Course overview

This course can be conducted in 2 to 3 days and requires no previous diving experience. The course fee includes all scuba equipment, textbook and tables, and certification fees. We do not nickel and dime you with separate/additional charges, and the materials are yours to keep. Take a couple of days of your time and learn how to do dive, how to get confidence and control underwater and receive certification valid for the rest of your life, all around the globe. The “PADI Scuba Diver Course”, considered as the 1st level of PADI, is perfectly built for whoever wants to know what all the basic of scuba diving are. Step by step, you’ll get to know and understand why so many of us did felt in love with it and made it a career. Some theory, some preparation in the shallow confined water, just to get used to it, and a lot of time in the open sea, that’s what it is. During a minimum of 2 dives, your instructor will show you, teach you and tell you all about diving. By the time he’ll be signing your certification, you’ll be ready to join the big world of divers, same we are, traveling, working and simply waking up in the morning just to jump back in and get back to this unbelievable aquatic life.

The Scuba Diver course is comprised of 3 academic modules, 3 confined water training sessions, and 2 open water dives. You’ll start your PADI Scuba Diver Course by studying independently with the PADI Open Water Diver manual, the “Open Water Touch” tablet application or online eLearning course. First, our experienced and fun Instructors will review your assignments and elaborate on any areas necessary.

On day 1 you’ll take your first breathe underwater and enter a new world. The course is not only based on theory or skills, but some of your dives will also be simply swimming around, looking at things and breathing underwater. Probably the best feeling like being in the space, but underwater!

On day 2 you will complete all of the confined water training that will have made you proficient with basic dive skills and we’ll take you for your first dive in Open Water. If you thought confined water training was amazing, just wait till you see the beauties of our reef systems, it’s a tropical paradise.

What you learn

  • How much fun scuba diving is
  • Scuba diving equipment considerations for your local diving environment
  • How to plan, and execute actual dives
  • How to prevent and manage problems
The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases
  • Knowledge Development (online or book, self-study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Scuba Diver Course certification.

Prerequisites and limitations

To enroll in the PADI Scuba Diver Course or Junior Scuba Diver course, you must be 10 years or older. As Scuba Diver, your depth limit will be 12 meters, you will be eligible to dive with a dive professional, your certification is valid everywhere around the world and good for the rest of your life. You can expand your depth and pro diver buddy limitation right after finishing this course by taking the PADI Open Water Diver Course (18m) PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course (30 m) and the PADI Deep Specialty Course (40 m).

The learning materials you need

The material, all included in the course, is available in multiple languages. Personal advice, if English is not your first language but you are still comfortable with it, get your scuba diving lesson done in English. If you do fall in love with it…on your future dives, English will always be the one you’ll find on any diving destination. PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the PADI Scuba Diver Course. E-learning is the most convenient option, and gets your book work out of the way so you can just dive! PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology, and safety procedures. The PADI Open Water Diver Manual PDF digital format is also available. For each concept, you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump into the water to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

Medical declaration

If you have not already done so, on arrival you will be required to fill in and sign a Medical Statement to say you are fit to dive, do not regularly take prescription or non-prescription medication and that you do not suffer from any conditions such as asthma, diabetes etc. If you are in any doubt or feel that you may have a condition which requires approval from a doctor first, please ask for a Medical Statement form which will be sent out to you or ask the staff at Divemaster Academy for advice. Here is a link for the PADI Medical release form, please read through it before your course to ensure that you are fit to dive.

Price and conditions

Your course at Divemaster Academy includes the following – Personalised tuition, all of the PADI course materials, which are yours to keep, the required dives, entrance fees, equipment needed for the course and the certification. Transportation is not included to the dive sites.

You can complete the academics before you arrive, in your own pace, in your home with PADI’s  Open Water Touch application for iPad or Android tablets, though additional costs of $140 per course apply. For more information on how to sign up for this option, please let us know of your interest.

The next course after the Scuba Diver is the 2 day PADI Open Water Diver upgrade course, all you have to do is to learn two more chapters, do 2 more confined sessions and 2 open water dives. You can roll into it right after you certified.