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Become a Certified Diver

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Knowledge Development

The knowledge development portion of the course is designed so you can learn at your own pace and when it's convenient for you. Complete the academics online or at a PADI Dive Shop.

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Confined Water Dives

Develop and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions under direct instructor supervision. As you learn new skills, you’ll build the abilities and confidence needed for diving in open water, such as in a lake or the ocean.

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Open Water Dives

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water. As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, enabling you to embark on unforgettable adventures.

What You Need to Know

Time Commitment

PADI courses are performance-based, enabling you to progress at your own pace. This type of learning ensures competent and prepared divers. Course completion varies by individual and normally takes between 4 and 7 days.


Learning to scuba dive is comparable to other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities. You can expect to pay about the same as you would for a full day of surf lessons, a weekend of rock climbing lessons or about three hours of private golf lessons.

Essential Gear

The fit and comfort of your personal equipment are keys to having an enjoyable diving experience. At a minimum, you'll want your own mask, snorkel and fins when you begin your first course. Your PADI Dive Shop can help you select gear that's right for you when you're ready to buy.

Get started with these popular
diving courses.

Learning to dive is one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Earning your PADI certification will forever change the way you see the world, both above and below the surface.

Advance Your Diving Skills

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Build Expertise

Continuing your dive education increases opportunities for exploration and introduces you to new and exciting ways to experience the underwater world. You can sign up for a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course immediately after earning your Open Water Diver certification.

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Dive Deeper

Being more confident in the water is what every diver desires and the PADI Rescue Diver course will help you get there. During the course, you become a better buddy by learning the skills and awareness to prevent problems.

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Become a Better Buddy

With more than 26 courses to choose from, PADI Specialty Courses like Digital Underwater Photography, Wreck Diver or Night Diver, teach you new techniques and give you the tools to enhance your exploration and passion for diving.

Explore PADI Specialties

Enriched Air

The PADI Enriched Air Diver? course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. 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.

Deep Diver

There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites. Whether it’s a wreck or a wall dive that lures you deeper, the Deep Diver course enables you to dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet.

Night Diver

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. While diving at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. Sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Continue your dive adventure

As a certified scuba diver you’ve witnessed firsthand the wonders that lie within our planet's waters. Your Open Water Diver Certification introduced you to a world of adventure and discovery, and made you keenly aware that you've only just scratched the surface of the underwater world. PADI continuing education courses are designed to advance your scuba skills and give you the added confidence to keep doing what you love.

Become a PADI Instructor

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PADI Divemaster

As a PADI Divemaster you'll lead dives, mentor others and witness life transformations. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you.

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PADI Instructor Development Course

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months and has logged at least 60 dives may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). Over the course of about seven days, the IDC prepares you to teach and conduct all PADI core courses.

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Instructor Examination

The final step to earning a PADI Instructor certification is the Instructor Examination (IE). The IE is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability and professionalism. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification.

Why Teach PADI

Career Development

As with any career, professional development is paramount to your success. PADI provides an in-depth instructor development system that prepares you to reach for higher levels and shape the next generation of PADI Divers and Professionals.

Be the Best

PADI Professionals are the most sought-after around the world because they are held to the highest standards for training in the diving industry.

Live Anywhere

With more than 6,400 PADI Dive Shops issuing nearly one million certifications each year, you'll find job opportunities in every corner of the globe. Love your job anywhere you've ever dreamed of living.

Build your career and share
your passion.

As a PADI Professional, you can live a life of which others only dream. Whether you work in a local dive shop, at a resort or on a liveaboard dive boat, you'll be one of the special few who work doing what they love. On the path to becoming a PADI Professional, you will train with experienced and dedicated dive educators and discover a career that allows you to transform lives and share incredible underwater adventures.

PADI Mermaid Program

Introducing the New PADI Mermaid

Many people have a desire to imitate the underwater abilities of mythical mermaids. The PADI Mermaid Program helps students become “real-life” mermaids or mermen. It familiarizes divers with the equipment, skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of “mermaid diving” – that is freediving while equipped and/or costumed to resemble mermaids. The word “mermaid” in China roughly translates to “human fish”. In many Asian cultures like China, Japan, South Korea & Vietnam, the word “mermaid’ is not gender-specific and therefore, the words “man” or “woman” need to be added to specify to a particular gender. The PADI Mermaid program is a stand-alone program like the PADI Freediver program, it doesn’t require scuba or freediver ratings as an underlying certification.

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