Certification Levels


Open Water Diver Certification

DURATION: 3 Days (approx.)

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The PADI Open Water Diver course* is the first real step into becoming a certified diver. Basic principles of scuba diving will be taught to you in the knowledge development part of the course. You will learn the basic scuba skills during confined water sessions, while open water dives will give you the opportunity to master these same skills. Once completed, you are ready to go and explore the beautiful underwater as a knowledgeable PADI Open Water diver, thus using responsible and safe practices in diving. The certification lasts a lifetime giving you more than enough time to enjoy the joy that diving has to offer.

There are many advantages that come to mind by becoming a certified PADI Open Water diver; for instance, you may enjoy a wider variety of dive sites reaching a maximum depth of 18 meters. PADI also offers an array of different courses, the follow-up being the Advanced Open Water Course, which gives you the opportunity to experience deeper dive sites, drift dives, night dives and many more. The PADI system of continuing education can be enjoyed all over the world, this world wide company is established in over 180 countries therefore giving you the chance to dive in many different areas and discover the changing underwater world. 

A typical PADI Open Water Course will start with the knowledge review sections. You will be given a PADI Open Water course book, as well as the PADI Open Water Video. The book and video consist of five parts. Each chapter contains a knowledge review section and a quiz. The final exam is administered after all chapters and quizzes have been completed. 

The second step in the PADI Open Water Course is the Confined Water section. This consists of five shallow water dives where you will learn the basic skills of diving. These are completed in a calm, pool like setting.

The final step in the PADI Open Water Course is the actual open water dives. This consists of four Open Water dives with your PADI Instructor. During these dives you will practice the skills you learned in your Confined Water sessions. 

The PADI Open Water Course can be completed in as little as three to five days.

*Requirements: Must be 10 years of age or older.

Advanced Open Water Diver

DURATION: 3 Days (approx.)

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Are you looking for a new adventure? Have you ever wondered what it is like to dive at night? Are there sites you want to visit, but are deeper than 60ft/18m? If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s time to take the next step! 

The PADI Advanced Open Water Course consists of a knowledge review section with the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual and video, two required adventure dives, and three adventure dives of your choice. The two required dives are a Deep dive and a Navigation Dive. The remaining choices are Wreck, Drift, Night, Photography, Videography, Project Aware, Search and Recovery, Fish Identification, and many more! 

This course can be completed in as little as two days. 


  • Certified as PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver
  • 10 years old to participate in these Adventure Dives: Altitude, AWARE – Fish Identification, Boat, Digital Underwater Photography, Dry Suit, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation, Underwater Photography and Underwater Videography.
  • Note: 10 and 11-year-old divers may earn a Junior Adventure Diver certification.
  • 12 years old to participate in all other Adventure Dives, except the Sidemount Adventure Dive. Must be 15 years old for Sidemount Adventure Dive.

Rescue Diver

Duration: 4 Days (approx.)

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Rescue certification takes you to the next level of diving. Sometimes unfortunate things can happen to divers and one person from a dive group should know what to do in such a case. Things as simple as a leg cramp can either be fixed or spin out of control into panic and distress. Learn what to do in many emergency situations. You will learn how to perform mouth to mouth while on the surface and out of the water, calm distressed divers on and off the boat, and organize an action plan to get to help safely. 

The PADI Rescue Course consists of five knowledge development sections using the PADI Rescue Diver Manual along with the PADI Rescue Diver Video. There are knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter and a test at the end of the course. There are confined and open water sections. Self Rescue Exercises and ten Rescue Exercises will be practiced in confined water along with your PADI Instructor, then demonstrated in Open Water. There are 2 Open Water Scenarios to be completed after all 10 rescue exercises have been mastered. Each student will be required to complete an Emergency Assistance Plan.

Each student is required to have EFR Primary and Secondary Care certifications within the past 24 months. These courses can also be taken along with the PADI Rescue Diver Course.


  • 12 years old  *Note: 12-14 year old divers may earn Junior Rescue Diver certifications
  • PADI (Junior) Adventure Diver certification – must have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive
  • PADI Open Water Divers may participate in Knowledge Development and Rescue Exercises in confined water
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months. Training may be completed along with rescue diver course.


PRICE: $1,345 USD
DURATION: 30 Days (approx.)

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The journey into the professional side of scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster certification. Divemasters can organize, conduct, and supervise recreational diving activities. They assist instructors in conducting training programs. Divemasters assess hazards of dive sites, conduct briefings about layouts, directions, currents, and practicing environmental conservation.

The PADI Divemaster Course can be conducted in as little as three weeks; however, it is recommended that you take at least one month to gain as much experience as possible. During this course you will develop your diving knowledge through classroom discussions and independent study, as well as learning more about customer service and professionalism. This program offers you a real life opportunity to work hand in hand with your instructor in a dive shop setting.

During the Divemaster course, you will conduct knowledge development by using the Divemaster Crewpack or PADI eLearning. Watermanship skills and stamina are evaluated together with diving abilities. You will complete a diver rescue scenario, a dive skills workshop, a mapping project, dive site set up and management, dive briefing, search and recovery scenario, and deep dive scenario. You will also complete a Scuba Review, Skin Diver workshop, Discover Scuba Diving workshop, and a Discover Local Diving workshop. You will function as an instructional assistant to the instructor during courses in confined and open water.  Professionalism will be evaluated throughout the course.

Upon completion of the Divemaster course you will be qualified to attend a PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course or a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You can also take the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Leader course. Certified Divemasters are able to conduct and teach the following courses as well: PADI Skin Diver, PADI Discover Snorkeling, and Scuba Review.

Because this is a very complex course we recommend you contact us so that we can construct a plan specifically based on your needs. Each student is different! Please contact us at info@mexicodivers.com.


  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver
  • 18 years old
  • Logged 40 scuba dives
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • All students must purchase dive insurance. www.diversalertnetwork.org is a great place to obtain dive accident insurance.

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