Diving Courses

If you’ve never dived before, our experienced staff would be happy to explain and show you why diving is so exciting with a Discover Scuba Diving adventure or if you choose to become a qualified diver we will teach you with the PADI Open Water Course. This takes an average of three or four days to become a PADI certified Open Water Diver utilizing a combination of classroom learning, multiple-choice quizzes, and practical assessment.

If you’re already a certified diver and you’re interested in expanding your knowledge, Maafushi Dive also offers a range of PADI courses including Advanced Open Water and Instructor courses.

Learning with Maafushi Dive is fun but we always put your safety first. We have fully-trained staff and first aid equipment at the dive center as well as on board all our diving vessels.

Diving with us costs a fraction of the price that you would pay to dive at a resort but we still deliver the same quality services, if not better. Our equipment is kept in mint condition and all our staff are PADI-trained so you can rest.

All the Divining Course are as following:

Discover Scuba Diving

In the Maldives this opportunity is literally right on your doorstep. Through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience programme our instructors and take you on a guided underwater tour of a Maldives coral reef. You don't need to have a diving license or any kind of formal training either. The programme will lead you through everything you need to know to be able to safely participate in a guided reef dive. The whole programme takes about 3 hours and by the end of it you'll feel like you've done something totally worthwhile with your day.

Open Water Diver

Doing your Open Water Diver course in the Maldives certainly has distinct benefits. The water here is a balmy 29⁰C 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.

Adventure Diver

The PADI Adventures in Diving program lets you do all of these exciting additions whilst working towards your next level of diver certification. Consult with your diving instructor and choose from a variety of Adventure Dives offered through our Dive Center.

Once you have completed at least 3 Adventure Dives from the Adventures in Diving program you will be eligible to be certified as an Adventure Diver. Adventure dives that you can participate in include:

  • Deep diving
  • Underwater navigation
  • Night diving
  • Wreck diving
  • Digital underwater photography
  • Peak performance buoyancy
  • Drift diving 
  • Underwater naturalist

lf you are already Open Water Certified then you can earn the Adventure Diver rating in as little as 1 day, although you might like to spread it over 2 days.

Advanced Open Water Diver

This course builds on what you've learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and different ways to have fun scuba diving. You'll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives; two of which are mandatory and three others that you can choose from a variety of options.

Mandatory Dive

  • Deep dive
  • Underwater navigation dive

Elective Dive options

  • Night dive Wreck dive
  • Digital underwater Photography dive
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy dive
  • Drift dive
  • Underwater Naturalist dive

For a full description on each of these diving activities please refer to our specialty courses which explain each of these in more detail.

lf you are already Open-Water Certified then you can earn the Advanced Open Water Diver rating within 2 days.

Rescue Diver

The PADI rescue diver course introduces you to various diving-related emergencies and encourages you to apply solution thinking to these situations in order to handle them.

The training covers basic life support; first aid; how to recognize potentially hazardous situations; ways to prevent or control them and how to respond effectively to diver emergencies. You'll learn a variety of new skills and techniques and practice using emergency rescue equipment and protocols to manage a diving accident situation. lt is an intense and exciting course and is a lot of fun, especially if you're part of a group going through the training together. Most people who have been through this experience have cited the PADI rescue diver course as being one of the most worthwhile pursuits in scuba diving.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a 4-day program during which we build systematically on the skills you already know and prepare you for a final scenario day during which it's up to you to demonstrate how well you can apply your training to simulated emergency situations.

Day 1: Emergency First Response course (EFR) which is a certifiable programme

  • Life support training e.g. CPR, shock management, bandaging, and splitting

Day 2: Watch the Rescue diver video in the classroom, discuss diving accident management and how to respond to specific diving related emergencies

  • You and your classmates will be working together to come up with an emergency action plan, specific to the local area environment, which you'll be needing as a reference in the latter stages of the course.

Day 3: Training, simulating tired and panicked diver rescues, dealing with aquatic life injuries, and how to respond to a situation from a various vantage point.

  • One of the toughest skills you learn is how to deal with an unresponsive or unconscious diver; transporting them to safety whilst providing them with rescue breaths.

Day 4: Apply your training to some simulated emergency scenarios.


Speciality Diver

PADI Specialty courses introduce you to a variety of specialist diving activities in which you can also earn a separate diving certification. Each of the courses consists of a number of adventure dives ranging between 2 and 4 depending on the complexity of that particular specialist activity. They involve a certain amount of knowledge development, generally one chapter per dive with each successive chapter and corresponding dive building on the one before.

The following list of descriptions broadly details what is involved in each Specialty course, who may participate, how many dives make up the course, and how much it costs.

  • Deep Diver
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy.
  • Drift Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist

Master Scuba Diver

The PADI Master Scuba Diving certification is the highest non-professional diver rating issued by PADI. It distinguishes the bearer as being highly trained and experienced in a wide range of specialist diving activities and courses. It certainly is more than just another diving license! It takes time, commitment and dedication to scuba diving in order to achieve this rating and as such it is a testament to your clear passion for the underwater world.

To earn your Master Scuba Diver rating you don't participate in a singular course but rather a collection of diving courses and experiences. Probably you'll be completing the various certification requirements over more than one diving vacation or, if you're based here in the Maldives, then over several weekends. Of course, if you have the time and you can commit to finishing whatever you need to get certified then we're happy to help you achieve your goal. Exactly how long that might take depends on the diving certifications you currently hold and how many logged dives you already have.

Dive Master

There are many good reasons for wanting to become a PADI divemaster.... Are you interested in a career change? Are you a marine biologist and it compliments your line of work? Maybe you're just leaking for that next fun challenge in life or you're on a gap year and in search of some cool and worthwhile ways to spend your free time? Whatever the reason, you can be sure that the course is great fun, a bit competitive and with character building elements that are not to be taken lightly. Above all though, this course represents itself throughout the diving world, and with good cause, as being the most remarkable journey for anyone aspiring to become a diving professional.


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