Get PADI certified!
$819 per person
If you’re thinking about getting certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, there is no better place to do it than in the Maldives. And in the Maldives, there’s no better place than Fulidhoo! With our calm lagoon to complete your confined water skills sessions, our beautiful beaches to read your theory components, and our incredible dive sites to discover on your Open Water dives, you’ll be setting the bar high for all your future diving!
To read more about the components and prerequisites of the course, visit our PADI Open Water Diver Course page.
The Learn to Dive Package is 6 nights to allow for one full day of reading and watching the videos whilst you are here. However if you would like to complete the reading and knowledge reviews beforehand, we can sign you up for digital learning and customize the package for you. Contact us for more details.
You will also need to go through the PADI Medical Questionnaire to check that you have no impediments to diving. If you answer YES to any question, you will need to see a doctor before diving to get signed off to dive.
All our packages are completely customizable and we can add on extra days, dives and excursions depending on what you and any travel buddy might be looking for. The best thing to do is to contact us with your rough travel dates once you have a package in mind. Rates will vary depending on what time of year you come.
CertificationPADI Open Water Diver Course
Start DatesThere are no set days on which this package starts.
AccommodationWe work with several guesthouses on the island and will offer accommodation based on your requirements, preferences and room availability.
Need To BringSwimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, loose modest clothing for the island, medical certificate if you answer YES to any questions on the medical questionnaire.
Half-board meal plan (breakfast and dinner)
PADI Open Water Course
Equipment Rental During Course
PADI learning materials
All taxes and service charge
Not IncludedPrivate Instructor
Mandatory Diving Insurance
Suggested Packaged Add-onsPADI Adventure Deep Dive (to experience some of our deeper channels)
Alimatha Night Dive
Additional Fun Dives
Day 1: Arrival, check-in and orientation
All courses will be conducted slightly differently depending on a number of factors: the weekly schedule, how comfortable you are in the water, how quickly you pick up the confined water skills, the weather and so forth. But here is a sample itinerary of how your course might be conducted.
If you are arriving by speedboat, you will arrive around midday. We will greet you from the jetty and escort you to your guesthouse where we will have a quick chat and brief you about the island and answer any questions you may have. You’ll check in to your room and then the guesthouse manager will give you a short island orientation. As most guests choose the half board option, which starts with dinner on the first day, we can explain the options for grabbing lunch. Most choose to eat in the local café on the first day. In the afternoon you can drop by the dive center to fill in paperwork, get sized up for gear and pick up your PADI manual. The rest of the day will be spent reading under a palm tree.
The morning will be allocated for completing knowledge reviews and viewing some of the PADI videos. If you have completed the reading already, you can relax at the beach or join a snorkeling excursion. In the afternoon, we will ask you to come to the dive centre for your first confined water sessions.
Similar to yesterday, you’ll have half a day free for reading, excursions and watching the videos in your own time, and half a day will be spent in confined water.
Today we will take you for your first open water boat dive to a maximum of 12 metres, during which we will ask you to perform some of the skills you practiced in confined water. We might also ask you to complete you swim test and survival float today in the lagoon. We might also you to sit the Final Exam if all your knowledge reviews and confined water sessions are completed.
Similar to yesterday, you’ll go for another Open Water dive today to a maximum of 12 metres, during which you will perform certain skills to the performance requirement.
This is the last day of training, and for your final two Open Water dives you’ll dive to a maximum of 18m and then your course is complete! While the first two dives of the course will be conducted at protected reefs with abundant fish, for the final two dives, depending on your confidence level, we can choose slightly more challenging dives with greater chances of seeing larger sea life.
Today you’ll be departing from the island. Depending on whether you have a flight or whether you’ll be staying in Male’ for an early morning departure the next day, we’ll arrange the right transfer for you.
It might be that you complete the course slightly faster than is set out here – this is probably the slowest you could complete it. If you do so, you might have a free day at the end of the stay, to either add on more fun dives, relax at the beach or sign up for some excursions.
For our packages, we work with several guesthouses in Fulidhoo that we are extremely happy to recommend. The best thing to do is to get in touch with your tentative dates and we’ll check availability on the island. Depending on your budget and what you’re looking for, we’ll put together a package with the guesthouse that we think is right for you. Whether you’re looking for a sea view room, somewhere with great veggie food, a quieter location or even a family room – we can find the right place for you.