Performance Based Programs
Our Dive Trainers
BC Dive Adventures is a PADI affiliated store offering scuba training courses designed and standardized by PADI. These courses are some of the easiest and perhaps the safest training programs available worldwide. And with the standardization of training, you are assured that your training course is the same worldwide.
PADI is responsible for an estimated 85% of the divers trained worldwide every year. Despite the increasing numbers of divers trained by PADI annually, the rate of diving accidents continues to drop every year. This means that if anything, given the increasingly growing number of divers trained by PADI annually, PADI training is responsible for making diving safer.*
BC Dive Performance Based Programs
All of our programs are performance based. What does this mean? In earlier times, training was military affiliated. That meant that divers in training had to complete vigorous physical tests and sometimes insane training exercises before they could become divers. PADI introduced performance based training to address the simple question of how does militaristic training make a person a better diver?
Our Dive Trainers
We have Master Scuba Diver Trainers on staff who can teach you everything from basic open water diving to the divemaster course and everything in between including specialty courses like wreck diving, equipment specialist, nitrox, deep diving, and practical courses like medic first aid and DAN O2.
Everything starts at Open Water. In this course you will learn the basics of scuba diving including physiology, physics, equipment basics, the recreational dive planner, and things about the aquatic environment. The pool sessions will introduce you to the practical skills of diving which you will use in the open water. Once you receive your certification, you are ready to begin exploring the deep blue on your own with a buddy.
The Adventures in Diving takes you to the next level. With this training, you will be able to navigate underwater with a compass and via natural landmarks. You will be able to dive at night and plan and execute deep dives. These skills are important because they will allow you to take on more challenging dives that offer more to see than beginner level dive sites. In fact, many charter operators require advanced level certification in order for you to join the charter trip.
With all of your new diving skills, you will want to explore some more remote and challenging dive sites. For your safety and that of your buddy, we recommend taking the Medic First Aid and Rescue Diving course. In the unlikely event of an accident, it makes sense that you and your buddy should be trained in the art of rescuing divers in distress and rendering appropriate first aid. In the Medic First Aid program, you practice giving Cardiopulmonary Resusitation and Artificial Respiration. The course will also introduce you to the skills of entering an accident site, evaluating potential threats and then evaluating the injury so that you can deliver the appropriate first aid.
With regards to diving accidents, in the Rescue Diving course, you will practice doing in-water rescues of unconscious divers and then rendering first aid. While you will probably never have to use these skills, the day may come when you can put this training to good use. If you desire to only be a recreational diver, the Medic First Aid and Rescue Diving course are a good way to round out your diving skills. If you intend to continue on to the professional diver ratings, these courses are mandatory pre-requisites to all of the professional ratings. For more information about divemaster, assistant instructor and instructor ratings, see our Go Pro section.
Our classes are limited in size to maximize the amount of personal attention you can get from the instructor. Open water courses are set up so that each instructor teaches one complete course. This insures continuity and completeness of your training. An instructor who teaches you from start to finish will most likely know all of your strengths and weaknesses and can help you get over any problems that you might have during the course. Courses where the instructor changes frequently result in continuity problems (everyone has their own teaching style) and difficulty for the final instructor to make a thorough evaluation of the student’s diving skills.
We strive to make sure that your diver training is safe and fun. Come in and ask us about diver training. You can phone or email us if that is more convenient. Consider the no obligation Discover Scuba Course which will allow you to try scuba in the safety of a pool. See our class schedule for the next open water course.
The tuition for courses depends on the nature of the course. We offer private one on one courses, semi-private courses and general group lessons. Scuba Entertainment Club members will receive special deals on training courses**. We even have the executive CD-ROM course. So whatever your needs, and whatever your schedule, we will try to accommodate your needs and get you into the deep blue as soon as possible. Check the class schedule for class times and tuition fees or call for information about private lessons.
* This conclusion is not a statement of fact but rather an interpretation of available data
** Scuba Entertainment Club member deals may have restrictions that apply
Performance Based Programs