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Scuba Diving Courses

For those who long to explore the undersea universe of exotic flora and fauna, but who are not yet certified, Sandals offers several dive courses tailored to your level of experience and interest. In just a few short sessions, overseen and authorized by some of the world's leading dive associations, you'll soon be ready to venture out on a thrilling, underwater journey of discovery.

Experience Scuba at Sandals Resorts

If you've always wanted to experience Scuba but never had the time it takes to get certified, Sandals can qualify you to dive at the resort in just a few hours. With our exclusive PADI® Discover Scuba Diver program (only $90 USD) you will be able to dive, in most cases, the same day as your program, and be able to dive throughout your stay at our Sandals Resort.

Mandatory Medical Questionaire

Plan on taking our Sandals Resort Program?

You need to download and fill out this mandatory medical questionnaire, which will assess if you meet the minimum physical requirements to safely participate in this sport. Bring the filled questionnaire to Sandals with you and visit us at the watersports office to reserve your spot on the next class.

The medical questionnaire must be completely filled, and if necessary signed off by a physician, prior to arrival at the resort.

You'll also need to fill out the certified diver liability release form prior to starting the resort program.

Download (PDF) and Fill:

Medical Questionaire Liability Release Form

Online Certification

Sandals PADI Online Course

After enrolling, PADI's eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.

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*In-water portion is an additional cost to the online course fee and is sold seperately at the Sandals Resorts' dive shop.

Open Water Diver Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course

Is the most popular scuba certification course. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development and motor procedures. The online course provides the knowledge development portion. You develop the remaining skills by diving with a PADI Instructor at the Sandals Resort of of your choice.

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Advanced Open Water Diver Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course

Will include knowledge development for the two required topics - the Deep and Underwater Navigation Dives – along with five of the most popular elective dives. These include Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck Diver, Boat Diver and Underwater Naturalist.

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Courses

PADI®, or the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, has been teaching people to dive for over 40 years. With 135,000 Professionals throughout the world, PADI® training offers simply the best way to master the art of scuba diving. So, take advantage of all the PADI® courses offered at Sandals and you'll soon be exploring the wonders of the Caribbean underwater universe.

Purchase a PADIPADI® eLearning course for open water and advanced scuba diving and complete the classroom portion at your own pace - anytime, anywhere. Then come down to Sandals to complete the in-water portion of your certification*!

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*In-water portion is an additional cost to the online course fee and is sold seperately at the Sandals Resorts' dive shop.

Open Water Diver

This course is the world's most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

Advanced Open Water Diver

This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water.

This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI instructor. This course builds on what you've learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving. You'll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

  • Underwater navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice

One reason you'll love the Advanced Open Water Diver course is that you and your instructor choose from 15 types of Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can try your hand at digital underwater photography, wreck diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

Adventure Diver

Have you always wanted to try underwater photography? How about wreck diving? Here's your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever. Here are the Adventure Dives available to choose from:

  • Altitude Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Underwater Videography
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Photography
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • AWARE-Fish Identification
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Search and Recovery Diver

Rescue Diver

"Challenging" and "rewarding" best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you've already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. You'll learn:

  • Self rescue
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Recognizing and managing stress
    in other divers

Altitude Diver

Any time you're diving at 300 to 3000 meters/1000 to 10,000 feet above sea level, you're altitude diving. If you want to explore the hidden world of a mountain lake, the PADI Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you. You'll learn the effects of pressure at higher altitudes and how to adjust your dive plan accordingly. Whether you use a recreational dive planner table (RDPTM), an electronic eRDPTM or a dive computer, you'll learn how plan and make a dive at high altitudes. You'll learn:

  • Altitude dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Recreational Dive PlannerTM procedures for diving at altitude
  • Safety stops and emergency decompression procedures at altitude

AWARE Fish ID

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?" The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

You'll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.

Coral Reef Conservation Diver

As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragileness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them. The AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world's coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and:

  • How coral reefs function?
  • Why they are so important?
  • Why many reefs are in serious trouble?
  • What you can do to prevent further decline?

Deep Diver

After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There's something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts dives. You'll learn:

  • Techniques for diving in the deeper range of 18-40 meters/ 60-130 feet
  • Deep scuba diving equipment considerations
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least four deep dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

Digital Underwater Photographer

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. This is why there are actually two PADI underwater photography courses.

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly with today modern digital equipment, whether you use a point-and-shoot snap camera or a sophisticated D-SLR like the pros. The PADI Underwater Photographer course is a more traditional photography course designed for conventional film equipment.

