Open Water Scuba Diver Course in Playa del Carmen

Learn to dive today!

So you've done a whole bunch of discover dives, but want to learn more about diving and earn your certification? Well, you're in the right place!  During this 3 day (minimum) course, you will learn all the basic and fundamental skills needed to properly plan and conduct dives independently (not solo!) with a buddy.

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver

Price – $435. Includes Manual, log book, classroom & pool sessions, 4 Open Water Checkout Dives, Equipment Rental. Also Available with E-Learning! Available as an Online Course: $465

Who this course is for:

  • Persons desiring to obtain a Scuba Diving certification
  • Persons interested in underwater exploration

Course prerequisites:

    • Minimum age 18 (15 with parental consent)

What you can expect to learn:

      • History of diving
      • Aquatic environment
      • Marine life injuries
      • Physics and physiology
      • Repetitive dives
      • Safety stops
      • Emergency decompression
      • Omitted decompression
      • Nitrogen Narcosis
      • Oxygen toxicity
      • Carbon monoxide poisoning
      • Mixed gases
      • Hyperventilation, shallow water blackout
      • Scuba equipment
        • Mask, fins, and snorkel
        • Exposure protection
        • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)
        • Regulators
        • Cylinders
        • Weight systems
        • Underwater instruments
        • Compass
        • Accessories
        • Dive flag
      • Planning your dive
        • Diver fitness and overexertion
        • Orientation to new or local diving environments
        • Boat diving procedures
        • Buddy system
        • First aid
      • Underwater Navigation
        • Compass
        • Natural

Some of the in-water skills include all of the following and more!

      • Swimming evaluation (Must be completed prior to any scuba skill being taught)
        • Distance swim of 200 metres non-stop using any stroke without the use of mask, snorkel or any swimming aids, or 300 metres non-stop using mask, snorkel, and fins
        • Survival swim/float of 10 minutes

* Note: If an exposure suit is worn for any of the above skills, the wearer must be neutrally buoyant at the surface.

      • Scuba skills
        • Scuba system assembly and disassembly
        • Weight system adjustment with proper weighting
        • Removal and replacement of weight system on the surface
        • Removal and replacement of weight system at depth
      • Pre-dive check of self and buddy
      • Partial mask clear at depth
      • Full mask clear at depth
      • Breathing and swimming underwater without a mask
      • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use:
        • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at the surface
        • Inflation and deflation (oral/power) at depth
        • Removal and replacement at surface
        • Removal and replacement at depth
      • Buoyancy control
        • Hovering
        • Controlled ascents
        • Controlled descents
      • Regulator use
        • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at the surface
        • Breathing, clearing, and recovery at depth
      • Underwater swimming; proper use of fins
      • Entries and exits
        • Controlled seated entry
        • Giant stride entry
        • Shallow water exit
        • Deep water exit
      • Snorkel use
        • Adjustment
        • Clearing; blast method

What’s in it for you?

      • Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may conduct dives in conditions similar to their training and enroll in the Advanced Adventure Diver program, along with other individual SDI Specialties appropriate for their age

SDI Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

      • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
      • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Knowledge Quest or equivalent SDI online learning exam with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor. Instructors my use additional exams that can be found on the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor Resource CD
      • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently