In the confined water training, the learning and training sessions are done in a swimming pool, implementing physically what has been learned in the classroom.


Later, more advanced training and skills can be sought of as a student passes the different levels of course training in scuba diving. The last course requirement is the open water training. For this kind of training, the student will be required to dive in an open water area, an ocean or a large body of water. Together with the diving instructor, the student will have to follow through the necessary procedures in learning how to scuba dive in open water, which includes safety drills in scuba diving nj .



A certified open water diver is able to dive to 18 meters. For junior open water course students, they will be required to dive up to 12 meters with an accompanying instructor. And when they pass the junior level, they can qualify and proceed to the advanced open water course. Generally, the open water course training is offered in many types of learning packages: 3 to 5 days with a diving spot destination at the end of the brief course; weeks to months if the course is taken on a part-time basis. Whatever is the preferred time frame by the enrollee, the basic principles in scuba diving are taught but the workload will differ and it will be greater with a 3 to 5 day course training. When the student diver has managed to pass all these requirements, he/she will be given an open water course certification, which doesn't nee to be renewed.