There are many ways to enjoy scuba diving while visiting Manzanillo, without having to commit your total vacation time to the sport. With PADI-designed courses taught by qualified instructors, you can have fun and learn at the same time. You can assimilate knowledge more quickly, while moving from one step immediately to the next, with smaller classes, individual attention, and a patient, experienced instructor.
Here are a few of the ways you can have fun and learn new skills:
If your kids are water babies why not give them a real treat? Let them experience the thrill of breathing underwater. Let them take the plunge to experience another world--the underwater world.
We begin with a lesson in the swimming pool (we'll even come to your private residence) with scuba gear under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. At the end of the session, they'll get a chance to hunt for buried treasure. Start them out on the right fin! Make diving a family experience, and show them a special vacation adventure theyíll never forget. $25 USD (minimum 2 children)
If you've always wanted to try scuba diving, or you're not sure whether to commit to a full diving course, this half-day class and dive will teach you the basics of scuba diving. First, a lesson at poolside to explain how everything works and an important short class on safety procedures.
Next, a lesson in the pool. You will put into practice clearing water from your mask and how to control your buoyancy. As soon as you feel confident, we are off to the sea for an open water dive. The amount of fish in Manzanillo's warm waters is amazing! You'll be so excited at the variety of animal life you'll forget you're breathing underwater. 2 persons or more: $75; one person only: $85; children 10-15 years, $80/child.
Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming vacation, but donít have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now thereís a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time. The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.
As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver Program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip. This program is a wonderful opportunity to explore the underwater world with the comfort and safety of having an experienced guide with you at all times. The knowledge and skills you learn in this program are just the beginning of an exciting array of courses and programs that await. With a PADI Scuba Diver certification card, you will be able to obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services for diving under supervision. After completing the program, youíll want to continue your dive education and the PADI Open Water Diver Certification to explore more dive opportunities.
This course consists of the first three classroom and pool lessons of the Open Water course, followed by 2 Open Water dives. At a later date, all you have to do to upgrade is the remaining pool and classroom lessons and two more Open Water dives.
On completion you will receive a certification card, but you will be restricted to diving with a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor.
Note: A junior scuba diver may only dive when accompanied by a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor.
An entry-level diver course. After completion of this course, you will be able to dive anywhere in the world by showing your PADI certification card. $350 one person; $300 two persons or more.
If you don't want to run into a time-crunch on your vacation, you may begin your scuba training where you live, and complete it in Manzanillo. Following classroom and pool training in your country, your instructor can give you a referral form so that you can complete your certification here. We honor referral forms from all certifying agencies, such as NAUI, SSI, NASDS, CMAS, YMCA, ACUC, and others. Cost: $250 USD
This time, no heavy duty classroom work--just a few quizzes in the back of your dive manual and 5 Open Water dives. These must include:
When you know how to use your compass, you'll gain confidence underwater. This is one of the most useful lessons youíll ever have. Choose another three dives to make up your course. To name a few, these may include a:
Cost: $60/dive; with all 5 dives, $300 USD.
Whether your just received your junior open water or have logged quite a few dives, PADI's Adventures in Diving program gives you the confidence, skills and experience to take your diving to new levels of excitement!
Chances are, you won't ever need to use the range of skills presented in this course. However, should the need arise to provide emergency medical attention, you'll have the knowledge to respond quickly with confidence. The Medic First Aid program can show you how to respond if someone needs help. You'll learn about emergency first aid and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).
Learn how to check for breathing and pulse and how to resuscitate an unconscious person, aid a choking victim, how to deal with allergic reactions, asthma, heart attacks, heat stroke, and other emergency response procedures.
Note: Emergency First Response is a prerequisite for the Rescue Diver course.
Cost $75 USD
Perhaps the most important course of all. Some of the things youíll learn will be how to assist and rescue divers from the surface and under the water.
How to find a missing diver.
How to bring an unconscious diver to the surface and give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while towing the diver back to shore.
How to get an unconscious diver out of the water.
There are 12 exercises in all, and by the end, you will probably be exhausted, but you will be a better diver for it.
Even if you donít want to become a dive professional this course is a must, for your own safety and your buddy's.
Cost $300 (2-day completion); $100/day for each additional day.
First step to becoming a professional. Academically intensive course, designed to extend your diving theory knowledge and dive skills to an Instructor level with hands on experience with real students.
Involves assisting an instructor on courses, and teaching pool classes on your own. Learn to anticipate beforehand any problems the students may have. Make dive briefings, lead dives, and learn how to evaluate water conditions before a dive.
This course is the minimum requirement for enrollment in the Assistant Instructor and Instructor courses.
A certain amount of physical fitness is required. So, come prepared. Cost: $500
This is the highest non-professional rating offered by PADI.
If you are already a PADI Rescue diver or have an equivalent rating with another agency and donít want to become a dive professional, then this course is the one for you.
Choose five complete Speciality courses. These could include: Wreck, Photography, Search and Recovery, Night, Boat and many more.
After completing this course, no one will doubt your experience and ability. Cost: $500 USD
Deep Diver: (4 dives. Minimum age 15 yrs. Prerequisite, Advanced Open Water.)
In this course, youíll dive to 130ft/40mts. With so many shipwrecks lying in these depths it makes sense to learn the dangers and safety practices of deep diving.
Learn more about nitrogen narcosis and air management. Practice using a reel and delayed surface marker buoy, two very important pieces of equipment when youíre diving deep.
Learn how to set up and use a spare air tank for emergency decompression purposes.
Wreck Diver: (4 dives. Minimum age 15 yrs.)
If you have lots of shipwrecks in your area, then this is the course for you. Shipwrecks can be very dangerous places without the proper training. Learn about the specific hazards of diving in an overhead environment and how to lay a line to find youíre way back.
Actually penetrate a wreck under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. The San Luciano," in Santiago Bay, is a 300-foot-long cargo steamship that sunk in the hurricane of '59. It is 83 years old, and holds a bounty of fish and coral animals.
Navigation Diver: (3 Dives. Minimum age 12 yrs.)
A course for everyone. How many times have you been lost under the water and blamed your compass? Hands-on practice at compass and natural navigation. Certainly one of the most useful courses youíll do.
Night Diver: (3 Dives. Minimum age 12 yrs.)
So, you thought that when the sun goes down the little fishes go to bed. Well, youíre wrong!
After dark is when the sea comes alive. Everything comes out to eat, or be eaten (for the unlucky ones). See Octopus, Lobster, Morays and much more. Experience the magnificent bioluminescents. (Like Tinkerbelle, these tiny organisms glow in the dark.) For even more fun, explore a shipwreck after dark.
The scrolled filefish (left) is one of the species that sleeps, allowing you to get very close. Other fish who can't stay awake to greet divers include trigger fish, giant parrotfish, and various species of puffers.
E-mail us for a complete list of PADI Specialty Courses. Cost: $60/dive.