Academy Bay Diving, Avenue Charles Darwin, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Academy Bay Diving is a locally owned and operated company dedicated to providing excellent customer service throughout the Galapagos Islands.
Dive Galapagos with Academy Bay Diving
Owner and lead dive master Hugo Masaquiza has been a guide and dive master all over the archipelago, developing an in depth knowledge of all dive and tour sites. All of our dive masters and guides speak both spanish and english, and are extremely knowledgeable about the areas they guide.
Galápagos is our home, and we recognise and feel extremely lucky to live here and be a part of this amazing geological and biological Eden. Therefore we are dedicated to the conservation of our home, and the enchanted islands you wish to visit, and those that need to remain for future generations to come.
Through our diving trips, island tours and packages we hope to educate you about the Galapagos wildlife, helping you to understand what makes it so special, and sharing the rugged beauty that is Galapagos.
Named one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World by CEDAM international, the Galapagos waters will make you wish that you could somehow shout out through your regulator to your diving partners all the wonders you see.
Imagine a realm where penguins swim in equatorial seas, no one bats an eye at four-eyed fish, and iguanas are found eating their algae meal submerged in the saltwater. Imagine dolphins leaping about in phosphorescent water and becoming the new friend of a playful sea lion pup. Open your eyes... you are imagining diving the Galapagos. View more View less
English, Spanish; Castilian
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular dive course in the whole world. It is the first full dive certification that PADI offer and it is often the first dive course that most people choose to take.
The PADI open water diver course is split up into three parts:
* Theory - During this part of the course you will learn about the basics of scuba diving including how to set up your equipment and how to stay safe underwater. The theory is usually done in a classroom with your dive instructor. You will be required to complete knowledge reviews, and you will need to pass a multiple choice exam.
* Confined Water Sessions - These usually takes place in the swimming pool and will give you the chance to get used to your dive equipment and you will learn the basic scuba skills that are needed to enter the underwater world.
* Open Water Dives - In order to pass the PADI Open Water Diver course you will need to complete four open water dives which usually take place in the ocean. Depending on your location they may take place in a lake or quarry. You will be expected to show that you understand the basic dive skills during your open water dives.
Certified as a PADI Open water diver, now what?
In order to take part in the PADI Open Water Course, you need to be at least 15 years old. If you are between 10 and 15, you can instead take the PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course.
Once you have completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you will be eligible to dive to a depth of up to 18 meters (60 feet) deep.
If you want to become a fully certified scuba diver, the PADI Open Water Course is for you - book your course today.
3 days, equipment, PADI materials, food on board, towels, instructor, pool session, 4 open water dives, photos of the dives
The PADI Advanced Open Water Course is the next main scuba course after the Open Water course. Most divers love this course as it is fun and interesting and involves no exam work.
If you opt to take the Advanced Open Water Diver Course, you will branch out into five scuba specialities. Two of these are mandatory and are deep diving and underwater navigation. The other three specialities are completely up to you.
Your options include:
* Wreck Diving
* Underwater Photography
* Underwater Videography
* Night Diving
* Diving with Underwater Scooters
* Aware Fish ID
* Peak Performance Buoyancy
* Drift Diving
* Boat Diving
What you will learn during the PADI scuba diver course?
The main goal of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is to increase your scuba knowledge and your confidence under the water.
You will learn more about the psychological effects of deep diving and how to stay safe when you descend below 18 meters.
You will also learn about how to navigate underwater correctly. Each speciality that you choose will involve one dive which can later be put towards the individual speciality courses if you wish.
Who can start the PADI advanced open water diver course?
If you think, this scuba course sounds like fun you will need to be a certified PADI Open Water Diver (or the equivalent from a different dive school) and be 15 years or older.
If you are between 12 and 15, you can take the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Course which is very similar, but has limited choices when it comes to your specialities.
What are you waiting for? Book your course today!
The PADI Rescue Diver course is one of the most challenging and rewarding courses PADI offers. This course will build upon all of the experience you have already gained and help you not only know how to prevent problems, but manage them as well if they were to occur.
Most divers that have gone through the PADI Rescue Diver course find it to be not only challenging, but extremely rewarding – many say it is the best course they have ever taken!
## What you will learn during the PADI rescue diver course?
The PADI Rescue Diver course will teach you all the things you will need to know in order to have a safe and fun time diving such as:
* Self rescue
* Rescuing panicked divers
* Rescuing an unresponsive diver
* Managing and recognizing stress in other divers
* Operating emergency equipment
## Who can start the PADI rescue diver course?
In order to take the PADI rescue diver course, you must be at least 12 years old and already have the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, and be trained and current in first aid and CPR within the previous two years.
If you want to become a diver that has a strong ability to handle any scuba diving emergencies, then you should enroll today!
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