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How Long Do Scuba Certifications Last & Do They Expire?

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Earning a scuba certification conjures up feelings of accomplishment, pride, and persistence. By achieving a scuba certification, you are proving to yourself and others that you have a sufficient understanding of the rules and risks related to scuba diving, and have achieved confidence in your dive abilities. Obtaining a PADI Open Water certification is the first step in a diver’s journey of mastering the sport, but there are many other scuba certifications that allow you to fine tune your training. One question we consistently get is…

How Long Do Scuba Certifications Last?

The short answer is, FOR LIFE! Once you have completed your PADI Open Water certification it is good for life and internationally recognized. This goes for all other PADI recreational scuba certifications such as Advanced, Nitrox, and Rescue. With that said, Banyan Tree Divers HIGHLY recommends that if you go several months without diving, it is a good idea to get a Scuba Review. Banyan Tree Divers offers a thorough and affordable Scuba Review for divers wanting to refresh their skills.

Below is a table that lists the scuba certifications we offer, how long they last, and our recommendations to remain in good standing.

 

Duration of Certification

Certification Allows

How to Renew

PADI Scuba Diver

Good for life

40ft (12m) Depth Limit. Must have professional supervision.

Complete a Scuba Review if 6 months pass without diving.

PADI Junior Open Water Diver

Good for life, internationally recognized

60ft (18m) Depth Limit (40ft, 12m Depth Limit for ages 10 &11) Must have professional supervision.

Complete a Scuba Review if several months pass without diving. Diver does NOT need to upgrade to Open Water upon reaching 15 years old.

PADI Open Water Diver

Good for life, internationally recognized. Must be at least 15 years of age.

60ft (18m) Depth Limit. Professional supervision not required but highly recommended until at least 40 completed dives.

Complete a Scuba Review if several months pass without diving.

PADI Junior Advanced Diver

Good for life, internationally recognized. Must be at least 12 years of age.

70ft (21m) Depth Limit for 12-14 year olds. Professional Supervision required

Complete a Scuba Review if 1 year passes without diving. Diver does NOT need to upgrade to Advanced upon reaching 15 years old.

PADI Advanced Diver

Good for life, internationally recognized. Must be at least 15 years of age.

100ft (30m) Depth Limit. Professional Supervision not required but highly recommended.

Complete a Scuba Review if 1 year passes without diving.

Emergency First Responder

24 months

Prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver

Certification must have been completed within 24 month of starting Rescue Course.

PADI Rescue Diver

Good for life, internationally recognized. Must be at least 12 years of age.

Advanced training in dive accident preparedness and management.

Complete a review as necessary to remain in good standing.

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Happy Day Receiving Your PADI Card!

Scuba certifications allow you to be rewarded for hard work and dedication. As a certified scuba diver it is up to you to stay current with rules and regulations. It is also your responsibility to make sure that you are comfortable and know your limits. Exercising prudence in how you maintain your good standing in each of your scuba certifications is up to you.

For any questions regarding PADI courses you can contact Banyan Tree Divers here. If you would like to refresh your skills  with a Scuba Review then book here now! Make your reservation today for that next incredible dive experience!

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