I'm certified Open Water. It's not just a test, it's a class you take over the course of a few weeks. half of the class is classroom and video instruction and the second half is pool diving. The test at the end of the course is a multiple choice written test. The diving portion of the test requires 4 open water dives with an instructor (2 dives (1 tank used=1 dive) per day). In the water you have to show technical proficiency with the equipment as well as navigation and trouble shooting (clearing a flooded mask, losing a mask, buddy breathing, using the 2nd octopus, etc...)
i have taken the test for a temporary slip and thats it but my friends dad is an expert diver and my dad is also certified one of the things they told me was taking off ur vest under water and putting it back on i was just wondering what else there was to do thanx
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at our place it's $155 for the class and pool plus more $65 for the materials. the four checkout dives vary depending on where you go. usually it's around another $200-250. it's one of the most expenisve sports to get into. a lot similar to skiing price-wise. but nobody cares how you look while you're doing it of if you have the newest gear. i'd actually consider it more of a hobby. a really, really sweet hobby.
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yeah im from calgary, i did the course there and then did my open water cert in mexico. My dad has a bunch of advanced certifications and goes diving out near banff and on the west coast...i get so cold tho i don't know if i would be able to do it without a dry suit, i usually end up wearing 2 wet suits even diving in mexico, hehe. there is actually apparently quite a bit of good diving in alberta tho...there's a whole town at the bottom of lake minnewanka (sp?) that got flooded when they were doing something with dams a long time ago, its supposed to be pretty sick.
scuba diving is so fun but when i went the scuba instructor said it was ok that i was sick and then a couple days later i found out i blew up blood vessels in my ears. so my advice is dont go when you are sick