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About the Open Water Diving Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has welcomed many people to the submarine world of diving. Doing this course in the Galapagos may give your a higher level of experience due to the slightly challenging currents and will give the opportunity to new divers to see marine creatures such as sharks, turtles, rays, invertebrates and many others.

We can offer the open water train dives in the dive site Academy Bay just 10 minutes away from Puerto Ayora, giving students a flexible schedule to start in the morning or afternoon, or on our normal Day Trips out of the Bay.

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The course consists of three main parts:

  1. Knowledge Development in a classroom or online to understand the basic principles of scuba diving
  2. Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  3. Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

Itinerary of the Open Water Diving Course

DAY 1 (14:30 – 18:00)

  • Participants must complete their online theory course before arriving to the Galapagos
  • Complete your liability and information forms and review the theory with your assigned instructor
  • Try dive gear in preparation for the coming days activity
DAY 2 (08:00 – 15:00)

  • A review session at Scuba Iguana
  • A swimming pool session to practice scuba exercises
  • We review previous learning
DAYS 3 and 4 (07:45 – 16:00)

  • Travel to our dive site and prepare for diving
  • Complete 2 dives (to max depth 12m) to practice exercises and open water diving
  • Have a one hour surface interval between dives for rest, review and refreshments
  • Enjoy lunch onboard, return to dive center and debrief.
  • Get certified!

Course Requirements

  • Be minimum 10 years old
  • Know how to swim
  • Present a medical certificate declaring any health issues that may affect diving.
  • Complete the PADI course and liability release form

What’s Included?

  • An English and Spanish speaking PADI Instructor
  • Knowledge Development Theory
    • Note: All divers are responsible for complete the online theory with PADI E-tool (PADI Lite)
  • Practice: A confined water session (4 hours in the swimming pool) and 4 open water dives (across Days 3 and 4)
  • Your Open Water manual and logbook
  • Full equipment: (wetsuit, regulator, BCD, mask, fins, boots, hoods, gloves, tanks)
  • Towels, refreshments and lunch on board (Days 3 and 4)
  • Transport between dive and practice sites and Scuba Iguana
  • First aid and emergency equipment (including 80% coverage any hyperbaric chamber treatment).

Your International PADI Open Water Diver Certification

COST: 1 student $ 1,305

2 students $ 990 per person

DURATION: 3-4 Days
REQUERIMENTS: 10 years + adequate swimming skills, good physical health
SKILL GAINED: Dive to 18m
CERTIFICATION: Globally recognized Open Water
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