Take your PADI Open Water Course while in St Maarten

Get Certified!  Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver Course

Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification if you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the amazing underwater world, this is where it starts.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

What You Learn

Ocean Explorers - Open Water CourseThe PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined water skills to learn basic scuba skills
  • Four open water dives where you review your skills and explore a different site of our beautiful St. Maarten underwater world each time!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.

PrerequisitesOcean Explorers - Open Water Course 

To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must

  • Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws
  • Be in good health or carry a medical release.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible!

You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five confined water dives where you'll learn all about the scuba gear and how to handle it. You will also complete four open water dives on our reefs and wrecks, just a short boat ride away from our shop and under the supervision of our experienced PADI Instructors. We take small groups on our boat to ensure you never feel crowded.

The Scuba Gear You UseOcean Explorers - Open Water Course

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. Our scuba gear is always new and well maintained. We are proud to say we keep very high standards with our rental gear.

The program takes a minimum of 3 days and you can do it all with us while on the island or start before you even leave home by taking the e-learning program.

We have flexible schedules to accommodate your personal preference, providing you make reservations ahead of time.

We provide all you need for this course, just bring a swimsuit and we’ll take care of the rest!

The Learning Materials You Need 

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also choose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.

PADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with us. Later, as a certified diver, you'll use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

When taking the whole course on the island with us, we provide all learning material required for the courses.

Start NowOcean Explorers - Open Water Course

You don’t have to wait to get going. With PADI eLearning and the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online, you can start right now! The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online lets you learn the background information you need before each dive at your own pace through a friendly, interactive learning environment. Even better, as soon as you sign up we can be with you every step of the way, helping you with questions, doubts, etc.

Due to very small numbers on our boats advanced reservation is strongly advised!

Add a Specialty Course to your Open Water Certification with just one extra dive!

In just one extra dive you can add a PADI Specialty Certification to your course! Gaining a PADI Specialty gives you focused training on one aspect of diving. The courses bellow will help you gain confidence as a new diver, give you an extra dive after your certification, and provide training in the area you chose to specialize in.


Boat Diving

Dive Propulsion Vehicle

Drift Diving

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Underwater Naturalist

Underwater Photographer 

Nitrox Diver

PADI Scuba Diver Course

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Padi Scuba Certification Courses


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