Ocean Encounters

Curacao’s Best Scuba Diving Courses

Are you interested in trying scuba diving, becoming a certified open water diver or continuing your underwater adventure with a specialty course? At Ocean Encounters, our professional PADI and SSI instructors are ready for you!

Interested in learning to scuba dive?
You’ve come to the right place. Our scuba lessons will unlock the door to new adventures and amazing marine encounters. By the end of your scuba certification course, you’ll see our ocean planet through new eyes.


Interested in continuing you adventure?
Whether you want to be able to access more dive sites with an Advanced Open Water Diver certification, improve your skills or learn underwater photography, videography, fish identification, etc., Ocean Encounters has the specialty course for you.

Are you ready to dive into your next adventure?

What Our Customers Say

  • star rating  I did a double boat dive with Ocean Encounters at Barracuda Point / Beacon Point. First of all, booking was easy though Whatsapp and then at the shop but... read more

    antoinecupi
    August 25, 2021

    star rating  We picked this place to call home for two weeks staying at the Lion’s Dive because of the resort being linked to Ocean’s Encounter. What a beautiful and amazing time... read more

    Passenger11656686440
    July 16, 2021

    star rating  We picked this place to call home for two weeks staying at the Lion’s Dive because of the resort being linked to Ocean’s Encounter. What a beautiful and amazing time... read more

    Havana Von
    July 16, 2021
  • star rating  My wife and I just wrapped up a great week of diving with Ocean Encounters. We enjoyed the diving in Curaçao - many of the reefs are extremely healthy and... read more

    SunsetMartinis
    July 9, 2021

    star rating  This dive operation is great. You are going to love diving with these people. PADI should seriously send low performing shop owners here to work with this crew... read more

    Bon Joe
    July 1, 2021

    star rating  Excellent service! Engaging crew and best access to some of the hottest dive locations on the island! Highly recommend!

    Unicorn Hill VT
    July 1, 2021
  • star rating  My wife and I just wrapped up a great week of diving with Ocean Encounters. We enjoyed the diving in Curaçao - many of the reefs are extremely healthy and... read more

    SunsetMartinis
    July 1, 2021

    star rating  I did a 2-tank boat dive and the fluorescent night dive with them. They were really fun and did a nice job in handling the dives. They let the divers... read more

    Jevon J
    June 27, 2021

    star rating  Modern, Efficient and Close In Diving

    Ocean Encounters diving in Willemstad Curacao is a beautiful, modern and efficient dive shop. The business is plainly built for large groups... read more

    893RobertR
    June 22, 2021
  • star rating  I did a 2-tank boat dive and the fluorescent night dive with them. They were really fun and did a nice job in handling the dives. They let the divers... read more

    Ackley243AI
    June 1, 2021

    star rating  Modern, Efficient and Close In Diving Ocean Encounters diving in Willemstad Curacao is a beautiful, modern and efficient dive shop. The business is plainly built for large groups... read more

    893RobertR
    June 1, 2021

    star rating  We came to Curaçao during lockdown and Jeremiah from Ocean Encounters gave us an amazing time shore diving. He was patient, friendly and easy to communicate with. We’re looking forward... read more

    370nandan
    April 24, 2021
  • star rating  We traveled unexpectedly during lockdown so boat diving was unavailable, but Divemaster Pol did... read more

    haswvf
    April 15, 2021

    star rating  We traveled unexpectedly during lockdown so boat diving was unavailable, but Divemaster Pol did everything possible to give us the best shore diving experience we could ask for (including, but... read more

    haswvf
    April 15, 2021

    star rating  We were able to dive with ocean encounters for a whole week even though the island went into... read more

    carriefu79
    April 14, 2021
  • star rating  We were able to dive with ocean encounters for a whole week even though the island went into lockdown the week before we came. We couldn’t go out on boats... read more

    carriefu79
    April 14, 2021

    star rating  Incredible Experience My husband and I did the PADI Open water Certification at Sunscapes Ocean... read more

    laurajb2021111
    April 5, 2021

    star rating  Incredible Experience

    My husband and I did the PADI Open water Certification at Sunscapes Ocean Encounters. The staff was such a pleasure to meet. Our instructor was Luis,... read more

    laurajb2021111
    April 5, 2021
  • star rating  We had the best week ever diving with Ocean Encounters. I'm a semi-avid recreational diver and my... read more

    Meander61624989533
    April 3, 2021

    star rating  We had the best week ever diving with Ocean Encounters. I'm a semi-avid recreational diver and my husband is a dive instructor. Typically the dive companies we go... read more

    Meander61624989533
    April 3, 2021

    star rating  We came to Curaçao during lockdown and Jeremiah from Ocean Encounters gave us an amazing time shore diving. He was patient, friendly and easy to communicate with. We’re looking forward... read more

    Nanda N
    April 1, 2021
  • star rating  Ocean Encounters has a satellite shop at the Sunscape resort. That is where we stayed and will be... read more

    Jayfarmlaw
    March 29, 2021

    star rating  Ocean Encounters has a satellite shop at the Sunscape resort. That is where we stayed and will be to focus of this review. We had 3 days of... read more

    Jayfarmlaw
    March 29, 2021

    star rating  I went on 5 diving trips with Ocean Encounters and what a pleasure it was. A professional and customer friendly environment, with it's high standards towards safety and a keen... read more

    Thijs219
    October 25, 2020

Do you want to go on a diving course on Curaçao?

