PADI Open Water Diver Course
From PHP 12,500
Learn to Dive with SiDive and find Nemo in the amazing Underwater realm of Cebu in the Philippines. Diving in Cebu is fabulous with water temperatures between 26 – 29 degrees, beautiful coral and thousands of species of fish. It really is a great place to get your diving licence and to enjoy the freedom that only diving can offer.
All dive certificate courses are carried out by renewed instructors with many years experience diving in the Philippines.To go Scuba Diving anywhere in the World you need a diving certificate. PADI and SDI are two of the biggest and most well known of all the diving organisations and certify more divers than most. The most popular course is the Open water Diver course.
The Open Water Course takes 2 to 3 days and certifies the participants to dive to a depth of 18m with a buddy.
It will take 2 days only if you complete the dive course theory e- learning ( included in the course price) at home before you come.
Or it will take 3 days to do the course if you do the theory here.
When you are certified you do not have to dive with a professional diving instructor. It is the most popular of all the programs and is recognized worldwide.
The course consists of either independent study of dive theory through learning or classroom study, confined water training in shallow water in a protected part of the sea on our house reef at Kontiki and four Open Water Dives in the Sea.
Scheduling a Course
Courses run 7 days a week and we aim to fit in with your schedule. The first part is the theory which usually takes 5-6 hours and can be done either online before you come ( e-learning) or in a classroom setting with an Instructor. If you do the e-learning before you come it will save you doing the theory here and save you a day of your holiday. With the e-learning completed before you come the diving part of the course can be completed in two days.
If you have any medical issues like Asthma or Ear problems, or you are on medications or you have Diabetes or a history of those things or any other medical issues you must let us know before you sign up. You may need to get a Doctor’s clearance to dive.
You also need to bear in mind that you cannot fly within 18 hours of the last dive. So that usually means not until 9AM the day following the last dive.
On the first day of the Open Water diver course when we actually get into the water we enter into the confined water in the Sea at 9:30 AM where we complete the first confined water session. This part of the training is always carried out at our great house reef at Kontiki marina. Its the perfect place to carry out diver training. There is a nice flat part perfect for skills training and a beautiful part full of corals and fish for the Open water dives.
After the first confined water skills session we take you on your first Open water dive to a maximum depth of 12M and this is always a memorable event.
Then we have lunch at either the Oxygen restaurant on site at Kontiki marina or some guests prefer to eat at a locals carendaria where you can purchase lunch for as little as php50-100 ($1-$2).
After lunch we all go back into the confined water to finish confined sessions 2-5, learning the rest of the skills.
Then we will complete Open Water Dive 2 before exiting the water and heading back to the dive shop to rinse our gear, listen to the debriefing and then get a shower before getting dressed and heading back to your hotel.
The following day we normally start at 9:30AM and complete the remaining two Open water dives: Open Water Dive 3 and Open Water Dive 4.
On this day we sometimes, but not always, take a boat trip usually lasting from about 9:30AM-3PM. During this day we complete the remaining two Open water dives in the Ocean from the boat. The boat cost is divided equally between all the participants on the boat. With 6 persons on the boat expect an additional payment of php700 + php100 Sanctuary fees per person. This is the only additional charge and is optional.
Once you have paid the 80 British Pounds deposit for the elearning and to book the course this is not refundable once the elearning has been bought for you and assigned to you. We need to use your 80 pounds deposit to buy the learning and it is not refundable. For this reason we are unable to refund your deposit if you cancel for any reason.