PADI Open Water Diver Course (copy)

Santa Catalina, Panama

15 reviews
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2022
Group size: 1 - 2
PADI Open Water Diver Course (copy)
Santa Catalina, Panama

15 reviews

Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2022
Group size: 1 - 2

About this trip

BECOME A CERTIFIED DIVER.  This  is the key to unlocking a lifetime filled with dive adventures, anywhere  in the world. Earn your diving certification with a PADI Open Water  Diver course – the most popular international scuba-training course.  The in-water training is done around Coiba National Park, including the 4 Open Water dives. The theory part can be done in Santa Catalina the first day or by e-learning at home.

Open Water Diver - full beginner license


During the PADI Open Water Diver course, you'll learn what you need to know to explore the underwater world using scuba. Most people find it a rewarding challenge.

The PADI Open Water Diver course includes three parts: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives, and Open Water Dives. Knowledge Development covers the principles, concepts and terms you need to know for dive safety and enjoyment. During the Confined Water Dives, you learn and practice scuba skills in a pool or water with pool-like conditions. You'll enjoy making one or more minidives, which take you through the same steps you follow when you make open water dives. To complete training you practice, apply and demonstrate what you learn during four Open Water Dives at a local dive site.

Earning a PADI Open Water Diver certification shows that you met the course requirements. Dive centers and resorts require proof of certification before they will rent scuba equipment, fill scuba cylinders or book dive excursions. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you'll be trained to a maximum depth of 18 meters/60 feet, and are qualified to dive in conditions as good as, or better than, those in which you trained. It's just the beginning of a lifetime filled with dive adventures.

What’s included

  • course material
    PADI Open Water Diver Manual (e-book), dive gear, PADI certification
  • snacks and lunch
    water, fruits and snacks on boat, packed lunch on Coiba
  • Park entry fees
    Park Entry fee Coiba $ 20.00 per day ($ 5.00 / residents)
  • Value Added Tax
    7% on credit card payments, included on cash payments

Available Packages

Trip Price
Deposit: $100

Available options


Day 1 - 3
Open Water Course

On your first day (if you choose the 3 day course outline) you will finish the theory part with your instructor by going through the knowledge reviews of your course manual and watching the video. If you choose for the e-learning option you have done completed this part already at home and gained an additional holiday day. In this case your start date is Day 2.

Day 2 and 3 we will start with confined water training on or close to a beach (mini dives 1 to 5) and complete 4 open water dives.

Your Organizer

Scuba Coiba S.A.
15 reviews
Scuba Coiba, the ORIGINAL Dive Center in Santa Catalina & Coiba since 2003. If big fish and plenty of fish is what you want, we are here to help you encounter them


Everything perfect. Diving, gear, divemaster, boat crew, packed lunch and the whole Coiba National Park
By for Dive Trip to Coiba (for certified divers) on Dec 01, 2023
Thank you, glad you enjoyed everything and spread the word
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on Dec 01, 2023
The trip was amazing from start to finish. Herbie was very helpful and responsive in giving us advice on getting to Santa Catalina, and when we got there everything was set up with minimal fuss. Our trip was 9 dives and led by Cedric and staying in Pixvae. He was amazing, quickly worked us out both as divers and people and was both entertaining and helpful in and out the water. Pixvae was very cute and the accomodation was perfect for what we needed. The divng was amazing, great variety in life, depth and backdrop. Highlights were the sheer number of fish and sharks, and seeing whales from the boat and hearing them singing underwater. The general scenery above water was also stunning, deserted beaches leading up into jungle hills. I couldnt recommend this trip more for anyone who dives.
By Charlie T for 3 day/2 night/9 dives trip for experienced divers on Oct 01, 2023
Thank you Charlie and friends. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and are happy that your Multi Day trip was a memorable Event. Thx for choosing Scuba Coiba.
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on Oct 01, 2023
Cancelled my trip 16 hours in advance without offering alternatives. Would not book with Scuba Coiba again.
By Gretchen N for Dive Trip to Coiba (for certified divers) on Jul 28, 2023
Dear Gretchen, We are sorry too. Unfortunately one instructor was on a multi-day trip, the other instructor who was assigned to you fell ill the day before and we have one more divemaster who can leead certified divers but not doing courses. I cannot change the fact, that the instructor was sick and could not go diving. I called all other dive dive centers in Santa Catalina, but nobody was able to do the course with you on short notice. I am sorry, but I cannot heal illnesses. I hope you could finish your course somewhere else in the meantime.
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on Jul 29, 2023
We had a wonderful diving trip. Everythwas fantastic. Communication, dive instructor, captain, boat, food, equipment, hostel…100% recommendable.
By Boris S for 3 day/2 night/9 dives trip for experienced divers on Jul 02, 2023
World class diving, millions of fish, and some wonderful hammerheads, and I enjoyed the remoteness and quiet of the basic bunk house on the edge of the Coiba Marine Reserve, and faster access from there. Variable visibility on this trip from 5m in the brown/green thermocline at around 30metres, to 15m in the warmer water above. Adaptor, extension and power packs essential if you want to charge up cameras and lights as generator power was only on for a few hours in the evening, no phone nor WIFI signal at bunk house either. Taking photos was challenging due to the no-stop style of the dive guide and the visibility - the former easily remedied.
By Cheryl H for 3 day/2 night/9 dives trip for experienced divers on May 20, 2023
Thank you CHeryl, it was a pleasure having you diving with us and happy you enjoyed the diving and our service. Hope to see you again one day
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on May 20, 2023
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