PADI Open Water Diver Course (copy)

Santa Catalina, Panama

Scuba Coiba S.A.
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23 reviews
Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2022
Group size: 1 - 2
PADI Open Water Diver Course (copy)
Santa Catalina, Panama

Scuba Coiba S.A.
  • Email address verified
23 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

What’s not included

  • 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.

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Scuba Coiba S.A.
23 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


Loved my 3 Tank dive on Isla Coiba. We were in a small group (only 3 divers), so we got excellent attention from the Dive Master and supporting staff. Also, all of our dives lasted around 60 minutes, since everyone had enough air. All of my other dives have usually ended around 45 minutes even when no one was low on air -- so I really appreciate their efforts to maximize our experience/value. Saw lots of great wild life, and Isla Coiba is definitely in the top tier of dive sites in Central America.
By Daniel G for Dive Trip to Coiba (for certified divers) on May 20, 2024
Thank you Daniel, we appreciate your kind words and that you enjoyed diving with us at Coiba National Park, what is a corner stone of the Tropical East Pacific Marine Corridor (Galapagos, Cocos, Malpelo Gorgona and Coiba) also know as The Shark Triangle. I think, if divers are good enough to dive 1 our they should do it and get out the most of their adventure. We do not rush our guests. Thanks again and many more happy bubbles and long dives
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on May 20, 2024
We had a great experience with Scuba Coiba. We did two full days of diving (3 dives each day). The first day Herbie helped me arrange a private boat with one of his guides, Lukas, who took us to several great dive spots near Coiba Island. The diving was fantastic, and Lukas was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and professional throughout our dives, and pointed out a lot of sea life along the way. He also had his camera and GoPro along, and took a lot of pictures and videos of my girlfriend and I diving, which was really nice. It made for a great and special trip for us. The second day we went with a small group, led by the dive master Cory, to several dive sites around Isla Contreras. The diving conditions were a bit more challenging than on the first day, but we saw tons of white tipped reef sharks, hammerheads, and giant stingrays. Cory was a great dive master. She was very knowledgeable and professional and kept our group close together in the darker water with lower visibility. Both dives were fantastic, and I cannot recommend Scuba Coiba highly enough. When we return to Santa Catalina in the future for more dives, we will definitely book with them.
By Matt V for Dive Trip to Coiba (for certified divers) on May 09, 2024
Hi Matt and Melanie, we are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and that you let other divers looking into booking a dive trip know. We wish you many happy dives together and hopefully once with us again.
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on May 11, 2024
Pasamos cuatro días estupendos buceando en Isla Coiba. Nuestra guía Corey fue excelente e hizo las inmersiones muy amenas. El entorno es espectacular, está lleno de vida y muy variada, te hartaras de ver tiburones de punta blanca de arrecife. La comunicación fue excelente ya que Herbie respondía rápidamente a los email. Todo han sido facilidades. Si estas dudando no te arrepentirás, el lugar es mágico.
By Alfonso G for Dive Trip to Coiba (for certified divers) on May 05, 2024
We did a multi day trip with Scuba Coiba and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Our dive guides were professional and fun, the gear was in good shape, they had nitrox, and the sites didn’t leave us wanting. We saw multiple hammerheads, sting rays, eagle rays, and white tips along with many different species of the ‘smaller’ guys. Our overnight accommodations in Pixvae were great, food was good, company was good. Great captain and crew as well. Recommend Scuba Coiba to anyone traveling this way.
By Rachel C for Dive Trip to Coiba (for certified divers) on Apr 23, 2024
We had a great time! Upon arrival the day before to set up our scuba gear, we were excited to learn that Herbie had just purchased a membrane for filling Nitrox. We always had good fills, too. Our dive guide was very knowledgeable about the best dives sites for us to see in the Contreras Islands. Between dives, they find a beach on one of the rock islands to get in the shade and have a snack or lunch and explore the natural habitat. The stay in Pixvae was really fun, too, with great local food. This is a great set up for diving the more northern islands in Coiba National Park to avoid the long boat rides! We would highly recommend diving with Scuba Coiba!
By Susan P for 2 day-1 night -6 dives trip for experienced divers - WHALE SEASON on Apr 07, 2024
Thank you Susan and family. We are happy that you enjoyed your trip with us and hope to have the chance to welcome again. All the best for you
By Scuba Coiba S.A. on Apr 07, 2024
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