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St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Here at Aqua Action we pride ourselves on having an easy-going, but safe and thorough training staff. Our team ranges from Divemaster through Master Instructor, and has many years of experience and thousands of safely certified divers.

We have many options, to fit a wide variety of desires and time constraints. We offer programs focused on just getting you diving in as few as two hours, to full Open Water certification classes. We have a modern, fully-equipped classroom, and our confined water traning is done in our calm, clear bay. We also employ several PADI eLearning options for those of you who want to maximize your vacation dive time!

 

PADI e-Learning with Aqua Action!

 

Discover Snorkeling

Most of the world lies just below the water's surface and PADI's Discover Snorkeling is the first step towards exploring the underwater world. Confidently take that first step with helpful tips and suggestions to make the most of your glimpse into the watery world. Learn More

Discover SCUBA Diving
 
The PADI Discover SCUBA Diving (DSD) program lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI Instructor in pool-like conditions, such as those found at our resort. During your adventure, you'll master some basic concepts and SCUBA skills and might even head off on an open water adventure. Learn More

 
SCUBA Diver Course

Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you  Learn More

 
Open Water Course

Get your PADI scuba certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Learn More

Advanced Open Water Course

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course. Learn More

Rescue Course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. Learn More

Specialty Courses

Learn special scuba diving courses like enriched air Nitrox diving, deep sea diving, wreck diving, night diving and more! Learn More



 
 
 



DISCOVER Snorkeling!

What do I need to start?

  • Minimum Age: none
  • A completed and signed Discover Snorkeling/Skin Diving Statement

What does it take?

The desire to see a brand new world.

How long will it take?

Approximately 60 minutes

What will I need?

Mask, fins andsnorkel (all provided!)

Where can I go from here?

After skimming the surface of the underwater world, there is no where to go but down - below the surface that is! PADI Discover SCUBA Diving, PADI Scuba Diver, PADI Open Water certification and the wide variety of PADI programs that will help you safely explore the underwater world are available to help you further your adventure.

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Why Discover SCUBA Diving?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater. If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.

While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
What do I need to start?
• Minimum age: 10
• A completed and signed Discover SCUBA Diving statement (provided by us)

What will I do?

When you participate in a Discover SCUBA/Discover SCUBA Diving program, you discover excitement and adventure - freedom and serenity. Nothing compares to the "weightless" exhilaration of breathing underwater. Only a diver knows the feeling!

How long will it take?

About two hours.. Whether you watch the short PADI Discover SCUBA video, or are briefed with the Discover SCUBA Diving Flip Chart, you'll enter the water quickly and ready for your scuba adventure.

What will I need?

• A sense of adventure
• Good health

Where can I go from here?

As soon as you Discover SCUBA Diving, you're on your way to an internationally recognized certification. That's because you may learn skills from the PADI Open Water Diver course during your Discover SCUBA adventure. If you and your instructor elect to practice these skills, they may be credited to the PADI SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver certifications. Stop by Aqua Action Dive Center for more information on their PADI Open Water Dive program.

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The PADI SCUBA Diver Course


This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a PADI Scuba Diver.

This certification allows for ample dive experience and is a good warm-up for the Open Water Diver course, if that’s your ultimate goal. PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision
  • Continue their dive training and complete PADI Open Water Diver certification and other courses such as Project AWARE and equipment specialty courses
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The PADI Open Water Course


The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Start your scuba certification online or get started with the PADI Open Water Diver Touch (Android or iOS)


What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
  • Knowledge Development (online, Open Water Diver Touch or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must:
  • Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll participate in five confined water sessions and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

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The PADI Advanced Open Water Course


The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:
  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

The Fun Part: Your Choice

One reason you’ll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course

Prerequisites

To take this course, you must be:
  • A PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

Start the Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is part of PADI eLearning®. The Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online gets you started right now with the background information you need for the seven of the most popular Adventure Dives (though you and your instructor can still choose any of the Adventure Dives.)

What You Learn
The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Diver course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:
 
  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)
  • And much, much more, depending on the Adventure Dives you choose
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The PADI Rescue Course

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.
 

What you learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

What does it cover?

PADI Rescue Diver Course Online content is broken down into 5 easy-to-learn sections after an introduction. The course covers a wide range of topics including, The Psychology of Rescue, Recognizing Diver Stress, Accident Management, Assisting Responsive and Unresponsive Divers at the Surface and Underwater, Equipment Problems, Oxygen Delivery Systems, Missing Diver Procedures, Responding to Diver Emergencies and Inwater Rescue Breathing.

Who can benefit from completing the course?

The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to prevent, and if necessary, manage dive emergencies. The course broadens a diver's awareness and improves their skills and confidence. Most certified PADI Rescue Divers look back on their rescue training as one of the most challenging - sometimes demanding - and therefore most rewarding courses they've taken. The subject is serious but the training is fun.

What are the PADI Rescue Diver Course prerequisites?

You need to be at least 12 years old, certified to beyond entry-level with proof of underwater navigation training, such as PADI Adventure Diver with the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive completed, and be fit for diving to be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver. Any diver with the prerequisite training who is at least 12 years old may enroll in the PADI eLearning Rescue Diver online program.

How does it work?

After enrolling, PADI's eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you check understanding of the presented information before moving on. This lets you go through the program efficiently and at your own pace. End-of-section exams verify your mastery of the entire topic and are automatically scored.

What else is required to complete the course?

After completing the online portion of the PADI Rescue Diver Course you'll visit your PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete your training. You'll take a short eLearning Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course. Then, you'll complete the inwater training portion of the course. Your instructor will have you complete ten rescue exercises in open water, either with or without initial skills practice in confined water. Finally, you participate in two Rescue Diver Scenarios in open water.

How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.

What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?

The PADI Rescue Diver Course online will take approximately 10 - 12 hours to complete

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PADI Specialty Courses

These are the most popular specialties that divers like you choose on their way to the Master Scuba Diver rating. We offer each of these by appointment.

Enriched Air Diver

Stay down longer and get back in the water sooner. Learn how to dive using Enriched Air Nitrox, PADI’s most popular specialty course.


Deep Diver

Explore the wonders of the deep. Learn techniques for diving in the deeper ranges of 18-40 metres / 60-130 feet


Wreck Diver

Learn how to explore mysterious sunken shipwrecks, planes and even automobiles.


Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

Neutral buoyancy is the key to conserving your air consumption and leaving minimal impact on the aquatic environment. Learn how to achieve
neutral buoyancy with ease.


Night Diver

Learn about night dive planning, equipment and navigation. Plus, see a whole new cast of critters that comes out at night.

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PADI e-Learning with Aqua Action!


Below is a sampling of the many programs we offer.
 

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