If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. POCNA DIVE CENTER would like to invite you to live your dreams and get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. All the while experiencing the beauty of our tiny island paradise, Isla Mujeres; diving in crystal clear Caribbean water; visiting the world’s first Underwater Museum of Art MUSA


Do your PADI Open Water Diver course in only 3 ½ days!


Or look at alternate options, like the PADI Open Water Elearning if your visit to Isla Mujeres is limited in time.

Includes 4 Open Water dives, Material, equipment rental, entrance to the national park and the Underwater Museum MUSA as well as the final certification.

*part of the course will be donated to the Underwater Museum of Art MUSA


Options with and without accomodation packages available.



So, you have decided to do your “PADI” and take the first step to see the exciting world beneath the waves

Your PADI Open Water Diver Course will introduce you to the world of diving, teaching you the skills and knowledge to make this a safe and enjoyable experience while seeing the stunningly diverse marine life Isla Mujeres has to offer.

Under the supervision of your experienced PADI scuba instructor, you will learn the basic steps of entry-level diving that you will need to eventually be able to plan your own dives


There are various ways for you to complete your Open Water Diver course​

PADI Open Water Diver - In the classroom

(duration 3,5 days) $ 425 USD


Do your entire course under the direct supervision of your PADI instructor.

All videos and study materials will be supplied upon registration in the dive center.




Half Day

3 pm Watch the videos 1 &2 


Day 1

8:00 am -11:00 am

Confined water session 1 

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Videos 3, 4 & 5


Day 2

 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Confined water session 2

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Water dives 1 & 2


Day 3

 9:00 am

Final exam and RDP (dive tables)

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Water dive 3 & 4​



PADI Open Water Diver - eLearning

(duration 2 days)  $ 345 USD


(does not include the purchase of PADI elearning materials )

Do you wish to reduce your time in the classroom and have more time to enjoy the beach?

Study all your all the theory for your PADI Open Water Diver course before you arrive. 

You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. 

PADI eLearning lets you:


  • Learn by watching, listening, reading and interacting with a dynamic instructional program.

  • Access the material for one year, plus gain unlimited access to an online version of the course manual.

  • Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort anytime you have a question about what you’re learning.

  • Get in the water quickly – applying what you’ve learned – when you meet with your PADI Instructor

Then upon arrival, all you will have left to complete is the in-water training which will take you 2 days rather than the 3 ½ days normally required to complete this course. 




Day 1

 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Confined water session 1

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Water dives 1 & 2


Day 2

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Confined water session 2

 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Open Water dives 3 & 4


The elearning may be purchased from PADI Click Here to Purchase and is paid separately to the course.




Your dives will include the Underwater Museum of Art MUSA and the Manchones national park. The reef is at the start of the Mesoamerican reef system that extends all the ways down to Honduras, over 1000 km and boasts a wide variety of marine life. Turtles are a common sighting as are rays and eels. The colors of the fish and coral will leave you spellbound and eager to return often to these warm, turquoise water to experience as much of this incredible diversity as possible.


This certification lasts a lifetime and is universally recognized. This is but the start of an exciting new adventure!!!



You can decide to study ahead and save time on your holidays by taking the elearning option or you can study everything with your instructor when you get here


The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:


  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving

  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills

  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

Tipp: You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Short on time? The PADI Scuba Diver course might be right for you.






Before Arriving to Isla Mujeres


Enroll in PADI Open Water Diver Online – PADI’s eLearning option – and you can start learning right away.

PADI Open Water Diver Online gives you the background information you need to dive safely and allows you to study at your own pace through an interactive computer-based program. Get started now!

You can also start learning with PADI’s home-study materials – Open Water Diver TouchTM (a tablet app) or the Open Water Diver Manual and Open Water Diver Video (a book and DVD package).


After Arriving to Isla Mujeres


If you have not already begun your diving adventure with elearning the dive center also gives you the option of using a physical book or downloading an ebook. We generally recommend the ebook as you may download this from a choice of languages and is more environmentally friendly. If you are traveling around, using an ebook will reduce the amount of weight that you have to carry with you as you continue your journey.




In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water.

A compass is required for navigational skills and an inflatable signal tube (or DSMB) for the related dive flexible skill.





To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.



