In it's efforts to continually improve the dive learning process PADI has created a system online by which you can start your Certification right now! At home or office, with an internet enabled computer, before coming on vacation, you can complete the book portion of the Certification on your weekends, or other periods of downtime, over the course of a few days, weeks or months!
This way you will not spend 1 minute of valuable vacation time in Cozumel reading a book or taking tests.
When you complete the PADI eLearning before arriving you can go right into the training as soon as you arrive! This is a great tool for those that want to make the most of their precious time in paradise, and when you select Scuba Du as your PADI Dive Center we can offer you a rebate on the cost. For more information you can email us, or click the eLearning banner at the top of this page. Please call or email us if you have any questions!
Formerly called the Resort Course
This is your chance to discover the underwater world and see the sunken barge coral formations located just off the beach of the Presidente Hotel.
This two hour course consists of a discussion session of about 45 minutes. Following this you will join your ScubaDu P.A.D.I. Instructor in the water where you will be asked to perform some simple skills. After successfully completing these skills, the real fun begins. Now you can examine, up close, the corals and marine life waiting for you just offshore. There are sights you won’t see snorkeling.
This course includes all equipment, instruction, and the beach dive with your PADI Certified Scuba Instructor.
Minimum age 10 years old.
Welcome back to SCUBA! Has it been a while (more than 2 years) since you donned a tank and took the plunge? This 3-hour course will serve to review your diving knowledge and skills, and will get you ready to get back into active and safe Certified dive trips.
You will be reviewing basic diving skills and theory such as the use of Dive Tables, and your Instructor will assist you in the set-up of dive equipment. A short confined water session will serve to review basic skills such as regulator clearing and recovering, mask clearing and buoyancy control, etc.
Experienced Diver Certification
If you are certified but have not been diving for many years (5 years or longer), it is necessary that you review the academic part as well as the water skills with an Instructor.
You will be required to complete the P.A.D.I. “SCUBA TUNE-UP” text & exercise book, and the Instructor will go through basic diving theory and Dive Tables, to ensure that you gain the necessary knowledge to plan your dives and be a safe diver.
The course is conducted over 2 days and includes 3 open water dives, 1 from the beach and two boat dives.
For the experienced diver who doesn’t hold an Open Water Certification, this course can be used to certify a person who has proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives.
SCUBA for kids 8 and 9 years old
This program is for the young ones who want to try SCUBA in shallow water.
Our instructors will give the child a short lesson on how to use the equipment and then the fun begins!! They will be able to SCUBA dive in the shallow area in front of the hotel to a maximum depth of 6 feet under direct supervision of the Instructor.
Become a PADI Certified Open Water Diver in Cozumel’s warm, clear waters. The Certification is valid lifetime, worldwide, and is completed in about 15 to 20 hours, normally spread out over 3 or 4 half day sessions. SCUBA DU’s PADI Certified Instructor Staff will work with you around your vacation plans, and will make the learning process both fun and safe. You will spend time training and learning conveniently at Presidente’s beach, our PADI Classroom and of course diving in the beautiful Caribbean! SCUBA DU’s PADI Open Water Certification includes all necessary equipment: mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, Regulator, wetsuit, tanks, weights & belt, all training by a PADI Certified SCUBA Instructor, all new materials (book, tables, etc.) 4 ocean dives and the PADI Open Water Diver Certification Card. We offer two different options to complete the Certification:
4 Beach Dives or 2 Beach Dives + 2 Boat Dives.
The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Program provides the novice diver with structured, well supervised training to gain additional experience. While taking this course you will find out that you still have a lot to learn about diving, but at the same time it is a lot of fun, because you will learn more advanced techniques. The Advanced Open Water Course consists of five open water training dives: two core dives (required) and three are electives (Instructor or students choice):
CORE DIVES: 1. Underwater Navigation - Combination of natural and compass navigation dive. 2. Deep Dive - Between 80 and 100 ft.
ELECTIVES: Boat diving, Drift Diving, Night Diving, Multi-level Diving, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Underwater Naturalist
The Underwater Photography & Underwater Videography dives can be one of the elective dives if students owns or rent an underwater camera.
Includes: Advanced Open Water Diver Manual, necessary equipment ,3 beach dive, 2 boat dives, all training by a PADI Certified Instructor and the A/O/W Certification Card. Marine Park fee not included.
Nitrox – What is it?
Any combination of Oxygen and Nitrogen = Nitrox. In fact, you have been breathing it since the day you were born! Air consists of approximately 21% Oxygen and 79% Nitrogen. You could call the air we breathe for “Natural Nitrox”. Nitrogen mixtures with more than 21% of oxygen is called Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx). The two commenly used EANx mixtures for diving are EAN32 (32% oxygen + 68% nitrogen) and EAN36 (36% oxygen and 64% nitrogen). No-decompression tables are available for these mixtures.
-Who uses Nitrox?
In 1996 PADI introduced their EANx Specialty for recreational divers. A number of diving associations are now offering Nitrox certifications as an alternative to air in recreational diving. SCUBA-DU Instructors can certify you either through P.A.D.I or I.A.N.T.D to become a Nitrox Diver. EANx has been used extensively since the 1950’s in commercial diving and in the military world wide. Advanced and Technical divers have been taking advantage of EANx benefits for cave and wreck diving for a number of years.
The benefits: EANx has many benefits over air. Some of the applications in recreational diving are:
Is Nitrox for deep diving?
Many divers make the mistake in thinking that Nitrox is for deep diving. The depth range for EANx is the same as for recreational air dives: from 40 – 130 feet.
Isn’t it dangerous?
When you got certified you were taught how to keep track of your nitrogen while diving by using dive tables. The deeper you dive, the less time you can spend under water due to nitrogen absorbtion and accumulation. The same principle applies to oxygen. A set of tables makes it easy to keep track of your oxygen absorbtion. The newest dive computers keep track of both you nitrogen and oxygen while diving.
Can I use standard diving equipment?
YES!! EAN32 and EAN36 can be used with your conventional SCUBA gear. Only the tanks has to be marked and dedicated to Enriched Air Nitrox use.
Can I dive compressed Air and Nitrox the same day?
YES!! User friendly dive tables for Nitrox are based on the same principle as air tables, and they are compatible. You can plan air dives followed by Nitrox dives just like you have always done for repetetive diving.
Do I have to be certified to use Nitrox?
YES!! P.A.D.I has an EANx Specialty for advanced certified divers. The course consists of 2 hours theory followed by 2 open water dives breathing nitrox. Ask our instructors for more information about the course.
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty
P.A.D.I now offers the EaNx course to Advanced Certified (or equivalent). Like any other PADI specialty, the EANx counts towards the Master Scuba Diver rating and you will receive the Enriched Air Nitrox Diver certification card upon completion of the course.
Equivalent: Certified divers with proof of experience beyond open water level, and with at least 20 logged dives, including night dives and dives to 100 feet.
The course consists of a two hour class including dive planning with Nitrox Tables, followed by two open water dives breathing Nitrox, in the recreational depth range (40 – 110 feet). You can be certified in a single day and enhance your diving experience!!
The Nitrox Certification includes a new Nitrox Book and 3 new dive tables, 2 dives, Instructor training and the Nitrox Certification Card, not included is the dive equipment or the Marine Park fee.