Ocean Encounters

From: $425

PADI Open Water Diver Course (excl. E-Learning)

Get certified for life at Ocean Encounters! Join our PADI Open Water Diver course and become an autonomous diver in just 3 days. The PADI Open Water Diver certification is one of the most popular and recognized dive certifications in the world.

For the PADI Open Water Diver course, you will learn all the required theory online with PADI eLearning. Enroll today by purchasing your own PADI elearning course.

The course is divided over 3 days from 8.30 AM – 4.30 PM with an hour break for lunch. Ocean Encounters is located on the Seaquarium Beach with plenty of restaurants in the near vicinity.

*Course cost excludes PADI e-Learning – We also offer the SSI Open Water Course

What is a PADI Open Water Course?

PADI Open Water Diver is the first scuba certification level. A highly-trained PADI Instructor at Ocean Encounters will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment.

This course will teach you everything you need to know about scuba diving and once you have completed it, you will be able to dive anywhere in the world, including the breathtaking dive sites of Curaçao.

Our Open Water Course is also given with dive computers, ensuring that participants get the highest level of training possible.

How to Earn your Scuba Diving Certification

Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology (either offline or online), then learn basic scuba skills in a pool-like environment with a highly trained PADI Instructor. When you’re ready, make four dives in an open water environment with your instructor supporting you every step of the way.


PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Learn about scuba diving principles and terminology whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you. It’s your course on your time. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor whenever you have a question.

eLearning time commitment: 5-10 hours

At the Ocean Encounters Dive Shop with your Instructor

Practice using scuba gear in a “pool-like environment” until you’re comfortable. PADI training includes practice “mini dives” to help you build confidence in your new abilities before making four dives in open water.

Not enough time for the PADI Open Water Course?

Then Discover Scuba Diving in Curacao today!

If you have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater but you do not have enough time while you are on vacation in Curaçao, then the Discover Scuba Diving experience is a perfect alternative.

If you want to try scuba diving, Ocean Encounters offers this PADI or SSI introduction to scuba diving course at LionsDive Beach Resort or at Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa and Casino.

While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To sign up for a PADI or SSI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. Are you ready to dive in with Ocean Encounters to discover the magic of the underwater world? 

This program starts at 2PM with check in at 1.45PM and ends between 4 and 4.30PM.

This 2 – 2.5 Hours Hours Dive Course includes:

You can also combine the Discover Scuba Diving experience with a dolphin dive. Yes, even non-certified-divers can dive with dolphins after following this program. Professional photo’s or a video of your experience, with our partner Turtle & Ray Productions, is available on request.