Doing your Open Water Diver course in the Maldives certainly has distinct benefits. The water here is a balmy 29°C throughout the year and you never have to go far to find a decent reef full of colorful marine life. Because of this convenience it won’t take all day to do your training dives, so your afternoons will generally be free to explore other interests and activities on the island or to merely relax.
Although it is a performance-based course and subject to individual ability, experience has taught us that the Open Water Diver course takes about four days to complete comfortably.
- Day 1 – On your first day we cover the course paperwork and get into the theory of scuba diving. You’ll receive your course manuals and logbook as well as watch the PADI Open Water Diver video which has now been seen by millions of divers around the world. We’ll also help you through some knowledge review questions and quiz you on how much you’ve understood. This theory session usually takes a full day to complete. Alternatively you can save yourself this precious time during your vacation by completing the theory portion online. See our footnote on eLearning below or visit our eLearning page for a full description.
- Day 2 – It’s time to get wet! After a briefing, conducted by your instructor to familiarize you with the skills you’ll be learning, we take you to a shallow area of the lagoon to put these skills into practice. Underwater your instructor will demonstrate a variety of diving essential skills that every diver must know in order to dive confidently and safely. After watching your instructor’s demonstration you will be given the opportunity to practice these skills yourself until you can master them confidently.
- Day 3 – We leave the confines of the lagoon behind us to find deeper water around one of the brightly coloured reefs in the Maldives. Amidst the abundant fish and coral life you get to practice your new found skills on an actual scuba dive led by your instructor. On this day we complete the first two open water training dives of your course. Since you’re training in the Maldives where good diving is close at hand, this doesn’t usually take all day. After diving you’ll still have plenty of time to relax in the afternoon, update your Facebook profile picture and tweet to all your friends about the exciting things you’re experiencing!
- Day 4 – On your final day we take you out on two more open water dives to complete the remaining course requirements. By now you’re well aware of what you’re doing and able to feel more relaxed and confident underwater. You’ll be briefly amazed just how much sense all that talk about buoyancy actually makes and then you’ll simply forget the theory as the schools of pretty fish grab your attention instead. After your last dive you’ll not only have done something adventurous with your holiday but you’ll also have earned your Open Water Diving license. Congratulations!
Who Can Participate?
- The minimum age for participants is 10 years. We will only allow participants who are under 12 years of age to enrol in the course once they have satisfactorily completed a Discover Scuba Diving experience and at the sole discretion of their supervising instructor. Participants under the age of 18 will need the consent of a parent or legal guardian who should be with the under age participant to sign the various course forms. Participants younger than 15 years of age will receive a PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification after satisfactorily completing the course. There is no maximum age limit.
- Participants should be in good health. A part of the program paperwork includes a medical statement by which you self asses your fitness for diving. Individuals who are suffering from allergies or colds might experience difficulty in participating on the dive portions of the course. This could lead to not completing the course so if in doubt please consult your physician. Take a copy of the diver’s medical statement with you.
- Participants should be confident in the water and be able to swim. We always recommend that you learn how to swim first before trying to learn how to dive.
- Please be advised that there is a 24-hour no diving before flying policy in effect in the Maldives. It’s better to schedule any diving related activities early on in your travel plans to avoid conflict with this local law. We would hate to turn you away simply because you are flying the next day.
Get a head start!
- You’re on vacation and isn’t this time more valuable to you than a month of overtime remuneration? Then avoid spending a full day of it in the classroom listening to us lecture you (Day 1). We highly recommend that participants complete the theory online through the PADI eLearning portal. You can do all of the knowledge development for the Open Water Diver Course from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a laptop or PC, a comfortable chair and an endless supply of coffee. For more information on eLearning read our PADI eLearning section of the website.
- You can even go one step further and also complete all of the shallow water training (Day 2) in your home country before coming to the Maldives. Go to a Dive Center near you, let them know that you’ve done the theory online (you’ll need to print out your eReport as proof) and that you would like to do only the confined water training part of the course with them. They will probably teach you in a large swimming pool and afterwards you’ll receive a course referral form detailing all of the training that they have done with you. Please make sure that you receive this form and that it is signed and dated by your instructor and stamped with the official Dive Center seal. Then bring it with you to the Maldives and enjoy finishing your open water dives in this amazing divers’ paradise.
How to book?
- You can book via email or you can call us on 00960 911116 at Maafushi Dive. We would appreciate it if you can let us know at least 24 hours in advance of starting your course.