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The PADI Open Water Diver is the most recognized diver certification in the dive industry and will allow you to dive anywhere in the world, independent of professional supervision, to a maximum depth of 18m. Choosing the right place for your initial diving course is vital. The professionalism of the dive center and the instructor is just as important as the diving itself. Pair up incredible jungle on land with amazing diving in the ocean and a top class dive center in Quepos for your Open Water Course and you will have an experience for life.
The beauty of the reef here is not the corals growing in it, but the topography of the old lava flow. Big boulders, underwater mazes and dramatic walls are what you will be surrounded by. Take these incredible formations and add a healthy marine life to it such as most common reef fish, some funky octopus and a good variety of eels and crustaceans. For the larger pelagic, you might get lucky with anything from reef sharks, rays, sea turtles, dolphins and in season the majestic humpback whales and manta rays (Dec - April).
Introduction to course
The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular diving certificate worldwide. After completing this 3-4 day course you are certified to dive to 18 m independently with a buddy. The course consists of five modules of learning. Prior to arrival, you will receive a login to the PADI website from the dive center. Once you are logged in, a sthe step-by-step process will guide you through the theory module of your course. This process is assisted by videos and little quizzes to sum-up what you have learned. The final stage of the PADI e-learning, is an exam, which is a multiple choice exam covering all that you have learnt.
The PADI e-learning must be finished prior to arrival at the dive center.
The practical learning consists of pool sessions and four open water dives. Dive one and two are conducted at a depth of max 12 meters and dive three and four are conducted at max 18 meters. Remember that the course is performance based and not time based. The course generally takes 3 to 4 days, with the theoretical, the pool and the open water part successfully passed.
The PADI Open Water Course is performance based. That means you have to understand and pass the theory and perform the in-water skills correctly and with ease. Therefore, the itinerary can vary slightly from course to course. The course will take 3 to 4 days depending on the students enrolled. To give you an idea of what to expect, see the itinerary below:
Day 2: Day 2: Confined water sessions
Day 3: Day 3: Open water dives
Day 4: Day 4: Open water dives Relax & check out. Or go fun diving!
Your resort Wide Mouth Frog is a high quality backpacker’s hotel located in Quepos. It is the perfect place for like minded travelers to meet other people and exchange stories. Sunbathe by the pool or relax in one of the other communal areas. With a brand new kitchen, dining room and TV room it is a quiet piece of tropical paradise in central Quepos, 10 minutes from the beautiful Manuel Antonio beach. Free: Breakfast, Wifi, DVD's to watch in the TV lounge, luggage storage and guarded overnight parking Your room Double room with air condition and private bathroom
There are several options to get from San Jose to Quepos; Drive, Public Bus, Private Shuttle or flight. (see brochure for more info)
No meals included
Best Dec - Apr! Dive center closed Sep - start Nov
Please Note! PADI e-learning is not included in package! To enroll in the PADI Open Water Course at this destination, you must finish the PADI e-learning program online at PADI.com The e-learning must be finished BEFORE you arrive at the dive center! Upon booking this course, you will receive your login for the PADI e-learing, and instructions for this online part of the course. It is very simple, and can be done whenever you can get online on a good internet connection. The e-learning takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, and can be done in steps whenever you have the time. The PADI e-learning is not included in this package, but will be charged locally upon arrival at the dive center at the price of: USD 175.