What you need to know about scuba diving courses

In Scubacrowd we love the skin-diving and because of it we like that every day more people know about this exciting sport. Whether you have already begun to enjoy the seabed, as if it is the first time you go to dive and try your first breath underwater, here you have a brief guide to how the course system works in order that you could find rightly for what you are looking for.


Courses for Beginners

For those who have not yet tried the sensation of breathing and fly underwater, these are the courses that are available for beginner divers: Discover Scuba Diving and Scuba Diver.

First we find courses touchdown as is the Discover Scuba Diving. The Discover Scuba Diving is especially recommended for those who always got their attention liked diving but are not confident enough or want to try once first before starting a course of more extensive certification. No previous experience is required and can be done from 8 years old.

The maximum depth to be achieved is 6 m.

  • Scuba Diver

But if yours is not a matter of trust but lack of time required to perform a certification course, there is a Scuba Diver, which is a shortened version of Open Water Diver (First year of certification). This course is normally performed about 3 pool dives and 2 open water dives. The approximate length of the course is 3 days, no previous experience is necessary, so it can be performed from 10 years of age.

Once completed this course you can dive under the direct supervision of a professional, never exceeding 12 m deep.

Open Water Diver (First year of certification) and Advanced:

The Open Water Diver is an introductory course with which you will receive your first dive certification. Whether this is your first time or you have tried to dive with a Discover Scuba Diving or in the Open Water Diver you will learn the theory and basic to cope well under water and resolve any situation techniques. During the course you will do approximately 5 pool dives to learn how to correctly use all equipment and then will perform 4 dips in the sea dive sites in the area, under the supervision of an instructor. The approximate duration of this course is about 7 days or 2 weekends. It is a course that can be done without any previous experience and from 10 years of age.

After obtaining your certification OWD can dive with a partner without any supervision to a maximum depth of 25 m.

  • Advanced Open Water Diver

Have fun and expand your knowledge and experience with the Advanced Open Water Diver. You can access this course after obtaining your certification as OWD and will serve to continue to practice and gain confidence performing an advanced type diving under the supervision of an instructor. In this course will also perform a few lectures, 2 practical classes mandatory (18-30 m deep immersion Guidance) and 3 practical classes to choose from different specialties such as underwater diving wreck photography, night diving, buoyancy ... The approximate duration of this course is 5 days and the minimum age to realize it is 12 years.

After obtaining your certification as AOWD you can dive with a buddy to a maximum depth of 40 m.

Advanced courses

  • Rescue Diver

Increase your safety underwater and your companion with Rescue Diver course. A demanding course you will make the most of everything learned and add to your knowledge and technical dives. You will learn rescue techniques to manage stress and panic situations other divers and solve emergencies. The course consists of theoretical sessions, 10 rescue exercises and 4 rescue drills. The course takes approximately 3 to 5 days. To make this course are required to have a Certificate AOWD, a degree of resuscitation and first aid and be at least 12 years of age.

Once you obtain certification as a Rescue Diver you'll be ready to give the real quantum leap and become certified as a Master Scuba Diver (Professional Degree).

  • Master Scuba Diver

He still enjoys butt deep sea and everything you can find in them and reached the highest level in recreational scuba certified Master Scuba Diver. With this level you will end up completing your technique and you'll keep adding to your life experiences as a diver. This course consists of 5 specialty and it takes about 8 days take the course.

Are prerequisites have a minimum of 50 dives experience in your divelog and possessing certification AOWD and Rescue Diver. The minimum age to take the course is 12 years.

Other courses

  • Refresh or Scuba review

This course is intended for all certified divers who have long without making dives and want to refresh knowledge and skills before returning to diving.

Theoretical knowledge will be reviewed and then will review your skills so that once you find yourself finished ready to return to dive with no problem. The course takes approximately 1-2 days.

To take this course you must own a certified diver and have a medical certificate certifying that they are suitable for recreational diving and has less than two years old.

  • Emergency First Response

First aid courses suitable for anyone not requiring any experience as a diver. This course is highly recommended to get away from any situation that we could find. In this course you will learn techniques of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, first aid and aid in diving accidents.

This course takes approximately two days. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Specialty courses

In addition to standard courses we have already explained, there are specialty courses focused on a specific topic, so while having fun they help you improve your diving technique to adapt to any situation and make the most of each your dives.

Some of the courses are within "Specialty courses" are taught during the regular courses OWD or AOWD. But if you want to improve your technique or simply develop a new submarine skill you can not miss the following:

  • Buoyancy

This course will perfect the technique to remain neutrally buoyant so they can move underwater smoothly, consuming less air and without tiring. To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and have a minimum age of 12 years.

