PADI Courses

Refresh your skills

US $25 

As a dive shop policy a Refresher course will be required for any diver who has not dived for 12 months or longer.

Proof of your last dive will be required when diving with us.

A refresher course includes theory and a pool session covering the basic scuba diving skills.

It is also a good opportunity to have your equipment sorted out for the next diving day.

Kiwengwa and Matemwe

Refreshers are done at 2:30 p.m. every day and all together should take around an hour and a half.

Refreshers have to be done the day before as we use the pool. The dives sites around Mnemba Atoll do not offer safe shallow waters to do an ocean refresher.

Stone Town

Refreshers are done at 2:30 p.m. every day and all together should take around an hour and a half.

 

As the Stone Town dive sites offer protected areas, ocean refresher courses just before your dive are possible (conditions permitting) if you don’t have time for the refresher course the afternoon before.

ReActivate

US $90

Haven’t been diving in the last few years and need a comprehensive refresher?

The ReActivate™ programme is the perfect way to update your scuba diving skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water.

ReActivate e-learning: You conveniently review scuba diving concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go scuba diving with a PADI Professional.

After you’ve done the theory online, you’ll have a pool session at one of our dive centres where you'll practise a few safety-related skills and then go over anything you specifically want to review.

The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it.

Get Started

BEFORE YOU START

For all the courses you need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.

 

You’ll be required to fill out a medical questionnaire before you can start a course with us. If you read through it and are able to answer all the questions with NO, then there is no need to go and see a doctor. If there is a question that you would answer with YES, then you have to get a medical clearance from a doctor before you can start the course.

 

When planning your trip please take in account the PADI diving and flying guidelines:.

For multiple dives (2 or more) you must not fly less than 18 hours after your last dive. As our diving usually finishes at 1:00 p.m., this would mean you should not fly before 7:00 a.m. the next day. For more safety we highly recommend 24 hours.

BUBBLEMAKER (8 YRS+)

US $55 

Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for children 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 in the pool .

A child must be 8 years or older. Children must be comfortable in the water, but no prior experience is necessary. Parental approval is required as well as their presence at all times during the experience.

Discover SCUBA Diving Non Certification Course (10 yrs +)

US $150 

If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, the Discover Scuba Diving is perfect for you.

The course includes a short lecture covering the basics of safe scuba diving and a pool session followed by one scuba dive under the direct supervision of one of our instructors to a maximum depth of 12 metres.

Kiwengwa and Matemwe - 2 half days

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Theory and a pool session (2 hours)

Day 2

Morning: One scuba dive at Mnemba Atoll. Afterwards, there is the option to do a snorkelling session (no extra charge) or a second scuba dive (US$ 50) before returning to the dive centre.

Stone Town - 2 half days

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Theory and a pool session (2 hours)

Day 2

Morning: One scuba dive around Stone Town. Afterwards, there is the option to do a snorkelling session (no extra charge) or a second scuba dive (US$ 50) before returning to the dive centre.

Stone Town - 1 day

Day 1

8:30 a.m.: Theory and skills practice in confined waters in the ocean directly followed by a scuba dive. Afterwards, there is the option to do a snorkeling session (no extra charge) or a second scuba dive (US$ 50) before returning to the dive centre.

Please note: The Discover Scuba Diving programme in Kiwengwa or Matemwe can’t be completed in one day.

SCUBA Diver 2 Day Course (10 YRS+)

US $350 

This is a limited certification. PADI Scuba Divers are able to dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster or Instructor. The PADI Scuba Diver Course is the first part of the PADI Open Water Diver Course. When you do a Scuba Diver course you’ll only go through the first three of five chapters for the theory, you’ll do the first three of five confined water dives (pool training) and complete two of four Open Water Training Dives.

Day 1

Morning: Theory (independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving

Afternoon: Pool training to learn basic scuba skills

Day 2

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Open Water Training Dives to use your skills and explore!

Price includes manual, log book & certification

 

To upgrade to the PADI Open Water Diver certification it only takes a further 2 days.

This can be completed at any PADI dive centre worldwide.

Become a Diver

Open Water Diver (10 YRS+)

Full CertificationPADI Open Water Divers are certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres independent of a dive leader.

The course consists of 5 theory modules, 5 confined water modules and 4 scuba dives.

The confined water modules are done in one pool session which normally can be completed in one morning.

The first 2 Open Water dives are limited to a maximum depth of 12 metres, while the last 2 dives are to a maximum of 18 metres.

