The PADI Open Water Diver Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course is a beginner level scuba diving course for novice divers. The program runs over 4 days, and it teaches you the necessary knowledge needed to go scuba diving independently.


This course is a combination of theory, pool practice and best of all – open water diving!

Is this the PADI Open Water course for me?

This program suits anyone with a keen interest to learn about scuba diving, as long as you have reasonably good swimming abilities, and you are in good health, you can sign up for the course.


Upon completion of this course you will obtain an internationally recognized PADI Open Water Diver card, which entitles you to dive independently (with a buddy) to depths of up to 18 meters.

Who will be my Diving Instructor?

Choosing the right person to teach your first scuba course is the key to enjoying scuba diving as a life-long hobby.


At Benthos Dive Resort, you’ll receive top notch training from one of  Bali’s best dive instructors – Pablo Oliva. All theory, pool and ocean dives will under their direct supervision.


We are eager to share this amazing experience with you, and show you the wonders of Candidasa and Bali diving.


Our instructor to diver ratio is 1 to 4, with Benthos Dive Resort, so you can be sure that the service and instruction you receive is personalized and friendly.  The theory is taught in a comfortable air-conditioned classroom, and pool sessions are conducted at our on-site purpose built pool.


All open water dives are conducted at Candidasa’s top dive site Amuk Bay, which is just minutes away from our resort, and boasts vibrantly colored reefs teeming with marine life. Your instructor will guide you on all four ocean dives, at a beautiful shallow lagoon with a wide array of marine species, and perhaps even a World War II shipwreck!

This Course consists of:

  • 5 knowledge reviews
  • 5 sets of pool skills (this is where you will learn the basic skills – average time spent will be approximately 6 to 8 hours)
  • 4 open water dives (two days)
  • A fitness test (you should be able to swim 200 meters and thread water for 10 minutes)


  • Minimum age: 10 years (10-14 years PADI Junior Open Water Diver).
  • Reasonably fit and in good health.

What is next you ask?

  • The PADI Advance Open Water Diver course