Submerged in a completely different world - a world where 'exotic' doesn't begin to describe what's in front of your eyes, that's AQ scuba...
Through crystal blue waters with incredible visibility, you'll come face-to-face with spectacular marine life like hawksbill turtles, queen angelfish and schools of mirror-like silver sides.
ActionQuest has been teaching scuba longer than any other teen summer camp and we have one of the highest ratios of continuing education of any scuba diving school worldwide. That means that if you are joining AQ for one of our high adventure teen scuba camps, we can guarantee you an incredibly safe, diverse and, above all, fantastically fun program!
Introductory Certification Level Scuba Camps
Scuba diving is fun and easy to learn -- especially if you're already comfortable in the water. Our scuba camps seek to surpass standards set by PADI and all scuba equipment is provided by us for any BVI voyage. The PADI Open Water certification program is part of the Vega voyages. Students complete academic classes, confined water and open water training sessions as part of this course. Students begin training in shallow water (much like a swimming pool). Once this is complete, they continue on to open water training between 20 and 40 feet, always with an instructor. PADI courses are performance-based rather than time-based. This means that if a student is having difficulty with any particular skill, our instructors will work one-on-one with that shipmate until the skill is mastered.
Advanced Certification Level Scuba Camps
We have a range of voyages for shipmates who already hold a scuba certification and this includes the Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, numerous PADI specialties and Divemaster, the first professional level. Every year, we have a number of students who are not yet certified divers but want to join us for an advanced scuba course where certification is a prerequisite. In this instance, we suggest contacting your local PADI school and inquiring what it might take to obtain a PADI referral. With a PADI referral, you can join us for any program in which a basic scuba certification is a prerequisite. For more information on PADI referrals, please read our Scuba FAQ section.
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PADI is the acronym for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world's leader in scuba training courses. There are PADI diving schools all over the world and a PADI certification is universally recognized. ActionQuest has been rated as a PADI Five Star Gold Palm facility, the highest rating that PADI awards based on our experience, safety standards and commitment to continuing education.
Just like our sailing certifications, with PADI there is a clear progression in scuba certifications from the Introductory Open Water all the way through to Professional Divemaster. We also teach over 12 different scuba specialties so that shipmates can continue to build on their skills with each new scuba camp voyage.
Most of our teen scuba camps are offered in the British Virgin Islands. Scuba publications regularly feature the BVI for their exceptional diversity of diving environments, marine life, water quality and visibility. The close proximity of dive sites allows us to maximize our time for all in-water and associated activities.
During our BVI programs, AQ provides absolutely all scuba gear necessary for the courses. This includes masks, fins, BCD, tank and regulator. Shipmates joining us for any advanced-level scuba course have a complete set of equipment issued to them for the duration of the program. Students learning to dive for the very first time have their equipment stored and taken care of by their instructors in between dives, so as to ensure that everything is ready to go when it is time to dive!
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PADI Open Water Diver
The PADI Open Water Diver course is, by far, the world's most popular scuba certification. Millions of people have started diving as certified PADI Open Water Divers. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and dive skills (techniques, methods). The PADI Open Water Diver Course provides the knowledge development portion you need. You develop the remaining skills by diving with your PADI Instructors right off your own sailing yacht!
PADI Adv. Open Water
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course is the next step up from Open Water, and will increase your knowledge and safety while diving in different aquatic environments. Two of the five areas are required topics; the Deep Diving and Underwater Navigation, and we add three more topics such as Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Boat Diving and Underwater Naturalist. Experience real adventure and be one step closer to Master Scuba Diver - the ultimate non-professional certification in recreational diving.
PADI Rescue Diver
The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to prevent, and if necessary, manage dive emergencies. The course broadens a diver's awareness and improves their skills and confidence. Most certified PADI Rescue Divers look back on their rescue training as one of the most challenging - sometimes demanding - and therefore most rewarding courses they've taken. The subject is serious but the training is fun.
Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.
PADI Boat Diver
Whether you've never made a boat dive or you've logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.
PADI Underwater Naturalist
Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.
PADI Night Diver
As the sun sets, you'll don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you've seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.
PADI Wreck Diver
Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they're intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.
PADI Equipment Specialist
Whether it's a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments. As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it's repaired and other information that helps you with your equipment investment.
PADI Research Diver
This PADI course is a "distinctive" specialty, meaning that it's only available through AQ! It is designed to teach our Marine Bio students the basic techniques and methods used to conduct underwater research in many branches of science. In the classroom you'll learn all about the scientific method, as well as the guidelines and basic procedures used while research diving. In the water, we'll use transect lines and quadrats as well as other measuring and observation techniques. Everything will culminate in the preparation and collection of data for your own research project.
PADI Underwater Photography
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros.
PADI Search & Recovery
Everyone has lost something overboard at some point! So whether you are retrieving a bucket or looking for lost treasure the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up.
PADI Underwater Navigator
Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass.
PADI Emergency First Response & CPR
Take a step toward emergency preparedness and meet PADI Rescue Diver prerequisites with Emergency First Response. As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies - not just in the diving world, but in your every day world with your family, friends, and neighbors too.