PADI Scuba Diver

PADI Scuba diver certification in Los Cabos

The PADI Scuba Diver Course is a certification you can earn in 1.5 days.

You must complete the first 3 theory chapters, the first 3 confined water sessions and then the 2 dives (40ft/12m) of the PADI Open Water License. If you master these skills your instructor will certify you as a PADI Scuba Diver which means you can dive anywhere in the world to 40ft supervised by a PADI professional.

You can then upgrade your license to the 60ft/Open Water Diver at any time!

Course details Price & booking

Scuba Diver Course Structure

The PADI Scuba Diver course structure is simple:


Dive theory :

Chapter one of the Open Water course addresses some basic scientific concepts such as pressure and buoyancy. In chapter 2 we discuss emergency procedures and how to dive safely in a buddy team and chapter 3 focuses on diving conditions and how to choose appropriate dive sites.


Pool skills / Confined Water :

The pool skills include how to clear water out of a ‘regulator’ or mouthpiece, how to clear water out of a mask, some out of air emergency drills, buoyancy practice, surface skills, swimming technique and hand signals.


Open water dives :

When it’s time to go diving we choose an easy descent on a sandy bottom to a maximum of 40 feet.

We do two dives and we ask you to repeat skills practiced in confined water to make sure you know what you’re doing! When we return to the dive shop we will show you how to log your dives on a dive app and how to continue to your Open Water Certification.


Get Certified

PADI Scuba Diver to PADI Open Water Diver

As mentioned above, the PADI Scuba Diver Certification is half of the Open Water course. So what happens when you want to upgrade?

Well, you simply show the next dive shop your Scuba Diver card (and we recommend downloading the PADI app rather than a plastic card) and continue working through your manual or PADI eLearning. Keep in mind PADI eLearning is valid for 1 year.

So if you chose the digital course for your Scuba Diver you’ll need to upgrade within the year. If you’re not sure if you will upgrade within the year then ask for the physical manual.

You will then complete the following step before receiving your new license :

  • Chapters 4 and 5 plus the exam.
  • Pool sessions 4 and 5.
  • Dives 3 and 4 to 60ft/18m.

Open Water Certification

Frequently Asked Questions

The PADI Scuba Diver is suitable for those that have completed many Discover Scuba Dives and finally want to dive without having to perform skills every time.

This course also suits those that may have found the Open Water Course too challenging to complete in the days allocated and that want to take more time and dive in more locations before receiving the full Open Water license that permits diving without a guide.

The “scuba diver” is short course to enhance skills before the Open Water Dive level.

  • Scuba diver : Dive to 40ft, supervised by a PADI professional.
  • Open water : Dive to 60ft, without supervision.

The Scuba Diver certification fit to anyone with a minimum age 10 years.

A great option for kids between 10 to 13 years old.

Price & Booking

PADI Scuba Diver

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

Scuba diver course

$ 395 pp

Duration: 2 days

Includes eLearning for the full Open Water Course, all equipment, fees and instruction.

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