The PADI Open Water Diver program is the most recognized entry-level diving course in the world certifying you to dive to a depth of 18 meters. Our 4 day course outline is conducted under the supervision of our experienced PADI instructors in small groups, with excellent dive center facilities, equipment and last but not least, a fantastic dive boat to make your experience one never to forget.

if you are interested in completing the theory before arriving on Cozumel then we recommend you check out either PADI Open Water Diver Touch or the PADI eLearning.


  • Must be 15 years or older (10 to 14 years old will be PADI Junior Open Water Divers).
  • Must be able to swim.
  • Must be in good health (Divers with a history of medical illness must obtain a certificate from a doctor allowing them to dive.)


  • Day 1: 9 AM – 12 PM: Complete theory.
                1 PM – 5 PM: Confined water training at the beach.
  • Day 2: 8 AM – 12 PM: 2 Shore Dives OR
               8h30 AM – 3 PM: Boat Day Trip 2 dives.
  • Day 3:  8 AM – 12 PM: 2 Shore Dives OR
               8h30 AM – 3 PM: Boat Day Trip 2 dives.

*Students should wait at least 18 hours after their last dive before flying.

Medical Statement

Guests may check the Medical Statement here in advance. A doctors certificate is only required when:

* The candidate can answer ‘YES’ to any item on the statement

Please go to this link to download the Medical Statement. If you can answer ‘YES’ to any item please take a copy of this statement and present it to the doctor for him to sign.

What's Included...

  • DAN Dive Insurance for the Open Water Training.
  • PADI Certification Fees.
  • Marine Park Entrance Fees.
  • Return Transport from Jungle Divers to the Dive Boat.
  • Safety Gear: Whistle, UW Noise Maker and a Surface Marker Buoy.
  • Tanks & Weights
  • Experienced & Knowledgeable Certified Instructor.
  • Snacks & Drinks.
  • Lunch on the Boat for Day Trips.

What's not Included...

  • PADI Course Manuals.
  • Return Transportation from your Hotel to the Jungle Divers Dive Center.
  • Dock Fees if Picked Up at your Hotel's Pier.
  • Dive Equipment, Dive Computer and Wetsuits.
  • Towels (we rent towels)
  • Gratuities

This program is for absolute beginners and is conducted over three to four days.
Courses start any day.
The course is split into 3 parts:

Classroom theory and video sessions
Confined water training
Open water dives

PADI Open Water Diver Course Schedule

  • Day 1: 8 AM – 12 PM: Complete Theory.
                1 PM – 5 PM: Confined Water Training at the Beach.
  • Day 2: 8 AM – 12 PM: 2 Shore Dives OR
               8h30 AM – 3 PM: Boat Day Trip 2 dives.
  • Day 3:  8 AM – 12 PM: 2 Shore Dives OR
                8h30 AM – 3 PM: Boat Day Trip 2 dives.

Please note that although the general start time is quite flexible we recommend this time because:

  1. It will reduce the workload and spread the theory over two periods.
  2. The first part of theory is video watching and self-study that can be done before your arrival or in your hotel room.
  3. It means you can start as early as the day you arrive to Cozumel even if you are arriving with the afternoon ferry.

Theory classes are conducted in our air-conditioned classroom or beach side restaurant.
Confined water training is conducted at the beach.
Open water dives are conducted on Villablanca Reef or the amazing Cozumel Reefs.

Pick up service is not included. Guests need to make their own way to our dive center for the trip meeting point.

More Details

(Part 1): Theory and video sessions

The theory and video sessions take place in our air conditioned classroom or beach side restaurant. There are 5 modules of theory and subsequently 5 videos for each module. Each video can take between 45 -60 minutes to watch. Many of our students vote to watch the videos and self-study at their hotel the day before the course starts and in this way they can free up the workload for the following day. Each module is proceeded by a discussion with our PADI Instructor and the study sessions are checked with the use of pop quizzes, or multiple choice quizzes to help monitor the students progress and understanding of the material.
The first day we shall start around 8 AM and complete the theory sessions that was left off the previous day.

Did you know that you can complete the theory in advance of arriving by using PADI’s eLearning classes available at PADI’s website? Please see here for more information: Open Water eLearning.

(Part 2): Confined Water Training

Confined Water Training means learning to dive in water which is shallow enough to stand up. Our confined water training takes place on the beach in a natural environment. At this point the students will start to develop the skills required to learn to dive. Each skill is carefully explained by the diving instructor and then demonstrated by the instructor, so the student may feel confident that they can perform the skill themselves. Diving skills are developed starting with the easier skills and progress as the student’s confidence and ability progresses. Just like the theory and video sessions, there are 5 confined water training modules.

(Part 3): Open Water Dives

To complete the PADI Open Water Diver the student must participate in the four open water dives. Open water dives 1 and 2 are conducted on the same day to a maximum depth of 12 meters – 40 feet. Our dive boat  travels out to the Cozumel Reefs and to some of the best dive sites the Caribbean has to offer. Each dive is approximately an hour long and there is a light lunch and snacks & refreshments provided between the dives. Open water dives 3 and 4 conclude the course on the last day with a similar program outline as for open water dives 1 and 2 but to a maximum depth of 18 meters – 60 feet..

Upon completion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the student is presented with a temporary PADI Open Water Diver card that enables the newly certified diver to participate in any fun dives while waiting for their main dive certificate card to arrive from PADI headquarters.


Must be over the age of 15 years (10 to 14 years old will be PADI Junior Open Water Divers).
Must be healthy to dive.
Must complete all sections of the course.
Must be able to swim 200 meters and float for 10 minutes.