Dive Training with PADI

New experiences, new skills…lots of diving…thrilling adventures for everyone!

There are many ways to enjoy scuba diving while visiting Manzanillo, without having to commit your total vacation time to the sport. With PADI-designed courses taught by qualified instructors, you can have fun and learn at the same time. You can assimilate knowledge more quickly, while moving from one step immediately to the next, with smaller classes, individual attention, and a patient, experienced instructor.

Here are a few of the ways you can have fun and learn new skills:

There are many ways to enjoy scuba diving while visiting Manzanillo, without having to commit your total vacation time to the sport. With PADI-designed courses taught by qualified instructors, you can have fun and learn at the same time. You can assimilate knowledge more quickly, while moving from one step immediately to the next, with smaller classes, individual attention, and a patient, experienced instructor.
Here are a few of the ways you can have fun and learn new skills:

BUBBLEMAKER:  (Duration half day. Minimum age 8 yrs.)

If your kids are water babies why not give them a real treat? Let them experience the thrill of breathing underwater. Let them take the plunge to experience another world–the underwater world.

We begin with a lesson in the swimming pool (we’ll even come to your private residence) with scuba gear under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. At the end of the session, they’ll get a chance to hunt for buried treasure. Start them out on the right fin! Make diving a family experience, and show them a special vacation adventure they’ll never forget. $25 USD/child, minimum 2 children

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING: (Duration: half-day. Minimum age: 10)

If you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving, or you’re not sure whether to commit to a full diving course, this half-day class and dive will teach you the basics of scuba diving. First, a lesson at poolside to explain how everything works and an important short class on safety procedures.

Next, a lesson in the pool. You will put into practice clearing water from your mask and how to control your buoyancy. As soon as you feel confident, we are off to the sea for an open water dive.  The amount of fish in Manzanillo’s warm waters is amazing! You’ll be so excited at the variety of animal life you’ll forget you’re breathing underwater. $85 USD/1 person; 2 or more $75/person.

SCUBA DIVER: ( Duration: 2 days)

Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming vacation, but don’t have the time to put into a regular diver course? Now there’s a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and experience an intense adventure in a short amount of time. The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.

As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver Program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of aPADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip. This program is a wonderful opportunity to explore the underwater world with the comfort and safety of having an experienced guide with you at all times. The knowledge and skills you learn in this program are just the beginning of an exciting array of courses and programs that await. With a PADI Scuba Diver certification card, you will be able to obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services for diving under supervision. After completing the program, you’ll want to continue your dive education and the PADI Open Water Diver Certification to explore more dive opportunities.

This course consists of the first three classroom and pool lessons of the Open Water course, followed by 2 Open Water dives. At a later date, all you have to do to upgrade is the remaining pool and classroom lessons and two more Open Water dives.

On completion you will receive a certification card, but you will be restricted to diving with a Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor.

Note: A junior scuba diver may only dive when accompanied by a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or Instructor. $250 USD/person

OPEN WATER DIVER: (Duration 3-4 days. Minimum age 15 years)

What You Learn

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

  • Knowledge Development (classroom study with DVD to understand basic principles of scuba diving)
  • 5 Confined Water Dives (in pool) to learn basic scuba skills
  • 4 Open Water Dives (ocean) to review your skills and explore!

You may try diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience first (cost $75), and the skills you learn will be credited toward the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification. Underworld Scuba – Scuba Shack will also credit $50 of the $75 you’ve paid toward the full PADI Open Water Certification.


To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must:

  • Be 10 years or older
  • Be in good physical condition (on the PADI OWC application, you must be able to answer “NO” to all health-related questions).

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe under water for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver.

During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

The course takes about 3 days; days do not have to be consecutive. If you have time left in Manzanillo, use it to make some more dives, and with 9 total under your belt, you can start on PADI’s continuing education program by doing your Advanced Open Water or any of 10 specialty dives offered by Underworld Scuba – Scuba Shack.

The Scuba Gear You Use

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a regulator, Bouyancy Compensator Device, wet suit, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear is new, high quality Sherwood, and other well known scuba gear manufacturers.

When you get certified through Underworld Scuba – Scuba Shack PADI Dive Center, you’ll have an opportunity to try out many different masks and snorkels, and other equipment, while saving up to 50-80% off of standard U.S. prices. In our relaxed, no-pressure resort atmosphere, you’ll be able to hone your scuba diving skills, and learn about terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a DVD video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool to practice these skills with your instructor, followed immediately by your ocean dives. The total cost for 1 person is $350 U.S. For two or more, cost is $300 U.S./person. Price includes all equipment needed to complete the course, transportation, classroom sessions as needed, 5 pool sessions, open water manual,  DVD, exam, and 4 ocean dives. You only need to bring your sunscreen and bathing suit, and we take care of the rest!

