- Open Water Diver
Open Water Diver is an entry-level full diver certification for scuba diving. Although different agencies use different names, similar entry-level courses are offered by all diving agencies and consist of a combination of knowledge development (theory), confined water dives (practical training) and open water dives (experience). In the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) system, the course is called Open Water. The Sub-Aqua Association (SAA) also offers a certification entitled 'Open Water Diver'. The SAA qualification is recognised by the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) as a CMAS 1-star certification. The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) entry-level course is called Scuba Diver. The British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) calls its equivalent qualification 'Ocean Diver'.
- ^ "Open Water Diver". PADI. 2008. http://www.padi.com/scuba/padi-courses/diver-level-courses/view-all-padi-courses/open-water-diver/default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
- ^ "SAA Qualifications". Sub-Aqua Association. 2009. http://www.saa.org.uk/Qualifications/DiveQualifications/tabid/120/Default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- ^ "Cross over guide" (pdf). Sub-Aqua Association. 2009-06-12. http://www.saa.org.uk/Portals/0/6.5A.%20DGXO.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
- ^ "Diving Course Syllabus". British Sub-Aqua Club. 2009. http://www.bsac.com/page.asp?section=594§ionTitle=Diving+Course+Syllabus. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
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