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PADI Open Water Course

Get certified in less than four days!

Scuba diving offers the chance to explore unique and vibrant underwater worlds​

Learning to scuba dive in Dubai and getting your PADI Open Water Certification can open up a whole new world of adventure and exploration. As a beginner diver, you'll have the opportunity to discover breathtaking marine life and underwater landscapes that are unique to this region. With this certification, you'll be able to enjoy scuba diving for a lifetime and have the chance to meet new people, build your confidence, and escape the stress of everyday life. Whether you're looking for a sense of adventure or simply want to unwind and relax, scuba diving in Dubai is the perfect hobby for you.


Typical Schedule:

Independent eLearning (20 hours): Completed by student prior to practical sessions


Day One: Confined Open Water / 3-4 hours
Day Two: Open Water Session (Choice of Dubai or Fujairah) / 8:00am - 12:30pm
Day Three: Open Water Session (Choice of Dubai or Fujairah) / 8:00am - 12:30pm

How the course works...

Step one - eLearning

In preparation for the practical sessions, it's essential that you complete the PADI Open Water Course eLearning. You have the option to purchase this directly from the PADI website or through our team for 349 AED. This eLearning typically takes around 20 hours to finish.


Additionally, before commencing the course, you'll need to carefully review and sign both the medical and liability forms to ensure your safety and well-being throughout the learning experience.

Self Study
PADI eLearning

Step Two - Confined Water Session

At JA The Resort, the practical sessions for scuba diving will take place at the Palmito Swimming Pool. As part of our service, we'll provide you with towels and access to both changing rooms and beach facilities.

During the session, you'll be required to undergo a swimming test of 200m and a 10-minute float. The swim can be done any style and you do not need to be an olympic swimmer. 

The confined session will last approximately half-a-day. We'll take you through equipment and mastering practical skills for instances that may occur whilst scuba diving. 

Confined Open Water

Step three - Open Water Sessions

After becoming proficient in the necessary skills and equipment, we will accompany you on four sea dives to help build your confidence and comfort level in the water.


With each dive, you'll notice an increase in your ease and assurance. The initial two dives will be conducted at JA The Resort, while the remaining two are elective and can be conducted in either Dubai or Fujairah.


Our suggestion is to finish the course in Fujairah, where the water is clearer, and you can witness a diversity of exquisite marine creatures. During these dives, you will hone the skills you acquired in the pool and refine your buoyancy and trim techniques to a master level.

Open Water Session

How do I book my course?

Dubai Only

The course will take place at JA The Resort, Dubai, UAE.

Dubai & Fujairah
2,320 AED

The training on day one and two will take place in Dubai and the third and final day will take place in Fujairah.

Fujairah Only

The swimming pool session will take place in Dubai and the four dives will take place in Fujairah. 

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