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Scuba Diver course

The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you   ̶ particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. You will be provided with only the first three of the five theory sessions, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water dives, so you get a restricted license. Especially if you're expecting only to go diving in the company of a dive guide or if you only have limited time to spend on a diving course, take into consideration to become a PADI Scuba Diver. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that’s your ultimate goal. PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres.
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses. 
Why is it fun

The Scuba Diver certification opens the door to the underwater world for anyone who thought that a diving course would take too long or would be too difficult.

If you want to, you could go a step further and become Open Water Diver! The Scuba Diver course takes less time and you can decide to take the next step whenever you want and if you have the time to become an Open Water Diver and dive independently.

What you will learn

You will learn the basics of diving through theory and some scuba skills in a pool-like environment. You also learn to appreciate the underwater world so that you want come back as often as possible for more dive time! The topics covered during the course and practical skills are:

  • Buoyancy control, including comfortable descend and ascend and breathing underwater.
  • Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy techniques.
  • Diving environments and aquatic life you probably are going to see.
  • Prevention of problems that can occur under water.
  • An introduction to boat diving.

The Scuba Gear you will use

You will use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. Part of it may be included in your course. It is wise to invest in your own mask, snorkel and fins since these personal equipment pieces are often more comfortable to use when they fit really well. You use a buoyancy control device that retains the tank on your back and a regulator that delivers air, a weight belt and tools that indicate the depth and your air supply.

The learning materials you need


PADI offers a variety of materials for self-study for this diving course. Although e-learning is the easiest, you can also choose a package with a book and a DVD, or a multimedia DVD-ROM. Teaching materials for PADI Scuba Diver give a thorough overview of basic diving skills, terminology and -safety procedures. You read a description of each concept and watch a video demonstration. Then jump in an environment similar to a pool to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, when you have your certification, you can use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventure.

Who should take this course

To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver Course you:

  • Must be 15 years old or older (or 10 year for a Junior Scuba Diver)

Your Next Adventure

You might want to get your Open Water Diver certification as soon as possible, but as a PADI Scuba Diver you could also enroll in the Equipment Specialist and Project AWARE Specialis courses.