Available for you are all levels of dive instruction through to Divemaster.

Also available are a variety of specialty courses including Peak Buoyancy, Night Diving, Deep Diver, Navigation Diver and Wreck Diver, just to name a few.

Whether it's your first time in the water or you are looking to advance your diving skills, our experienced and friendly staff will ease your way through any instruction. Certification anywhere from Open Water Diver to a specialty in Wreck Diving can all be done through the knowledge and expertise of our instructors, while enjoying all that the waters of Belize have to offer.

We can facilitate PADI certifications and courses in the following:

Learn to Dive in Hours with Discover Scuba Diving (Resort Course)
Open Water Diver Certification
Open Water Diver Referral
Refresher Course
Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
Medic First Aid
Rescue Diver
Divemaster

Following are some outlines for the most popular certifications. You'll see that they are easy to follow and can be done in only a few days with the safety and skill required.

LEARN TO DIVE IN HOURS
with DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING

You'll be breathing underwater in a matter of hours. Your PADI instructor will provide a brief orientation, then take you on you first underwater adventure in our ocean-pool. There you'll learn to use scuba equipment and get accustomed to your new surroundings. Finally, under your instructor's supervision, you'll go on an actual scuba dive and get a close-up look at the underwater world. Your adventure then certifies you for 14 days to a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 m). You can explore the underwater world with subsequent shallow dives with your instructor.

Discover Scuba Diving is just enough to wet your appetite - becoming a certified Open Water Diver is your next step.

The course includes training, equipment, one open water dive, instructor supervision, Discover Scuba Diving card and souvenir photo.

OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION


The PADI Open Water Diver course certifies you for life and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to safely visit the underwater world with no prior experience. This course will make you comfortable with the equipment you need and will ensure that you develop the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and enjoyable diving.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is divided into three segments: academic training, confined water training, followed by four open water dives. Academic training gives you the basic principles and knowledge you will need for safe and enjoyable diving. Confined water training takes place in our ocean-pool and will teach you the basic skills of diving. The four open water dives allow you to demonstrate your mastery of these skills and practice them in a typical diving situation while enjoying the underwater sights of Belize.

Our course lasts between three and four days, based on your comfort level, learning curve and of course the weather. Upon completion of the course you will have graduated to be an Open Water Diver! This certification allows you to participate in recreational diving activities without the supervision of an instructor, rent and purchase diving equipment and to further your certification level by participating in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

This course includes training, equipment, four open water dives, instructor supervision, Open Water Diver certification card, and logbook. You will be required to display minimal swimming skills. We will also require two passport size photos for your permanent certification card.

OPEN WATER DIVER REFERRAL


Taking advantage of the warm waters in Belize are what many Open Water Diver students wait for. The academic and confined water training portion of the Open Water Diver course can be completed almost anywhere in the world at any reputable Dive Centre. The luxury of warm water is often miles away, so many students go to the tropics to complete their certification. Check with your local Dive Centre for details on how you can complete the first part of this course before coming to Belize.

The referral consists of four open water dives required to complete your certification. Two dives a day, either in the morning or afternoon at the reef, allows you to complete the necessary skills while developing your confidence in the big blue.

A student referral form from the original instructor is required. You must complete your certification with the four open water dives within a year of the academic and confined water training.

It's a great way for first time divers to experience the underwater world while still under the supervision of an instructor.

The course includes equipment, four open water dives, instructor supervision, Open Water Diver certification card, and logbook. We will require two passport size photos for your permanent certification card.

REFRESHER COURSE


For those of us who have been caught at home or work and unable to vacation as often as we would like, a refresher course would do the trick in boosting your underwater confidence after an extended period of time away from the water. This course, although not required, is recommended for those who are rusty.

You will review safe diving practices, dive theory, dive tables, diving skills, equipment and complete an open water orientation one or two tank dive under the supervision of an instructor.

Don't forget to bring your certification card with you and we'll spend an afternoon or morning in a scuba tune-up.

The course includes equipment, the option of one or two tank open water dives, instructor supervision and a logbook.

ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION


As an Open Water Diver and having experienced the thrill of breathing underwater, the excitement of seeing things for the very first time and the enjoyment of scuba diving, many consider Advanced Open Water Diver certification to fine tune skills and to further their diving education.

While in Belize it is the perfect opportunity to see the reef while advancing your diving skill all at once!

The course is made up of three core dives, a navigation dive, a night dive and a deep dive. You will also make two elective dives that you will choose with your PADI instructor. Elective dives to choose from are peak bouyancy control, a boat dive, a drift dive, a multi-level dive, a underwater naturalist dive, a wreck dive or underwater photography dive. That makes a total of five dives that can be completed in as quickly as two days. The Advanced Open Water Diver course is a good choice for those interested in not only exploring the reef, but doing so while advancing their underwater experience.

This certification allows you to dive to depths of 100 to 130 feet (30-39 m) and to enroll in all PADI Specialty Diver courses such as Night Diver, Wreck Diver and Underwater Photographer, just to name a few and the PADI Rescue Diver course.

The course includes training, equipment, five open water dives, instructor supervision Advanced Open Water Diver certification card, and a logbook. We will require two passport size photos for your new permanent certification card.

***You must be in good physical and emotional health to participate in diving activities. If you have questions or concerns regarding medical conditions you may have, please consult your physician. You will be required to fill out a medical statement prior to instruction.


PADI CONTINUING EDUCATION

Once you've completed your Advanced Open Water Diver course, there are so many possibilities. The PADI system of diver education consists of a wide range of interrelated courses and levels. We support the continuing of diver education through additional course in Medic First Aid, Rescue Diver and Divemaster in addition to Specialty Diver courses.

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