Recreational diving

Diving is one of the most popular water sports in the world. In addition to a popular leisure for recreational divers it is also much practiced by professional divers for underwater photography and/or videography. Diving is also often mentioned scuba diving. Scuba is an acronym for "Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus".

Because the underwater world is no natural living environment for humans, scuba diving is not entirely without risk and it is therefore necessary that divers prepare themselves properly before they go underwater. This preparation starts with a training where the future diver not only receives a theory package but also learns how to handle the necessary diving equipment and where to pay attention to underwater. In addition, a lot of attention will be given to the safety underwater, not only for the future diver, but also for his or her fellow divers.

After the training program has been completed successfully, the future diver receives a certificate that shows that he or she knows the minimum basic skills to dive responsibly. There are several levels of certificates, from beginner to professional. Most dive companies worldwide require this certificate when a diver wants to go diving with them other than to follow a dive training course.


There are several organisations that issue dive certificates whereas PADI and NAUI are the most well known.

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is a profit-based organisation. The training courses that meet this certification are primarily focused on the recreational divers. They are usually for a shorter period of time and they are also easier to reach. Although PADI training courses are easier and take a shorter period of time to complete they provide a complete learning process that is thorough and complete and their courses are offered worldwide. PADI is now considered to be the leading scuba certification agency worldwide.

NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) is a non-profit organisation. The certification process through NAUI is slightly more difficult and the courses typically last a little longer and it is therefore likely that NAUI certified divers have more improved underwater skills and know more advanced aspects of scuba diving.

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