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What Are the Requirements for Getting Scuba Certified?

Scuba diving is a fun and exciting activity that can be enjoyed by just about anyone - as long as they have the proper certifications. If you do not have your Certification card or C-card, you should not attempt to dive on your own for the sake of your own safety. If you are interested in receiving your certification, Scubadelphia Diveseekers is a PADI 5-star instructor development center, offering courses for anyone ages ten and up in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The process involves a few steps, all of which are important for ensuring that you are safe and adequately skilled when exploring the underwater world.

Online Learning

Before we get you into the open water to start diving, we need to make sure you are trained on the ins and outs of scuba safety as well as some of the theory behind diving. Typically, this information can be covered throughout the course of a few days. The PADI e-learning course will explain the theory behind scuba diving, the practical skills you will learn in the water as well as the reasons for each of the skills you will be taught. There will be an exam, so make sure you are doing your homework so you are prepared!

Confined Water Pool Sessions

The practical part of the course will be working in the water. Every student is required to have their own quality mask, snorkel, scuba diving fins and booties. Our staff will assist you in picking out and trying on these items so you can purchase the equipment that best fits you. During the pool sessions, we will teach skills such as mask removal, regulator clearing and donning gear as well as ensuring you are comfortable using all of your equipment. There is also a swim test, which requires students to swim 200 yards and tread water for ten minutes. There is no time limit for the swimming portion, and you can use whatever methods you want for both swimming and treading water. If you successfully complete all confined water skills and meet the swim test requirements, you will be able to move forward to your training dives!

Certification Completion

Once you’ve passed your confined water and e-learning, you’re ready to get certified. You can do this anywhere; locally at Dutch Springs lake in Bethlehem, PA, or somewhere else. If you’re going on vacation to an exotic location, such as the Caribbean, you can arrange to get certified during your time there! These dive sessions typically span over 2 days. Over these 2 days, you will need to complete four Open Water dives, all supervised by our team. These dives are the final steps you need to take before obtaining your C-card and being able to go diving whenever you want! 

Scubadelphia Diveseekers has been helping Philadelphians receive their scuba certification for years, and we can do the same for anyone interested in exploring the underwater world and discovering new experiences. To learn more about how to sign up for our certification courses, contact us or give us a call at 267-343-5590 today!

Dive Planning using a table

We all learn some form of dive planning in our original open water class. Years ago it was with Navy tables, then moved into the PADI recreational dive planner (RPD), then someone came up with the wheel...which sucked, then the eRPDml which is a digital calculator and finally we all have dive computers now with a planning mode. But I still teach my students the basics with the PADI tables. If you want to learn about dive planning or want to refresh your memory check out my links at the bottom. These videos will hopefully make you a safer diver. -Dave

Basic dive planning: http://youtu.be/HG5oeWMQo0I

Calculate minimum surface interval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn8pSYLULA8

So you want to learn to dive….

People email and call us all the time with questions on where to start their scuba career. I have put together this 6 minute video showing you exactly what I show to new students who come into the store. And the best way to get started is to come into the store so we can meet you, find a schedule that works best for your busy schedule and fit you for the proper gear you will soon use to get your certification. Here is the link to the video:

http://youtu.be/Jdf2V5SPrnA

Learning to dive in Philadelphia and South Jersey is actually pretty easy. We have a fully stocked store with an on-site classroom and our pool is about a 15 minute ride closer to center city Philly. Public transportation can drop you in front of the shop if you don't drive. We do our certification dives at a Scuba lake in Bethlehem, PA about an hour away from Northeast Philly. You can camp there or get a motel room for the weekend. (4 dives are done over Saturday and Sunday) Please call us if you are interested in signing up or stop in to begin your diving adventure!

We can also certify you on a trip to places like Bonaire, Utila, Cozumel or even Canada! We do Ice Diving at Bainbridge Quarry in the winter. We love diving all year!

Our Favorite Spot to Dive??

Some of the staff was recently interviewed for Temple University’s newspaper. Jack asked each of us our favorite dive destination and to my surprise 3 of us said “North Carolina”. This is kinda weird since we’ve been all over the world including Ireland, Croatia, Australia and all over the Caribbean including whale shark encounters and giant manta rays. Rand just hasn’t been to NC with us yet to pick it as his favorite!

The gulf steam bounces off the coast of NC bringing tropical fish and warm water across the Graveyard of the Atlantic off of Morehead City-the southern part of the Outer Banks. There are many wrecks that were tossed and broken by hurricanes but most of the wrecks that we dive were sunk in WW2 by close patrolling German U-boat subs. These wrecks by themselves are awesome because of the great visibility but made even greater because of the sand tiger sharks that live on most of them!

The deeper wrecks which start around 100ft are the Papoose and Spar where sand tigers are usually found and the Aeolus which is my personal favorite. It’s like an aquarium without glass or cages. These beautiful animals, well other than their ugly protruding teeth, are very docile. They will swim near you for excellent photo and video opportunities. Look at my Youtube video called “Peter’s Sharks” under Scubadelphia for a glimpse.

We also dive the U-352 which was sunk by a US Coast Guard cutter. This wreck is deteriorating from the salt water and weather conditions of the area. You can swim up and down the wreck on a single dive noticing a torpedo still in one of the hatches.

Sometimes the weather is a little to rough to visit the deeper off-shore wrecks. We will stay inshore and have some fun on the Hutton and Indra. We get more bottom time on these shallower wrecks.

I think the reason why we enjoy North Carolina so much is it’s an 8 hour drive to a diver’s paradise. I love wrecks and big animals and they are close. You also can bring all your own gear without worrying about baggage fees. I love my steel 100 doubles and they like giving me extended bottom time in the Graveyard.

-Dave

Scubadelphia visits Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, NC every year in August. We drive down Friday and dive Saturday-Monday then drive home. Please join us on our favorite summer adventure this year. Make sure you are advanced and nitrox certified to enjoy the deeper wrecks.

Here is the link to the Temple University article that got all this started!
U352http://temple-news.com/arts/an-underwater-perspective