PADI Open Water Certification 

Your Passport To A Lifetime Of Underwater Adventures

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to scuba dive, what it’s like to breathe underwater and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. There is no better place to learn to dive than the warm turquoise waters of Belize.  Our experienced PADI Dive Instructors will equip you with the skills and confidence to be a safe and competent diver.  

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How To Become A Certified Scuba Diver?

Three Certification Option To Choose From

The PADI Open Water Certification Course consists of three parts: Academics, Confined Water (pool or pool-like environment) , and Open Water Dive Sessions. Each is designed to make the course engaging and fun. However, there are 3 options you can choose to complete the course, each with their own unique benefit.

Full PADI Open Water Certification

Full Open Water Certification

Complete the entire Open Water Certification while vacationing in Belize. This includes completing all academic sessions (including knowledge reviews and the final exams), the confined water dives, and 4 open water dives.

3 Day

10+ Years Old


per person

PADI Open Water eLearning Referral Course

Open Water eLearning Referral

Do the Academic online through the PADI e-Learning program at your own leisure and convenience, then finish the in-water portion of the course in Belize. (The PADI eLearning program is NOT included in the certification cost)

2 Day

10+ Years Old


per person

PADI Open Water Referral

Open Water Referral Course

Complete the academics and confine water dives at your local instructor or dive center, then finish required  4 open water dives in the warm crystal clear blue water of Belize.

2 Day

10+ Years Old


per person


  • The minimum age to start the PADI Open Water Course is 10 years old . Student divers who are younger than 15 years old will earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification
  • You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.
  • No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Are You Fit For Scuba Diving?

Download and fill out this mandatory Medical Questionnaire, which will assess if you meet the minimum physical requirements to safely participate in this sport. If you answer "YES"  to any of the questions listed, the Medical Questionnaire must be completely filled and signed by a physician. 

You'll also need to fill out a Certified Liability Release Form. Remember to bring your completed medical questionnaire and the certified diver liability release form to the dive shop. 

I had a great experience doing my Open Water Diver certification with Seahorse Dive Shop. My instructor, Andres, kept it fun and made it easy to learn and practice all the skills. We saw a variety of locations on the two days of dives (went to Laughing Bird and Silk Cayes) with lots of wildlife. The included lunch and drinks were also very good. Would highly recommend Seahorse for anyone else diving or thinking about getting certified here!

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