The chances are that you will travel to the beautiful island of Curaçao this year (or in the future). In addition to the beautiful beaches and beautiful locations, it is possible to dive on Curaçao at one of the many dive centers. But really there is only one to pick... Ocean Encounters is Curaçao’s premier 5-star dive resort, known for its fun, customer service oriented staff, and quality products.

Before you want to dive, it is important to prepare well, because you cannot just go into the water. Curious about what you have to do to be able to dive on Curaçao and what you can expect from a diving course on Curaçao? Then it is useful to read this information carefully. We have collected the most important information to give you a complete picture.

Whether you are a newbie or already certified and wishing to grow your knowledge and abilities, we have the right Dive Courses for you.

Is a diving course compulsory on Curaçao?

It is important to first consider whether it is mandatory to take a diving course on Curaçao. The answer depends on whether you already have a diving license. If you ever dove before in your life, taking a diving course on Curaçao is unnecessary. If you are in possession of your PADI/SSI or other dive license you can select  one of our dive courses to refresh your dive skills or take an advanced dive course like the advanced open water course or our drift diver course. The PADI and SSI certifications are globally recognized certifications which indicate that you can dive independently in a responsible and safe manner. If you do not yet have a PADI or SSI certificate yet, it is again necessary to follow a diving course on Curaçao. After all, there is a lot to consider when diving. Only by following a professional diving course can you be sure that you know what to do when diving.

Diving forever - your diving license

What if you have already successfully completed your diving course? In this case you are in possession of your own PADI or SSI diving certificate. This certification shows that you can dive independently. It therefore follows that you can go diving anywhere and you are ready to come with us on one of our dive trips for certified divers. It is important to know that it is possible to choose from different certification cards. The choice for the diving course on Curaçao will always depend on your level. If you would like to go diving around the island, you must be at least 10 years old. People with young children are therefore forced to pick one of our snorkel and boat trips, instead to go diving.

Good to know is that you can also follow other types of diving courses on the island. For example, if you already have your standard license, it is possible to go for a special course that teaches you how to dive between shipwrecks (see dive site overview). More information about the possibilities for diving can always be requested from our dive school staff.

Conditions for your diving course on Curaçao

Good, you want to follow a diving course on Curaçao yourself. Are there certain conditions that you must meet before you can start diving? There are certainly, it is necessary to always read these conditions carefully. If you do not do this, you may be faced with unpleasant surprises afterwards. The main conditions to meet are the following:

  • You must be healthy – The most important requirement that you must meet before you can start a diving course in Curaçao is that you must be healthy. Diving is on the intensive side. If you suffer from certain health problems such as a weak heart, you must first get permission from your doctor before you can start diving. This is the reason that you always have to sign a health certificate in advance. Without this statement, you are unfortunately not allowed to go diving on Curaçao.
  • You must be able to swim well enough – This is a bit of an unnecessary requirement, but it is important to take this into account. You would be surprised how many people would like to dive without being able to swim well enough themselves. When following a diving course on Curaçao you will actually always receive some training in the pool. During this part of the course you have to show that you can swim alone and that you can tread water for a longer period of time. Being able to swim well enough is therefore a must.

What does a diving course on Curaçao look like?

You already know more about taking a PADI or SSI course in Curaçao. What you do not know yet is what such a diving course actually looks like. The first part of the course is e-learning and can be done at home prior to traveling or in the plane or on the beach! This is the part with the theory. By means of an online environment you learn which signals you need to make when diving and how a diving cylinder actually works. . After the theory part, you will receive training under confined water conditions, which is in the canal in front of our shop. Here you do part of your exercises to learn your skills.

Once you have mastered this, it is time to go to the open water. Of course everything is done in a very accessible and calm way, making it possible for everyone to follow it. There is always an instructor to show you the way and help where needed. So you don't have to worry about anything when diving.

Choose a diving course on Curaçao

If you have always wanted to dive, then Curaçao is really the place to do this. Because of the many beautiful dive locations, it is a great way to combine learning to dive with seeing beautiful corals and marine life. Once the course is completed, you can continue to dive on our boats or go for a shore dive with a certified buddy! So bring your underwater camera and make new memories!