Diving Instruction

Professional Association of Diving Instructors

Discover Scuba Diving

This is an introductory course to scuba, otherwise known as a “Resort Course”. It is a 2-3 hour first experience in Cozumel’s special underwater world. This Dive Paradise class is not a true course and does not qualify you for boat dives. You will initially breath off SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) in 3-4 feet of water. As the comfort level increases, you will be taken to a depth of about 12 feet where several basic exercises are practiced. The experience most often culminates with an instructor/supervised fun dive to about 25 feet. If you decide to continue into a full certification course, the price paid for this course will be applied toward the cost of full certification through Dive Paradise.

1 day: $72 USD – Equipment Included

Scuba Refresher Course

Hotel Barracuda Training Facility

This course is targeted toward the certified but out-of-practice diver. This experience is the perfect warm-up prior to boat trips for those divers with limited or out of date diving. During the 2-4 hour course, you will build your confidence by going through a quick refresher and practicing the diving skills learned in the Open Water Course. Includes one supervised beach dive.

1 day$60 USD
Open Water Certification

At Dive Paradise this course includes a minimum of 6 open water dives over a 3-5 day period. Normal class hours are approximately 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Though we cannot guarantee certification, we will work with problem students as long as possible (and your stay in Cozumel permits!). Most students complete the program as safe, confident divers in 3 days. An optional shallow boat dive is available on graduation day to facilitate the advancement from student to diver. 10 year olds may now become certified!

3-4 days$364 USD

+Open Water manual, Logbook, Recreational Dive planner, & RDP booklet: $73 USD
+ Certification processing – PIC (if PADI): $26 USD,
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Equipment Included

NEW! Online Open Water Certification Training Supplement
eLrn_Bnr-OWD_09-646x390Whether you are on the go or want to take it slow, now you can complete the knowledge development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course with PADI eLearning. It’s a great match for your active schedule. After you complete all the online training segments, you can print your eLearning record and bring it in to our facility to complete your training. It is the modern approach to learning to dive, eliminating the need to study while you are on vacation!

Online training supplement: $185 USD

Signup for the Open Water Certification Course (above), is still required for certification. You have complete access to knowledge development course material for one year from signup.
Advanced Open Water Certification

Dive Paradise takes you on a minimum of 5 dives over a 2-3 day period. This course is designed to further develop diving skills and expose divers to the variety of adventures available underwater.

2 days $226 USD

Boat dives Not Included
Instructor Development Course (IDC)

The IDC will be conducted over 14 consecutive days. You can expect to start at 8:00AM and run until 4:30PM each day. In addition you should expect to spend several hours each evening for study and lesson preparation.

14 days – Inquire about price & schedule

Completion of Open Water Training ('Referral' or 'Check-Out')

This course is for those students who have already completed academic and pool training. The student must bring a signed referral form from their classroom and confined water instructor. The student will make 4 open water shore dives over a 2 day period. Please note that PADI and NAUI standards do not allow this to be shortened to one day. An optional shallow boat dive (1 tank afternoon trip at 3PM) is available on graduation day to facilitate the advancement from student to diver.

2 days $166 USD

+ $32 USD : 2 days equipment: If needed

+$26 USD : Certification processing: (PIC, if PADI)

Note: The training manual is not included with our certification courses unless otherwise stated. If manual is purchased prior to arrival in Cozumel, you must show a recent sales receipt when in Cozumel – OR the student kit may be purchased from Dive Paradise when in Cozumel. +US$26 certification processing (PIC, if PADI)

You may also inquire about any other courses from the following certification groups that are not listed above :


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General Terms and Conditions
  • Textbooks and rental of dive gear are not included in the Dive Paradise course cost unless otherwise noted. The cost of gear rental may be estimated by referring to the sales/rental section.
  • There is a US$26 additional processing fee associated with all PADI certification courses to cover PIC registration in the United States.
  • Group discounts available on all instruction – inquire.
  • All prices include 10% Mexican tax.

The above PADI, NAUI and SSI trademarks are the property of the corresponding organizations.

Specialty Courses

The following specialty courses are offered upon request (boat dives not included in price):

  • Navigation – 1 day/3 dives US $136
  • Night Diving – 3 days/3 dives US $136
  • Deep Diving – 2 days/4 dives US $166
  • Multilevel Diving – 1 day/2 dives US $86
  • Peak Buoyancy – 1 day/2 dives US $60
  • U/W Video – 2 days/4 dives US $136
  • U/W Research – 1 day/3 dives US $136
  • U/W Naturalist – 1 day/2 dives US $92
  • Digital U/W Photography – 1 day/2 dives US $133
  • Coral Reef Diver – 1 day/2 dives US $88
  • Drift Diving – 1 day/2 dives US $86
  • Boat Diving – 1 day/2 dives US $86
  • Search/Recovery – 2 days/4 dives US $166
  • Wreck Diving – 2 days/4 dives US $334
  • Equipment Repair – 1 day US $60
Other Diving Certification Courses
  • Rescue Diver: 3 – 5 days US $428
  • EFR (Emergency First Responder): 1 day (8 hours) US $128 + $26 for certificate
  • Divemaster: 7-12 days US $616, Crew Pack US $290 (Required), Certification Processing (PIC) US $80
  • Nitrox: All levels, Course US $80, Text US $60, Certification Processing (PIC) US $26
  • Assistant Instructor: 6 days US $616
  • Experienced Diver: 2-3 days – Inquire
  • NAUI-SSI-PADI Crossover – Inquire
  • Private Divemaster -Inquire
  • Guided Beach Dive – Inquire

Additional Information

What's Included
Trips include tanks, weights, belt, bottled soft drinks & purified drinking water.

We put you in the care of one of our certified, in-water Divemaster guides. His primary duty is leading you and your group on safe, pleasurable dives.

On two-tank trips, the maximum depth is 60 to 90 feet on the first dive, and 30 to 60 feet on the second.

Posted prices do not include a 27 peso per day usage fee (about US$2-$2.25). This is charged to anyone taking part in water activities inside the National Marine Park. During check-in with Dive Paradise, this fee must be paid in cash for all scheduled dives.

Before diving, complete the “Diver’s Information Sheet” (available in the sidebar of this page).

Children under ten are not allowed on dive trips.

Our Fleet
All Dive Paradise boats on “Caribbean” trips are equipped with a sundeck and a full-sized head (AKA bathroom, loo, baño or potty – for those who don’t speak “boat.”)

The gunnels (sides) are low for easy giant stride entries.

All boats offer convenient dive platforms. Getting out of the water is as easy as getting in.

C-Card Required
A certification card (C-Card) is required. The ONLY exception is for a group, where the certifying instructor has exclusive use of the boat, and the instructor is responsible for his or her students.
Dive Computers
Dive Paradise is proud to be a PADI training facility. We follow the PADI Recreational Dive Planner (tables) on all dives, except for special, dedicated computer trips.

We conduct all dives in “divemaster-escorted groups.” As a result, we cannot use computers as a primary tool for planning maximum depth and bottom time. The divemaster can make exceptions, provided each diver has a computer and is skilled in its use. Please ask your divemaster for such exceptions when you board the boat.

Nitrox is available at an additional US$10.00 per tank. Proof of Nitrox training required.

Re-Compression Services
Dive Paradise is affiliated with the Meditur hyperbaric facility. The chamber is located on Calle 6 Norte (6th Street North) #135, between 5th Ave. and 10th Ave. It’s connected with the hospital “Clinica San Miguel.” Dr. Pascual Piccolo is the presiding hyperbaric physician and general practitioner.

All divers are advised to obtain DAN insurance. Dive Assure and PADI are also recognized. If you have questions about the chamber or insurance coverage, feel free to contact us.