Many visitors to the Dominican Republic experience scuba diving here for the first time. In most cases, they choose a trial dive, which does not give them a certificate, but gives them the opportunity to discover the underwater world with an instructor.
After this first experience, most beginner divers want to keep diving. In this case, it is best to enroll in a scuba diving course. There are many diving federations in the world. The most famous is PADI. Its certificates are recognized all over the world. The first course for beginners is Open Water Diver. Why get your first scuba diving license? Here are the reasons:
Going on vacation to any country in the world, you can go scuba diving as a certified diver. Since PADI licenses are recognized in any dive center, you can participate in various diving trips and descend to a depth of 18 meters (the maximum depth allowed for OWD divers). In any resort, you will have many dive sites worth visiting. This way you will be able to explore the underwater world of every country you go to.
You will become more independent: with an Open Water Diver certification, you can dive on your own with a buddy wherever you go. But of course it is always recommended to go on a guided diving tour to have a local instructor show you the underwater routes and give you any assistance during the dive. Unlike trial dives, which are conducted with a personal instructor for each client, dives for certified divers are conducted under the guidance of 1 instructor per group. This gives you more freedom and the opportunity to practice your newly acquired diving skills.
Guided dives for certified divers are much cheaper than trial dives. Since you don’t need a personal guide, you pay half as much per dive. Why pay if you are a licensed diver? As mentioned above, it is highly recommended to dive with a divemaster or instructor. First of all, you will be able to discover the best diving spots, even if this is your first visit to this country. Moreover, diving with experienced professionals becomes safer. You can also rent diving equipment from the dive center so you don’t have to travel with heavy luggage.
With a license, you get more diving pleasure! Indeed, you will be prepared to deal with possible problems underwater, and you will feel relaxed and confident underwater, and then, without distraction, you will observe the fish and the scenery around you. It is true that most people experience stress during test dives. It’s easy to explain. They feel helpless not knowing how to properly put on their ears, what to do if water gets inside the mask, etc. During the Open Water Diver course, you will learn many skills and procedures to help you deal with situations like this easily. With this knowledge, you will feel very relaxed during your dives and have a really great time underwater.
The OWD course is the first step in scuba diving and opens the door for you to many more levels. You can continue your education by taking the Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and many other courses and specialties. Depending on what interests you more, you choose what to study, for example, if you like the environment and aquatic animals, you can study the features of fish identification, shark conservation, underwater naturalist. If deep water appeals to you, sign up for the Deep Diver course. Wreck Diver is a great dish for those with an interest in wrecks and history.
And finally, the most important reason for taking a scuba diving course is that you will practice this wonderful sport and become part of a global community of people who share the same passion for diving as you. Making new friends, sharing fantastic underwater moments, traveling and experiencing new emotions will change your life and turn you into an Ambassador of the Ocean. Doubt no more! Change your life and become a PADI Open Water Diver!