Scuba diving is an adventurous mode of underwater diving, allowing individuals to explore some of the world’s most exotic ecosystems. However, before embarking on an open water journey, individuals are required to complete a comprehensive course to obtain the necessary certification. PADI or the Professional Association of Diving Instructors is a globally recognized recreational training organization that certifies approximately 900,000 divers annually.

Avid diver Philip Sobeck of Royal Oak, Michigan, claims that scuba diving certification levels were implemented to maximize the safety of the sport, and each diver is required to carry a certification card which attests to their level of qualification. He takes the time to outline how adventure seekers can become an advanced open water diver.

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