Upon completion of this entry level diving course, students will receive a lifetime internationally recognized SCUBA diving licence. At Reef Encounters we specialize in offering the most complete and comprehensive training possible and this is why we endorse and reccomend the NAUI system of training. This assures that upon certification you are comfortable in the water and can enjoy your diving. We reccomend comleting the NAUI certification course as it is the most complete course offered at this level to include training in free diving and rescue skills not covered by other agencies. All of our staff are certified NAUI instructors and have passed the most rigourous instructor training offered and attend updates and retraining throughout the year to keep their skills at the highest level. If you have started your training with another shop we are a univerisal refferal location and our staff can complete your training from any agency and we also employ PADI instructors to offer training from this agency also.
Coupled with the in-water training and equipment instruction, divers will learn the basic knowledge on the physics and physiology of diving and how to be a safe and responsible diver. Courses are conducted mainly from beach locations, but they can also be conducted on the boat. Check out the different courses to see what is right for you.
The Scuba Diver/Open Water certification course consists of
1. Knowledge Development sessions – Classroom work including Quizzes and a Final Exam plus homework!
2. Confined Water Dives – Underwater skill practice in shallow water (Ocean or Pool sessions available).
3. Open Water Dives – Skill performance in the open ocean (max depth 18m/60 ft)
Shortly after making a reservation with us, we will send you a e-learning code so that you can get started on the required reading and chapter reviews before arriving in Okinawa. COMPLETION OF E-LEARNING QUIZES AND TESTS IS REQUIRED BEFORE ARRIVAL. E-learning which is available at no extra cost for the most classes at Reef Encounters allows students to complete most academics on-line, including the final exam before arrival.
Apart from all the classroom work and dive theory, the main point of diving is to have fun in the ocean! With diving locations just 30 seconds away from our shop, students will be introduced to a fabulous underwater dive site filled with tropical fish, colourful soft corals, and crystal clear water. If students excel in the confined water skill sessions, we can complete the remainder of the course in the Kerama or Chiibishi Island groups.
At Reef Encounters, we have a truly international team of instructors who are fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Japanese. All courses can be completed in any of these languages. Course material is also available in many other lnaguages also.
Learning to dive is a committment and should not be rushed. For those students who are good swimmers or have experience snorkeling and are very comfortable in the water already, completing a 3 day course is possible but still an intensive very busy three days. If you are not a good swimmer or are not comfortable in the water we reccomend a longer course with more dives to make sure you get to a comfort level that will allow you to enjoy your diving after completing your certification. Adding an extra day of diving after completing the course is highly reccomended for all divers but especially for those with limited experience in the water before attending a course. You may schedule your course to complete over four days with the normal number of dives or schedule a 4 or 5 day course with extra dives to practice your new skills under the supervision of one of Reef Encounters professional staff that will give you tips and pointers to improve your skills and the extra dives will increase your confidence in the water.
We are still setting up trips to Yonaguni to explore the monuments and great drift dives found there. You can contact our staff to book a det of dates or set up a custom tour. .
Get Certified at Reef Encounters!!
We are still offering certification classes weekly. Advanced classes also go weekly. Remember we have day, evening and weekend schedules available. Classes can be taught in English or Japanese.
Intro to Tech and the new NAUI Tech classes to include Technical Decompression Diver and Extreme Exposure Diver are also available monthly.
We are also headed back to Africa in August - so if you want to explore the wonders of Pemba and Zanzibar let us know. We can also arrange for a full blown land safari in Tanzania to see elephants, lions, rhino and more.