  • Underwater Navigation and orientation

Do you feel lost, all fish will look the same and they do not stop moving? Do not worry because we offer a solution. With the orientation course you will learn underwater techniques to find your bearings, going from one particular point to another, returning to the starting point, etc. It is a very interesting course that will allow you to dive in a relaxed manner without having to be constantly aware of where you are. To take this course you must have OWD certification and a minimum age of 12 years.

  • Deep Diver

In this course you will learn the correct way to dive at certain depths. Either because you fancy diving on a wreck that is more than 30 m deep or view marine species found in certain relatively deep places, this course will allow you to have the knowledge and technology needed to make these types of dives successfully and most importantly, safely. This course takes place at depths of 18m to 40m.

To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and meet the minimum age of 15 years.

  • Night dive

One of the best experiences under water is to be able to dive at night as colors, certain species and feeling only see as far as the beam are some of the things you will experience when you dive for first night.

To take this course you must have OWD certification and possess a minimum age of 12 years.

  • Underwater photography

Delve into the fascinating world of underwater photography with this course of Underwater Photography. Capture forever encounters with rare species and enjoys putting into practice techniques that will help you get the best pictures of your favorite animals.

To take this course you must have a minimum age of 10 years and have appropriate certification OWD.

  • Underwater Video

One, two, three, camera and action !! Make your underwater adventure film using skills and techniques you will learn in this course focused on video filming underwater.

To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and have a minimum age of 10 years.

  • Nitrox - enriched air

Learn to dive into this course with enriched air (Nitrox). Will teach you all the information needed to use this type of air when you need it and how to make the most.

To take this course you must own OWD certification and a minimum age of 15 years.

  • Diving at altitude

If in addition the sea you also like the mountain, get even party to diving in lakes with altitude diving course. They teach you to make dips in mountain lakes located at altitudes between 300 and 3000 meters above sea level, thus learning the skills and knowledge necessary to perform dives in this type of environment with its peculiarities.

To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and have a minimum age of 10 years.

  • Dry Suit Diving

Do you live in an area where in winter the water is too cold for diving wetsuit and even semi-dry suit? Would you like to dive in any season or under ice? If your answers are yes, this is the course!. In the course of dry suit diving you will learn the knowledge and skills to dive with this type of costumes that you provide maximum protection and shelter underwater.

To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and a minimum age of 10 years.

  • Diving from boat

Become the king of diving boat and learn to dive from any type of boat to boat diving course.

To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and have a minimum age of 10 years.

  • Scuba scooter

Make your fantasies to become a super-hero and learn to glide under water like you are flying with the skin-diving course with scooter. If you like the feeling of diving, try driving a scooter underwater and will fascinate you.

To take this course you must have OWD certification and a minimum age of 12 years.

  • Diving currents

Expand your knowledge and learn new techniques for diving in currents and make the most of the experience.

To take this course you must be in possession of OWD certification and have a minimum age of 12 years.

  • Search and Recovery

You dropped something jacket pocket and do not know how to find it? Then this is definitely your course. Grab training and techniques required to follow the procedures for search and retrieval of objects. Who knows, maybe you find a sunken treasure!.

To take this course must be in possession of AOWD certification, specializing in underwater navigation and have a minimum age of 12 years.

  • Cave diving

Diving is a wonderful sport because of the amount of sensations that you experience it. Imagine all these feelings inside a cave. Would you like to explore the cavities are submerged under water? If your answer is yes, then you can not miss the specialty skin-diving in caves and learn everything you need to practice this form of diving, fun and safe way.

. To take this course you must be in possession of AOWD certification and be at least 18 years of age.

  • Equipment Specialist

Over the course of specialist equipment you will know in detail every part of your scuba gear, their different functions and how to maintain it properly. Also if you are doing this course you will benefit from the advantage of buying dive equipment, knowing better what you need and how it works.

For this course you need at least be in possession of evidence of Scuba Diver and have a minimum age of 10 years.

  • Diving under ice

Add excitement to your underwater adventures learning to dive under the ice in the course of this specialty.

To take this course you must own AOWD certification and a minimum age of 18 years.

  • Diving Wreck

If you like history, shipwrecks and diving, you just found your specialty, wreck diving. The possibilities are endless, as are the adventures that await you in this type of diving. Discover what lurks inside the hold of a ship sunk old war and take a stroll through our world history through the wreck diving. It is certainly one of the most exciting forms of immersion.

To take this course you must be in possession of AOWD certification and have a minimum age of 15 years.

Professional courses

  • Diving Instructor Course

Would you like to make this fantastic sport in your profession? Or just want to further learning as a diver? If you answered yes to any of the questions take the final step and become Titled Diving Instructor and start your career in this sport.

Note: The information in this text may suffer some variations depending on the federation with which each course is conducted. Therefore we recommend consulting the characteristics of each course before beginning.