PADI Scuba Diving Courses in Playa del Carmen

PADI is undoubtedly the world's largest SCUBA diving certifying agency. With over 20,000,000 certifications issued, it has become the generic name for scuba diving certifications.

At Beyond Diving, we offer a wide range of PADI recreational diver courses. 

If diving is something that has been on your mind for a while, but you're not sure you are ready to go for the full open water diver certification, try the Discover Scuba Diving program, and get hooked on diving!

Advance your knowledge with one of the many specialty courses we offer, or take a refresher course if you've been out of the water for a while!


Learn to dive today!

PADI Scuba Diving Courses

Discover Scuba Diving: $115 USD

Your first time diving! During this full day experience program you will learn to use SCUBA equipment, practice skills in the pool and finish by doing 2 amazing dives in our shallow reefs.

The price includes: Equipment rental, instruction, 2 dives, drinking water.Accordion Sample Description

Scuba Review: $125 USD

You’re a certified diver, but you’ve been out of the water for more than a year? Perhaps it is time to take a refresher course and tune up your scuba diving skills. This all day program will refresh every aspect of your diving. From equipment setup to proper trim, buoyancy and kicking technique. All skills are practiced in the pool, and we end the day with 2 amazing shallow reef dives to get you back into diving safely! The price includes: Equipment rental, instruction, 2 dives, drinking water.Accordion Sample Description

Open Water Diver: $435 USD

The PADI Open Water Diver Course is divided into 5 theory modules, 5 confined water (pool) modules and 4 open water dives. The course can be completed in 3-4 days. They can be split up, but keep in mind that you will need to complete all sections in order to become a certified Open Water Diver. The price includes manual, log book, pool sessions, 4 open water dives, equipment rental and drinking water.

Open Water Referral Course: $300 USD

You can start your Open Water Diver Course at home and finish with us! It takes 2 days and includes 4 open water checkout dives. Make sure you bring your signed referral papers with you.

The price includes certification fees, 4 open water dives, equipment rental and drinking water.

Advanced Open Water Diver: $400 USD

Increase your experience and knowledge. This course lasts 2-3 days and includes 6 open water dives (5 course dives and 1 fun dive). There are no exams, but there is a manual. There are 2 required dives (navigation and deep dive) and you can choose the other 3 dives you want to do.

The price includes manual, certification fees, 6 open water dives, and drinking water.

Rescue Diver: $430 USD

This course takes 2 to 3 days if you are already trained for CPR , if not you will need to take another day for the First Aid/CPR Training .The Rescue course is divided in 3 parts : 6 chapters of theory with a final exam, confined water skills and 2 open water dives. The price includes manual, pool sessions, open water dives.

Dive Master: $800 USD

The first professional level in Recreational Diving.
The required level to enroll this course is PADI Rescue Diver with current training in CPR and first aid.

You must have at least 40 dives logged to start, and be 18 years old.

The course can be done in a minimum of 3 weeks with dives in the morning and theory in the afternoon.

During the dive training you will learn how to assist students (open water and advanced and/or rescue) and certified divers under the supervision of an instructor, how to guide the certified divers.

You will have to perform the 20 skills of the open water course after some practice, of course!! And do again a rescue final scenario.
The theory consist in 9 chapters of the PADI Dive Master book, and physics, physiology, equipment, skills and environment, theory of the decompression and the recreational dive planners (table and wheel version ) from the Encyclopaedia of the Recreational Diving and the PADI Dive Master workbook.

You will have to pass the theory exams: physics, physiology, equipment, skills and environment, theory of the decompression and the recreational dive planners (table and wheel version), assisting student’s divers, dive master conducted programs, guiding certified divers with a minimum of 75% each.
You will also have to do a map from a dive site and an emergency plan.
Some stamina skills must also be performed as 15 minutes floating, 400 meters swimming, 800 meters snorkeling, 100 meters tired diver tow.
You need to have at least 60 logged dives to send your Divemaster application.
The price of the PADI Divemaster course does not include equipment, books/materials or certification fees. You need to have your own equipment; you will have to buy the books and materials prior to your arrival, or our dive shop can provide them to you as long as you give us proper notice.

Here is the list :
-PADI Dive Master book
-PADI Dive Master workbook
-Encyclopaedia of the Recreational Diving
-PADI Recreational Dive Planner (table and wheel)

Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver – $250

The Enriched Air Diver course is one of our most popular specialty scuba courses. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

If you’re a (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty course.
What will you learn?

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two scuba dives, you’ll:

Discuss managing oxygen exposure.
Calculate operating depths and apropriate mixes depending on the dive.
Practice analyzing oxygen content in your scuba tank.

Deep Diver – $300

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.
What will you learn?

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

Specialized deep diving equipment.
Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

Underwater Navigation – $250

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

If you’re a (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.
What will you learn?

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

Methods to estimate distance underwater.
Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
Underwater map making.

AWARE – Fish Identification – $ 200

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the AWARE – Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

If you’re at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the AWARE – Fish Identification course.
What will you learn?

Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you’ll find it easier to reference the exact species after a scuba dive. For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but colors and markings may be wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, you can more easily look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw.
During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
Fish survey techniques and strategies.
About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life

Boat Diver – $200

Much of the world’s best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the Boat Diver course.
What will you learn?

The PADI Boat Diver course will expand your knowledge about boats from small inflatables to large liveaboards. You’ll gain experience scuba diving by completing two dives from a boat in your local area and learn:

Boat terminology.
Boat diving procedures and etiquette, including how to enter and exit, and where to stow your gear.

Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.

Peak Performance Buoyancy – $200

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, are eligible to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course.
What will you learn?

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.
Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.

Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.

Drift Diver – $200

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.
What will you learn?

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.
Get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects.
Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.
Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.