Belize Scuba Diving
If a person can honestly answer "no" to every single question on the form, then no doctor's signature is required, and guests may complete the form when here. If a "yes" is answered on the form, a doctor's signature is required, which would have to be filled out by the doctor and signed prior to coming on the trip.
PADI does not require certified divers to fill out this form prior to diving, unless taking a class or if they have had a medical issue or change in health since they originally got certified to dive. If there are any questions at all, it is recommended you fill out the form in advance and get a doctor's signature on the form if you want to dive and you have any possible medical concerns.
A guardian or parent will need to sign all dive documents, liability releases etc for any child under the age of 18, prior to that child diving or taking a PADI course with us.
$125, 1/2 day US$
Group discount for Discover Scuba: Five or more persons taking the course at the same time drops the cost to $110.
If you have never experienced scuba diving, this is the place to start. Before committing yourself to a more advanced course, make sure you like it! This short course combines classroom, shallow water skills, and a real dive at Long Caye Wall!
The classroom time is about 1 hour. This is followed by very shallow water skills (less than 6 feet deep). The amount of time this takes depends on how big the class is and if anyone in the class has trouble... they take as much time as they need to get everyone comfortable in the water. The 25-40 foot deep dive lasts about 45 minutes underwater but you are probably gone from the island about 1 hr and 15 minutes during the dive.
The Discover Scuba course allows non-divers to dive on Long Caye for the rest of the week without completing a longer certification course. After completing the course, you may continue to dive with an instructor for /dive, which includes BCD and regulator. This does not transfer to other resorts, so if you left Long Caye and went elsewhere you would not be able to dive without taking the Discover Scuba course again.
Related blog post: Why is it more expensive for a non-certified diver to dive than someone who is certified already?
If you are a certified diver but have not been diving in a long time, you can take this course as a dive refresher course. If the course is already being offered to others, the will allow certified divers to sit in on the lecture portion for free.
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Open Water Referral
$325 US$, 2 days - Includes PADI Pic Card
"Referral" courses mean that you finish your certification after classroom and confined water training have been completed successfully back home. You bring your paperwork from your previous PADI instructor with you that shows you passed your tests and skills, and simply finish your four course dives on the island. This is a great option, no studying for tests while on vacation!
Q: I want to do the referral course, but my classroom and skill work will be with another organization other than PADI. Does your dive shop accept this referral so I can finish certfication on your island?
A: Yes, you can finish your certification with us, switching your completed certification to PADI, or you can carry home your paperwork stating you completed your certification with us and to send it into the other organization. It is more involved (and costs more) to switch over to PADI from the organization that did your initial course work, so it is more economical to take your paperwork back home.
$255 US$, 1-1/2 days - Includes PADI Pic card and manual
A new level in-between Open Water and Advanced Open Water. You must have already completed the Open Water Diver course to take this course. This course includes 3 elective dives.
$620 US$, 10+ days - Includes PADI Pic card and manual
This course must be arranged in advance.
This is a performance based program and the duration depends on class size, logistics (such as weather), and candidate's performance.
-Proof of Advanced Open Water Certification
-Proof of 20 logged dives documenting experience in the following areas:
Night, Deep, and Navigation diving
-15 years or older
-Proof of current CPR and First Aid Training
$1000 US$, 21+ days - Includes PADI Pic Card
-Proof of Rescue Diver Certification
-Proof of 60 logged dives documenting experience in the following areas: Night, Deep, and Navigation diving
-18 years or older
-Current Medical Clearance for diving signed by physician (PADI Medical Statement form #10063 found at -PADI's web site, www.padi.com)