Become a Scuba Diver! Get your PADI Open Water Certification in Cozumel with ScubaLuis.

Get certified to scuba dive in Cozumel, Mexico, named 1 of the top 5 diving destinations in the world! We offer expert PADI scuba certification through English speaking instructors with over 24 years of combined scuba instruction experience.

The Open Water scuba diver rating is the first diving certification you need to begin a lifelong passion for scuba diving in Cozumel and around the world. It is the minimum certification level at which scuba divers are allowed to rent scuba gear and cylinders for truly independent diving but we like to think of it as the doorway to adventure!



The PADI Open Water (and Junior Open Water) certification is open to those who are:

  • 10 years and older
  • Healthy enough to scuba dive
  • Have 2 to 4 days to complete the course, depending on which training option you choose.

Upon completion of the course, the Open Water diver may dive with a similarly certified dive buddy to a maximum depth not to exceed 60 feet / 18 meters. Junior Divers (10 to 14 years old) have strict depth limits that depend upon their age and activity while with a PADI professional. PADI Junior Open Water Diver certifications automatically change to a PADI Open Water certification when the diver turns 15 years old.

Regardless of which training option you choose (see below), here’s what you can expect during your PADI Open Water certification in Cozumel:

1. You will need to complete a PADI Open Water Diver Course Record and Referral Form and discuss any concerns you might have about your certification course. Important: Please see our Medical Assessment note at the bottom of this page for more information.

2. You will complete the dive theory academics, quizzes and exams either with an instructor or through different independent and online learning options available through ScubaLuis and PADI.

3. You will learn and practice the water skills required to be a safe and independent scuba diver in 5 confined water dives with a qualified scuba instructor. PADI defines “confined water” as a general term that refers to either a swimming pool or confined open water. Confined open water is an open water site that offers swimming pool-like conditions with respect to clarity, calmness, and depth.

4. You will demonstrate the water skills required to be a safe and independent scuba diver in 4 open water dives. PADI defines “open water” as a body of water significantly larger than a swimming pool offering conditions typical of a natural body of water encountered by divers.

All required scuba gear is included in the cost of our Open Water certification course!


PADI Open Water Certification   $440

PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Cozumel - Get Certified and Become a Scuba Diver

You will complete the dive theory and academics with a ScubaLuis PADI scuba instructor in the comfort of your hotel, accommodations or in our outdoor, pool side training location. This usually involves you reading your PADI Open Water Diver manual, included in the price of your course, and then answering the knowledge review questions at the end of each chapter. You will meet with your instructor to go over what you’ve learned, correct any errors found in your knowledge reviews and, when they’ve all been completed, to take your final exam. Dive theory is broken up into sections spanning the length of your course – 3 to 4 days depending upon your comfort and convenience. Specific sections of dive theory must be completed before we can continue the progression of confined and open water dives.

You will then meet with your ScubaLuis scuba instructor at selected sites based upon your convenience and weather conditions to learn and practice the confined water skills required. We usually teach in confined open water locations so that we can seamlessly transition from confined water into open water dives where you will demonstrate your mastery of the skills required to become a safe and independent open water scuba diver while they are immediately fresh in your mind. In this way, we are also able to save you time and money while training.

When you’ve completed all of the requirements, we will be honored to then certify you as a newly minted PADI Open Water diver! Please allow for at least 6 hours total per day while training for your certification. We can complete this course with you in as little as two days, but they are very long and intensive days. Spending that much time in the water can be uncomfortable for some students even while wearing a wetsuit. 3 to 4 days is usually the perfect balance between how long you will need to focus on training and enjoying being in Cozumel when you’re not.


Open Water Diver Referral   $285

Have you already completed the classroom and in-pool training required for your Open Water Diver certification with another training agency or scuba instructor and still need to complete the open water dives? We can help! Bring us your completed academic and confined water training record filled out by a PADI, NAUI, SSI or SDI instructor. Once we’ve completed a brief knowledge review and skills check we’ll head out for 4 open water dives conducted over 2 days.  When we’re through, you’ll be a confident and safe PADI certified Open Water Diver!

A word about the PADI Scuba Diver certification, which is a subset of the Open Water certification: We typically do not offer this certification as a part of our stand alone course curriculum. The Scuba Diver rating limits the diver to only being able to dive under the direct supervision of a certified scuba professional (scuba instructor, assistant scuba instructor, divemaster or DSD leader) and only to 40 feet / 12 meters. Instead, we may issue a PADI Scuba Diver certification to divers who run out of time during their stay in Cozumel or who are unable to complete one or more of the skills required after the second open water dive – these students are too few and far in between. In any event, the price of the course is the same as any of our Open Water Diver training options.

Medical Assessments: It is especially important for you to take special note of the medical questionnaire prior to booking your PADI Open Water scuba certification course with us. If you have any particular medical condition that might make diving unsafe for you, we will have to first refer you to a physician for clearance, either at home or here in Cozumel, before taking you diving in confined or open water. A “yes” answer is not necessarily a disqualification; for example some of our clients get confused about what constitutes an unacceptable level of congestion or if a previous condition is going to be a problem. If you have questions or concerns, please ask us!!! Your booking deposit may not be returned if you have ignored this advice and we’ve turned away other divers.

Your safety is important to us and always comes first.