Night Diver

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat and into the underwater night. Although you've seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. You'll learn:

  • Night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
  • How to control your buoyancy at night
  • Entries, exits and underwater navigation at night
  • Nocturnal aquatic life, since many of the plants and animals you'll see are different

Discover Scuba Diver

Have you been wondering what it's like to breathe underwater? A PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is a great way to find out what scuba diving is really like before you take the full scuba certification course.

Your scuba instructor will spend a little time with you to explain the basic principles of scuba diving and give you an overview of your scuba gear, which is supplied by the dive shop. Once you feel comfortable, your instructor will take you in the pool to help you learn basic scuba skills. Then, if you like, you can go with your instructor for a short discovery dive up to 40 feet/ 12 metres. Most Discover Scuba Diving experiences last about an hour or two.

The skills you learn during your Discover Scuba Diving experience may be credited toward the full PADI Open Water Diver certification.

Emergency First Response (EFR)

  • Required Hours: 4-8

Emergency First Response (EFR)

  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Maximum depth: Confined Water

Courses

For three decades the Divers Alert Network, or DAN, has been promoting safe diving practices by providing medical support, advice and educational programs. Take one of these courses and join with the over 260,000 divers worldwide who trust DAN to help keep them safe underwater.

Specialty Courses

The Divers Alert Network

Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat and into the underwater night. Although you've seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night. You'll learn:

Advanced Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries

This advanced-level program is designed to train existing DAN Oxygen Providers to use the MTV-100 or a Bag Valve Mask while providing care for a non-breathing injured diver.

First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

Serious hazardous marine life injuries are rare, but most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures. This course teaches divers to minimize these injuries and reduce diver discomfort and pain.

Automated External Defibrillators for Aquatic Emergencies

When a person drowns, they may or may not inhale water. They normally enter cardiac arrest because of the inability to breathe. This course teaches interested parties to provide care for cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

(NEW) Basic Life Support and First Aid

Basic Life Support, or BLS, includes airway management skills such as the log roll and recovery position, one rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and additional skills like caring for a choking patient, controlling bleeding and caring for a patient in shock. The first aid portion of this program includes key skills such as illness and injury assessments, bandaging and splinting skills and emergency moves.

Basic Life Support for Dive Professionals

The remote nature of dive accidents, whether a few hours from shore or days from civilization, frequently requires more advanced levels of care than are offered by traditional or entry-level CPR programs.

Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2")

The DAN Remote Emergency Medical Oxygen (REMO2") system module supplements the DAN Oxygen First Aid in Scuba Diving Injuries course. Based on medical closed-circuit oxygen rebreather technology, the REMO2" device provides injured divers with high concentrations of emergency oxygen for extended periods. This training course instructs the Oxygen Provider in the use of DAN's new REMO2" system.

On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers

Learn how to conduct a neurological assessment on a potentially injured diver in this course. The information gained in this assessment can help convince a diver of the need for oxygen first aid, and help a dive physician determine the proper treatment.

(NEW) Diving First Aid for Professional Divers

This program is intended for divers who are required to have first aid, CPR and oxygen first aid training prior to diving as part of their job responsibilities. It combines the key skills of CPR and first aid training with the DAN Oxygen First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries, AEDs for Scuba Diving and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries courses.

(NEW) Diving Medicine for Divers

When you want to know more than just basic first aid techniques, this program is for you. This modular program includes sections on fitness to dive, safety planning and basic physical examinations.

(NEW) Diving Medicine for Divers Level II

When you want to know more than just basic first aid techniques, this program is for you. This modular program includes sections on fitness to dive, safety planning and basic physical examinations.

Diving Emergency Management Provider Program

Learn the knowledge and skills from several courses into one single approach to dive emergency management.

(NEW) Diving Emergency Specialist (DES)

Learn about DANs new recognition program for divers who are interested in dive safety.

(NEW) Diving Medical Technician

Take the next step in diving education. Become a DMT and learn about providing care for divers involved in dive accidents.

Instructor Qualification Course

To become a DAN Instructor you must complete the Instructor Qualification Course (IQC). Instructor Candidates will complete a Core Module that offers more information about DAN and explains how to teach DAN programs. Candidates will then complete the course module for each DAN Training Program they are interested in teaching.

Instructor Trainer Workshop

This program teaches scuba diving Instructor Trainers to teach the DAN Instructor Qualification Course and train DAN Instructors. Only DAN Staff Members can offer this program.