Certified As A Junior Diver: Upgrade To Full Open Water Diver Certification?

by Rob
(California)

Hi,


I was certified about 4 years ago and I believe I was certified as a Junior Diver. I was wondering if I had to do anything to become a full open water certified diver.

Thanks.

Hi,

Congratulations on your Junior Diver certification. I hope you have been enjoying diving.

I am not sure which certifying agency you received your dive certification from, but I will use PADI's requirements since they are the largest certifying organization.

For those that aren't familiar with it, a Junior Diver takes the full PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course (Junior Diver is for divers between 10-14 years old).

After successfully completing the course, the diver receives his Junior Open Water certification which carries with it certain age limitations for diving:

  • Ten and eleven-year-old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional and are eligible to dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.


  • Twelve to fourteen-year-olds must dive with a certified adult.


Now the good news for you - once you turn 15 you can upgrade your Junior Diver certification to a full Open Water Diver with no additional training required.

You just have to get in touch with PADI (or the dive shop where you received your certification, I believe) to upgrade your card. You can find the forms and info online at padi.com.

Congrats and have a great time diving!

Dianne

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PADI Fees for Cards
by: Jake from Texas

My grandson received his Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification last year. He is now 15 and qualifies for the regular Advanced Open Water Diver. I refuse to pay nearly $50 just to have a card to show off. Any dive shop can access the database and find a diver's certification. However, PADI also doesn't update their database until you pay up. You could be 50 years old and still show up as a Junior.

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Card replacement very expensive
by: Anonymous

The junior to full open water replacement card is CAD $46.00. This is way too expensive!

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