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The Difference: With Confined Dives vs. Without

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The Difference: With Confined Dives vs. Without

When booking with SEARCH SCUBA, you're often given the choice between an Open Water Diver With Confined Dives or an Open Water Diver Without Confined Dives. The difference is outlined below to make sure you’re booking the desired experience.

Open Water Diver WITH Confined Dives

This dive choice includes the extra day of confined dives that is required to get your Open Water certification. It is typically more expensive because it includes the additional training with the same dive shop you’ll be competing your open water adventure with. 

If you'd prefer to do the confined dive portion of your training with a local dive shop before completing your open water certification, you can choose Open Water Diver Without Confined Dives. 

Open Water Diver WITHOUT Confined Dives

Alternate name: Referral Dive

This choice does not include the additional confined dives that are required as part of the Open Water certification. If you choose this option, you’ll need to complete the confined dives before your scheduled dive. You may have already completed the eLearning and confined dives with a local dive shop, which means you’re now ready to just book the open dive portion with the dive shop of your choice. The local dive shop that you've completed your confined dives with will refer you to the dive shop you're going to complete the open water part of your certification. 

Make sure you confirm the specific details of any confined dives as the estimated time to complete this phase in the certification process can be several days, dependent on your local dive shop availability. 

What is Open Water Certificaiton?

The Open Water course is the basic scuba diving certification course offered by all certification agencies. It allows you to dive down to 60 feet nearly anywhere, as long as you're accompanied by a fellow diver with the same level or higher certification. There are three phases to the Open Water certification, which include knowledge development with eLearning, skills development with confined diving (usually in a pool), and practical skills in the open water.

An Open Water certification allows you to:

  • Plan and go on dives with a certified buddy or dive professional
  • Obtain air fills
  • Rent dive equipment
  • Book boat dives

To complete your Open Water certification you will need to take the following steps:

  • Start an online eLearning course to learn the fundamentals of scuba diving. 
  • Move to the pool to practice your basic scuba skills.
  • Next, you will experience real, guided open water dives with a dive professional.

Read more on Open Diver Certification here.

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