Maximo Nivel > Adventure & Culture Programs > Scuba Certification
The most revelatory moment of your life is the first time you put on Scuba gear and dive into the ocean. As in life, if you want to search for pearls, you must dive below.
Learn how to Scuba dive through Maximo Nivel. Earn your PADI open-water certification in just 4-5 days. PADI credentials are the most respected in the diving community, and certification is internationally recognized, so no matter where you go diving you’re certified and ready for adventure.
Dive in Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is home to the best beaches in the country. The pristine, white sand beaches of the national park lead to a bustling tropical marine oasis just below the ocean surface. Down below, divers view volcanic rock formations, sea turtles, white tip and reef sharks, octopi, stingrays, lobsters, and an infinite variety of tropical fish.
Dive in Guatemala
Santa Cruz rests on the edge of Lake Atitlan, only a 15-minute boat ride from Panajachel. An untraditional destination for PADI Open Water Diving certification, Lake Atitlan offers a unique high-altitude dive experience into the volcanic crater of Lake Atitlan. Divers touch hot mud along the lake’s volcanic fault lines; view the underwater volcanic rock formations and swim-throughs; and visit the lake’s local inhabitants including freshwater fish, crabs, and a variety plant life.
Dive in Peru
Mancora is located on the northern pacific coast of Peru. Here the Niño and Humboldt currents merge, providing abundant marine life below the waters. These waters are home to over 2,700 marine species including a wide variety of fish, crustaceans, and marine mammals. During dives off the coast, you can expect to meet green sea turtles, angel fish, emperor fish, octopi, sea horses, and more.
In the PADI Open Water Diver certification course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), and an air tank.
The PADI Open Water Diver Certification course covers:
– The basic principles of scuba diving
– Confined water dives to learn basic Scuba skills (“pool practice”)
– Open water dives to gain real diving experience
The PADI Open Water Diver Certification includes:
– PADI-certified dive instructor
– Course textbooks and materials
– Diving equipment rental
– Transportation to/from dive sites
– PADI certification
Please note that divers must wait 24 hours after their last dive before boarding a plane to avoid decompression sickness. Your scuba program includes extra housing to accommodate this.