The Beginning of a New Adventure – Welcome to DIWA!
Floating weightlessly, discovering new worlds, freedom & peace, watching sea animals in their natural environment from close distance, belonging to a big international family, making new friends: All this (and so much more) is part of diving. Whether in national waters or in the ocean, whether in the Baltic Sea or the Caribbean: scuba diving is a sport that can be practiced in many places and that is fun in all places. Divers all around the world feel like they are part of a big family and meet on the same level, regardless of whether someone is a bank director or street sweeper. Nationality and gender, physical health and handicaps, old and young: neither of these matter to divers. The common enthusiasm for professional diving unites divers across the entire world.
Everybody can lean scuba diving; and the better the diver training, the safer the diver feels and the more fun it is. DIWA has been training divers for more than forty years and such training according to DIWA standards stands for quality and safety, is globally accepted, and well acknowledged.
If we have got you interested in the sport and diver training with DIWA, you surely have a few questions, a few of which we would like to answer in the following:
Is scuba diving dangerous?
Most certainly, diving isn’t any more dangerous than cycling, climbing, skating, or skiing. As all other sports, diving requires certain skills and capabilities that diving students are taught during training courses. A special ruleset is to be followed (like in any other sport), and the obedience of rules makes diving much safer than driving a vehicle in rush hour traffic.
Every sport does have its extremes. Some prefer easy-going cross-country skiing, others feel the urge to practice ski jumping, and while some like climbing hills and small mountains, others would rather hike the Mount Everest with no oxygen or socks.
This isn’t any different in diving. The decision of where, how, and when diving is practiced lies with every diver individually.
What are the different training levels?
The DIWA training systems builds on several different stages, each of which comes with a specific training course and according certification. The certificate, also referred to as qualification record, is internationally valid and must be submitted when registering for a dive, for example in a holiday resort diving center. The certification comes with a so-called diver’s logbook that keeps record of every dive and is signed by the according diving instructor, diving school or diving partner. The logbook is commonly considered a record of experience and should be presented with the certificate.
DIWA is convinced that a certificate alone doesn’t make a safe diver and thus makes it a requirement for divers to gain experience in the field in combination with special courses (such as underwater navigation and deep diving) before they can reach the next training level. Experience is therefore defined by the number of dives. In other words: DIWA won’t let you earn one certificate after another to collect the biggest possible number records in the shortest time possible. This isn’t a rule of dictation, but rather a guarantor of your personal safety in matters of diving.
A brief overview of the most important DIWA certificates:
- DIWA Open Water Diver (OWD)The classical beginner’s certificate that allows you to join a diving professional on escorted dives at up to twenty meters depth.
- DIWA Master Scuba Diver (MSD)The classical advanced diver’s certificate that allows you to dive at up to forty meters depth with an equal diving partner.
- DIWA Chief Scuba Diver (CSD)Allows you to guide groups of divers independently and at your own responsibility.
- DIWA DivemasterAllows you to work at a diving center and assist a diving instructor. The DIWA Divemaster certificate is the pre-stage of DIWA Assistant Instructor and thus the first step toward a professional career in diving (see also: DIWA for Instructors).
Find a detailed overview of the entire DIWA training system here: The DIWA Training System.
DIWA offers special courses for children under 14.
DIWA has made a special commitment to diving for handicapped and offers special courses that are tailored to diving with handicapped people. The DIWA headquarters will happily assist you with any questions or requests.
What else? How can I develop my skills and specialize in certain areas?
Diving has many special areas that partially relate to special requirements (such as cave diving and diving under ice) or to particular interests (such as underwater photography).
DIWA has a broad selection of special courses that give interested divers many different opportunities of training. Our program includes (amongst others):
- Underwater navigation, group leadership, deep diving, night diving, first aid for diving accidents, rescue diving, diving with dry diving suits, wreck diving, current diving, underwater photography and videography, diving for handicapped, diving techniques, rebreather diving, altitude diving, free diving (apnea), NITROX, TRIMIX, compressor techniques, diving medical science, marine biology… and many, many more!
The DIWA diving instructors and diving schools will happily answer your questions of when, where, and how such special courses can be attended.
5 reasons why DIWA should be the dive training agency of your choice:
1. Safety through sound training
Many are great divers when accompanied by their diving instructor. Those who are trained in compliance with DIWA standards dive safely in different conditions all over the world. In other words: DIWA divers have fun while diving safely, not only when escorted by an instructor.
2. International acceptance
DIWA certificates are well acknowledged by diving centers all around the world and are accepted regardless of whether or not the diving center is associated with DIWA or another organization.
3. Various options of further training
Those divers who are curious to try or learn something new find a broad range of training opportunities at DIWA. DIWA offers it all: from apnea to TEC diving.
4. Family involvement
DIWA divers aren’t just identification numbers or considered to ‘just’ be customers who are being served one after another. DIWA divers are family members, regardless of their training, complexion, or nationality.
5. Chance to develop
Divers who are so enthusiastic about diving that they aim for a professional career as an instructor, are greatly supported by DIWA in many different ways. Such support exceeds the usual extent by far (see also: DIWA for Instructors).