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Old 01-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #1
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Denver PADI/ Scuba certification?

Anyone here in the area have any experience with local places to get scuba/PADI certified?


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Old 01-18-2013, 10:40 PM   #2
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I highly recommend A-1 Scuba. Located on Bellview Near Sante Fe:
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:42 PM   #3
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I highly recommend A-1 Scuba. Located on Bellview near Sante Fe: Littleton
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I didn't get that. Try again, who would you recommend?
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PADI in Denver in the winter? Ugh... gotta finish up in that cold, black hole in New Mexico

Might as well just spend a bit more, fly down to Cancun/Cozumel and do it up right.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:55 AM   #6
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A1 scuba is excellent. They have a group trip going to Cozumel in March. You can do classroom & pool in Denver & open water dives in Mexico. It's a great way to get certified & get some experience. That's what I did way back in the 80s. I felt quite comfortable & liked the continuity of doing my first trip with the dive instructor & divemasters that I trained with. Have fun!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:12 AM   #7
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A1 scuba is excellent. They have a group trip going to Cozumel in March. You can do classroom & pool in Denver & open water dives in Mexico. It's a great way to get certified & get some experience. That's what I did way back in the 80s. I felt quite comfortable & liked the continuity of doing my first trip with the dive instructor & divemasters that I trained with. Have fun!
All good points and if you are at all freaked out about water, then the extra pool work is a good idea. Also, if their group rates to Coz. are a good deal, then go for it. However, IMHO, there are always combo deals to Coz that include airfare, hotel, and PADI. (Keep an eye on LivingSocial/Groupon... TONS of deals there).

Again, only IMHO... no amount of pool work prepares you for that first drop below 5 meters.
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When my brother in law got certified, he had done his classwork/pool session through CSU, but for his birthday we paid for him to do his open water at the Homestead Crater, outside of Heber City, UT. It's a hot springs crater. Not an amazing dive, because it is basically a big shaft, but it is 95 degrees, which wouldn't suck in the winter. Of course, any time down in Mexico, or any other good warm island spot, is always good. I got certified in New Zealand, and it was a fairly crazy experience, but I have progressed quite a bit in a lot of great locations!
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I am also somewhat ignorant of the process......

Is an open water dive necessary to complete the certification?


Are there different levels of certification?



What we were looking at is, we go on a trip somewhere tropical most years and snorkel, but have been wanting to get scuba qualified so we can go deeper and see some cooler stuff, is there some level that gets us that far without an open water dive and going down to the blue hole etc? We were hoping to have it done by next Christmas
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I'll offer another vote for A1. We did our Handicapped Diver certification with A1 and they were excellent. Also, I think they have a program that'll allow you to get your cert in a single weekend with the open water dives done at the Denver aquarium. Somehow (I don't understand fully) the aquarium qualifies as open water so a trip to Blue Hole or the Crater isn't really required...
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I'll offer another vote for A1. We did our Handicapped Diver certification with A1 and they were excellent. Also, I think they have a program that'll allow you to get your cert in a single weekend with the open water dives done at the Denver aquarium. Somehow (I don't understand fully) the aquarium qualifies as open water so a trip to Blue Hole or the Crater isn't really required...

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Best deal is to do the pool/classroom stuff here in the pool at A-1, then do the final certification dive on a nice trip to the Carribean. You don't want to waste vacation time doing the prerequisits.
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IWhat we were looking at is, we go on a trip somewhere tropical most years and snorkel, but have been wanting to get scuba qualified so we can go deeper and see some cooler stuff, is there some level that gets us that far without an open water dive and going down to the blue hole etc? We were hoping to have it done by next Christmas
You can do shore/reef dives without your PADI... this is how I did my first few dives: fun and pretty low-commitment. If you really get into it (like I did), you can always follow-up with a PADI. It's totally doable (and safe and affordable) to do your PADI while on vacation in Cancun/Cozumel (or any other destination dive spot on the planet).

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Best deal is to do the pool/classroom stuff here in the pool at A-1, then do the final certification dive on a nice trip to the Carribean. You don't want to waste vacation time doing the prerequisits.
The "prerequisites" for a non-PADI reef dive are pretty minimal... about 20 minutes in the pool. I'm notoriously cheap, so I didn't see the point in spending a lot of money on classes here when I wasn't sure if I was even gonna like it (many, many people freak out in open water and can't handle the drop past 5 meters). Doing a non-PADI dive with a qualified dive master is a great way to see if you're gonna really like the sport before making the financial commitment.
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[QUOTE=MurphCO;20524868]I am also somewhat ignorant of the process......

Is an open water dive necessary to complete the certification?


Are there different levels of certification?

Yes, there are different levels of certification. "Basic Open Water" certification is the lowest level. You will take classroom training where you'll learn basic diving principles and safety. You'll learn about dive tables, atmospheric pressure changes, buoyancy control principles, etc. Don't get freaked out over the dive tables- you need to know the principles but anymore, dive computers are accurate & inexpensive. Still not a bad idea to know how to do this in case the computer fails or you forget it.

You will also spend time in the pool where you will apply some of that book knowledge and learn to do things like clear your mask, buoyancy control, safety techniques like sweeping for your backup regulator, safe descents/ascents, etc.

You can take your classroom & pool training at any PADI certified facility, but to complete your certification, you must complete several "open water" dives with an instructor where you demonstrate your skills. Once you are open water certified you are certified for recreational diving the rest of your life. If you choose, you can obtain other specialty cents,like advanced, deep, wreck, rescue, cave, underwater photography, etc.

If you're not sure if you want to invest all thE time and $ (joke is PADI stands for Put Another Dollar In) to get certified, many large resort offer a "discover scuba experience" where you get a quick intro & get to do a supervised dive with a dive professional.

Diving is WAY FUN. Wit a little training it is safe. But, like a lot of things, something ample can turn dangerous quickly. That's why I really liked doing my classroom & pool training with one company & then taking a guided trip them for my open waters. There's a lot to learn & having someone who knows the ropes made it more,relaxing & fun for me.

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