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 | 5% Cash Discount

Full Open Water course

$ 575 pp

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 eLearning Referral

$ 385 pp

eLearning already completed.

Day 1 | Confined water | Open Water

Day 2 | Classroom | Open Water

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Open Water Referral

$ 320 pp

eLearning and Pool completed

Day 1 | Open Water dives 1&2

Day 2 | Open Water dives 3&4

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Diving course reviews


Open Water PADI and Cabo Pulmo

Had an incredible time getting certified for open water - Laura and her team (Jenny and Brandon) were super friendly and flexible with our dates. Very patient and helpful in making us super comfortable in the water. Would highly recommend! Also went…

By Jenny L on TripAdvisor

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Cabo Private Guide has been the best dive center to deal with. Jenny and the rest of the team was amazing to work with and made the entire trip an enjoyable and fun experience! They love what they do and it shows.…

By John K on TripAdvisor

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I signed up with CPG to get my PADI Scuba Certification and really enjoyed working with these guys! Laura and Jenny were extremely passionate about diving and very knowledgeable! Learning to dive is a beautiful sport and learning in Cabo was perfect!…

By Katie A on TripAdvisor

Had the BEST TIME with Cabo Private Dive!!

Getting my scuba certification was my 2020 bucket list item. I came to Cabo Private Guide to finish the open water portion of my scuba certification. Laura was great! I needed special accommodations due to a bum ankle and Laura went out…

By Colette C on TripAdvisor

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Marissa and Laura were very helpful in getting my open water dive certification. Super easy, patient and helpful every step of the way. We got to see great marine life and and would suggest Cabo private guide to everyone. Thanks again

By Matt D on TripAdvisor

This team is amazing!

Getting PADI open water certified with Antonio was absolutely perfect. He is an excellent teacher and made the biggest difference in getting my certification. If I had to choose all over again I would pick Cabo Private Guide every time. Although the…

By Carly E on TripAdvisor

Fantastic experience

Laura has always been very helpful in helping us arrange everything. And our instructor Antonio has very high standards. We have great experiences with them! Definitely recommend to everyone.

By Harry G on TripAdvisor

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I signed up with CPG to get my PADI Scuba Certification and really enjoyed working with these guys! Laura and Jenny were extremely passionate about diving and very knowledgeable! Learning to dive is a beautiful sport and learning in Cabo was perfect!…

By Katie A on TripAdvisor

Amazing experience

My girlfriend did the open water certification with Cabo Private Guide and I joined for 4 dives. Every aspect of the diving experience is excellent. Great communication in advance, very professional and fun certification, experienced and very helpful instructors, very good equipment…

By Simon S on TripAdvisor

Best guide in cabo!

I cant say enough great things about cabo private guide and Laura. LAURA is the best. I have been diving with her and just finished 4 PADI courses with her. She is the best guide and instructor. I'd recommend her for all…

By Sara on TripAdvisor

Beginner Group

Both guys were very patient with all of the five of us. Only one had ever done any scuba at all. They offered great instruction and encouragement.

By Clint K on TripAdvisor

Best place in Cabo

This is an amazing shop with amazing service. From Laura that managed all my requests, answered my millions questions, some unrelated to diving, to great dive guidance from Jenny, and everything in between, it was perfect. Personal, private, professional. I felt spoiled

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