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Refresher Scuba Course

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If you are considering taking a Refresher Scuba Course you should ask yourself the following question: When was the last time I dove?

Who Should Take a Refresher Scuba Course?

According to a survey conducted by  DEMA, The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, in which more than 24,000 divers participated, 11.8% of them said they had not dived in more than a year. Another 21.7% admitted that, although they consider themselves divers, they are not active for various reasons.

In any case, if you find yourself in one of these groups and want to dive again, Dressel Divers and PADI advise you to take a refresher scuba course.

Although your diving certification is valid for life, after a long time without diving you should refresh your knowledge and skills before jumping into the water. It’s a safety issue. It is also true that refresher needs may vary from one person to another. Even if for both of you the same amount of time has passed since you last dived. Getting certified during a vacation and not diving again until the next one is not the same as being an experienced diver with an extensive logbook and stopping your activity for some time. Surely, all of them are going to enjoy the benefits of taking a refresher scuba course, but some divers will be more aware of needing it than others. Oddly enough, it is usually the more experienced ones.

The PADI Refresher Scuba Course

The PADI refresher scuba course will just take you a few hours (from 2 to 6) and is designed to update the knowledge and skills of those certified divers who, despite being inactive for a while, want to go back to making bubbles and enjoy the wonders of this sport with all the safety guarantees. Therefore, to take this course you must have completed at least a PADI Scuba Diver certification.

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Let’s see what the PADI Scuba Diver Refresher course will give you!

The ReActivate™ program is divided into 2 parts.

1. The first part is theoretical and you can take it online. This part has 20 topics. Among them:

– dive preparation

– boat diving

– dive computers

– aquatic life

– problem management

– health and fitness for diving…

The best thing about this program is that it adapts to your needs. First, the diving refresher course offers a brief general introduction to all the topics and then, it adapts to the student’s needs and offers the student only the contents he/she needs to reinforce.

How is this possible? Very simple, the e-learning methodology makes it possible. The program poses some questions that the student answers, depending on his/her answers the diving refresher course shows some contents or others. After passing the general theoretical exam, it is time to go into the water.

2. The second is a practical part. Again, the course follows the trial-and-error methodology. The instructor observes how you dive and grades on a check sheet that he carries with him.

How you perform your equipment check, the way you enter the water, buoyancy control, etc. In addition, he will ask you to perform 5 tests.

  1. Remove your mask and put it back on.
  2. Demonstrate your ability to maintain neutral buoyancy.
  3. Buoyancy control with the BCD and weights in shallow water.
  4. Ascent with an alternate air source until you reach the surface.
  5. Other techniques or skills that the instructor feels will help you in the dive refresher process.

When you successfully complete both parts of the dive refresher course, PADI will issue you a new card attesting to your reactivation.

Have you done the dive refresher course? Tell us how was your experience in the Facebook thread or leave us a comment!

Refresher scuba course
Refresher scuba course
  1. Remove your mask and put it back on.
  2. Demonstrate your ability to maintain neutral buoyancy.
  3. Buoyancy control with the BCD and weights in shallow water.
  4. Ascent with an alternate air source until you reach the surface.
  5. Other techniques or skills that the instructor feels will help you in the dive refresher process.

When you successfully complete both parts of the dive refresher course, PADI will issue you a new card attesting to your reactivation.

Have you done the dive refresher course? Tell us how was your experience in the Facebook thread or leave us a comment!

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