Scuba Diving Refresher Checklist: How To Get Back Into The Water

April 28, 2023 3 min read

Scuba Diving Refresher Checklist: How To Get Back Into The Water

If you’ve been out of the water for a while and you’ve got the itch for diving again, it’s probably worth taking a scuba diving refresher course. Generally recommended after a 12 month or longer break, a PADI ReActivate course is a fantastic way to re-immerse yourself into the world of scuba diving and make sure that your knowledge and skills are up to scratch.

A scuba diving refresher with Aquanauts will involve both a practical and a theory component. The theory aspect will involve online learning elements in order to bring your knowledge back up to scratch, while the in-person practical assessment will review your scuba diving ability in person.

If you’re thinking about taking on this course, read on for your checklist of vital steps for preparation for your course.

Check That You Have The Right Prerequisites

In order to begin a scuba diving refresher course, you need to ensure that you meet the following requirements:

  • That you are aged 10 years or older
  • That you have completed a PADI Medical Statement
  • That you have a scuba certification from an official dive agency

If you meet all of the following criteria, then you’re all set to continue with taking on your refresher course.

Utilise PADI ReActivate eLearning

When you book onto a ReActivate course with Aquanauts, access to the great PADI eLearning online resource is included. PADI eLearning gives you the ability to study all the information you need at the pace that suits you, all from the comfort of your own home. The online learning includes helpful interactive videos and explanatory scenarios that will make turning theoretical knowledge into practice much easier.

The digital course materials involve basic knowledge, safe diving planning and practice, problem solving, breathing at depth and dive tables. This learning will be completed before your physical session at Aquanauts.

Book Your Dive Session With Aquanauts

Next, you’re going to need to contact Aquanauts and get a date set for your physical component of the scuba diving refresher course. The session will typically take place on a Friday and you can give us a call on 01752 228 825 or check our Dive Calendar for the most up to date information on when the course will be running. In order to proceed with this session you’ll have to have completed the eLearning section of the course, so whatever date you sign up for, make sure you leave plenty of time to complete the theory content first.

Prepare All of the Dive Gear You Need

Now’s the time to prepare all of the gear you own and intend to use. Get it out from wherever you’ve been storing it during your break and dust it off. It’s vital that you thoroughly inspect every item for any signs of deterioration that may have taken place during your diving hiatus. It’s also a very good idea to have your items professionally serviced in order to ensure that it’s in tip top condition for your dive. Why not take a look at the variety of professional servicing options that Aquanauts has to offer to keep your equipment in fantastic condition?

Find Your Logbook and Certification Cards

While you’re prepping all of your equipment you will have to locate a couple more things. You’re going to need to dig out your logbook and certification cards before your session. Your instructor is going to want to see your cards as proof of your previous qualifications, as well as make note of your completion of the ReActivate course in your logbook once you’re done.

Complete Your PADI ReActivate eLearning

The last thing you have to do before attending your in-person dive session is complete the online section of your scuba diving refresher course. The course should take between 2-4 hours to complete, at which time you need to screenshot or print out your score and show it to your instructor before you begin your in-water session.

That should be all of the preparation work covered to get you set up for your physical dive session and complete your PADI ReActivate course. Do you feel ready? Then go ahead and sign up for your scuba diving refresher today! If you have any questions or are looking for advice, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our awesome team here at Aquanauts.

Lizzie Chapman
Lizzie Chapman

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