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Open Water Diver Course

Learn to dive on Gili Trawangan in a safe and fun environment at Manta Dive with our multilingual Dive Instructors and Dive Masters. 

  • Age:
  • Duration:
    3 - 4 days
  • Max dive depth:
    18 meters
  • Price:
    6.400.000 IDR

Learn to dive and Get your Open Water Diver Certification from Manta Dive on Gili Trawangan. Professional and experienced multilingual instructors. This popular diving certification course will give you the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to become a diver.

Open Water Diver Course info

Start your diving adventure with the Open Water Diver Course at Manta Dive, Gili Trawangan – the ideal starting point for beginner divers. Discover the amazing marine life of underwater Gili Trawangan while acquiring the skills to dive all over the world up to a depth of 18 meters.

This comprehensive dive course is broken up into three essential parts: engaging digital theory, hands-on pool training, and four open water dives at our beginner-friendly dive sites around the Gili Islands.

Your first day is a blend of learning essential dive theory combined with a hands-on introduction to your diving gear. Guided by our expert instructors, you'll then dive into pool sessions where you'll get comfortable breathing under water and learn to master the essential diving skills and techniques that you'll need as an Open Water Diver.

Days two and three are where the real adventure begins – four open water dives in the sea. Here, you'll apply your pool-learned dive skills in the sea surrounded by the Gili's vibrant marine life. You will enhance general dive skills like your buoyancy control while reveling in the underwater world of corals, turtles, stingrays, moray eels, white tip reef sharks, tons of fish species and much more.


Turtle during open water diver course gili trawangan

Completing the course earns you the SSI (Scuba Schools International) Open Water Diver certification, a worldwide recognised diving license that allows you to dive up to a depth of 18 meters while accompanied by a dive buddy of a similar or higher certification level. This is equivalant to the Padi Open Water diving license that over the years people have come to know simply as 'getting my Padi'.

Pre-book your Open Water Diver Course Gili Trawangan now, start straight away and get online theory access before you get here, and enjoy an exclusive discount.

Open Water Course Prerequisites

Before you start your Open Water Course, have a look at the following prerequisites.

  • You must be able to swim, there is a swim test on the course.

  • There is a medical questionaire to complete, if you are taking any medication or if you have had any heart, lung or ear problems you may need to have your doctor sign off before you can dive. This needs to be arranged before you arrive. Simply contact us for a questionaire if you are unsure about your medical history and have any questions whatsoever about the possibility to dive.

Things to note for Junior divers:

  • For students up to 12 years old, the depth is limited up to a maximum of 12 meters

  • Students younger than 15 years old will be certified as a Junior Open Water Diver and must dive under the direct supervision of a dive professional or with a certified adult in environments equivalent to their training and depth limits.

What course Comes Next?

After you’re done and have fallen in love with the underwater world, you have several options to continue your experience.

    • Use your new certificate and go on a fun dive with Manta Dive without worrying about learning skills or theory
    • Continue your training with the Advanced Adventurer course allowing you to go deeper below the surface and sample 5 different specialties
    • Complete one of the dozens of Specialty Courses designed to fit every type of diver.


Open Water Dive Course FAQ

What is the duration of the Open Water Diver Course on Gili Trawangan?

The Open Water Dive course on Gili Trawangan can be completed in 3 or 4 days. Usually there will be a short course orientation at the dive center the evening before the course begins.

What is the cost of the Open Water Diver Course on Gili Trawangan?

The Open Water Dive Course on Gili Trawangan costs IDR 6,400,000 (USD 400).   There is also a one time fee of IDR 150,000 (USD 9) per person which goes to the Gili Eco Trust and Marine Park fee.

What are the prerequisites for the Open Water Diver Course on Gili Trawangan?

In order to participate in an Open Water Dive course on Gili Trawangan the student diver needs to complete a medical questionaire to make sure they are fit enough for scuba diving.  It is advisable to check this well before signing up for an Open Water Dive course in case you need to be cleared to dive by your doctor.  Minimum age requirement for the Open water course is 10 years old, but dives are limited to 12 meters maximum depth. You must also be able to complete a swim test.

Is there a minimum age requirement for the Open Water Diver Course on Gili Trawangan?

Yes, there is a minimum age requirement for the Open Water course on Gili Trawangan.  The minimum age requirement is 10 years old.

What is the difference between a Padi Open Water Course and an SSI Open Water Course?

Padi (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International) are the two biggest scuba diving training agencies worldwide and both follow the same industry standards set out by the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council). There is therefore no difference in their certifications. SSI and PADI are just two different certifying agencies offering courses to learn how to scuba dive.

Where PADI and SSI differ is in their approach to teaching people to scuba dive. SSI is renowned for its flexible learning options and recognises that every person has a different learning method. They allow for their instructors to tailor elements of their dive courses to their individual student needs to encourage a more supportive learning environment. The result is individualised scuba diving courses that are far from the ‘production-line’ approach of other agencies. 

Which is better, the Padi or SSI Open Water Course?

The course structure, content and qualification are exactly the same and interchangeable, so you can switch between Padi and SSI for your next course. The key to a great scuba diving experience is a good Instructor, equipment and a relaxed professional environment where you feel comfortable, this is something we pride ourselves on at Manta Dive.

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