A little red crab once told you that everything is better “under the sea.” Turns out, he wasn’t lying! For those with a love of the sea or an adventurous spirit, learning to scuba dive is an unforgettable experience. Scuba diving on Bonaire will take you beyond human limitations, transport you to a new universe, and provide you with the epitome of adventure travel. Our underwater world is a slow-motion wonderland that welcomes you. Isn’t it about time you dive in and get your scuba diving certification, so you can see for yourself?
The first certification you will need is your Open Water Diver, but you can continue your education to get your Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, or even Dive Master certification. Beyond the Corals is a PADI 5* Dive Center on Bonaire. This means we provide a full range of PADI scuba diving education programs, equipment selection, and experience opportunities, while encouraging aquatic environmental responsibility.
PADI Open Water Certification on Bonaire
Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The PADI Open Water Diver Course is made up of four main areas:
PADI’s Open Water Diver manual is designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. Broken down into 5 chapters that cover all of the theory you’ll need to know, each chapter has a knowledge review to prepare you for your final exam.
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. At the end of your course, you will be able to assemble and disassemble your scuba equipment properly and learn the importance of familiarizing yourself with the type of equipment you’ll be using.
- Pool Training
Once fitted and familiarized with your equipment, your instructor will assist you into the pool where you’ll get hands-on training and practicing skills such as equalizing, clearing your mask, sharing air and much more.
- Open Water Training
After you’ve become comfortable in the pool and performing your dive skills, get ready to experience everything you’ve learned with the freedom of open water. Experience the reefs of Bonaire while you learn to scuba dive over four open water dives.
How long does the certification process take?
At Beyond the Corals, a PADI Open Water course takes up 3 to 5 days of your time. If you choose to do the online course and learn diving knowledge at home, that will quicken the process. Here’s what a typical certification schedule looks like:
- Day One: Coursework, quizzes, and instructional videos, practice in the pool in the afternoon.
- Day Two: Certification testing in the morning, open water dive in the afternoon.
- Day Three: Open water dive in the morning, open water dive in the afternoon.
- Day Four: Open water dive in the morning. Then take and pass the final exam!
Things to consider when getting your PADI Certification on Bonaire
In particular, find out how many people will be in your class and how long the course will take. At Beyond the Corals, we only teach in small groups with a maximum of 4 people. This way, we can guarantee a lot of personal attention, a more efficient learning process, and a high-quality dive experience.