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PADI Open Water Diver Course In North Sulawesi

Learn to Scuba Dive with Murex Dive Resorts

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the first level of diving certificate. You’ll learn how to become a safe, competent and confident diver and you’ll be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters. After your course you’ll leave Murex with a sense of accomplishment, memories to last for a lifetime and your PADI Open Water certification – your ticket to dive anywhere in the world.

PADI Open Water Diver Course

Who Can Take The PADI Open Water Diver Course?

Anyone who is in good general health, is able to swim and has a reasonable level of fitness and a spirit of adventure can sign up for the program. If you are thinking about enrolling your children on the course the minimum age is 10 years old.

What Does The PADI Open Water Diver Course Involve?

The PADI Open Water Diver course is made up of 3 main components: Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives but what does this mean?

Knowledge Development: This is where you learn about the theory of diving and there are two options for completing this component.

1. PADI E-Learning (recommended): PADI E-Learning allows you to study all of the Knowledge Development sessions online prior to coming to North Sulawesi. You can work at home, at your own pace and fit your studying around your existing schedule. When you arrive here at Murex you’ll just need three days to complete the in water components and you won’t have to spend time studying – instead you’ll be enjoying putting your theory in to practice and having fun!
2. Studying in Resort – It is possible to complete the Knowledge Development here at Murex. You’ll work through the PADI Student Manual (book) and Open Water Videos while you are here – there are Knowledge Review questions to answer at the end of each chapter in the book as well as quizzes and a final exam. If you opt to study here then the course will take 4 days to complete.

PADI elearning

PADI Elearning allows you to study the theory at home before coming to Murex

Confined Water Dives: These are training sessions in our beautiful, purpose built dive swimming pool. You’ll learn and practice the basic skills of diving as well as techniques to keep you safe and you’ll run though how to deal with a range of emergency situations should they occur. The sessions in the swimming pool are a lot of fun and give the opportunity to get familiar with the gear and techniques in a safe environment.

Open Water Course in Manado pool

The pool in Murex Manado is the perfect place for all confined water dives

Open Water Dives: This is what it’s all about – making your first dives in the ocean! The PADI Open Water Diver course includes 4 exciting ocean dives and with Murex you’ll make 2 dives right here on our Manado House Reef which we can enter by simply walking off our beach – this ensures that your first dives are easy and as stress free as possible. The highlight of the course is on the final day when we’ll take you to dive in the stunning clear waters around Bunaken Island in the famous Bunaken Marine Park. There’s the chance to see huge sea turtles, schooling fish, octopus, sea horses, colourful and vibrant reefs, tuna, barracuda and a range of marine life at these world class dive sites.

Why is the Open Water Diver Course Special at Murex Dive Resorts?

We believe in allowing each and every student diver to progress at a pace which suits them. Your experienced PADI Instructor will gauge how you are coping with the skills and spend extra time with you if you are having difficulties so you’ll never feel pressured or rushed – this is your holiday and we understand that.

Divers in pool

At Murex you’ll get a lot of personal attention during your PADI Open Water Diver Course

By taking your PADI Open Water Diver course at Murex you’ll get to experience some of the best dive sites in Indonesia! Indonesia is world famous for its variety of marine life and abundant reefs – you’ll be diving at dive sites which divers from all over the world dream of visiting – and these will be your first dives!

When you are not diving you’ll be able to enjoy our beautiful sea front resort. After a great day of diving there is no better way to relax than by the pool side with a cold drink or by taking a walk through our tropical gardens or even treating yourself to a massage at our Spa – the relaxation choices are endless! Our friendly resort staff love chatting with guests and at Murex you’ll experience true North Sulawesi hospitality at its best.

We’d love you to stay on for longer than just 4 or 5 days so you can enjoy putting your skills into action as a newly certified diver but if you’d prefer to explore North Sulawesi over land we have day trips to the picturesque Minahasan Highlands where you can visit colourful traditional markets or why not visit Tangkoko National Park to see the black macaque, tarsier monkey and other endemic species in their natural habitat? Other trips and tours include visiting the towering volcanoes and their crater lakes, traditional villages, trekking or we can tailor make a tour of your choice to give you a complete North Sulawesi experience.

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