Who should do a Refresher Course?
When you received your latest and greatest certification card, you were certified for life. In theory you could just go to a dive center, rent some tanks and go on a shore dive. This not possible on the Gili Islands but in many other places of the world. Do you think this is a smart idea? If you have been away from diving a long time long, your skills will have gotten rusty and it might be the best course of action to do a refresher. According to some dive organizations any diver who has not dived in six months needs to take a ReActivate (PADI) or Scuba Skills Update (SSI) course.
We at Divine Divers believe that those statements are a little too broad. Take two potential divers. First, there is a master diver with twenty years of experience who has not been able to dive for a year because of business and family commitments. He is less likely to need a reactivation when compared to an Open Water Diver with no dives after training who has not been diving in five months. Obviously, the need for training depends on many factors, not just time. Some dive centres act as if the guidelines are law and will not allow divers who have not dived in six months to join them until they take the course.
This is not the case at Divine Divers Gili Meno. We will first look at your dive experience, your comfort level and the time out of water. Only after we will recommend you to enrol into a refresher course or not. As a general guideline, we recommend refresher training after about 12 months of not diving.
However, we believe that very experienced divers who have not been diving in a while are usually their own best judge if they need a formal course to regain their scuba skills or not.
Where should I do a ReActivate or Scuba Skills Update?
It has been a while since your last live and you are looking to head off on holiday. You have also decided that you’d like to tune up your scuba skills. Now there are several options how you can do this.
You can either approach a local dive center in your home country or do the refresher in those waters where you are planning on diving. Both has its advantages and disadvantages. A recap of the theory and the pool training can surely be done everywhere in this world. But before you get yourself into a dry suit and jump into the northern sea in Holland, it might be better off and consider doing the refresher with us in the tropical waters of the Gili Islands (unless you really like drysuit diving).
What are the main skills that I will practise?
- Remove, replace and clear your mask
- Become neutrally buoyant and hover
- Release and drop enough weights to become positively buoyant (with deflated BCD)
- Use an alternate air source to ascend to the surface and establish a positive buoyancy
- Practice any other skill the instructor feels needs improvement
What if I have health issues?
There are some serious conditions such as epilepsy, active asthma, emphysema, heart disease or haemophilia that could prohibit any diving activity. Since you already have a diving certificate you have filled in one of those medical forms before. In case you don’t have the time to see a doctor, we can also send you to one on the Gili Islands to get the fit-for-diving certificate.
What’s the difference between PADI and SSI?
You are already a diver. So it is highly likely that you’ve probably come across PADI and SSI, the two major training agencies in the world. But is there a big difference or is one better than the other?
Instructors of both agencies will teach you how to be a skilled diver, as there is a certain skill set that every diver needs to have. Therefore, all diving agencies follow a legal framework laid down by the World Recreational Scuba Diving Council. The training agencies also accept each other; hence you could do one course with the one and other courses with another agency.
The main difference is in the theoretical education, requirements and certification costs. And of course, much comes down to personal preferences and other factors such as the teaching skills of your instructor and the conditions of the water.
SSI is app based and allows more flexibility in teaching methods and allows a more personalized approach in teaching. Therefore we have chosen SSI as our primary teaching agency. Should you prefer a PADI course, just let us know in the booking – this is also absolutely no problem.
For the Refresh course the teaching organisation does not play a role because there is no certification involved. The main difference is the name of the program: ReActivate (PADI) versus Scuba Skills Update (SSI).
Why should I dive the Gili Islands?
Postcard-like white sandy beaches, azure and year-round warm waters (28 to 29 degrees), the reef on your doorstep and a great lifestyle. There are also no motorized vehicles, traffic jam or pollution. The Gilis are a one and half hour boat ride from Bali and super easy to reach. Does this sound like paradise to you? To us the Islands are an image of Shangri La.
But that’s not it – the Gilis are known as the turtle capital in the world. Rightfully so, because both green and hawksbill turtles are abundant. Reef sharks are also frequently spotted and there is a broad range of marine life to be met on all dives. The dive sites are rarely more than a 15-minute boat ride away and diving is great all year round.
The dry season is running from May to October and the rainy season from November to April. Rainy season sounds more extreme than it actually is because it hardly ever rains an entire day – expect showers at different severity but therefore less people.
Why should I choose to go diving with Divine Divers on Gili Meno?
We love what we do and we do it well! We have been in the game for over 10 years as Divine Divers on Gili Meno but our love for diving didn’t start here.
Divine Divers has a relaxed yet professional atmosphere and is located in a superb spot on Meno island: sunset beach. You can end your diving day with your feet in the sand, a cold drink in your hand and watch the sun set over Bali’s mighty volcano.
Apart from that our diving groups are small and our divemasters and instructors hand chosen for their personality and excellent guiding and teaching records. Our guides take a maximum of four guests of the same experience level into their groups. You will have a lot of choices per day to join a dive because our boats go out three times: at 09:00, 11:30 and 14:30.
Furthermore, safety is our primary concern; our equipment is in excellent order and of course regularly maintained. We are committed to offering first-class service and high quality dive courses.