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What is the PADI Open Water course?

The PADI Open Water diver course is the world’s most popular diving certification course. Learning to dive in Bali is a great way to invest your vacation time. It’s a lot of fun, you’ll get your PADI and you’ll see some amazing things.

There is so much to explore underwater here in Bali and wherever you travel. After you learn to dive your vacations will never be the same again. The PADI Open Water course will teach you the skills to dive safely and independently anywhere in the world.

Who can join the PADI Open Water diver course?

The PADI Open Water course allows complete beginners to become certified scuba divers.  You’ll need to be at least 10 years old. There is no upper age limit to learn to dive as long as you are fit and healthy.

How long does it take?

The complete PADI Open Water course takes 4 days. It includes class sessions, pool sessions and 4 ocean dives. If you take the theory online (e-learning) before coming to Bali you will need just 3 days here in Bali to complete the PADI Open Water course.

Click here if you want to take class and pool sessions in your home country before arrival in Bali

You can take class and pool sessions in your home country before arrival in Bali. This is called PADI Open Water referral. When you come to Bali you will just need 2 days to do 4 ocean dives to complete your PADI Open Water certification. PADI Open Water referral is a great option if you have limited time in Bali. It’s also a good choice if it’s too cold to dive in your home country. You can take your class and pool sessions at any dive center worldwide. Contact us for details if you want to take PADI Open Water referral at Bali Scuba.

Do I need to be able to swim?

You need to be able to swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this and you can use any swimming style. You should also be able to float and tread water for 10 minutes using any methods you want.

How many dives will I do?

Five dives in the pool then four great ocean dives.

How deep will I dive?

Your maximum depth will be 18 meters (60 ft).

What will I see?

The great thing about taking your PADI Open Water diver course in Bali is that there is so much marine life. You’ll be blown away by the number and variety of fish you see and you’ll be amazed at how close they come. You’ll also get the unbelievable opportunity to dive at a World War Two shipwreck! Who could want more on their first ever dives? Take a look at the video at the top of the page to see some of the great things you’ll see and do when you take PADI Open Water course here at Bali Scuba.

Where will I dive?

In Sanur and in Tulamben. After each dive you and your Instructor will complete your dive log-book with names of some of the amazing marine life you saw on your dives. Be warned! There are 400 species of fish living on the wreck so you may need some time to learn all their names.

Can I take the course alone?

No problem.

What days do you run the PADI Open Water course at Bali Scuba?

Every day, subject to availability. Please book as soon as possible because our courses fill up quickly.

Will I receive a certificate card after completion?

Yes you will. You’ll receive a temporary certificate (and a handshake, hug or high-five) on the day you finish the course. Your permanent diving licence will be mailed to your address. You can slip it in your wallet just like a credit card and show it whenever you want to dive worldwide. Your diving licence never expires. It’s your ticket to a lifetime of diving adventures.

How much does the PADI Open Water course cost at Bali Scuba?

IDR 7,200,000

  • Included: log book, diving insurance, certification fee, lunch and soft drinks, towels, door-to-door transfers (most destinations South Bali)
  • No hidden extras!

Can I get a discount?

You can get 10% discount. See details below.

What’s the difference between taking the complete PADI Open Water course in Bali and taking the theory online (eLearning) before coming to Bali?

Complete PADI Open Water course

IDR 7,200,000 paid to Bali Scuba

10% discount for starting on Mondays or Thursdays

Takes 4 days in Bali

PADI Open Water course with e-learning

IDR 5,200,000 paid to Bali Scuba

10% discount for starting on Tuesdays or Fridays

AU $202 paid to PADI online for e-learning

Takes 3 days in Bali

Do you recommend taking eLearning?

Taking the dive theory online before coming to Bali will save you a day. Who wants to spend their Bali vacation time sitting in our dreary classroom? You can start e-learning immediately and work at your own pace whenever you have free time. In total the e-learning takes about 12 hours to complete and you have one year available to finish everything. It’s a fun and efficient way to learn and you will have lifetime access to all online learning.


Have more questions?

Read our beginner scuba diving FAQ.

How can I book?

For safety reasons we have maximum 4 divers to each Instructor on our Open Water course. Book before arrival to avoid disappointment.

Book online now with your credit card to get instant confirmation. By booking online you save 3% credit card fee. Enjoy 100% refund guarantee if you cancel your program with at least 24 hours notice.

If you prefer you can make your booking or ask any questions by sending us a message using the form below.

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