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Clarifications on PADI "Junior" diver certification

PADI’s Junior Open Water Diver course is similar to the adult certification program and prepares kids to become full-fledged divers when they are of age. To begin the program, students must be at least 10 years old and be able to swim. 

To ensure that young divers don’t exceed their limits, the Junior Open Water certification comes with restrictions. Divers 10-11 years old must dive with a PADI Professional or a certified parent or guardian, and dives cannot exceed 12 meters. Divers 12-14 years old must dive with a certified adult and dives cannot exceed 18 meters. After the age of 15, depth and buddy restrictions default to those of a regular PADI Open Water Diver. Divers who were initially certified as a junior diver and wish to receive a new card that simply says “Open Water Diver” can order a replacement from their PADI Dive Center

GUE base equipment configuration requirement

The GUE base equipment configuration is comprised of:

1.Tanks/cylinders: students may use a single tank/cylinder with a K-, H-, or Y-valve. Students may also use dual tanks/cylinders connected with a dual-outlet isolator manifold, which allows for the use of two first-stages. Consult course specific standards and your instructor to verify size requirements.


Single tank: one second-stage regulator must supply a 5 to 7 foot/1.5 to 2 meter hose (2 meter long hose is required for all cave classes). The first stage must supply a pressure gauge, inflation for the buoyancy compensator (BC), and a means to inflate a drysuit where applicable.

Double tank: one of two required first stages must supply a pressure gauge and provide inflation for a drysuit where applicable. The other second stage must supply a 5 to 7 foot/1.5 to 2 meter hose and an inflation source for the BC.

3.Backplate system:

Should be held to the diver by one continuous piece of webbing. This webbing should be adjustable and should use a buckle to secure the system at the waist.

A crotch strap is attached and looped through the waistband so as to prevent the system from riding up a diver’s back.

The continuous webbing should support five d-rings;

The first placed at the left hip

The second placed in line with a diver’s right collarbone

The third placed in line with the diver’s left collarbone

The fourth and fifth are placed on the front and back of the crotch strap where divers plan to use advanced equipment like DPVs.

The harness below the diver’s arms has small restrictive bands to allow for the placement of reserve lights. The webbing and system retains a minimalist approach.

4.Buoyancy compensation device (BC):

A diver’s BC is back-mounted and minimalist in nature.

It is free of extraneous strings, tabs, or other material.

There are no restrictive bands or restrictive elastic affixed to the buoyancy cell.

Wing size and shape is appropriate to the cylinder size(s) employed for training.

5.At least one time/depth measuring device.

6.Wrist-mounted compass.

7.Mask and fins: Mask is be low-volume; fins are rigid, non-split

8.At least one cutting device.

9.Wet Notes

10. At least one surface marker buoy (SMB) with spool per diver.

11.Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure.

How can I sign up for a GUE class?

If you wish to attend a GUE course at Portofino Divers you should first send an email to our office asking for availability. Do not forget to inform us about the level and the date of the course. You can also use the contact form:

Information request form

The next step is to register for the course on the GUE website (www.gue.com) with the following procedure:

1. To apply for a GUE class all applicants must have a completed GUE Student Profile. If you have not already completed the Student Profile you will be prompted to complete the form before applying for a GUE course. Your completed Student Profile must also be less than one year old.

2.Look at the class schedule and find the course you plan to register for. Be sure to verify with the instructor that there is space available for you!

3.Click the 'apply and pay' button, and complete the payment

4.When the course registration is paid you will find your course materials as a downloadable ZIP archive from the Download Files option on your My Account menu.

5.Please confirm with your GUE Instructor that your application was received. The Instructor will contact you regarding acceptance into the course and communicate any pertinent details;

Do not hesitate to contact our director of training:

Bruno Borelli
+39 348 1508600

To definitively confirm the participation in the course, deposit should be paid by bank transfer to the following account:

Account name Portofino Dive Expeditions di A.Borelli
Bank DEUTSCHE BANK filiale di Santa Margherita Ligure
IBAN IT13 O 03104 32180 0000 00130635
Swift / Bic DEUTITM1284