How to convert from an old diving qualification to a PADI qualification.

Davy Jones Diving Centre are a PADI 5 star Diving Centre in Gran Canaria

We frequently get asked if it is possible to convert from an older qualification you may have taken many years ago to a new PADI qualification, and usually, if it is possible to do do some sort of refresh as part of the training. The answer is of course yes, you can get a new PADI card and the training that you have already done (even if with a different training agency such as BSAC, CMAS, SSI or NAUI) will not have been wasted and it is rare that we need to start from complete scratch again.

This question often starts with 'I did my dive training 15 years ago, but did not keep it up and have now forgotten many of the skills'. We all lead busy lives, and priorities change, so that skills learnt at one stage can be put to one side for several years. Fortunately you can use your past training as a 'credit' to enter the PADI system, and we offer a special crossover training plan to get you back in the water and bring you up-to-date with your diving skills. Fortunately the majority of the basic skills are easily transferrable from one training skills to another, as there are really no major differences in the way divers breathe, swim, and control their buoyancy underwater.

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PADI Cross-over options

PADI specifically recommend that if you already have a basic (first-level) diving qualification that you cross-over by taking the course for the next level (normally the PADI Advanced Open Water Course) after first taking a one-day refresh to review and build on the basic skills.

The first day will be a one-to-one refresher with your instructor, who will check out and help brush up basic skills, from putting the equipment together and doing a predive safety check (or buddy-check), through basic skills in water such as swimming and buoyancy control, mask and regulator clearing.

During the next three days you will then undertake five training dives on a normal PADI Advanced Open Water course, where we cover subjects such as navigation, deeper diving, use of modern dive computers, and improved buoyancy control. You will then be awarded a PADI Advanced Open Water qualification.

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It is also possible if you are really unsure about your skills to go right back to step one and take the first level course, the PADI Open Water Course as an extended refresh. We will cover in detail all the basic diving skills, as well as personal safety skills, and help you to rebuild your confidence in scuba diving while having some fun underwater.

Finally if you are not sure, then come along and we will start the first day as a introductory/ refresher dive, and after that we can have a proper discussion about which route will suit you best.

We have a great team of experienced, mature, PADI Instructors, three of which have been recognised as both Master Scuba Diver Trainers and PADI Elite Instructors, to look after you. When you convert to a PADI qualification with us we can offer you some of the best dives in Gran Canaria with the following benefits.

  • You will dive in one of the Canaries most prolific and spectacular dive sites, the El Cabrón Marine Reserve in Arinaga.
  • We keep your course sizes small to help you get back into diving quickly
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  • To make your experiences more personal and enjoyable, our courses maintain low instructor to diver ratios.
  • All of your dives will be no-decompression dives within safe recreational limits

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PADI Training Courses in Gran Canaria

If after your conversion, you want to take your skills a bit further, we also offer all the main PADI training courses, the most popular being:

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No matter which course you choose, we can help you to get that licence by making some excellent dives among the profuse marine life in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve. Our diving centre in Arinaga is just twenty minutes by mini-bus from the popular tourist destinations of Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Sonnenland, Bahia Feliz, San Fernando and San Agustin. All our packages include a complimentary two-way transfer to your own Hotel, and we have a full range of high quality equipment available for you to use on your dive.

So what is diving in Gran Canaria like ?

This short video will give you an idea of the water clarity, underwater scenery and shoals of fish we find here.

So if you want to make use of your new PADI qualification, or are planning to take a course while on holiday in the Canary Isles make sure you visit the El Cabrón Marine Reserve on Gran Canaria with PADI Five Star Dive Centre, Davy Jones Diving, and experience our warm welcome, professional standards and great diving.

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