• DURATION  2-3 Days.
  • FOR  Beginners.
  • REQUIREMENTS  Able to Swim 200m , Complete Diver Medical,  10 minute float/tread water

The PADI Scuba Diver course is a sub-rating of the PADI Open Water Diver course, which is one of the most popular entry-level scuba diving courses in the world.

If you are unsure about diving and want to take each certification step by step, or always want to dive under the supervision of a PADI pro, then the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be for you. It qualifies you to dive to 12m deep under supervision in conditions similar or better. The PADI Scuba Diver rating can be completed over a couple of days when done with the PADI eLearning option. You will spend a few hours in the pool getting comfortable with your dive skills then the 2 ocean dives are completed in one day on the boat.

And what better place to learn than Kenya? From the dive base in Diani, we have sheltered dive sites which are perfect for allowing beginners to get comfortable in the water and complete the skill training as well as a chance to take in the wonders of the thousands of different marine species on the coral reefs and exciting local dive sites such as wrecks.

The course is broken down into three segments, the knowledge development, confined water (in a swimming pool) training and open water dives.

Completing the knowledge development section, starts before you begin the course and requires you to complete most of the PADI Online learning for the PADI Open Water Diver Course. This can be accessed via the PADI Library app or via the PADI website.


PADI’s cutting-edge digital learning leads the world in diver education and enables you to complete the knowledge development in the comfort of your own home. You can take notes in the app to discuss with your PADI Instructor any concepts which you don’t understand. Assessment of learning is done via quick reviews at the end of every section in the online learning, which you must get correct to proceed so its sure you understand.

Right now we are getting wet. This is the reason you are here. Our confined water training for the PADI Scuba Diver course is conducted in the swimming pool at the dive base where the course is being held.

The pool session teaches you to use SCUBA safely and procedures to troubleshoot any problems you potentially might have. The swimming pool environment allows you a safe area to practice with no outside factors to worry about such as poor visibility, surge or current.

This is about making sure you are comfortable using the scuba unit so our Instructors will make sure you have ample time to practice skills and perform them with ease before moving on to the next section of the course.

The final day of the course is when you go diving for real. We will go by boat out to a local reef which is suitable for conducting the training.

A short segment of each dive will be spent repeating some of the skills that you mastered in the swimming pool before the “tour” section of the dive when you will get to go and see the wonders of the marine life in the Indian Ocean and practicing your own diving skills in this “weightless” environment.

You will have 2 dives in total after which you are a fully certified PADI Scuba Diver, assuming that you have met all of the other course performance requirements.

All the equipment you will need is typically included on a PADI Scuba Diver Course. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel and fins, a buoyancy compensating device (jacket) that also carries your scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply. You will also wear a scuba wetsuit and a weight system. All Ocean tribe rental equipment is from top manufacturers such as Aqualung and ScubaPro.

For our PADI Scuba Diver courses we offer a choice of open water venues to complete your ocean dives, once you have completed the pool training.

The first option departs from our Diani dive bases and will visit 1 or 2 local Diani coral reef dive sites up to a maximum depth of 12m. These sites have a vast array of marine life including the turtles that Diani is particularly famous for and normally last around half a day.

For a full day out we have the option to visit the Kisite National Marine Park where there is a good chance of encounters with wild dolphins in the water. This is a full day trip and includes a dhow/boat ride to the dive site, marine park fees and lunch on board. The boat departs from Shimoni and we transport you from Diani.

  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Bag
  • Water bottle (we can provide water but not in single-use plastic)
  • Towel

We recommend on the Diani Dive trips not bringing anything that you don’t want to get wet. Our dives prior do carry dive bags but space can limited and we can store items in the dive centre,

About Photos of Your Experience

If you wish to have photographs or video of your experience then Ocean Tribe can arrange to have a photographer in the water during the dives. Photographs and video taken on the experience will be available to purchase online following the dives.
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Typical PADI Scuba Diver Course Timeline

Day 1 - Online Learning & Pool Training

PADI Scuba Diver course

You will study the Open Water Diver Online material initial sections. We will then begin the pool training doing the assessment swims (200m normal or 300m with snorkel gear on and a 10 minute tread water). Following this you will begin to learn and practice skills with your PADI Instructor.

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Morning Day 2

PADI Scuba Diver course elearning

Ok this morning or the evening before you can finish off the PADI Open Water Online learning. We will then jump back in the pool to learn more skills and practice. This gives you time to really become comfortable in the water before going diving in the ocean.

  • Day 2- Complete Online Learning & Pool Training
    Ok this morning or the evening before you can finish off the PADI Open Water Online learning. We will then jump back in the pool to learn more skills and practice. This gives you time to really become comfortable in the water before going diving in the ocean.

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Day 3- Open Water Dives 1 & 2 - CERTIFICATION

padi scuba diver instructorOk this is it. Why we are here. Your instructor will meet you at the dive base and you will go out to one of the dive sites most suitable for beginners in the local area. You will do two dives on which there will be a few skills to show you are comfortable with and tours of under the sea, where you can admire the magnificent aquatic life we have here in Kenya. Back at the dive centre it’s time to log your dives with your instructor in your PADI dive log.