Learning how to dive

Have you always wanted to learn scuba diving? This is possible at Ad Fundum! We offer scuba diving education that ranges from swimming pool lessons to outdoor dives in the deep blue. On this page you’ll find an preview of what you can learn at our club.

Dive safely at Ad Fundum

With the right education and training, diving is a relatively safe sport. At Ad Fundum, you will receive extensive training with a strong focus on safety. Our solid training program will guarantee your safety under water. You will always dive with a ‘dive buddy’, which will make your dive safer and more fun. Before you dive outdoors, you will have to pass a scuba dive medical examination to ensure that your body is fit to dive. Don’t worry, this usually does not pose a problem, not even if you have for example a mild form of asthma.

Learning to dive is no rocket science

Diving is a skill you need to master. Once you have acquired this skill, diving will become second nature. In our dive training programme you’ll practice the right techniques. In our experience, anyone can learn how to dive. You don’t even have to be an excellent swimmer or snorkeler. If you are able to swim some lanes in the pool, you should not have any problems with diving.

Diving indoors

Our training programme starts in October and lasts until spring. You will start with theory lessons that is usually given prior to the snorkelling training. During theory lessons you learn about diving equipment, safety, health issues, diving techniques and so on. In the pool we will teach you how to snorkel and you will learn the basic scuba diving skills. The snorkelling training helps you to get comfortable with swimming and breathing under water. In addition, you will have pool lessons with scuba gear so you can familiarise yourself with the equipment. This ensures that you feel comfortable with diving before you start making outdoor dives.

Diving outside

When you have completed your indoor training, which is usually around April, you will be ready for the real deal! Your outdoors scuba diving education will commence in one of the freshwater lakes in the vicinity of Groningen. During these Ad Fundum Weekends, you can work towards your first diving license at your own pace. Ad Fundum Weekends will be organised during the diving season, which lasts from April to October. On top of this, we organise frequent diving trips to Zeeland where you can further advance your diving skills, for example, by diving in tidal waters or in (much) deeper waters.


Ad Fundum is part of the Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond (the “NOB”, the Dutch Association for Underwater Sports). As the NOB is affiliated with the international organisation CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques), our diving licenses are accepted worldwide. CMAS can be compared with other international organizations like PADI, NAUI and SSI. Do you already have a license from one of these organizations? You can continue diving with us at a predetermined CMAS level and can even commence your education in the CMAS system.