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Become a certified diver

1st step
Knowledge Development
The portion of the knowledge development course is designed to let you learn at your own pace and when it's best for you. Complete the academic part online or at a PADI Dive Shop.

2nd step
Diving in Confined Water
Learn scuba skills and practice in the pool or in a pool-like water body under the direct supervision of an instructor. A little at a time, you will learn new skills and gain confidence to immerse yourself in free water, for example a lake or the sea.

3rd step
Diving in Free Water
Prepare to experience everything you have learned with the freedom of free water. As soon as your instructor approves your dives, you will be certified as PADI Open Water Diver, which will allow you to embark on unforgettable adventures.



What you must know

Time commitment

PADI PADI courses are based on execution, to allow you to progress according to your own pace. This type of learning ensures competent and prepared divers. The completion of the course varies from individual to individual and normally takes between 4 and 7 days.


Learning to dive is comparable to other popular adventure and outdoor sports. You can expect to pay the same for a day of surfing lessons, a weekend of climbing lessons or three or three hours of private golf lessons.

Essential Equipment

The fit and comfort of your personal gear are essential for a fun diving experience. At a minimum, when you start your first course, you will want your personal mask, snorkel and fins. When you are ready to make your purchases, your PADI Dive Shop can help you choose the right equipment for you.