In order to see some of the amazing scuba diving sites in Playa del Carmen, you will have to have a few days of scuba certifications. And while this may seem like a barrier, it’s actually a lot of fun to learn the skills and technical information that it takes to get your scuba diving certification.

Open Water Scuba Diver

The basic certification is for the Open Water Scuba Diver. Sometimes this is abbreviated to “OW.” In a course, you’ll learn all about the technical side of diving, including how to plan a dive, how to use the equipment, and how to control your buoyancy. You will also learn about some safety techniques, including underwater rescue techniques and what to do in the case of an emergency.

The scuba diving certification course should also cover various situations that you might encounter while diving. Different lighting, currents, temperatures and sounds will be covered – and what you can do to dive well in all of the various situations. The course will also cover various breathing techniques and how they can be used within the dive.

There are several OW courses that are offered with a lot of the work done online. You might even be able to get all of the book related work done over the internet, and then move on to do your first dive on your vacation – finishing the certification with an instructor. This tends to be a good option for a lot of people, but it is also nice to do the entire course at a dive center if you can. Having a personal experience from the beginning can help if you’re feeling nervous about that very first experience in the water.

Additional Scuba Diving Training

Once you have the OW course completed, you are able to dive in open water! You can also do some cavern diving with a cave certified guide, such as diving the cenotes.

If you want to continue your certification, you could then move on to some specialty courses. For example, many dive centers offer courses such as “advanced buoyancy control” or courses on how to dive without harming the ecosystems in the area.

If you’re interested in specific sites, such as wreck diving or cenotes, Diversity Diving can offer courses that could lead you into additional levels of scuba diving certification. Some people even go as far as to become instructors or rescue divers! How far you go is up to you, but booking your first Open Water course is the place to start.

Contact us at Diversity Diving to plan a scuba dive certification class during your upcoming Playa del Carmen vacation.