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Junior Open Water Diver (camp version)

The PADI Junior Open Water Program comes in two different flavors.  The most popular program that we run is the Junior Open Water Camp.  This high intensity camp is held over an entire week for 6-7 hours each day, usually over spring break, or in the summer month when kids are out of school and looking for something to do.  The students take part in the class room, and pool sessions during this time.  In addition, HiTek Scuba also adds guest speakers on various topics such as local marine biology, environmental issues, as well as a several fun learning activities that augment the learning process.  Those students that complete all of the requirements during the camp are invited to go on their Open Water adventure weekend at the end of camp to finish off their actual certification check out dives.

HiTek Scuba also offers the Junior Open Water Diver certification as a stand alone program very similar to the regular open water diver course listed above, just tailored to the younger age of the students.  This program is usually conducted by request, so if you'd like to get your "middle school" kids in the water, just give us a call. 

What do I need to start? 

There are no pre-requisite courses for this class.  Junior Open Water Diver is designed for kids 12-14 years old who are comfortable in the water and decent swimmers (can swim 200yrds).

Minimum age: 12 (younger students should check out the PADI SEAL Team Program)


Open Water Diver

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.  This is where you begin your training.  This course will take you as a non-diver and make a certified scuba diver out of you.

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. If you are between 12 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.  If you have a child younger than that, don't worry they can still have fun diving in the PADI Seal Team Program.

Throughout the course, youíll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean) dives.

Click on the "open water" link to the left for more information and tips on selecting your open water class.



Advanced Open Water

The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment. 

This certification includes five Adventure Dives; including the Deep Adventure Dive, the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive, the Night Dive and two of the following:

  • Altitude Diver 
  • Boat Diver 
  • Drift Diver 
  • Dry Suit Diver 
  • Multilevel Diver 
  • Night Diver 
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy 
  • Search and Recovery Diver 
  • Underwater Naturalist 
  • Underwater Photographer 
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Videographer 
  • AWARE Fish Identification 
  • Wreck Diver 


Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver will expand your knowledge and experience beyond purely recreational level because you'll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence. 

What do I need to start? 

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months. 

Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies


Dive Master Program and Internship

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with our Instructors, this program works to expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.


To take this course, you must be:


Assistant Instructor

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. Itís a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.


You must

  • Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives, including nightdeep, and navigation dives
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Want a fun and exciting career!



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Last modified: March 29, 2010