What is the schedule of the diving course?
The Open Water Diver course for beginners takes one or two weeks to complete. You can take your training material and study in your own pace or you can take our classroom sessions. Sample classroom schedules:
Monday: 19:00 - 22:00 Classroom session
Tuesday: 19:00 - 22:00 Classroom session
Wednesday: 19:00 - 22:00 Classroom session
or Saturday: 10:30 - 17:30 Full day classroom session
for the dives, we organize dive trips every month:
Friday: 20:00 Bus departure for dive trip location
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00 Diving training from the boat
Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00 Diving training from the boat and graduation ceremony.
Part of the diving training can be taken in optional pool sessions. Students need to attend pool and/or sea trainings within six months after the course enrollment date. Students who choose to complete the pool training should also attend to one of our trips to complete open water trainings. Trips are organized all year round and there are one or two trips per month. We visit different destinations in Turkey like Kaş, Kalkan, Fethiye, Alanya, Bodrum, Adrasan, Kemer ...
How do I enroll to a course?
For reservation: You can call us (0312) 419 68 51, or click here and pre-register to the course you are interested in. We reserve your seat in our classroom.
For registration: You visit to our office (Bayındır Sokak No: 33 / 13 Kızılay - Ankara) and fill out our course registration form and complete the course payment. You can also complete these steps with email and mail order or wire transfer.
What do the course prices include? Can I pay in installments?
Course prices include all the training expenses and you will not encounter any surprise expenses. View our course prices. You can also pay in installments (for Turkish Bank credit cards, please contact us for details) You don't need to buy your own dive equipment to enroll in our courses.
Which agencies do we represent?
Aqua Club Dive, Lifeguard and First Aid Center is PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) FIVE STAR INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT CENTER and CMAS - TSSF (Turkish Underwater Sports Federation) Authorized Dive and Lifeguard Training Center. We are authorized to teach all diver and lifeguard courses in all levels including professional (instuctor) levels.
I don't have dive equipment. Do I have to buy?
No, you don't need to have your own dive equipment to attend to any of our courses or trips. We provide rentals for necessary equipment and you don't pay anything extra for the rentals!
Will the certifications be valid outside Turkey?
Yes, you will receive the most popular dive agency's (PADI) certification at the end of our diving courses. It's valid in Turkey and all around the world. You can dive, rent equipment, plan dive travels all around the world with this certification. And the most important part is you will become a well-trained and conscious certified diver.
Classroom sessions are in the workday evenings or on a Saturday, I can also complete this part in my own pace at home. And the dive trips are on weekends and holidays. What if my schedule doesn't let me to attend to this weekend's trip?
Don't worry. You have six months to attend to any dive trip after you finish your knowledge development sessions. We organize 1 or 2 dive trips each month, so we are confident that you will find a trip that will fit your calendar :)
What if I am not successful in the open water trainings or need to take a break due to a health problem?
You can always attend to another dive trip (or trips) to complete your training if your health permits. We will be more than happy to help you to complete your training and you don't need to pay the course fee again :) But of course, the trip expenses will be paid for each trip you attend.
Classroom sessions don't match my schedule. What should I do?
How do we go diving? Where do we stay? How do we dive?
After your classroom/knowledge development sessions, you need to attend one of our dive trips to earn your dive license. For standard weekend trips, we leave Ankara on Friday evening and we arrive to the dive destination on Saturday morning. We check in our hotel and take a small rest, have our breakfast and head to dive boat. We complete our dive trainings (2 dives) and stay in our hotel on Saturday night, then leave the hotel for again 2 training dives on Sunday. You receive a Certificate of Completion on Sunday evening if you successfully complete your dive training. We leave dive destination on Sunday evening and come back to Ankara on Monday early morning, so you don't take a day off from the work or the school (unless you want to :). You can always extend your holiday and go early or stay more in the hotel. We are ready to help you with logistics. You can read everything you want to know about our dive trips here.
Are there age or medical restrictions on dive trainings? Which documents should I bring for enrollment?
PADI Minimum Age Requirements:
Age 8 - 9 dive to 2 meters in pool with special children equipment under the supervision of a dive instructor. (Bubble Maker)
Age 10 - 11 dive until 12 meters in pool and open water and can receive beginners' training, but must be supervised by a dive instructor or parent/guardian. (Junior Diver - must dive with instructor or parent)
Age 12 - 13 - 14 dive until 18 meters in pool ad open water and can receive beginners's training, but must dive with an adult. (Junior Diver - must dive with instructor or parent)
Turkish Underwater Sports Federation's 2008 regulation sets the minimum age of diving in Turkey as 14.
Age 15 and above are considered as adults and receive adult certification. (If you are below 18, your parent/legal guardian should approve your participation and co-sign your forms)
Heart conditions, epilepsy, advanced asthma, diabetes and similar conditions which may cause you to become unconcious underwater are medical conditions that requires physician's approval. If you have these conditions, it is only possible to join dive trainings with this approval.
If you don't have any serious medical conditions, you can fill out and sign the Medical Statement form. So, you state that you don't have any medical conditions that prevent you to dive. Professional levels (Divemaster and Instructor courses) require you to bring medical clearance from a physician even if you don't have any serious medical conditions.
Documents needed for diving course registration
ID card or passport photocopy
Documents needed for first aid course registration
ID card or passport photocopy
Documents needed for lifeguard course registration
ID card or passport photocopy
Diploma photocopy or student record that documents you've graduated from primary school
Does Aqua Club sell dive equipment?
We do sell dive equipment. We are the authorized distributor of Aqualung, Technisub, Apeks and Suunto in Ankara. You can view our price list here.