PADI Courses & Certifications

  • Check the flowchart of the different PADI Courses, after that you can read a little more about the courses and their prerequisites below.

Discover Scuba Diving

Diving Course This is made for those of you who'd like to discover what it's like to breath underwater. The Discover Scuba experience will give you the opportunity to try scuba gear and make a real dive in shallow water. We'll give you a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. Although it's not a certification course, you can get credit. If you decide to continue diving, this experience may count towards PADI Scuba Diver or Open water Diver certification – putting you a step ahead when you decide to go for it!
You'll dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional at all times.


  • You must be at least 10 years.
  • You must be able to swim.
  • You must be a healthy person. There is a medical questionnaire that you need to fill out.

PADI Scuba Diver Course

PADI Scuba Diver Certification on St Maarten This is your first level certification – especially for those of you who are short on time and want to become a certified diver. You need less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, and results in a limited certification. It covers only the first 3 sections of knowledge development (instead of 5), the first 3 pool sessions (instead of 5) and the first 2 open water training dives (instead of 4). Consider this course if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification.

As a Scuba Diver you are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres / 40 feet.
  • Rent or purchase scuba equipment, get your tank filled, and participate in other diving activities as long as they have the required supervision.
  • Whenever you're ready you can easily upgrade it towards the PADI Open Water Diver course, and learn diving independently.


  • You must be at least 15 years, or 10 years for the Junior Scuba Diver certification.
  • You must be able to swim.
  • You must be in good health.

What do you learn?:

First you'll need to do some academics – the most convenient way to do this is through e-learning.

  • Got to and access the eLearning section.
  • Sign up to do the bookwork and final exam online.
  • Dive Adventures store number is 15365, when you enter our store number we'll receive an email when you're done and we'll get in touch with you to plan the rest of the course.

The rest of the course consists of a morning in the pool where we'll go over the necessary skills.
After that you only need to make the 2 Open Water Dives and then you're certified!

PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI e-learning

This is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people all over the world to the adventurous diving lifestyle. If you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures and see the underwater world, this is where it starts!

This course consists of 3 parts:

  • Knowledge Development (either online through e-learning, home study or in a classroom) to learn the basic principles of scuba diving.
  • Confined water dives – we'll take you to our pool and practice basic scuba skills.
  • Open Water dives – 4 open water dives to review you skills and explore the underwater world!


  • You must be 15 years, or 10 years for the Junior Open Water Course (PADI e-learning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws).
  • You must be able to swim.
  • You must be in good health.

PADI Advanced Diver Course

PADI Advanced Diver Course This course is a logical step after your PADI Open Water Diver course. It helps you to increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. It's a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of a PADI Instructor. You'll be introduced to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving!

The dive consists of 5 Adventure Dives together with the assigned knowledge development.

It will introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation: Do you really know you're way around with a compass? And what other ways are there to navigate underwater? We'll practice some fun navigation skills with you!
  • Deep water diving. Anywhere from 18 – 30 metres / 60 – 100 feet; what's the impact of depth on you as a diver? We'll take you there and you'll experience it yourself!
  • Your choice of 3 more Adventure Dives; like Wreck Dive, Night Dive, Fish ID Dive, Underwater Naturalist Dive, Peak Performance Buoyancy, etc.

The knowledge development portion can be done by PADI eLearning through, or you'll buy the crew pack at our dive shop.


  • You must be 15 years, or 12 years for Junior Advanced Diver certification.
  • You must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

If you choose to do only 3 of the 5 Adventure Dives you can get a certification as an Adventure Diver. Anytime you're ready, you can upgrade this certification by making 2 more Adventure Dives! Easy and fun!!

PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Diver Course This course brings you to a next level on how to prevent problems, and what to do if they occur. It's a challenging, rewarding and fun course – definitively worth your time and effort!! A lot of divers find this course demanding, but at the end they say it's the best course they've ever taken.

The dive consists of 5 Adventure Dives together with the assigned knowledge development.

What you learn?

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

You'll start with some theory, this can be done by PADI eLearning through or you buy the crew pack in our dive shop. You'll learn to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you'll practice with your PADI Instructor. After the confined water sessions, your PADI Instructor will take you in open water to review your rescue skills and practice them in 'real life' scenarios. Exciting!!


  • You must be 12 years or older.
  • Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years – it you're not, then we can do the EFR course with you to be able to go ahead with the Rescue Diver Course.

PADI Enriched Air Diver

PADI Enriched Air Diver Get more bottom time!! Scuba diving with enriched air, nitrox, gives you more no decompression dive time. So you can spend more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. That's why it's easy to see why the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI's most popular specialty scuba diving course. You can stay down longer and get back in the water sooner!!

What you learn?

  • Techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox
  • Enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, analyzing the air in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer

You can do the theory of the PADI Enriched Air Diver course online through or buy the book in our dive shop.

You'll find out that there are more reasons to do this course:

  • Popular wrecks tend to be deeper, so enriched air maximizes your exploration time.
  • Photographers usually like to make several dives so they can get lots of pictures. Enriched air reduces the amount of residual nitrogen you accumulate, allowing repetitive dives to be longer
  • Enriched air reduces the amount of residual nitrogen you accumulate, so your body recovers faster and easier after diving, especially if you dive more than one dive per day and more days in a row.
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