PADI SCUBA DIVING COURSES
Note to the Traveler: this Activity takes place in La Paz, about an hour north of Todos Santos.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course
For those who are not certified and want to try what it is like to go scuba diving without committing to the 4 day course the Discover scuba diving program is for you! You receive a detailed briefing from your instructor, you then enter a confined water environment to practice followed by an actual open water dive. A window to a whole new world is yours to discover. This does count to one of the 4 dives in the open water diver course if conducted within 6 months.
Course costs $125 dollars plus 11% tax and includes full equipment rental.
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course
Learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study.
At The Cortez Club we train divers for PADI scuba diving courses using the PADI system (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s largest diver training organization. Your PADI qualification will be recognized worldwide… more than any other scuba diving qualification.
The Cortez Club is a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre; we train people on PADI courses from beginner right up to professional scuba diving instructor.
The Cortez Club has no minimum number for classes, so you can sign up any time. This guarantees individual attention and most importantly, maximum safety. Our course will teach you all the essential skills needed to SCUBA dive, to become familiar with the equipment and understand what happens to your body underwater. This course has great emphasis on safety, not only for yourself but also your diving buddy. As a beginner you will train to become a PADI OPEN WATER DIVER. This qualification will enable you to dive around the world with a buddy (friend/partner) of the same or higher standard, to a maximum recommended depth of 18 meters/60 feet.
PADI Open Water Course Is:
Divided into three parts which are all very flexible to suit all lifestyles.
Confined Water Diving:
This is where the real fun starts – where you actually GO DIVING! This part of the course is conducted at our swimming pool or in the sea, off our dock. Here, under the guidance and supervision of an Instructor, you will learn and practice dive skills and procedures. This part of the course involves 5 dives and takes a minimum of one day or as long as you need!
Once you have decided to start the course we give you a manual and video to watch and study in your own time and at your own pace, this establishes the principles and basic information all divers need to know to enjoy comfortable, safe scuba diving. This can be completed in a minimum time of one day.
Open Water Dives:
The final part of the course involves four dives in the ocean. Again, under the supervision of an Instructor, you will complete the course by applying, adapting and further developing your knowledge and dive skills in the real diving environment. This part is also very flexible and is usually conducted over two days.
ONCE THESE THREE PARTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED YOU ARE A CERTIFIED DIVER!
Cost: $499 USD + 11% VAT and includes all equipment rental.
PADI National Geographic Scuba Diver
As a National Geographic Diver, you join an elite group of explorers, adventurers and conservationists. The insight and training you gain during this program will broaden your awareness and take your scuba diving skills to a new level. You’ll learn to observe and explore like an under water scientist.
Your experience begins with the PADI Open Water Diver program, enhanced with adventures unique to the National Geographic Diver program. You will learn to explore with detail, identify important underwater features and navigate with certainty. You will have the scuba diving knowledge and practice to maneuver with poise along the reef ’s ecosystems.
Whether you’re new to scuba diving, or an experienced diver, the National Geographic Diver program will give you new tools to understand and safely explore the underwater world.
Your adventure begins with the National Geographic Diver certification, where you’ll gain the knowledge and practical experience to live the scuba diving life.
Join an elite group of divers who are more than tourists, but explorers, adventurers and conservationists.
What will I do?
- You’ll learn basic dive skills and safety information through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
- You’ll be introduced to worldwide dive environments and opportunities by interacting with the National Geographic Diver Almanac and DVD.
- You’ll learn to fine-tune your buoyancy to hover easily and maneuver carefully through delicate aquatic habitats.
- You’ll learn how to observe your surroundings in order to get the best experience from each dive.
- You’ll gain practical experience by gathering information and collecting images to create a visual representation of a dive site, detailing what you’ve discovered through your observations.
- You’ll improve your navigation skills and ability to find your way around underwater by using a compass as well as natural references.
- You’ll be introduced to a multitude of aquatic species and be able to identify local plants and animals.
Cost: $599 + 11% VAT and includes all equipment rentals.