NAUI Scuba Diver
The NAUI Scuba Diver certification (some agencies call it Open Water Diver) is the entry to scuba diving.
It's good for a lifetime and is accepted everywhere in the world.
There are three components to the training.
The knowledge component gives you the necessary information about dive equipment and its use, with special emphasis on dive tables and computers, the basic science of being underwater and the physical and biological environment.
This part will mostly be done online at your pace, with a couple meetings to answer questions, review key points, etc.
Confined water practice.
The confined water (pool) component let's you practice the basic skills, including problem solving underwater, in a safe, controlled environment.
It's typically done over a weekend or a few evenings.
Open water practice.
The open water component takes you out to "real world'' diving (ocean, lake) to demonstrate your dive skills in natural conditions.
It's typically done over a weekend.
The in-water part of the training requires that you have access to a basic set of scuba gear.
Garibaldis Rock! is solely in the training business so we work through local dive shops to provide gear.
If you know you're committed and have the money, you might want to buy a full set of equipment right away.
(Take a look at out our considerations for buying scuba gear.)
But most people will start off renting most of their equipment.
There are two categories of gear:
Personal gear consists of mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves.
These cannot normally be rented and will be your first purchase.
Most dive shops sell packages for divers taking a class.
The rest of the gear, including wetsuits, regulators, BCs etc., can usually be rented as a package for the duration of the course.
(But be careful.
Some shops include the equipment for the pool sessions and then charge separately for the open water trip.)
We also teach a variety of advanced and specialty courses.
Contact us for more information on Advanced, Rescue, Master Scuba Diver, or other specialties.