PADI open water course

PADI Open Water certification in Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas is the perfect place to get certified. The dive sites are very close to the marina, there are varied sites to challenge you at each stage of the course and the Sea of Cortez is home to some of the world’s most impressive sea life!

We always advise booking a 2 tank fun dive after your course so you can really get to know the whole area and to really get accustomed to the new world you are now able to explore.

Your license can be used anywhere in the world. It never expires! Although, remember! You must continuously refresh your skills.

Course details Price & booking

What’s involved in a PADI Open Water Course

Summary : The PADI Open Water course consists of 3 sections, conduct by our diving instructor, which will required you 3 to 4 days to be successfully certified:


Diving theory

The diving theory covers basic physics and physiology concepts, discussion of emergency procedures and emergency protocol, diving conditions and how to plan dives conservatively.

Don’t panic! Remember, 10 year olds can take this class so don’t let this put you off!


Confined water training

The confined water session is at the pool. We teach you skills based on 4 different concepts:

  • Buoyancy
  • Emergency air drills
  • Surface skills
  • Handling equipment issues.

Each session builds on the last session so eventually you have mastery learning of the fundamental skills needed to be a safe diver.


Open Water dives

Finally, before earning your PADI Certification, you will complete 4 dives, to a maximum of 60ft/18m, and repeating some of the diving skills that you practiced in confined water to make sure you have no issues doing it in real life.

How to sign up for an open water course Padi

You can choose a couple of different ways to do the course :


You can order a digital ‘eLearning’ code from us by paying a deposit on the Book Now link. Once you have left the necessary details as guided by the booking system you will receive all the study materials needed to complete the theory before you arrive.


Dive Today

If you think it’s a good idea to dive first and see if you like it you can opt for the ‘Dive Today’ approach and sign up for a Discover Scuba Diver class. This dive counts toward the final certification and gets you straight in the water so you can see exactly what is involved before continuing with the theory class.

Make sure you check this PADI medical form before you make any purchases! Some physiological conditions require a doctor’s sign off before we admit people to the course.


Add-on : Open Water Course Plus

A concept created by Cabo Private Guide. An add-on session with an instructor to introduce important everyday skills, very important to new divers.

Log 2 more dives with your instructor following the course. During these dives we will elaborate on buoyancy skills mastered at Open Water level, learn natural navigation and run through a selection of basic buddy rescue techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone who is medically fit to dive and has a desire to see what lies beneath.

Minimum age 10 years.


Are you wondering how to become a diver? This article will walk you through the most common questions asked by our student about how to getting his Open Water Diver certification in Mexico.

Price & Booking

PADI Open Water

All our courses include a Private Instructor | Price in USD | Cash discount available

Full Open Water course

$ 625 pp

60ft/18m license

eLearning included | 8-12 hrs home study

Confined Water Skill Circuit  (day 1)

4 Open Water Dives (day 1 and day 2)


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Open Water Pool + Dive Referral

$ 495 pp

60ft/18m license

eLearning already completed.

Day 1 | Confined water | Open Water

Day 2 | Classroom | Open Water

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Open Water Dive Only Referral

$ 390 pp

60ft/18m license

eLearning and Pool completed

Day 1 | Open Water dives 1&2

Day 2 | Open Water dives 3&4

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PADI Scuba Diver

$ 455 pp

40ft/12m license

1.5 Day Certification Course

Great for young kids or people short of time

Half the eLearning, half the pool work, Open Water Dives 1&2.


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