Confined Water Training – what is it?

All Diving Agencies, have rules on training, called Standards.

One of the key parts of diver training, or indeed a diver experience involves some “Confined Water” training.

For Instance the below are the Standards needed

Discover Scuba Diving          1 Confined Water              1 Open Water

Scuba Diver                         3 Confined Water              2 Open Water

Open Water                         5 Confined Water              4 Open Water

In The PADI Instructor Manual, Confined water is defined as “Swimming pool-like conditions with respect to clarity, calmness, and depth”.

Unfortunately it is very rare that the sea in Limassol can be considered to be Swimming Pool-Like Conditions!! At a depth where you can kneel down to learn skills and just stand up if you have a problem, the sand here is very fine and will limit visibility. Plus most days the sea is not as calm as a swimming pool, unless its at 6am!!! But who wants to get up at that time of the day!

Confined Water Training

Therefore unlike some other Dive Centres, Dive In ONLY teaches Confined Water in the swimming pool, for comfort and safety, as well as to adhere to this PADI Standard.

So, when looking for a Dive Centre, do ask where your confined Water will be conducted, obviously, by going straight into the sea, its more stressful, cuts corners, breaks diving Standards, if its not swimming pool-like conditions, and is probably why the diving is cheaper!!!


Diver Training – Its so Important!

A recent news article reported on a diving incident that should never happen if standards and procedures were followed correctly when diving and if the diver had remembered the training.
We have noticed over the last few years how many people we have had book diving with us as an Open Water diver and in fact they haven’t been taught, or remembered, even the basic relevant skills and safety checks necessary for the level of qualification they had paid for!

Students, without having any prior knowledge about diving put their trust in the Instructor and Dive Centre to do their job as per the training standards of the Diving Agency they represent.

A newbie to diving will not be able to tell the difference between an lnstructor teaching them strictly via the Standards or an Instructor and Dive Center who is cutting out key skills or skipping over them quickly in order to save money (hence the reason for cheaper courses!)
We have experienced Open Water divers unable to:
Assemble their equipment
Do a proper buddy check
Check air quality & their air consumption
Complete a weight check

Dive In always sticks strictly to PADI’S Standards when teaching and guiding dives. We teach all of our customers to a competent level. Indeed, in 24 years we have taught nearly 12,000 PADI Courses and have a safety record to be envious of, in addition as one of the top Dive Centres in Cyprus we have taught over 1,500 people Instructor level credentials.

So if you are looking to learn to dive, ensure that the Dive Centre and Instructors explain the Course in detail to you, including the skills they will teach you and when you are asked to sign the record card, ensure you check that all the skills were taught to you and that you have mastered them! We at Dive In use all PADI produced teaching materials including the planning dive slate for your final Open Water dive, a final opportunity for you to check you are happy and comfortable with all the skills we have taught you.
Diving is safe and fun when taught and experienced correctly.

For more information on Courses, check out our website and contact us to explain everything to you.