PADI Open Water Course

The PADI Open Water course: discover more of your world

The PADI Open Water course is the world’s most popular dive certification.

Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and discovered the wonders of the aquatic world through the PADI Open Water course.

Hundreds and hundreds of thousands have gone on to dive the world, learn more, do more and discover more.

Hundreds of thousands have gone on to become PADI Dive professionals.

And many thousands have gone on to own their own PADI dive center.

So be warned: this dive course could seriously change your future vacations – and your life!

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Can I do this?

  • are at least 10 years old
  • have adequate swimming skills
  • and are in good physical health

…then yes, you can enroll in your PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course if you’re less than 15 years old).

No previous scuba diving experience is required, and if you already did your Discover Scuba Dive with The Dive Bus or if you’re already a PADI Scuba Diver, you’ve already started…

What will I do?

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three parts:

  1. Knowledge Development
    Learning and understanding the basic principles of scuba diving. We’ll provide you with the eLearning to complete before you arrive in Curacao.
  2. Confined Water Dives
    You’ll learn your scuba skills in the protected shallow area of the bay, before heading out to the reef for your Open Water dives.
  3. Open Water Dives
    Whilst enjoying the stunning underwater world of Curacao on the beautiful Dive Bus reef, you’ll practice your new-found scuba skills again.

What will I be certified to do?

You’ll receive your e-card certification as soon as your Dive Bus instructor has signed to say you’ve finished the course to prove that you’re a certified PADI Open Water diver.

And as PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll be ready to enjoy some of the other beautiful dive sites on Curacao with The Dive Bus, and qualified to:

  • Plan and make scuba dives down to a maximum of 60ft / 18m with a certified buddy.
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment.
  • Take the next step whenever you’re ready to continue your dive adventures, such as diving deeper or diving at night, on your PADI Advanced Open Water.

What are my medical requirements?

Download and check out the Medical Statement to ensure you have no contra-indications for scuba diving and that you’re in reasonable physical health.

Everything clear on your Medical Statement? Do it: book your PADI Open Water diver course with The Dive Bus now! We only take up to 4 people per instructor, so classes fill up quickly…

How long does it take and when can I start

Take your pick from these options and start becoming a PADI Open Water Diver today:


We’ll provide you with your own PADI Open Water eLearning so that you can complete the theory portion of the course at home, at your own pace before you come to Curacao. PADI eLearning is a fun, easy to use, interactive learning system. Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device.

With the theory under your belt, you’re ready to complete the rest of the course with us in just 2 days (leaving more time for additional fun dives once you’re a certified diver)!

Complete your learning AND your confined dive sessions with your local PADI dive shop back home, and take your 4 Open Water training dives with us here on a beautiful reef in sunny Curacao, over 2 x half days.


No worries. If you’d prefer to check out diving before you commit to taking your PADI Open Water course, start with the PADI Discover Scuba Dive and see how you get along. Like it? Great – the Discover Scuba Diving experience is the first part of your Open Water course, so just keep going!

What if I love it and want to dive more?

Once you’re a certified diver, you’ve got tons of fun adventures to check out:


Jump on board the Dive Bus and dive the best of the rest of underwater Curacao with us.

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Prefer to improve your scuba skills a bit more? Become a certified PADI Advanced Open Diver in two additional fun-filled days.

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Would you LOVE to know what you’re looking at underwater – in just 2 dives (half a day)? Check out the PADI Naturalist Specialty course.

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