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Open Water Diver, upgrade

Logo IAHD OWDThe upgrade program from IAHD 'Confined Water Diver' to 'Open Water Diver' has been especially developed for confined water divers who want to take the next step and explore the underwaterworld of the open water environment together with one or more buddy's with the necessary Partner Level.

Because the requirements are higher than for a “Confined Water Diver”, the theoretical and practical sections are more detailed.

The IAHD “Open Water Diver upgrade” course consists of the following sections:

Foto IAHD OWDUTheoretical Knowledge:
In this section, the trainee will learn how to use the IAHD dive planner so that he or she can independently plan dives, calculating the safe dive time and depth limits. The trainee will also learn how a compass works and how to navigate underwater using natural navigation techniques and a dive compass. In addition, the trainee will learn how to inspect and maintain dive equipment.

Practical Skills:
In this section the trainee will, together with an Instructor, dive in a swimming pool or confined water to learn some more advanced dive skills. Some Confined Water skills will also be repeated.

Open Water Skills:
In this part you exercise all the skills one more time, along with your diving instructor. In addition, you will learn some navigation skills and will make some deeper dives than you was allowed to during the 'confined water diver' certification.

• Certified as an IAHD “Confined Water Diver” or equivalent;
• Minimum 14 years of age;
• Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
• Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
• Signed Certificate of Understanding.

Authorised to:
• Carry out non-decompression dives with Scuba equipment;
• Dive to a maximum depth of 20 metres;
• May dive together with one or more divers (dependant upon the partner level).

With over 25 years' experience in recreational diving you've come to the right place for the complete diving experience.

Anyone can learn scuba diving with us. Young or old, able-bodied or with physical or mental disabilities, you are welcome.

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