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Scuba Diving Course Descriptions

Discover Scuba Diving

People who have never experienced diving can try it out with Sealife Divers' Discover Scuba Course. This half day course consists of three parts. First, we conduct a short lecture on the beach, discussing equipment and how to dive safely. Second, we build your confidence through a practice session in shallow water. Finally, we take our new divers on our boat to explore the amazing corals and fish of the Caribbean.

Discover Diving students are always accompanied by a certified instructor who will remain close by at all times. Try diving under the safety conscious eyes of our PADI or SSI certified dive instructors. Our guides are patient and have the qualities you need to ensure that your first diving experience is both safe, relaxed and fun. And, if you want to get your scuba diving certification, Sealife Divers is happy to train you.

Discover Scuba Diving course includes:

  • boat transportation to and from dive site
  • dive training and one dive with Certified PADI or SSI Instructor
  • all necessary equipment
  • refreshments


Open Water Diver Certification

Learn to dive! This course gives you the skills and certification card you need to dive in any ocean in the world. Sealife Divers' instructors love to teach new divers how to enjoy diving, and how to be a safe and confident diver. We don't rush you, but take each new skill at your pace so you can learn how to dive without stress or pressure.

This course includes four open water dives, academic lessons, and confined water training. For the third dive we visit a special site where we have the opportunity to dive with huge sea turtles.


Referral Open Water Diver Certification

Do your class room work and pool sessions at home, but dive with us in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. Bring the proper proof from your local dive shop, and our certified PADI or SSI Instructors will take you for your final qualifying dives.


Scuba Diving Course

Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming vacation, but don't have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now there's a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time.

Why PADI Scuba Diver?
The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.
As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip

What do I need to start?
Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a Scuba Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Scuba Diver program available.

  • Minimum age: 10

What will I do?
Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing pool dives, knowledge development sessions and by making two open water (ocean or lake) dives.

How long will it take?
PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you

Open Water Diver Certification Refresher

Certified divers may want to take a refresher course to relearn diving skills or rebuild their diving confidence. If you haven't been on a dive for over one year, or if you have had a bad experience diving in the past, take a refresher course with Sealife Divers. Our friendly, patient, qualified instructors will help you love diving again.

It consists of a scuba diving review on land, plus a review of key skills in shallow water. Then a shallow dive is made to approximately 40 feet (12 meters). The option of doing two more dives with your instructor after the scuba review is available.


Advanced Open Water Diver Certification

The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Why Advanced Open Water Diver?
After your five dives, you'll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver certification
  • Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What will I do?

This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the Deep Adventure dive, the Underwater Navigator

Adventure Dive and three of the following:

Altitude Diver Boat Diver
Drift Diver Deep Diver
Dry Suit Diver Dive Propulsion Vehicle
Multilevel Diver Night Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy Search and Recovery
Underwater Naturalist Underwater Videographer
Underwater Photographer Underwater Navigator
AWARE Fish Identification Wreck Diver

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 15
  • Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days


Rescue Diver Certification


Why PADI Rescue Diver?

The PADI Rescue Diver will expand your knowledge and experience beyond purely recreational level because you'll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
  • Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months

What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you'll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • dive first aid
  • emergency management and equipment
  • swimming and non-swimming assists
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in water artificial respiration
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

Emergency First Response

Why Emergency First Response?

Emergency First Response gives you the tools you need to perform CPR and First Aid. Whether you're a diver or a non-diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to properly handle potentially life-threatening situations.

What do I need to start?

No dive certification Required
No minimum age limit

What will I do?

This comprehensive program is composed of two core modules that can be taught in tandem or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response - Primary Care and Emergency First Response - Secondary Care. Together, these courses proved extensive instruction in CPR and First Aid, as well as providing optional (yet recommended) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Emergency Oxygen sections.

How long will it take?

  • Depending on the amount of home study, the Primary and Secondary courses maybe completed in as little as four hours.

Where can I go from here?

This course satisfies your PADI Rescue Diver CPR prerequisite




Divemaster Certification

Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you'll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI Dive master training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

What can PADI Divemaster do?

  • Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations
  • Assist PADI Instructors with students
  • Lead PADI Scuba Divers on guided dive tours
  • Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
  • Teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs
  • Conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers
  • Lead certified divers on Discover Local Diving experiences
  • Teach Emergency First Response programs after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification or qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician
  • 20 logged dives
  • 18 years old

What will I do?

  • Learn dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions
  • Complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water
  • Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving abilities
  • An internship or series of practical training exercises

How long will it take?

  • Two weeks - three months

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC):

The PADI IDC is the final step on the road to becoming a PADI Dive Instructor. The IDC is an intensive 9-day program that consists of two parts — the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. The IDC is designed to further develop your dive and teaching skills, dive knowledge, and leadership abilities to not only confidently pass the PADI Instructor Examination, but also to become a confident PADI instructor. After successfully completing the IDC you are ready to participate in the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs - from Discover Scuba Diving through to Divemaster. PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about. If you want to live an extraordinary life, the IDC is the next step to take!

*PADI Instructor Manual (paper or electronic version)
*Instructor Candidate Workbook
*Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
*Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
*AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
*Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams booklet
*Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
*Divemaster Final Exams booklet
*Aquatic Cue Cards – for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and DSD
*Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
*Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate

Candidates are expected to have their own personal dive equipment. Tanks and weights will be provided during the course.

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