Certified! PADI Open Water Diver

Over the last week, I have been swimming my way to my certification that allows me to dive anywhere in the world. The PADI Open Water Diver.

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Once you go you are hooked

It can be said about many things in life, but it is defiantly true about diving. The world looks amazing 60ft below the surface. I have always loved to snorkel, its great you get to see a few little fishes, but it just doesn’t even compare with diving.

The colors

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Every color of the rainbow, and maybe more, can be found floating on or around the reef. Most people think of the fish as the source of interest underwater, but the coral can be absolutely amazing too.

Flying underwater

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Its one of the coolest feelings, just being suspended, weightless, and free. With practice you can keep yourself still or move exactly where you want to be with just your breathing, cruising just above the coral.

Diving the CJ site: North Shore – Utila, Honduras

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I took my course on the island of Utila, 20 miles off the shores of Honduras’s Caribbean coast. The island is a total dive island, mostly because it is the cheapest place in the world to get diving certifications. Open water cert. is currently around $289 or so depending shop to shop. The one cost you should consider before taking the trek to Utila, it’s not super easy to get to, and really doesn’t have a lot going on in route. So you have to weigh the cost savings of the class, and the cost to get there and the time investment. If you do your diving here make sure your fun dives go to highly recommended sites like the north shore, or other dive master favorites.

The highlight of  the course came at the end with our fun dives. We took the 45-minute boat ride to the north side of the island and jumped in for an amazing 40 minutes at 18 meters down. This site is a favorite of many dive masters for is giant wall structure that starts at 8 meters and drops off to nearly 70 meters. Along this massive wall, there are some cracks and caves to swim through and test our new skills.

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I can’t wait to get back in the water and dive again.

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18 thoughts on “Certified! PADI Open Water Diver”

    • Most times classes are 2 to 3 dives per day which takes about half a day, or depending how much time you have in the destination you can do more or less each day and the amount of time will be longer or shorter then.

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  1. so glad you have got your cert. it’s an amazing sport. I agree with Caroline, Indonesia diving is awesome. Plus if you are heading to Thailand you must dive there. I was unimpressed with Roatan diving but that’s diving. Some days are awesome. Some days not so like the day I hung out on a hook for 40 minutes in super fast currents in Kenya hoping to see mantas. Nada! If a dive site ever has shark or manta in the title my experience is you won’t see them!

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    • There are several restaurants and bars. Many of the dive shops have happening bars as well. Our friend that was with us Utila just went to Roatan and loved it, it is a little pricier but much nicer she said.

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  2. Woohoo! Congrats! Welcome to the dark side 🙂 I haven’t been diving in Utila yet but I’m hoping to go before the end of the year. I want to see how different it is from here on Roatan. Great pics too…but please tell me the one at the end is not you grabbing onto coral?? Coral is super delicate and even a light touch can kill it!

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  3. Badass! Congrats dude! I cannot wait to get certified myself at some point. Would have gone diving a bunch in New Zealand but my allergy attacks didn’t permit me.

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    • Adam is so excited to have his certification under his belt! Now he has a whole new world to explore! Hope you get your certification soon! What kind of allergies you got?

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  4. Nice! I’m thinking of doing this in November. How long did you spend in the Bay Islands? Did you go to Roatan first? I’m thinking of going for 2 or 3 weeks. You’re right about it not being easy to get there. Flights are a pain!

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    • We were in Utila for a week, but Adam’s dive course a total of 5 days. We didn’t make it to Roatan at all, we were told it wasn’t in the backpacker budget. We took the ferry both ways, but our friend flew into Utila from San Pedro Sula and then ferry back with us as we went to Copan after Utila. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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      • Thanks Hannah! Did you spend any time in San Pedro Sula? I’ll be traveling on my own and wondered about the safety of spending a night there as it’s got quite the reputation for being dangerous. Roatan doesn’t look that much more expensive and I can get a flight there. I’m thinking of doing both. I spent a few days in Utila on a tour a few years back and really enjoyed it. The sea is GORGEOUS. You didn’t go diving too?

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        • No we just passed through it on our way to and from Utila. We meet some backpackers who spent the night, but most people don’t. I haven’t heard any real good things/reasons to spend the night. No I didnt dive, my ears dont like it……There are boats that run between Roatan and Utila, we maybe should have gone on over!!

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