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How Long Do Scuba Certifications Last?

PADI open water diver card for a Maui scuba diving certification course.

Maui scuba diving offers excellent weather, ocean conditions, and marine life for you to complete a PADI course. But, how long does a scuba certification last? The short answer is forever! Once the instructor submits paperwork for your certification, it is valid forever and recognized internationally. This rule applies to all PADI recreational dive courses, including Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, NITROX, and Junior Diver.

Banyan Tree Divers highly recommends that all certified divers, who have not used gear in the water for several months or more, reactivate with a skills refresher in a local pool or the sea. Let your PADI instructor get you back underwater safely by reviewing the necessary diving skills, hand-signals, and equipment. We offer a thorough and affordable Scuba Review class in Lahaina because there is no better place to achieve your goals.

If you are looking to get certified, the most popular aquatic course in the world is PADI Open Water Diver. Completing this certification level conjures up feelings of accomplishment and pride because your lessons prove a sufficient understanding of the basic rules and risks of scuba diving safely. However, Open Water is just the start of your adventure. Many additional courses will help to improve your training, technique, and study of equipment. Below is a list of each PADI certification offered by our Maui dive shop. The table details how long scuba certifications last and recommendations to remain in good standing.

PADI Scuba Options

Expiration Date

Limitations & Supervision

Renewal Process

Scuba Diver Good forever

Internationally recognized

Must be at least ten years old

Depth limit 40 feet (12 meters) Must have professional supervision There is none, but complete a scuba review if you do not dive for six months or more
Junior Open Water Never expires

Internationally recognized

Must be at least ten years old

Depth limit 60 feet (18 meters). For ages 10 to 11 years-old 40 feet (12 meters)

Must have pro supervision

There is none, but sign up for a refresh if you do not dive for several months or more

You do NOT need to upgrade upon reaching 15 years old

Open Water & Referral Dives Valid lifelong

Internationally recognized

Must be at least 15 years old

Depth limit 60 feet (18 meters)

Supervision not required, but recommended until at least 40 completed dives

There is none, but go for a review if you do not dive for six months or more
Junior Advanced Good forever

Internationally recognized

Must be at least 12 years old

Depth limit 70 feet (21 meters) for 12 to 14 year-olds

Must have pro supervision

There is none, but join a review if you do not dive for one year or more

You do NOT need to upgrade upon reaching 15 years old

Advanced Diver Will never expire

Internationally recognized

Must be at least 15 years old

Depth limit of 100 feet (30 meters)

Supervision not compulsory

There is none, but consider a review if you do not dive for one year or more
Emergency First Responder 24 months

Internationally recognized

Prerequisite for the Rescue course Finish your EFR within 24 months of starting the Rescue course
Rescue Diver Always valid

Internationally recognized

Must be at least 12 years old

Advanced training for accident preparation and management

Supervision not compulsory

There is none, but consider a scuba review if you do not go diving for one year or more

Happy Day Receiving Your PADI Card!

Maui scuba diver excited to receive his PADI Open Water certification card

A scuba certification reflects the time and dedication you spent as a student training with your instructor. It is an experience that, at a minimum, shows you posses comfortable swimming abilities and diving knowledge from an agency.  But your course sessions are not over when you finish a program. It is still your responsibility to stay current with changes to rules and regulations, while also continually learning your limits in the water. For example, If you buy new scuba equipment, like a mask, regulator, or computer, make sure to discover the specific requirements for each item.

Ultimately you must decide how to maintain standards during your scuba development. When in doubt, you should contact Banyan Tree Divers with any questions regarding PADI courses and confined water training. Our instructors are ready and available to meet you seven days a week. Maui diving sites feature fringing coral reefs, turtles, and sharks, so make your reservation today for incredible dive adventures!