Open Water Diver Course in Coiba National Park

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.


To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. If you are between 10 and 14 years old, you will receive the Junior open Water Diver Certification. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health (download the medical questionnaire here to check if you are fit for diving or if you need a medical clearance). No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Complete Course (3 or 4 days)

Once you have made the reservation, we will send you a digital copy of the Open Water Diver Manual, so you can get started with the reading and the knowledge reviews even before your holiday. Once you arrive in Santa Catalina, you will spend one day watching videos and doing knowledge reviews. If you have the time, and would like to enjoy Santa Catalina a little as well, we recommend scheduling two days for the theoretical section of the course, otherwise it’s an early start and a full day of studying.

In the afternoon, you will meet with your instructor who will go through the knowledge reviews with you, give you 4 quizzes, an exam and begin explaining in detail what you will have to do the next two days in the water. The practical part of this course is two days spent diving in Coiba National Park. Each will begin with a confined water session and continue with two open water dives.

Price: $410 + $40 for the entrance fees ($10 if you are Panamanian or resident)

Includes: all the gear, instructor, dives, ebook, online certification and two lunches.

With eLearning (if you only have two days to do it):

All the theory, including videos, quizzes and exam are done online before your arrival and our instructor will go over any questions you have regarding that part of the course  once you get here. All dives (confined and open water dives) will be done in the national park. You need to be 14 or older in order to qualify for eLearning.

Price: $410 + $95 (PADI eLearning) + $40 for the entrance fees ($10 if you are Panamanian or resident)

Includes: all the gear, the instructor, the dives, ebook, videos, quizzes, exams and knowledge reviews, e-dive planer, online certification and two lunches.

When you reserve this course you will be sent a code with which you can access your the PADI eLearning. You must have completed it before your arrival in Santa Catalina and bring us the online record of completion.

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