PADI OW SCUBA CERTIFICATION PART l
It has been about two years since I have been thinking about getting my Open Water Scuba Certification.I was first introduce to it in Haiti when my dad and I were going on a boat ride and there was a group of scuba divers heading out also and we were all talking and one of the guys of the group was telling me about his experience and he planted a seed in my head.
Choosing my scuba School
I got my PADI Open Water Certification with SF Scuba School and depending on where you get it the process might be a little different but I did the pool sessions in San Francisco and the Ocean Dives in Monterey Bay (which is about a 3 hour drive from SF). With this post I’ll share how the day went so you can have an idea of what to expect.
At-home study option
You know how people say if you think about a yellow car all time you’’ start seeing yellow cars everywhere. That was me and scuba, I probably met someone or heard of someone who scuba dived every month. The process was simple, I did the at-home study which is pretty easy but it’s important to go through the book diligently because it’s information you wouldn’t know if you didn’t lear about it; if that makes sense.
I did the one day pool session on a saturday from 1:30 PM -11:30PM; it was a long day to say the least. We started for about 3 hours of reviewing the lessons and after each section we had a quiz of ten questions and a final exam of 50 questions at the end. It is not hard as long as you review your materials, you should be fine. After the quizzes and final exams we learned how to assemble and disassemble our equipment and headed to the pool!
The pool session was a bit more challenging than I thought it would have been. We practiced all the different skills and scenarios from the book. I had to come back for an extra pool session to work on my buoyancy :) but the company I went with was very accommodating. This goes without saying but make sure to do your research on the company you decide to go with; check them out on yelp, read different reviews from different websites. This process shouldn’t be taken lightly it’s important that your training is taken seriously. If something goes wrong you want to to be prepared.
gear purchased :
Booties (The school provides the fins)
Separate Mouthpiece (For the regulator)