Courses

PADI, or the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, has been teaching people to dive for over 40 years. With 135,000 Professionals throughout the world, PADI training offers simply the best way to master the art of scuba diving. So, take advantage of all the PADI courses offered at Beaches and you'll soon be exploring the wonders of the Caribbean underwater universe.

Open Water Diver

This course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

  • The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you'll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you'll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

    Advanced Open Water Diver

    This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor. This course builds on what you've learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving. You'll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

  • One reason you'll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

    Adventure Diver

    Have you always wanted to try underwater photography? How about wreck diving? Here's your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever. Here are the Adventure Dives available to choose from:

  • Altitude Diver
  • AWARE-Fish Identification
  • Boat Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Drift Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Underwater Videography
  • Wreck Diver
  • Rescue Diver

    "Challenging" and "rewarding" best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you've already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. You'll learn:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • Altitude Diver

    Any time you're diving at 300 to 3000 meters/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you. You'll learn the effects of pressure at higher altitudes and how to adjust your dive plan accordingly. Whether you use a recreational dive planner table (RDPTM), an electronic eRDPTM or a dive computer, you'll learn how plan and make a dive at high altitudes. You'll learn:

  • Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Recreational Dive PlannerTM procedures for diving at altitude
  • Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures at altitude
  • AWARE Fish ID

    Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?" The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer. You'll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

    Coral Reef Conservation Diver

    As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them. The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and:

  • How coral reefs function
  • Why they are so important
  • Why many reefs are in serious trouble
  • What you can do to prevent further decline
  • Deep Diver

    After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There's something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. You'll learn:

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 meters/ 60-130 feet
  • Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photographer

    Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

    Night Diver

    As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat and into the underwater night. Although you've seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. You'll learn:

  • Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  • How to control your buoyancy at night
  • Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different
  • Discover Scuba Diver

    Have you been wondering what it's like to breathe underwater? A PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is a great way to find out what scuba diving is really like before you take the full scuba certification course.

    Your scuba instructor will spend a little time with you to explain the basic principles of scuba diving and give you an overview of your scuba gear, which is supplied by the dive shop.

    Once you feel comfortable, your instructor will take you in the pool to help you learn basic scuba skills. Then, if you like, you can go with your instructor for a short discovery dive up to 40 feet/ 12 metres. Most Discover Scuba Diving experiences last about an hour or two.

    The skills you learn during your Discover Scuba Diving experience may be credited toward the full PADI Open Water Diver certification.

    Emergency First Response (EFR)

  • Required Hours: 4-8
  • Scuba Review

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Maximum depth: Confined Water
  • Other Course

    Devoted to promoting safe scuba diving practices, the Divers Alert Network has sponsoring dive training programs since 1980.

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