Rusty Diver Refresher

Refresh your skills with Scuba Buddies

Are you keen to hit the water and get a hit of compressed gas? Are you worried your skills won’t be up to scratch for one of the many awesome dives we run each month? There’s no reason to miss out on the fun just because you’ve been out of the water for a while, or you haven’t “done enough diving” to mix it with the experienced divers. Scuba Buddies was founded to get divers together, and get them diving, and that’s what we do best. The majority of our dives are undertaken with the most reputable dive operations in SEQ and NSW, we benefit from the expertise of the DM’s and instructors who work for our operators, but, in general, we have between one and 4 of our own PADI professionals on board. (DM’s or Instructors)

We do understand that taking that first step back into the water can be a little intimidating, and also that sometimes you don’t want to “waste” money on a boat dive where you may not get the most out of it.

Scuba Buddies has a range of PADI Professionals available to perform the PADI Scuba Review and Tune Up, some details of which you will find below, but we also run a range of dives specifically suited to beginner or rusty divers. If you want to get back in the water, or just take your skills to the next level, we can help you both formally (through PADI) or  informally by simply making sure we buddy you with one of our awesome DM’s or more experienced divers on our next trip.

If you’re keen to brush up, please contact us ( and let us know what we need to do to get you on board (or on beach) for our next adventure.

The PADI Scuba Review and Tune Up

One of the issues we find with the PADI description of the Scuba Review and Tune Up is that PADI’s own description makes it sound like a complete re-do of your Open Water course, which sounds both time consuming and demanding. Although the PADI description is daunting, we can assure you the Review can be fun, rewarding, and need not take up too much of your time. Scuba Buddies has some tame instructors and divemasters ready to make your review course a blast. Below is an extract from the PADI site which you can read here. Please note, Scuba Buddies is NOT a PADI Dive Centre, each PADI Professional operates independently.

The Fun Part

Brush up on your scuba knowledge and skills. Improve your diving ability, and get your scuba gear ready for your next scuba vacation or diving holiday.

What You Learn

You go over scuba knowledge you learned during your initial training. Then, practice fundamental skills in a pool or a confined water area. You review:

  • Safe diving practices

  • Dive planning fundamentals

  • Problem management

  • Breathing air at depth

  • Recreational diving and dive tables: basic knowledge

  • Recreational diving and dive tables: dive planning

After you complete the knowledge assessment, you go through the Confined Water Skills Preview. You review information about each skill, why it’s important, points to remember when performing the skill and a short video clip. Completing this section just before practicing is a great way to refresh your knowledge of how each skill is performed.

The Scuba Review course is particularly beneficial if you:

  • Are a PADI Open Water Diver course referral student who wants a refresher prior to making your open water training dives

  • Are a PADI Scuba Diver who wants to upgrade to Open Water Diver

  • Just haven’t scuba dived in a while and want to get aclimated again

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear.

Check with your local dive shop about gear rentals and packages offered with this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop

The Learning Materials You Need

Quickly and effectively review scuba diving fundamentals with PADI’s Scuba Tune-Up Guidebook. Begin by answering a few questions related to dive safety, problem management and dive planning. For example:

What are the five steps in a pre-dive safety check?

What is the maximum depth limit for all recreational diving?

What are the signs and symptoms of decompression sickness?

At 12meters/ 40 feet a diver runs out of air. Her buddy is more than 60 feet away, what should she do?

Correct answers will allow you to complete the book quickly. For incorrect answers, you’ll read a brief explanation to help you understand the concept.

To purchase this product, contact your local PADI Instructor, dive shop or resort.


To take Scuba Review, you must

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