Zero to Hero PADI Dive Course Packages

Beginner to Divemaster training packages

Zero to Hero
The term is often used to describe intensive training packages that take complete beginners and train them to divemaster or instructor. We are not a big fan of it, often centers advertising these packages tend to rush training and provide the course content without the necessary amount of diving experience and application between each level.

Our approach is to package training modules (such as the open water course, advanced open water course and others) along with access to non-training dives, and assisting our staff in daily diving activities, providing opportunity for hands on experience and real life application. We believe this is where the learning process is cemented in place.

The term is often misused in the diving industry; most who advertise internships are not offering free training, but instead are selling the courses. There are some who offer training in exchange for work, in our experience this rarely satisfies either parties involved, and the quality of training is impaired due to the work commitments. The work you would be asked to do is typically far from glamorous, you cannot work as a divemaster until qualified, you cannot be qualified until you have done enough work (think mop, bucket and toilet floor).

How we work
What we offer are professionally run courses, combined with the right amount of diving experience and diver interaction. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts on the road to becoming a professional diver. Keep a distance from anyone who tells you otherwise, they are either misleading you, or worse, do not know what it means to be a good dive professional themselves.

Who you will train with
We do things a little differently to most, instead of being assigned to one instructor you will work with two, at least one of those will be an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor (or higher), this means you will be thoroughly prepared for the next step, the PADI IDC, and work with highly trained, and very experienced instructors.

On our full time staff, we have Course Directors, Instructor Trainers and Master Instructors, rarely do you find so much knowledge and experience under one roof, during your training you will have a chance to work with them all.

What it costs
No confusing or misleading deals here, it’s very simple, if you book any other courses with your Divemaster course we will discount those programs by 10% from our advertised rates.

If you need accommodation we can provide a bed in a 2 person fan dorm for 2500 PHP per week, contact us for what is available.

Here is a small sample of available courses at their discounted rates, a larger selection is available on the PADI Courses section of this website.

Course   Duration          Cost               Discounted cost 
Open Water4 days18,000 PHP16,200 PHP
Advanced Open Water2 days14,800 PHP13,320 PHP
EFR (CPR/1st AID)1 day6,800 PHP6,120 PHP
Rescue Diver3 days19,600 PHP17,640 PHP

In the core courses listed above all materials, equipment and certifications are included, nothing else to pay.

Keep in mind some courses are mandatory, some are optional, to get to Divemaster you will need, as a minimum, to be certified Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR and Rescue, and have logged 40 or more dives. If you would like to know more about other recommended courses (such as enriched air, or gas blender) ask us how they can benefit you.

The Divemaster course is 55,000 PHP and includes the Deep and Enriched Air Specialties, the materials are 10,000 PHP, the registration fee with PADI is currently $187 AUD, equipment rental is 1500 PHP per week if needed. We keep these costs separate as you may bring your own materials if you wish, this is a good way to get a head start on your studies before you arrive here, the registration fee is paid directly to PADI.

Gain experience
Once your Divemaster training is complete, you may wish to stick around and gain some more experience. To facilitate this we offer our Divemaster trainees weekly experience packages with unlimited access to scheduled dive trips (subject to available space), for 7500 PHP per week.

Increase your number of diving hours, put your newly learned skills to use, and get something that will stand out on your resume and job applications.

Work Placements
The question “can I work for you after training” comes up a lot, in an ideal world we would employ everyone who trained with us, sadly this is not always possible, we only have so many vacancies. When we do have positions available we always give priority to our graduates (YOU), we know they are good!

What we can do for every new Divemaster looking for work is to use our extensive list of industry contacts to market your resume (we can help with that if you do not have one too), we have been training dive pro’s for a long time and have a good track record of helping our candidates find their first job.

What now
After reading this far you should have some idea of what you would like to include in your training, email us and tell us how long you have to train with us, when you will arrive, what courses you would like to take, we’ll come back to you with a suggested package and cost. If you have any diving experience, please tell us about that as well.

If you would like to continue training past Divemaster to instructor please let us know and we can include that in your quote, you can read more about the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) here

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