 

We offer different options, depending on how much time you have here in Zanzibar:

Full course: Theory, pool training and the Open Water Training Dives will be completed here with us

 

E-learning: Theory is completed at home, pool training and the Open Water Training Dives will be completed here with us

 

Referral: Theory and pool training are completed at home, the Open Water Training Dives will be completed here with us

 

Scuba Diver Upgrade: You are a certified PADI Scuba Diver and would like to complete the Open Water Diver Course

Full Open Water Diver course 4 days

US $500

You would do the theory here with us, which means you would watch videos, do knowledge reviews, quizzes and exams. This will take one full day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., depending on the students (allowing 1 hour for a lunch break).

Now we also offer tablets (when available and only in English, German and French) so you can do self-study and you won’t have to spend all day in our classroom.

You don’t have to be online to go through the theory so you can really learn anytime, anywhere.

The schedule is usually as follows:

Day 1

Morning: Pool training to learn basic scuba skills (depending on group sizes training might continue in the afternoon)

Day 2

Full day: Theory (independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with the first 2 Open Water Training Dives

Day 4

Morning: Boat trip with the last 2 Open Water Training Dives

Price includes manual, log book & certification

E-Learning - Open Water Course 3 days

US $370

If you don’t fancy spending your holidays studying, you can sign up for the PADI e-learning programme at home. You will then do the pool session and the 4 Open Water Training Dives here with us in Zanzibar in 3 days.

There are two e-learning options – online and offline:

The online version is done through an interactive computer-based programme with internet access.

The offline version, called Touch can be downloaded onto a tablet device. After you download the Touch, you don’t need to be online to use it so you can truly learn anytime, anywhere.

The payment for the e-learning is made directly to PADI and is not included in our course price. The payment to PADI includes an e-manual and the certification.

You will need to be affiliated to our dive centre when you register, The Zanzibar Dive Centre, One Ocean, store number 7839.

After the successful completion of the e-learning, you will receive your eRecord which you will have to bring when you start the course. With that, the pool training and open water training can be done with the following schedule:

Day 1

Morning: Pool training to learn basic scuba skills (depending on group sizes training might continue in the afternoon)

Day 2

Morning: Boat trip with the first 2 Open Water Training Dives

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with the last 2 Open Water Training Dives

Price includes log book

Open Water Diver Referral Course 2.5 days

US $355

For this option, you would have to find a dive centre back home where you can complete the theory and the pool training, then you’ll come here to do only the 4 Open Water dives needed to complete your certification.

For this course you’ll need to bring your referral form (this document is valid for 12 months from the date of the last training segment).

You need to come the day before the dives to the dive centre for a Quick Review of the theory and what PADI calls a diver assessmentthis is a pool session where we’ll have you doing the basic scuba diving skills before we take you out for your Open Water Training Dives.

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Theory refresher and diver assessment in the pool

Day 2

Morning: Boat trip with the first 2 Open Water Training Dives

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with the last 2 Open Water Training Dives

Price includes log book and certification

UPGRADE from Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver 2 days 

US $250

To upgrade to Open Water Diver, you’ll have to finish chapters 4 and 5 of the theory including the final exam, Confined Water Dives 4 and 5 and complete your Open Water Training Dives 3 and 4. Afterwards you will receive your Open Water Diver certification that allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres independent of a dive leader.

Day 1 

Morning: Theory (independent study or in a classroom)

Afternoon: Pool training

Day 2 

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Open Water Training Dives

Price includes certification

Already a Diver?

Advanced Open Water Diver (12 YRS+)

You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course consists of 5 Adventure Dives, there are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of 5 dives.

During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

After this course you’ll be certified to dive to 30 metres.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

Boat Adventure Dive

Drift Adventure Dive

Fish Identification Adventure Dive

Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive

Search and Recovery Adventure Dive

Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive

Digital Underwater Imaging Adventure Dive (only with your own camera)

Night Adventure Dive (only available in Stone Town)

Wreck Adventure Dive (only available in Stone Town)

You'll have to do a pool session in the afternoon of the day before your diving day starts, this is what PADI calls a diver assessment and it is a course requirement. It is a small pool session where you’ll refresh the basic scuba skills, as it is important for us to see you in the water before we take you deep diving for instance.

The theory part of the course is independent self-study. You can do this here in Zanzibar or already from home with the Advanced Open Water e-learning. The payment for the e-learning is made directly to PADI and is not included in our course price. The payment to PADI includes an e-manual and the certification.

