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Diving is one of the many kinds of activities that you should try when visiting Komodo Island. You don’t need to worry about the expensive equipment or guidance when joining the Komodo diving liveaboard since they are already prepared everything for you including a professional guide.

A Guide for Komodo Diving Liveaboard: Diving Licenses

But do you know that in order to dive by yourself, you require a license first? This license also divided by rank depending on how skilled you are. The higher your license rank is, the more area that you can access. On this occasion, I would like to share the details of diving licenses that you can apply. But first…

It’s not really necessary to own a license in Komodo diving liveaboard

Yeah, that’s right. That’s because just like I mentioned earlier, you are under the supervision of professionals that will guide you along the way. But if you already have a license, you can go venturing underwater by yourself as long as you don’t wander too far. That’s why don’t hesitate to join the Komodo diving liveaboard trip even if you’re new to diving with no experience.

Why do we require a license?

A Guide for Komodo Diving Liveaboard: Diving Licenses

Back to the topic at hand, based on diving trainers a license is required to prove that someone is able to handle themselves safely down in the ocean. Without a license, you will always need a guide to aid you. This is really inconvenienced because not only their service can be expensive, not every diving spots can provide a guide to watch over you.

Think of it as a driving license. You may be able to drive without owning one, but it is required as legal proof that you can handle yourself in the street. That way, it can ensure your safety and you would look more professional with it.

How can we get one?

By taking a course, obviously. Each country has a diving organization that handles licensing and training course. In Indonesia, there are plenty of organizations that can give you a course but the most popular and trusted one is PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructor) since they are an international organization and have been around Indonesia the longest. PADI Indonesia is located in Bali.

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Type of Diving Licenses in Komodo Diving Liveaboard

A Guide for Komodo Diving Liveaboard: Diving Licenses

There are many types of licenses for diving based on how experienced the person is. The basic one is Open Water Diver. This is the license that everyone willing to dive anywhere should get. With Open Water Diver license, you are allowed to dive mostly anywhere in the open sea within certain depth requirement. The next one is Advanced Diver which is a rank higher than Scuba or Open Water Diver where you can get permission to dive in an area with depth more than 18 meters. And finally, there’s a Master Diver license that serves as the highest possible rank which allows you to dive on more expert area.

Aside from normal licenses, there are also Rescue Diver license for those who wanted to be an emergency rescue divers and Instructor license for being a trainer.

Conclusion

Just to get this out of the way, taking a course and getting a license for diving is not cheap. That’s why there’s a lot of people hesitating to apply for one and just hire a guide instead. In Indonesia, for example, to get an open water license will cost you around IDR 5 to 7 million.

But then again, getting a diving license would be really beneficial if you’re interested in learning more about diving. You may not need it on Komodo diving liveaboard, but in the future you may want to dive by yourself in the popular spot and that’s where the license can come in handy. So don’t hesitate to get one as an infestation for your future hobby, Happy Diving!