Benefits of Continued Education in Recreational Diving
If you have recently finished your PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) course, probably you are wondering if it would be interesting or not to continue your education as a recreational diver, following one of the existing PADI Continued Education programs —specialties, Advanced OWD and Rescue Diver—.
Certainly, many of the certified OWD divers are not interested in continuing their education in diving, as they consider that the training received in the OWD course —focused on personal safety and assistance to a buddy— is enough for them.
Nevertheless, other OWD decide to progress further in the PADI career, going for the Advanced OWD and Rescue Diver courses, as they want to develop their abilities as divers by extending their knowledge and improving their water skills.
In order to promote the Continued Education, PADI standards DO NOT establish a minimum number of dives as a requirement to start the Advanced OWD course and they only require the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive done to allow an OWD diver to go for the Rescue Diver course.
The BENEFITS ASSOCIATED TO CONTINUED EDUCATION that should be considered are the following:
• Increases diver´s safety by providing profounder knowledge on diving together with improving water skills (buoyancy control, proper gear use, underwater navigation, deep diving,…)
• Provides specific learning on how to manage emergency situations in diving (rescue and self-rescue skills), including Emergency First Response education, what becomes very useful also in daily life.
• In summary, improves divers´ confidence in their own skills, what results in increasing the safety of the buddy as well during the dive..
Hope this post can help you to take your decision on the matter.