Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba diving course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through with the help of PADI instructors throughout the world. Here at Compass, our team of caring instructor is waiting for you!

The course consists of three main phases – covered over four days:

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

  • Confined dives in a pool to learn basic scuba diving skills

  • 4 Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore the underwater world


  • Age 10 years or older (ages 10 – 14 will receive a junior certification)

  • Good level of physical health

  • NO prior experience with scuba diving is required

Further details:

  • 1 theory day in Dili (or online via PADI eLearning) 

  • 1 confined water session in Dili – lunch included

  • 4 boat open water dives in Atauro – all-inclusive 1 night stay at our lodge