PADI Open Water Diver

Do you want to be able to explore the wonders of the underwater world? Have you ever considered becoming a certified scuba diver? Take the plunge with La Paz Divers and begin your exciting and rewarding new lifestyle as a PADI certified open water diver.

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The PADI Open Water Diver course is the entry-level recreational scuba diving certification course that teaches you the skills necessary to dive safely and to understand of the key concepts of dive theory.

The course is split into into three main components –

  • The knowledge development portion which is conducted in your own time online and is known as PADI e-learning
  • Confined water training in a pool (typically 2 days)
  • Open water dives in the open ocean (2 days)

Due to PADI’s e-learning knowledge development component, you can begin learning to dive immediately and in your own time from the comfort of your PC, tablet or cell phone. Once you complete your e-learning classes, you will move on to take the confined and open water components of the course with us here in La Paz.

We recognize that each student has their own learning styles so we cater the training to suit each individual.

Price is $795 USD per student and includes the online e-learning, confined and open water training, dive equipment rental, and your certification with PADI.

sea turtle, green sea turtle, fang ming shipwreck, espiritu santo national parkSea lions and shipwreck diving upgrade.

Upgrade your PADI Open Water Diver course to include a fantastic dive trip to the Espiritu Santo National Park to complete your second day of open water training (final day of the course) diving with the playful sea lions of Los Islotes followed by a dive on a Chinese shipwreck that sea turtles often use as a place of rest.

Just $100 USD per student to upgrade!

Prefer to learn one-on-one?

Single diver one-on-one – $1,000 USD

Couple – $1,900 USD


PADI Open Water Diver course schedule.

Online classes – Complete your PADI e-learning in your own time. Most students fit their course around other commitments and tend to spread their online classes out over the course of a week or so. If you have more time it is possible to complete the online comfortably in two days.

Confined water training – This consists of two days training in a pool in the centre of La Paz. Each day roughly lasts 4-6 hours depending on the size and speed of progression of each group. Sometimes an additional short day may be required to finish off the confined water component.

Open water training – This consists of four open water dives conducted over two days. These dives take place at Punta Arena beach on a beautiful rocky reef that is perfect for training purposes. If you choose the sea lions and shipwreck upgrade to your course then the second day of open water training (final day of your course) will be conducted from a boat in the Espiritu Santo National Park as described above. The boat departs from the malecon in La Paz and the day is roughly 7 hours from start to finish.

Final exam – This consists of a multiple choice exam consisting of 60 questions. As long as you pay attention to your e-learning course and additional training while with your instructor and assistants, passing the final exam will be a breeze.

Certification – Once you have met all of the course requirements, your instructor will process your certification and you will immediately receive your temporary PADI Open Water Diver e-card to your email address. Once you have this, you will be certified to dive globally within your level of training and experience. Your physical certification card will be produced at the PADI headquarters and sent to your chosen address.

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Padi Open Water Diver course info

Price: $795 USD per student.

$895 USD with sea lions and shipwreck upgrade.

  • Included: PADI Open Water Diver e-learning, confined water training, open water training, scuba equipment rental, PADI certification, ceviche or burritos lunch and refreshments on final day of course with Espiritu Santo trip upgrade.
  • Not included: Gratuities, land transportation, accommodation, food and beverages (except on trip to Espiritu Santo National Park lunch is included).
  • Course duration: Online e-learning in your own time followed by minimum 4 days practical training with your instructor.
  • Suitability: Family friendly, minimum age is 10 years for PADI Junior Open water Diver.
  • Season: Year-round.
  • Location: La Paz, Mexico.
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