Open Water Diver
If you’re new to scuba diving and ready to get certified, we highly suggest taking the PADI Open Water Diver course with us in beautiful Playa del Carmen. In addition to being the world’s most popular scuba course, it is also almost universally recognized, ensuring that you won’t need to pay for a different certification course when you want to go scuba diving in a new location.
The Open Water Diver course is open to anyone over the age of 10 that is in good physical health and possesses good swimming abilities. It consists of three parts, which are completed together over three days: a theory session, five basic skills sessions, and four dives in the sea.
The theory session ensures you understand the basic principles of scuba diving and is completed with a quiz. You can do this part of the course with an instructor in a classroom or on your own online.
The second part of certification consists of five basic skills sessions with a private instructor. In a pool or a very shallow area of the sea, one of our expertly trained private instructors will teach you how to use scuba equipment such as a mask, snorkel, fins, tank, regulator, dive gauges, and a buoyancy control device. You’ll then learn basic scuba diving skills, including how to breathe underwater. With time, you’ll notice that you begin to improve and will find it easier to relax and enjoy the peaceful buoyancy of the water.
The final part of certification requires four dives in the sea with your private instructor. As you practice your skills, you’ll be able to explore underwater and view the beautiful marine life that inhabits the Caribbean. At the end of the course, you’ll be prepared to dive up to 60 feet deep anywhere in the world with certification that lasts a lifetime (though it is highly recommended to take a refresher course if you go over a year without scuba diving)!