Advanced Open Water Diver

Explore new underwater treasures with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.  Step beyond the PADI Open Water Diver level and make five dives and have the opportunity to try some of diving’s most rewarding and useful specialty activites.  Explore such activities as deep diving, digital underwater photography, night diving and much more. This license allows you to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 30 meters/100 feet without professional supervision. Boost your confidence with your PADI Instructor alongside as you complete the deep and underwater navigation Adventure Dives. These dives build great foundational skills. Later, choose three additional dives from night diving, search and recovery, Fish ID, underwater nature study, multilevel and computer diving, peak performance buoyancy, underwater photography, enriched air amongst other adventures.

General course information:

  • Duration: 2-3 days
  • Must be a PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)
  • Number of dives: Five dives
  • Includes: Adventures in Diving manual and work slate
  • All scuba equipment provided


Open Water Referral

Finish your PADI Open Water academic and confined water studies and training with your local dive shop and then join us in Cano Island, a warm crystal clear tropical paradise for your 4 Open Water dives. PADI Instructors will assess your knowledge and skills and then accompany you on your dives in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Throughout the 4 dives you will practice your skills and techniques that you mastered in the confined water. The referral option can be completed in just 2 days.

General course information:

  • Duration 2 days
  • Includes pre assessment, 4 open water boat dives, and PADI certification
  • Equipment rental provided: mask, fins, snorkel, tank, regulator, buoyancy compensator, submersible pressure gauge and 3mm wetsuit.


PADI eLearning for Diving

Start now! Complete the academic work of the PADI Open Water Diver course online with PADI eLearning. You can do this before you come to Costa Rica!  Simply connect anywhere you have a computer; you set the pace and decide when you want to study.  Work through the PADI Open Water Diver course online and afterwards print your eLearning Record and bring it to Costa Rica to start your underwater adventures.  Or just come to Costa Rica to complete your training: You’ll learn and master dive skills from one of our highly trained PADI Instructors during pool training and open water dives in warm, tropical waters. Learn the knowledge and skills during your dives  that will prepare you to explore a whole new world.  Get started today on your lifetime of adventure of underwater exploration!


  • All training with a PADI Instructor
  • Knowledge review
  • Pool training sessions, plus skin diving lessons
  • 4 open water dives – all boat dives in Pacific Ocean
  • All equipment rental for course
  • Open Water Certification


PADI Open Water Diver

Complete the PADI Open Water Dive course and dive independent of professional supervision!  Dive with freedom anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet.  The Open Water Diver is the most recognized diver certification and with it you can satisfy your curiousity and discover what really lies beneath the oceans surface.  Start your underwater journey of a lifetime with the PADI Open Water Diver course.

PADI Open Water Diver course details

During the course your PADI Instructor takes you through the basics of learning how to scuba dive.  You will build knowledge and skills through on-site classroom instruction, PADI DVD’s, independent learning modules with PADI Open Water Manual and pool trainings.  Finally, over the course of 3 ½ to 4 days you will make the leap from the pool to mother ocean and dive in “open water”.  This course does not require previous diving experience.

General course information:

  • Duration: 3 ½ to 4 days
  • # of Dives: Five Confined Water Dives and Four Open Water Dives
  • Knowledge Development: Five sessions
  • Prerequisites: 10 years of age for Junior Open Water Diver and 15 years of age for Open Water Diver. Good health, reasonable fitness and basic swimming abilities
  • Learning materials included: PADI Open Water Manual RDP and Logbook
  • Equipment rental provided: mask, fins, snorkel, tank, regulator, buoyancy compensator, submersible pressure gauge and 3mm wetsuit.


PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Observe the beauty of what diving in Costa Rica’s tropical water has to offer without immediately committing to a certification course!  Afterwards enroll in a program or certification course. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience can be conducted in half-day and requires no previous diving experience. First watch a short DVD explaining dive fundamentals, techniques and theory.  Later, review the most important points with a PADI Professional, who will answer any questions or concerns you may have. Afterwards, under the direct supervision of a PADI professional you will discover how easy it is to use scuba in a pool. Once comfortable, you will then finish the day with 2 ocean dives!  Dive now and change your life!

General Information:

  • Duration: ½ day!
  • Must be at least 10 years old to participate
  • Participate in World’s most popular introduction to scuba diving
  • Discover Scuba Diving skills may be credited toward the PADI Open Water Diver certification
  • Average dive depth is 6 metres/20 feet (12 metres/40 feet is maximum depth)
  • Flexible schedules to fit in with your vacation demands.
  • All Scuba equipment included


PADI Scuba Diver Course

Take the PADI Scuba Diver course that requires no previous experience and earn a PADI diving certification in 2 ½ days! Dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet under the direct supervision of a PADI professional with this certification.  The Scuba Diver course is comprised of 3 academic modules, 3 confined water training sessions and 2 open water dives. Complete the PADI Scuba Diving Course and then you are only 1 ½ days from earning your full PADI Open Water Diver certification.

General course information:

  • Duration 2 ½ days
  • All scuba equipment included
  • Includes PADI Open Water Manual and PADI Certification


Diving Costa Rica

Bahia Aventuras offers diving through Oceans Unlimited, the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort on the central-south pacific of Costa Rica.  Their mission is to provide high-quality & safe, PADI dive courses, training packages, professional courses, and dive trips. Oceans Unlimited are ECO operators and have received Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Awards for the last 4 years for their environmental work in Costa Rica. They are also approved by the Costa Rica Tourism Board.  Whether you want to discover an amazing underwater world, or are looking to advance your PADI dive training, Oceans Unlimited has the best facilities and resources operating from the first class, state of the art Pez Vela marina in Quepos.
They offer PADI recreational dive courses from beginner’s Discover Scuba and Open Water right through to the prestigious Master Scuba Diver.  They are also a DAN Training Center and offer the full compliment of EFR courses, including EFR Instructor.  With full-time profesional instructors on staff they keep class sizes small, ensuring better attention, low student to instructor ratio and personalized service, all with the goal to maintain a fun, safe, and rewarding experience that makes you a better diver!