Dive Certification

AUSC helps members get certified through local dive shops

Scuba Certification in Adelaide

Take the plunge! The first step to become certified is the Open Water Course.  AUSC will help members get certified through dive shops around Adelaide.

If you wanted to first dip your toes in the water to see if you like scuba diving, many shops also run a Discover Scuba Diving session that is more of a come and try event.

The largest certifying organisation is PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) with SSI (Scuba Schools International) a close second, but there are many smaller groups as well. You can “swap” between them, as both organisations recognise each other’s recreational diving levels.

These courses will teach you to dive up to 18 meters safely, which is the depth the majority of the dives are with the club.  You can pursue an Advanced Course to push that limit to 30 meters, and dive some of the more deeper sites such as the Hobart and Claris.

Open Water Course

Open Water courses are usually held over one or two weekends, and involve theory components, pool time and dives in the ocean. Most shops use an online learning package to assist in learning the theory.Online learning is self-paced, reduces the overall learning time and reduces the overall cost of the course.

What to Expect

Open Water courses are usually held over one or two weekends, and involve theory components, pool time and dives in the ocean. Most shops use an online learning package to assist in learning the theory.Online learning is self-paced, reduces the overall learning time and reduces the overall cost of the course.

Medical Form

Prior to starting your OW scuba diving course, you will be required to fill out a medical form to make sure you are fit to dive. If you, or the dive shop, have any reason to believe that you are not fit to dive, you may be required to do a dive medical with a diving doctor. Dive medicals are available at the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, RAH, but there can be a long wait (average of six weeks). Medicals are also available through qualified doctors around the state.

Equipment Requirements

Some shops require students to buy their own mask, snorkel, boots, and fins (MSBF) for the course, although they usually have some for hire as well. If nothing else, we recommend you invest in a high-quality mask that fits your face comfortably, as this will make a huge difference in the enjoyment of your diving for years to come. Apart from MSBF, a diver need not rush into buying a full kit. It may be some time before you work out what type of equipment you really want, and you will gather useful information as you associate with other divers. AUSC has a full supply of scuba diving equipment so you can rent this reasonably cheaply.

Advanced Courses

The Advanced Open Water (AOW) is a quick way to get more qualifications and experience. A dive Specialty course usually consists of 2-3 dives plus some theory: the AOW is a way of trying out five different specialties: usually deep diving, wreck diving, night diving, buoyancy, and underwater navigation. Some choice is possible and there are many other types of specialty available. After the Advanced program, you will be qualified to dive to depths of 30 metres (instead of 18 m after your Open Water) and to dive at night.

While you can go for AOW straight away, don’t feel rushed at jumping AOW – Getting some experience with AUSC first is probably best before then getting best value from AOW between courses.  However, several shops offer the OW and AOW courses as a package which often ends up being cheaper.

The AOW course is interchangeable between PADI and SSI, and there are no huge differences between the two. PADI AOW is a necessary step on the way to becoming a Divemaster (DM). SSI calls AOW the Advanced Adventurer course, and while it is very much the same content, the course is not necessary to becoming a DM (i.e. you can just do the full specialty courses which ends up cheaper overall).

Note that being a DM is the first step towards becoming a professional or instructor in the scuba industry, whereas being a Master Diver is simply recognition that you are very experiencedand have done certain courses.