cristina zenato

Exploration, Education, Conservation

Recreational Diving Training

Cristina is a PADI Course Director and offers courses for beginners up to divers who wish to advance into the professional realm. Please note the courses listed on this page are for recreational diving only. The basic rules of no- decompression with a max depth of 130ft/40m apply. If you are interested in a technical level of training please click here.

OPEN WATER DIVER:

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

Classes can be scheduled privately or to a max of 4 students to guarantee personalized and detailed training. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

To enroll in the course, you must be 10 years or older. Direct parental supervision required for 10-11 years old.

ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER:

The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your instructor. Cristina will add her technical instructor experience to enhance your knowledge and skills level. 

During the two-day schedule you will complete five adventure dives that introduce you to:

Prerequisites are 12 years old and Open Water Diver certification.

 

RESCUE DIVER:

Learn self rescue and rescue of other divers. In a mix of confined and open water training and diving, open discussion with your instructor, and scenarios you will evaluate different situations and apply your learned skills. Great emphasis will be given to learning to anticipate and prevent problems.

Three-day schedule with a minimum of 2 divers per course.  Prerequisites are minimum age 12 years old, Advanced Open Water diver and Emergency First Responder. EFR course can be added to the Rescue class with one additional training day.

 

SPECIALTIES:

Fulfill your curiosity and refine your skills by learning in depth aspects of diving you explored during your Advance course. Course length and pre-requisites vary with each course. Please discuss directly with Cristina:

  • AWARE Shark Conservation
  • Boat Diver
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Caribbean Reef Shark Diver (Distinctive Specialty as written by Cristina)
  • Lion Fish Research Diver (Distinctive Specialty as written by Cristina)

 

MASTER SCUBA DIVER:

Reach the highest non-professional level in diver education by completing your Rescue course and five specialties of your choice. Becoming a Master Scuba Diver shows that you acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

Prerequisites are 12 years old, Rescue Diver and a minimum of 50 logged dives. 

 

PROFESSIONAL LEVELS

 

DIVEMASTER:

Work closely with Cristina in this program to expand your dive knowledge and increase your skills to the professional level.

Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Nine-day schedule. Prerequisites are 18 years old, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Responder course completed within the previous 24 months, 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 for certification and a physician signed medical statement within the last 12 months.

 

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR:

Under personalized work with Cristina and hands on experience in a dive facility, gain additional training as a professional scuba diver and start learning the PADI System of diver education. Learn how to be an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to start your path towards Open Water Scuba Instructor.

 

OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR:

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they've completed the program that sets the standard for training diving professionals. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy - being in, around and under the water. 

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives to enter the IDC and 100 dives to attend an IE
  • Proof of certifications from Open Water through Dive Master or Assistant Instructor
  • 18 years old 
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor,  this rating is available as part of your instructor training. Additional rating provided is O2 Provider Instructor

Two theory prep days, eight-day IDC, one day for Distinctive Specialty Instructor training, one EFRI training day and two days for the IE

Costs and details of this course available upon request

 

MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER

Increase your marketability by earning specialty ratings to teach to your students. Take your MSDT training following your IDC-IE or as a stand alone course. These are the specialty ratings you will be able to obtain. 

  • O2 Provider
  • Caribbean Reef Shark Diver (Distinctive)
  • Lion Fish Research Diver (Distinctive)
  • Cavern Diver (Pre-requisites apply, please contact for details)
  • Sidemount Diver (Pre-requisites apply, please contact for details)
  • Deep Diver
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Search & Recovery 
  • Wreck Diver

 

 

 

Expertise & Skills

  • PADI Course Director
  • Twenty years experience
  • Specialized in diving ergonomics
  • Personalized attention
  • Flexible schedule
  • Private Courses

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