THINGS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN LEARNING TO DIVE –
When deciding to learn to dive there’s a number of factors to take into consideration. There is a lot of work that goes into earning your Open Water Diver certification & a lot of boxes that need to be ticked in order for you to finish your training but let me tell you a little secret – scuba diving courses are not designed for you to fail. As long as you complete all the required skills in a competent manner you’ll pass, it’s that simple. Now whether that really prepares you to step into the real world as a certified diver depends a lot on your level of training.
Choosing the right instructor & dive center plays a big part in helping form the type of diver that you become. Ideally the instructor will use their experience & teaching techniques to tailor a course around your needs helping improve your diver skill set one step at a time. A course structured around the way that you learn will increase your confidence & competence in the water in a very fluid & beneficial way. Try to spend a little time researching the dive center where you’re thinking of taking the course & the instructor that’s going to teach you. Google reviews & Trip Advisor can help but we also suggest picking up the phone & speaking directly to your instructor where possible.
Some open water courses are designed in a one size fits all manner while other agencies allow their instructors a little more flexibility while teaching. This is something that you can ask your chosen dive center about & they can explain the basics.
The information below focuses on how we structure our open water diver courses here at Superior Dive Sosua. We are fully aware that not all scuba diving centers can work in the same manner as we do. We’re simply describing some of the tried & tested methods that we use which we feel helps create better, safer & more competent divers.
A LITTLE ABOUT US –
So, let me introduce myself, my name is Luke Charles-Short & I am the owner / operator of Superior Dive Sosua an Authorized 5 Star SDI – Scuba Diving International Dive Centre located on the beautiful North Coast of the Dominican Republic. I am both an active status SDI Instructor (#30751) & PADI IDC Staff Instructor (#289058) with over 10 years of teaching experience right here in Sosua Bay. I have a preference of teaching my SDI Open Water classes in a certain way & I think my methods help prepare my students for becoming better, safer & more competent divers once they leave our training facility. Now I’m not saying that my methods are the only ones that work or are they best ones, far from it, what I’m saying is that the methods I use now without a doubt produce the better results when it comes to my students & I know this for a fact because I didn’t always teach in this manner.
HOW WE TEACH OUR COURSES –
So let me spill the beans & let you into some my teaching secrets. By doing this I hope that it entices some of you folks reading this article to come & learn to dive with us at Superior Dive Sosua.
- We teach our SDI courses PRIVATELY… one on one or privately for you & your small group… as there’s not a whole bunch of other divers trying to get certified at the same time it means there’s no rushing around… the focus is solely on improving your dive techniques & increasing your comfort level in the water… we work at your speed… ask as many questions as you want & repeat the skills you feel that you’re not quite there with yet until you’ve mastered them… it’s your course & you are under no pressure to keep up with the person next to you… people learn in different ways & at different rates so let us tailor your course to your needs…
- We introduce the concept of Neutral Buoyancy from the get go… being able to control you buoyancy is a fundamental part of becoming a good diver so why not make it the first real skill which you practice… we relate being neutrally buoyant underwater to that of being an astronaut in space… the feeling of complete weightlessness, not being bound by gravity & being able to move freely in all directions… sounds pretty cool right… you’ve seen the National Geographic clips of divers gliding effortlessly through the water, well, with a bit of practice you will be well on the way to doing the same…
Now I’m not here promising that we are going to turn you into the next Jacques Cousteau or Scuba Steve but if you decide to learn to dive with us what we’ll do is lay some very solid scuba foundations for you to build upon for the rest of your dive life. Our aim isn’t to turn you into a dive professional over night but rather prepare you for many more safe & fun dives in the future.
CONTACT US –
Our hope when writing posts such as this is firstly they help you make an informed choice when deciding to learn to dive & secondly that you might want to come & learn to dive with us here in the crystal clear, calm waters of Sosua Bay on the beautiful North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Please feel free to drop us a line with any questions that you may have. For your convenience we offer both SDI & PADI Open Water Courses, it’s your choice which you decide to do & we’ll happily help you choose the course that you think will be most beneficial for your needs. An SDI Open Water Diver Course costs 465usd & this includes absolutely everything from your e-learning to equipment rental & certification fees there are no hidden fees & we will also throw in some awesome photos (like to ones in this article) of your 4 check out dives at no extra charge.
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CLEARING UP SOME MISCONSEPTIONS ABOUT SCUBA DIVING CERTIFCATION AGENCIES –
A lot of people come to us asking to get their PADI & the bare faced reality of things is that the certification organization is not your highest priority, far from it, all recognized scuba diver training agencies are governed by the same body the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Diving Council). This means that whether you do your Open Water Course via PADI, SDI – Scuba Diving International, SSI, NAUI or one of the others you’ll be certified to dive up to 18m/60ft anywhere in the world once your training is completed. Your license will not be rejected if you decide to go & dive at an SSI dive center even if your a PADI diver it does not matter. Another thing to take into account is that should you do your Open Water Course with PADI but decide at a later date to do your Advanced License with SDI then there is nothing stopping you from crossing over from one agency to another. They are all working along the same guidelines.
Thank you for taking your time to read this & we hope that this article has benefitted you in some way. Superior Dive Sosua is your Authorized 5 Star SDI Scuba Diving International Dive Centre on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic (#1005427).