A PADI Open Water Student doing her first open water dive

Courses for beginners

Taking your first breath underwater is an incredibly exciting experience. Our PADI 5-Star Resort at Thalassa Manado is the ideal controlled environment to take the first steps to becoming a scuba diver.

In addition, the Bunaken National Marine Park is one of nature’s greatest gifts to anyone learning how to dive. Just imagine the amount of turtles, corals and schools of fish you can see. New diving students who might be a bit apprehensive at first, keep telling us that all their worries melt away as soon as they make their first Open Water Dive at Bunaken!

And if you are not ready to commit yet to a full diving course, try Discover Scuba Diving first to see if you really like it. We promise it will be an experience you won’t forget.

PADI Course overview

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. 

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba teaches you some fundamental skills in the swimming pool.

This is a continuation of Discover Scuba, but this time you will make a real open water dive together with your instructor. You maximum depth will be 12 meters and you will be amazed at the beautiful underwater life of Bunaken’s reefs.

If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you — particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. 

Signing up for a course

When you make your booking (either directly with us or via your travel agent), indicate the course you would like to take. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your PADI diving course.

Other diving courses

For intermediates

Haven't dived in a while? Our Re-Activate course will get you up to speed in no time. In addition, doing an Advanced Open Water course is a great way to improve on your existing skill-set.

For professionals

Looking for a DM or IDC Course to jumpstart your career in diving? Our internships are a great way to learn on the job, with accommodation offerings as well.

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