Open water Diver El portal
With rich marine biodiversity, beautiful sceneries of El portal in South Florida is a great place for diving. But with its calm sea conditions and amazing surroundings, El portal is an ideal place to start diving. The PADI eLearning Open Water Course is a 2 or 3 day program that provides the knowledge and skills you need to become a certified diver. After completing the theories online, you can begin your in water training with your instructor. It’s easy, exciting and fun!
What you will learn:
Becoming a scuba diver in El portal is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:
1. Knowledge Development:
During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you'll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as:
- What to consider when planning dives.
- How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
- Underwater signals and other diving procedures.
You'll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by online with PADI eLearning®. At the end of each chapter, you'll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don't understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.
You'll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you'll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.
2. Confined Water Dives:
This is what it’s all about – diving. You'll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:
- Setting up your scuba gear.
- How to get water out of your mask.
- Entering and exiting the water.
- Buoyancy control.
- Basic underwater navigation.
- Safety procedures.
You'll practice these skills with an instructor until you're comfortable. When you're ready, it's time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.
3. Open Water Dives:
After your confined water dives, you'll head to "open water," where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you'll get to explore the underwater world. You'll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your PADI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another PADI Instructor in a different location.
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. In Tarpoon Lagoon we will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.
When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you'll want your own:
These have a personal fit, and Tarpoon Lagoon we will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.
During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:
- You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
- You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
- Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
- Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.
The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most.
** 10% OFF for our students.
What to expect:
Once you've checked in on the morning of class we will sit back in The Lagoon Lounge for a relaxing review of the materials you've completed. After lunch we'll walk over to the on site pool for your first breathes underwater. Day's two and three will build upon your experience in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean for your Certification dives.
- 8 am - Check In at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
- 8:30 am - Classroom Review and Quizzes
- 12 pm - Break for Lunch
- 12:30 pm - Gear Set-Up
- 1 pm - Pool Training
- 4-6 pm - End of Day
- 12 pm - Check In at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
- 1 pm - Boat Departure for Open Water Dives 1 & 2
- 5 pm - Boat Returns
- 5:30-6 pm - End of Day
- 7:45 am - Check In at Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center
- 8:30 am - Boat Departure for Open Water Dives 3 & 4
- 12 pm - Boat Returns
- 1 pm - End of Day
**Other schedule options are available - please call for details.
Personal items to bring:
- Change clothes
- Lunch / Money
Everything you'll need is just once price!
Since your instructor will be diving with you for both assistance and saftey, all you need to do is enjoy the dive and swim with the fish!
- How long does a dive last? The answer is «it depends». This question doesn’t have a single answer. People breathe at different rates and the deeper you go, the more you use your air. The average dive during a discovery lasts about 40 minutes.
- Can I do only 2 dives? YES. If you choose to go for 2 dives, you’ll simply join our 3 dives trip. Spend your surface interval while snorkeling or sunbathing on the boat.
- What do I need to bring with me on the excursion? A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, a towel. If you tend to get motion sickness it’s recommended that you take pills. Water is provided.
- Is lunch included? YES. A local lunch prepared with fresh local ingredients is part of the day. You’ll get snacks between the dives as well.
- Can I eat just before a dive? Yes. Actually it is a good idea to eat light before a dive. It’s not really recommended to have a full heavy breakfast. A good one is enough!
- Can I drink alcohol before diving? No. Alcohol isn’t recommended before dive.
- How deep will I go? At your first dive the maximum depth is 5 metres At your second and third dives your maximum depth is 12 meters, still with a direct supervision of your instructor.
- How old do you have to be? 10 years old. A minor from 10 till 18 years old will need written consent from parent or guardian to dive with us.
- Is scuba diving dangerous? Statistics show that recreational Scuba diving is about as safe as swimming.
- I have done a discovery. Can I dive with qualified divers? No. You can’t dive with certified divers because you’re not qualified. You get a course and obtain your Open Water Diver level.
- I wear my contact lenses under the mask? Yes Soft lenses can be worn, but we advise not to wear hard or medium hard lenses. Note that you can’t wear glasses under your mask.
- Can my buddies join as passenger? Yes. You can dive and he/she can come on the boat. It’ll be a nice day as well. Our dive sites are also really enjoyable for snorkeling.
- I have asthma. Is it possible to dive? If someone has sever chronicle Asthma and have to take different types of medicine to control, it’s highly recommended not to dive.
- But for some one suffering from common asthma is able to dive. It is recommended that they bring their medicine with them.
- How soon can I fly after a dive? For safety reasons, allow 24 hours between your last dive and your flight.
- I have a cold and a cough can I dive? If the sinuses are not blocked you can dive. If the sinuses are blocked than you will have a problem equalizing the pressure in your ears, than it is recommended not to dive.
- I am pregnant, can I dive? No. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant.