Puerto Rico Diving Centre, Gran Canaria
in     by Mike 19-02-2018


When it comes to deciding which PADI diving course you should take as a beginner it can all be a bit daunting. You will hear people talking about Discover Scuba Dives, Scuba Diver courses and Open Water Courses. But more than likely you will have no idea what any of these courses entail.

 So we are going to try and break it down for you, to make your choice easier

One of our favourite ways to explain the differences between these beginners courses is in relation to driving.

  • The Discover Scuba Dive is like a test drive: You’re shown the basics, you get to experience what is like but you are not certified.
  • The Scuba Diver Course is like you’re provisional driving license: You’ve learnt the fundamentals and can dive under direct supervision of a professional.
  • The Open Water Course is like you’re full driving license: Once you have passed you can dive anywhere in the world as long as you feel confident in you’re abilities (and with a suitably trained diving buddy)

But what does each course allow me to do underwater?

The Discover Scuba Dive allows you to a maximum depth of 6 m. If you wanted to dive again you would have to do another DSD or choose to start either the Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver course.

The Scuba Diver Course has a maximum depth of 12m, and you must always dive with a PADI professional. It is essentially half of the Open Water Course, so if you choose in the future you can upgrade from Scuba Diver to Open Water Diver with a few extra confined water sessions and dives.

The Open Water Diver Course has a maximum depth of 18m. Once certified as an Open Water Diver you can dive anywhere in the world with another suitably trained buddy. This certification lasts a life time.

How long will each course take?

Discover Scuba Dive: Half a day (3 hours)

Scuba Diver Course: 2 Days

Open Water Diver Course: 3/4 Days

How much does each course cost?

Discover Scuba Diver/Try Dive: €70

Scuba Diver Course: €245

Open Water Course: €395

With Puerto Rico Diving everything is including in our prices; equipment, insurance, tax and local pick up/drop off.

Contact us for more information on any of these courses, and get ready to take your first fin kicks underwater!