Q: I might have a medical issue

A: We have included a link below for you to check to see if there are any yes responses on your medical form. If there is a yes, or if you have any doubts, then you have time to see your family doctor who is familiar with your medical history before arriving to the island.


Important: please fill out and bring the medical form  English Form | Spanish Form 


If you have to answer any of the questions with a YES, a doctor will have to evaluate and approve you for diving. In that case please let the doctor fill out the second page. If all answers are a NO you are good to go!


Q: Can I start on any day?

A: You may start on any day as soon as all appropriate paperwork and medical has been completed and if the weather permits


Q: There are exams. What happens if I fail?

A: You must score 75% to pass your exams. If you do not reach this pass rate, your instructor will work with you to attend to any incorrect answers. You may then do a makeup exam. This will continue until you understand all the questions and reach the necessary pass rate. Don`t worry, we are here to help.


Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: There are various options. If you do not have time to reschedule for when the weather improves then we can

  • see if you are completed enough dives and theory for certification as a Scuba Diver which is a subset of your Open Water course. This is a permanent certification.

  • Issue a referral for you to finish at another location with another instructor. Referrals last for 12 months

  • Refunds will apply in accordance to the amount of work that has been completed by the student. Please refer to refund policy


Q: I am very nervous about this. I have no experience.

A: You have already taken the first step and that is even considering doing this. Well done. Now you just need to get in there and do it. We will work closely with you all the way. We all must start somewhere so why not where the water is warm and visibility unsurpassed. Our instructors have lots of experience and will be there to hold your hand (literally if needed) every step of the way. Being nervous is natural when you are entering something that you cannot even imagine. Don’t worry, it is normal to be nervous. Just know that once you are beneath the waves on your first dive it will all be worth it. It is like meditation and incredibly beautiful.


Q: I have done a DSD before. Does this count toward my PADI Open Water Course?

A: Unfortunately not unless you arranged with your DSD instructor to do the appropriate skills on your first dive (The skills you completed in shallow water do not count, you need to repeat these out in the open water) and have the appropriate paperwork. You will be doing 4 dives on your open water course regardless of having completed a DSD as each tour with us is for 2 tanks. You will, however, have the huge advantage of knowing what is coming and you will find you are a lot more comfortable with the skills in the water than someone who has never dived before.


Q: Do I get a discount if I have done a DSD and then do my Open Water course?

A: If you do your DSD with us and then decide to continue toward your Open Water course you may discuss with us any discounts that will apply. If you did not do a DSD with us, then no discounts apply but you will find that you are much more adept and comfortable than someone that has never dived before.


Q: Can I do extra dives, if I do not feel comfortable, to build my confidence and experience, before completion of the course?

A: yes, we call these excursion dives. An excursion dive is an extra dive with no formal performance requirements conducted during this course. Excursion dives allow student divers to gain experience applying general diving skills (such as buoyancy control) in open water under supervision.  These excursion dives are not included in the cost of the open water course as they are additional dives and must be paid separately.


Q: Can I start any specialities while doing my open water course?

A: Yes, we call this linking courses and you may start the following specialities concurrent with the PADI Open Water course.


1. Peak Performance Buoyancy — integrate knowledge development at any time during the course. Conduct Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive 1 skills any time during Dive 2, 3 and 4. Conduct another dive beyond course dives to complete Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive 2 skills.


2. Project AWARE or Coral Reef Conservation course — integrate any time during the course.


3. Enriched Air Diver — integrate knowledge development, predive simulation and practical application exercises any time during the course. Enriched air dives are not required; however, the diver must complete Open Water Diver certification to earn Enriched Air Diver rating. Minimum student diver age is 12.


4. Digital Underwater Photographer Level One — integrate knowledge development any time during the course. Conduct Level One photo dive in confined water any time after Confined Water Dive 3, or in open water as part of the tour portion of Open Water Dive. Conduct an additional dive in open water beyond the course dives for Level Two.


5. Boat Diver — integrate knowledge development and conduct all 4 Open Water course dives from a boat. Complete Boat Dive 1 skills during Dives 2, 3, and 4. Conduct another dive beyond course dives to complete Boat Dive 2 skills.


6. Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) — integrate knowledge development any time during the course. Conduct DSMB Dive 1 skills any time during Dive 2, 3 and 4. Conduct another dive beyond course dives to complete DSMB Dive 2 skills.

Ask the dive center for any further details and costs involved.

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