DIVE TALK

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Scuba Diving -

Vari­able Weighted Ap­nea (VWT) uses a weighted sled for de­scent. Ath­letes re­turn to the sur­face by pulling them­selves up a line or swimming. World record holder as of 1 Novem­ber, 2015 is Stavros Kas­tri­nakis (GRE) at 146m. Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion of Div­ing In­struc­tors (PADI) is the largest and most widely recog­nised cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for divers of all lev­els. Al­ter­nate qual­i­fi­ca­tions ex­ist with BSAC, SSI and a num­ber of lesser known train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

AG Out­door un­der­took the PADI OW cer­ti­fi­ca­tion with the in­cred­i­bly friendly Matt and Kim at Dive Spear and Sport in Mona Vale, Syd­ney. (www. di­ves­pearand­sport.com.au). OW pack­ages start at $495 per per­son, and con­sist three days on a course of no more than eight peo­ple, PADI e-learn­ing, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, four boat dives, all gear hire, tanks and in­struc­tor.

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