What to expect
What you'll need
You've been looking to get scuba certified but don't know where to start? This short guide will make the process very clear and will offer you the chance to dive Oahu in a safe and fun fashion with the best dive crew on the island.
There are quite a few scuba diving certifications available but the basic certification is called Open Water Scuba. You can obtain your Open Water from a myriad of diving agancies, amongst them PADI which Aloha Scuba Diving Company is associated with. PADI accounts for over 75% of the scuba certifications worldwide and is therefore the most recognized training agency in the industry and our trusted partner.
Upon completing the certification you'll recieve the rating of Open Water diver and this will allow you to rent dive gear, fill up scuba tanks at a dive shop, book dive charters or go diving with a partner anywhere in the world. It will also allow you to sign up for a Dive Specialty or take the Advanced Open Water class to further your knowledge.
Scuba diving in Honolulu is a word-class experience and getting certified here is ensured to be a great time. Hawaiian waters are filled with marine life and it is trully rare to finish your training without seeing tons of fish, green sea turtles, morray eels and beautiful rock and coral formations.
Your passport to adventure and the underwater world awaits you. We aim to provide the highest level of training, and that starts with our small class sizes (maximum student-instructor ratio of 6:1) and highly-trained instructors. We offer both e-learning and instructor-led options for the knowledge development phase of your certification.
This course is executed in three phases:
Learn the lingo! During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification you'll develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives in order to have fun while staying safe. Your study resources are included in the PADI eLearning program which can be taken at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. The five knowledge development sections at the end of each one of the five chapters must be completed prior to your classroom session. Once you are done with your independent study, call us to book your classroom and confined water sessions.
During your confined water session you’ll get to learn how to set up your diving equipment, clear your mask of water, hover and several other important and fun skills. The skills learned in confined water sessions will prepare you to dive in a variety of open water environments.
Your tuition includes most of your rental gear such as your exposure suit, your BCD, and your regulator; but we request new divers own some of the more basic setup: such as your mask, snorkel, and fins. It's more fun, more comfortable, and more conducive to efficient learning when you have a mask that fits your face perfectly! If you don’t already own these, you can purchase them from our wide array of top notch gear at our dive shop in Honolulu when you come by to check in with us.