7,500 PHP

This course is what most consider the start of a life-changing and beautiful journey to become a certified SCUBA diver. Whether it is a bucket-list item for you, or just the start to a new career in the industry, this is where you start!


Critter republic dive center
Sierra resort, Dauin, Philippines
(+63) 9959123460

All student divers must be able to swim comfortably in deep water without assistance. Before starting the Open Water SCUBA Diver course, there will be 3 basic swim tests for students:

10 minute float 

200m non-stop swim without assistance 

If you are not confident with your swimming skills, no problem! Just let us know, as we can also offer you swim lessons with our swim instructor in one of our pools and/or in open water in front of the resort. We will get you good and comfortable at swimming before starting your dive course!

The minimum age for Open Water and Junior Open Water courses is 10 years old with parent consent

You are never too old! Currently our average student age is 60 years old, and our record is 78! If you are relatively healthy, yet think it is too late to try diving, odds are you are wrong! Just send us an email and we can talk you through it. We are also one of the only scuba teaching facilities in the Philippines that can offer the SDI Scubility certification, so if you need special assistance or have handicaps, we can still certify you accordingly! 

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving. To avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. (all students over the age of 45 will need the doctors sign-off, on the attached form). 

If you are booking a last minute course, we can also have our own doctor come to the dive center for your check (1500 PHP fee)

About this course

The beginner scuba certification level is known as Open Water Diver. during your course a highly experienced Instructor will guide you through the process of learning how to scuba dive in a calm and encouraging educational setting.

Upon completing the course, you will possess the necessary skills and understanding to engage in scuba diving both domestically and internationally, becoming a representative for the captivating underwater realm.

open water scuba certification

What to expect on a typical day of training

The Open Water course takes at least 3 days. A typical course looks something like this: 1st day in classroom, 2nd day in pool and the rest of the training in ocean. However courses can be modified and tailored for each student to make learning easier and more fun. 

9:00-12:00: dive theory, in-water training
12:00-1:00: lunch
1:00-5:00: dive theory, in-water training
Aways remember in your planning that you are not allowed to fly for a minimum 18 hours from your last dive. It is recommended to have 1 day to rest before flying back.

Package this course with more for discounts!

advanced scuba course
scuba dive at night
underwater navigation
deep scuba certification