An entry-level diver course. After completion of this course, you will be able to dive anywhere in the world by showing either your PADI certification card. Includes:

  • 4-5 Classroom lessons, followed by a final exam.
  • 4-5 Confined water/pool lessons
  • 4 Open water (ocean) dives.
  • Quality Sherwood BCDs and regulators furnished, along with any and all other equipment needed to complete the course.
  • Even studying is fun in the open air under a shady palapa. Use of reading materials and PADI Open Water DVDs can be done at your vacation hotel or villa with our DVD player if you don’t have one where you are staying.
JUNIOR OPEN WATER DIVER:  (Minimum age. 10 yrs.)
(Same course as above, but with depth limit to 40 ft/12 mts.)
  • When student reaches 15 yrs of age, certification upgraded to Open Water Diver at no extra charge, other than paying for a new card.
  • On completion, may only dive with another certified diver.

The total cost for 1 person is $350 U.S. For two or more, cost is $300 U.S./person.

REFERRALS: (Duration 2 days with referral form)

If you don’t want to run into a time-crunch on your vacation, you may begin your scuba training where you live, and complete it in Manzanillo. Following classroom and pool training in your country, your instructor can give you a referral form so that you can complete your certification here. We honor referral forms from all certifying agencies, such as NAUI, SSI, NASDS, CMAS, YMCA, ACUC, and others. Cost for the 4 referral dives is $250 USD.

ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER:  (Minimum age 15 yrs. Duration 2 days)

What You Learn

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences.  They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the PADI Open Water Diver course.  The Advanced Open Water Diver 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.

This time, no heavy duty classroom work–just a few quizzes in the back of your dive manual and 5 Open Wateradventure dives. These must include:

  • Deep Dive: Under the supervision of a qualified PADI Instructor, experience a dive up to 100ft/30 mts. Marvel at the different fish you’ll see at this depth.  Learn better buoyancy control. Feel the possible effects of Nitrogen Narcosis, (but don’t worry, your instructor is there to take care of you).
  • Navigation Dive: Never get lost under water again. Learn how to locate any object, such as a sunken ship, with the aid of a compass heading. When you know how to use your compass, you’ll gain confidence underwater. This is one of the most useful lessons you’ll ever have.

The Fun Part

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, Fish I.D., Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, boat diving, multi-level diving, night diving, diving with underwater scooters, peak performance buoyancy and much more.

  • Get credit! Each Adventure Dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver course.


To take this course, you must be:

  • A PADI Open Water Diver  (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • 15 years old (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What You Learn

The knowledge and skills you get in the Advanced Open Water Course vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include:

  • Practical aspects of deep diving
  • Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving.
  • More ways to use your underwater compass
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time

The Scuba Gear You Use. Included with this course is all the basic scuba equipment, including your underwater compass. Depending on which three adventure dives you pick, you may also try out digital underwater photography equipment, DPVs (underwater scooters), a dive light, or other specialty gear. Cost is $60 USD/dive. Up to 3 dives can be done per day, depending on the dives. Days do not have to be consecutive, nor do all dives have to be completed by this dive center. Underworld Scuba – Scuba Shack is pleased to work with your vacation schedule. $300 USD/person, or $60/advanced dive.

JUNIOR ADVANCED OPEN WATER: (Minimum age 12 yrs.)
(same course as above but with depth restriction of 70 ft/21 mts.)

Whether your just received your junior open water or have logged quite a few dives, PADI’s Adventures in Diving program gives you the confidence, skills and experience to take your diving to new levels of excitement! $300 USD/person, or $60/advanced dive.

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE: (Duration: One day, 8 hours.)

Chances are, you won’t ever need to use the range of skills presented in this course. However, should the need arise to provide emergency medical attention, you’ll have the knowledge to respond quickly with confidence.

Emergency First Response (EFR) is the fastest-growing international CPR, and First Aid training organization. Dedicated to training the lay rescuer, EFR courses encompasses adult, child and infant CPR skills, provides First Aid training, and feature an outstanding First Aid at Work component. The company’s award-winning programs and state-of-the-art training materials make it a favorite among divers around the world.

Many divers take the Emergency First Response courses to meet program prerequisites, such as PADI Rescue Diver, or as preparation for becoming a PADI Divemaster. However, most have also found the EFR program to be important in every day life. They have taken a significant step in emergency preparedness, and feel confident that they can provide care should an emergency situation arise.

