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Scuba Diving Certification Levels
After an open water diver finishes his or her entry level certification the question comes up about scuba diving certification levels.
What Is The PADI Educational Hierarchy?
There are many scuba diving certification levels in the PADI educational system. The first route is initially the non-professional track. After the open water diver completes his or her entry level certification, the next level is the PADI Advanced Open Water certification whereby five themed dives are done. An example of themed dives would be: deep, peak performance buoyancy, multi-level, underwater navigation and wreck. The next progression of the scuba diving certification levels in the PADI system is the PADI Rescue Diver certification whereby the student learns about what can go wrong in the water and how to handle emergencies, tired divers, unconscious divers and panicking divers and what to expect when things go wrong.
What Paths To Ultimately Choose
At this point, one can decide to continue to take the non-professional track by doing five specialty classes and achieving the PADI Master Scuba diver rating after having fifty logged dives or Going Pro in taking the professional track and enrolling in the PADI Divemaster program.
The PADI Divemaster program is the first level in the professional track of scuba diving certification levels. If the professional track is chosen, after the PADI Divemaster credential is achieved, the next credential sought out would be the PADI Assistant Instructor certification which is preparing to be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). The OWSI credential involves the instructor candidate attending an IDC (Instructor Developement Course). This course is a twelve day course whereby he or she prepares to take the IE (Instructor Examination) which is a two day testing the instructor candidate’s ability to teach in the classroom, confined water and open water setting. From this point on the OWSI has the ability to advance his instructor rating.