You will need to be affiliated to our dive centre when you register, The Zanzibar Dive Centre, One Ocean, store number 7839.

After the successful completion of the e-learning, you will receive your eRecord which you will have to bring when you start the course.

Split your course between Stone Town and Mnemba Atoll! You can start your course in Stone Town and complete the diving in our branches in Kiwengwa or Matemwe. Contact us for more details.

Advanced Open Water Course 2.5 days

Full course US $470    e-learning US $360

If you only have limited time, it is possible to do the first 3 Adventure Dives on the first diving day and 2 last Adventure Dives on the second diving day.

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Paperwork and diver assessment

Day 2

Kiwengwa and Matemwe:

Morning: Boat trip with 3 Adventure Dives*

Stone Town:

Morning: Boat Trip with 2 Adventure Dives

5:00 p.m.: Night Adventure Dive

*2 of the dives will be with a maximum time of 25-30 minutes dive time

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Adventure Dives

Advanced Open Water Course 3.5 days

Full course US $520     e-learning US $410

If you have more time to spend, you can choose to complete the course with 3 days out on the boat. You would do 2 Adventure Dives on the first two diving days and one last Adventure Dive on your last diving day. As we are always going out for 2 dives a day, you can add one extra dive without any skill requirements so you can practise what you have learnt during the course.

Day 1

2:30 p.m.: Paperwork and diver assessment

Day 2

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Adventure Dives

Day 3

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Adventure Dives

Day 4

Morning: Boat trip with 1 Adventure Dive followed by 1 fun dive

Emergency First Responder (EFR) 1 day

US $185

Emergency First Responder training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practise applying skills in a non-stressful learning environment.

All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver Course and all professional-level ratings.

Day 1

Full day: Emergency First Responder theory and skills practice

Rescue Diver / EFR 4 days (12 YRS +)

US $550

Do you want to be part of the most challenging, yet most rewarding course you’ve ever taken? The PADI Rescue Diver Course teaches you how to prevent and manage problems in the water and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

Learn to become a better buddy by practising problem solving skills until they become second nature. The course is fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

Before you sign up for the Rescue course, you need to have a First aid certification. If you don’t have it, you will need to take the Emergency First Responder (EFR) Course before starting the PADI Rescue Diver Course.

The Emergency First Responder (EFR) course takes a half day and it’s a dry course.

Day 1

Full day: Emergency First Responder theory and skills practice

Day 2

Full day: Rescue Diver course theory

Day 3

Full day: Rescue Diver course pool session

Day 4

Morning: 2 Training Dives to practise what you’ve learnt

E-Learning Rescue Diver 3 days (12 YRS +)

US $420

You can also do the e-learning programme from PADI and do the Rescue course in 3 days. This means you will do all the theory at home.

You will then do the EFR (if required), pool session and 2 Training Dives here in Zanzibar.

Register for Rescue Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option: the online version is done through an interactive computer-based programme with internet access.

The payment for the e-learning is made directly to PADI and is not included in our course price. The payment to PADI includes an e-manual and the certification.

You will need to be affiliated to our dive centre when you register, The Zanzibar Dive Centre, One Ocean, store number 7839.

After the successful completion of the e-learning, you will receive your eRecord which you will have to bring when you start the course. With that, the EFR, pool training and open water training can be done in three days:

Day 1

Full day: Emergency First Responder theory and skills practice

Day 2

Full day: Rescue Diver course pool session

Day 3

Morning: 2 Training Dives to practise what you’ve learnt 

Divemaster (18 YRS+)

Price On Request

Take the PADI Divemaster Course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to Divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

Whether you want to work at a faraway scuba dive destination like beautiful Zanzibar or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organisation in the world – PADI.

Sign up for Divemaster Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You can work through eight knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace. You also have access to an online version of the Divemaster Manual for reference during and after the course.

PADI Specialties

Deep Diver 2 days (15 YRS+)

US $350

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course.

Day 1

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Deep Training Dives

Day 2

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Deep Training Dives

Independent self-study during the course

Digital Underwater Photographer  1 day (10 YRS+)

US $250

Only possible with own camera

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course teaches you how to get the best results in your underwater images.

Day 1

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Training Dives

Independent self-study during the course

Peak Performance Buoyancy 1 day (10 YRS+)

US $250

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater: They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

Day 1

Morning: Boat trip with 2 Training Dives

Independent self-study during the course

More specialties on request