OPEN WATER DIVER COURSEYour entry course to the exciting world of scuba diving
Learning how to scuba dive and getting open water diver certified is your first step into the exciting and wonderful world of scuba diving. At this stage, we will teach you everything you need, to learn new skills underwater, to properly and safely dive, to correctly do and react to known issues and problems, to properly care for the environment and respect marine life. You will be armed with both theories and new skills along the way. These are skills and knowledge that if not taught properly, will be difficult to correct over time.
Choosing Dive Funatics as your scuba diving school means that you are serious about learning how to scuba dive, that you care about your safety, that you value your time, you want to be a responsible diver, and a great dive buddy to dive with.
Here at Dive Funatics, we produce better divers than anyone in our area can. This means that our training is serious, consistent with the PADI Standards, tough, and conducted by experienced, well trained, highly rated PADI instructors in Mactan, Cebu.
Please feel free to navigate around our site, read our offerings, compare our packages, understand our advocacy, and know us a little better.
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Our training philosophy is to promote safety, deliver quality training, fully adhere to the standards established by Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC), and promote safe and responsible scuba diver practices.
Customers value our training because we stand firm in what we believe in.
Ultimately, you want your training to be thorough, safe and worth it. Experience may be the best teacher but having a solid and strong dive basics and foundation ensures that you do not develop the bad habits and instead maximize your learning potential as you dive more and more over time.
The Queen City of Cebu is a highly urbanized metropolitan outside of Manila. Cebu as province is host to awesome beaches, food, night scene, adventure destination, big corporations, friendly people and can converse in English fairly well.
This culturally rich city, in fact, the oldest city in the Philippines offers access to year round tropical weather, different laid-back and exhilarating activities, banks, malls, resorts, food & hotels of all types and budget. A convergence of paradise and convenience in one marvelous place.
The international airport is relatively less crowded and smoother compared to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Traffic is slowly becoming worse over time but the attractions, destinations and activity centers are luckily close to each other.
Cebu is also the best staging point for your other destinations in the country.
Generally, nationals from most nations who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:
- Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports.
- Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
- Holders of Macau-Portuguese passports
- Holders of Hong Kong British passports.
For more information on the Philippine Visa Requirement, visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website of visit the Philippine Consulate Office in your area.
Your safety is our primary concern, your comfort and convenience follows second.
We promote safe diving practices and we strictly adhere to current dive safety techniques and dive training standards. We do not compromise your safety, our safety and the others around us for anything.
We recommend taking precautionary measures when diving with us, such as getting covered by a dive insurance, doing refresher dives if you haven’t been diving for the past 6 months, and offering specialty courses to improve your skills, experience and exposure to other types of diving while under our care.
Terrorism, political instability, unscrupulous business practices, criminality are very important concerns that can subject and influence your visit here in the Philippines. Generally speaking, Cebu being a busy, buzzling, highly urbanized city, and being outside and far Manila and Mindanao, it enjoys a much better peace, order and security situation than in other areas of the country. Pity crimes such as swindling, theft & robbery, prostitution, and even assault are more rampant against tourists than they are with locals.
Access to police assistance, EMS and even the hyperbaric chamber is quick and easy. Our dive shop also has a portable tank of O2 for immediate treatment, and O2 concentrator for prolonged use.
Access to medical facilities, specialized doctors and pharmacies is easy and convenient.
Generally, Cebu enjoys a year-round tropical weather with water temperature ranging from 26C to 34C. Visibility in Mactan is about 10m on a bad day and can go as far as 25m on a good day.
We are regularly visited by typhoons all year round, Cebu is uniquely situated around major nearby islands which shields our area from the full strength of the wind and gust. At the very least, flood, rains and waves affect our diving activities.
We like the diving better during summer months (March to May) because of the hot sun, the warmer water temperature, and more favorable water movements.
Getting around Cebu is becoming easier and cheaper due to the recent introduction of ride sharing apps like Uber and Grab. This simply eliminates if not minimizes haggling, unexpected hidden costs, misunderstanding and ensures safety and security for the riding public. We recommend Grab for Cebu as a better and cheaper app to use when getting around the city.
Taxi, V-hire and Jeepneys are still the staple public transport for the majority of locals.
We also accommodate requests for transfers with our own van and SUV. Just make sure you tell us about your planned destinations ahead of time.
We require a payment of at least 50% as deposit to confirm your booking. Balance is payable and due on the first day of the training. We pass on a 5% PayPal charges and bank fees for payments made through PayPal.
We accept credit card payments via PayPal, Bank Transfers, or Cash in PHP and USD only. We do not process credit cards on site.
ATMs, Banks, and Money Changer establishments are very accessible in our area, however, when transacting, be mindful about the daily withdrawal limits imposed by your banks on foreign countries, unfavorable exchange rates, and risks of getting swindled or robbed.
Compared with other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:
- a full day of surfing lessons.
- a weekend of rock climbing lessons.
- a weekend of kayaking lessons.
- a weekend of fly-fishing lessons.
- about three hours of private golf lessons.
- about three hours of private water skiing lessons.
- one amazing night out at the pub!
Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional – your PADI Scuba Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course (few other activities can offer that).
From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you can share with friends. And you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning online and get ready to take your first breaths underwater! For specific costs, ask at the us!
Some questions you may want to ask are:
- Are the course materials included in the price? – YES
- What personal dive equipment am I required to have? – Use of equipment is provided during the course.
- Is rental gear included? YES
- Are there any additional fees such as a boat fee or certification fee? Other than passed on PayPal charges, our rates are fixed, transparent, and all inclusive. Refer to the inclusions per package.
- How many student divers will be in the course? We like running our courses exclusively in small groups and we run simultaneous courses all the time.
- Where will open water training dives take place? All our training dives are conducted in Kontiki, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines.
- Why is your open water diver course only done in 2 days? We do not wish to subject our students to boredom. We use digital manuals and we require our students to go through the manual prior to our in-water training.
- Do I have to book in advanced? YES, we require all bookings to be confirmed a few days in advance to make sure all learning materials are provided to you ahead of time and give you enough time to complete the independent study at your own pace.
PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.
A lot of centers offering PADI courses BUT there are only very few PADI AUTHORIZED Centers in our area, even fewer offers instructions in English.
Get your PADI training & certification issued by no less than a PADI Authorized Center like us.
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Not certified yet? Don’t know where to start? We have a wide range of PADI Courses and Programs to offer you.
We are a PADI Dive Resort and we conduct certification training and programs to get you started. Our dive professionals are among the most knowledgeable, skillful and passionate mentors in the dive industry here in Mactan.
Starting at P 13,600 or $270 USD, our PADI Open Water Bronze package is the cheapest and most practical package to get you started. This program includes your PADI Digital Open Water Manual which you can access through your browser or through the use of the PADI Library App. It also comes with 2 in-water training days, and all the required equipment to use.
After successfully completing your training, you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver which allows you to dive independently up to the depth of 18 Meters / 60 Feet. Do you know that your certification will be valid for life and recognized anywhere in the world?
From Discover Scuba diving to becoming a divemaster
We offer a wide range of continuing dive courses and specialty courses for you to consider too. We have try dive programs and even certification programs that can be completed in 1 day.