The Emergency First Response program meets requirements for CPR and First Aid in the workplace (OSHA Guideline 29 CFR 1910.151), and incorporates the latest procedures for emergency patient care. Other organizations that recognize EFR as meeting their requirements are United States Coast Guard, The Boy Scouts of America, and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), to name a few.

What do I need to start?

  • No dive certification required
  • No minimum age limit

What will I do?

The course incorporates independent study to prepare you for a classroom and hands-on skill development session with your instructor. You will learn the same patient care techniques used by medical professionals, but at a lay person level.

Learn how to check for breathing and pulse and how to resuscitate an unconscious person, aid a choking victim, how to deal with allergic reactions, asthma, heart attacks, heat stroke, and other emergency response procedures.$75 USD/person, 2 person minimum

RESCUE DIVER: (Duration 2-3 days. Minimum age 12 yrs.)
(Add one day more for Emergency First Response.)

“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.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Rescue Diver Course.

What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • How to find a missing diver
  • How to bring an unconscious diver to the surface and give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while towing the diver back to shore
  • How to get an unconscious diver out of the water

There are 12 exercises in all, and by the end, you will probably be exhausted, but you will be a better diver for it.

Perhaps the most important course of all. Some of the things you’ll learn will be how to assist and rescue divers from the surface and under the water.

Even if you don’t want to become a dive professional this course is a must, for your own safety and your buddy’s.$300 USD if the course is completed in 2 days; an additional $100/day for each day after that.

PADI DIVEMASTER:  (Duration, 2-6 weeks. Minimum age 15 yrs.)
(must have 20 or more logged dives before commencing and 60 by the end of the course.)

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Divemaster course.

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

What You Can Teach

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
    • when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

A certain amount of physical fitness is required. So, come prepared.

Cost: $500 USD if you already hold PADI OW, AOW, EFR, Rescue certifications.

MASTER SCUBA DIVER: (Minimum age 15 yrs.)

Sharpen Your Skills with the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

You have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.

More than a pipe dream?

Absolutely! Do it by becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver – a rating that puts you in a class of distinction – writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.

The Fun Part

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.


This is the highest non-professional rating offered by PADI.

If you are already a PADI Rescue diver or have an equivalent rating with another agency and don’t want to become a dive professional, then this course is the one for you.

Choose five complete Specialty courses. These could include: Wreck, Photography, Search and Recovery, Night, Boat and many more.

After completing this course, no one will doubt your experience and ability.

Cost: $500 USD


Deep Diver: (4 dives. Minimum age 15 yrs. Prerequisite, Advanced Open Water.)

In this course, you’ll dive to 130ft/40mts. With so many shipwrecks lying in these depths it makes sense to learn the dangers and safety practices of deep diving.

Learn more about nitrogen narcosis and air management. Practice using a reel and delayed surface marker buoy, two very important pieces of equipment when you’re diving deep.

Learn how to set up and use a spare air tank for emergency decompression purposes.

Wreck Diver: (4 dives. Minimum age 15 yrs.)

If you have lots of shipwrecks in your area, then this is the course for you. Shipwrecks can be very dangerous places without the proper training. Learn about the specific hazards of diving in an overhead environment and how to lay a line to find you’re way back. 

Actually penetrate a wreck under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. The San Luciano,” in Santiago Bay, is a 300-foot-long cargo steamship that sunk in the hurricane of ’59. It is 83 years old, and holds a bounty of fish and coral animals.

Navigation Diver: (3 Dives. Minimum age 12 yrs.)

A course for everyone. How many times have you been lost under the water and blamed your compass? Hands-on practice at compass and natural navigation. Certainly one of the most useful courses you’ll do.

Night Diver: (3 Dives. Minimum age 12 yrs.)

So, you thought that when the sun goes down the little fishes go to bed. Well, you’re wrong!

After dark is when the sea comes alive. Everything comes out to eat, or be eaten (for the unlucky ones). See Octopus, Lobster, Morays and much more. Experience the magnificent bioluminescents. (Like Tinkerbell, these tiny organisms glow in the dark.) For even more fun, explore a shipwreck after dark.

The scrolled filefish (left) is one of the species that sleeps, allowing you to get very close. Other fish who can’t stay awake to greet divers include trigger fish, giant parrotfish, and various species of puffers.

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.

With Underworld Scuba – Scuba Shack, if you don’t have a camera of your own, use ours! Our Olympus Stylus 1030 SW digital camera takes great photos, as evidenced by all of the photos on this web site!

Visit the PADI Web Site for a complete list of specialty courses.

Cost per specialty dive: $60 USD