January 14, 2019

Dive Courses

PADI Dive Courses

Being the pioneer in diving services in the island of Malapascua, we offer the most comprehensive curriculum in diving courses in this exotic paradise. Our scuba dive courses are held every day of the week, with the very latest in education materials and methods. Our highly experienced instructor team truly offers a safe, enjoyable & fun learning experience for all ages and skill levels.

 

We are a PADI 5-star instructor development dive resort, and our courses are designed to cater to a wide range of cliente, from the beginner to the aspiring diving instructor looking to establish his or her own dive career.

In addition, we are also the pioneer in diving courses designed specifically around the Thresher Sharks seen off the shores of Malapascua island. With this Specialty Course, we aim to not only teach people to dive responsively with the thresher sharks but also to make people aware of what the Thresher Shark is, and their status as an endangered marine wildlife species.

 

Take a look at some of our diving courses below (there are also numerous PADI e-learning options available, learn more):

Recreational Dive Courses

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Minimum Age 10 years old
Duration 3 Hours
Prerequisites Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water with basic swimming skills.
Price PHP4,500 + PHP2,500 for optional follow-up dive

Description :
Have you ever thought of diving but just don’t have the time? Well here at Exotic in just half a day you can experience the delights of the underwater world, through our professional PADI instructor led Discover Scuba Diving program. After a straightforward knowledge development session covering equipment, safety and diving skills you are ready to discover the attractions of underwater Malapascua in one of our secluded dive sites, just a short boat journey from Exotic Resort. A shallow in-water skill session is followed by a gentle dive on one our reefs reaching a maximum depth of 12 meters.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of recognition, which can be used as credit towards your full Open Water Certification. (The credit is worth one confined water session and one open water dive - at Exotic)

PADI Scuba Diver

Minimum Age 10 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water with basic swimming skills.
Price PHP14,000

Description:
Want to become a certified diver but haven’t got the time for the full Open Water Course? Then the PADI Scuba Diver rating is for you. Essentially a sub-course of the Open Water, you complete three knowledge sessions & confined water dives and two open water dives. Once completed you are certified to dive under the supervision of a PADI Divemaster or Instructor within the limits you learn to a maximum depth of 12 meters. You can also easily upgrade it to the full Open Water rating in the future.

PADI Open Water Diver

Minimum Age 10 years old
Duration 4 Days
Prerequisites Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water with basic swimming skills.
Price 
PHP19,500

Description :
The most popular scuba diving course in the world is the PADI Open Water Course. This course gives you the foundational knowledge and skills you need to be able to dive with a buddy independent of supervision.

The course consists of classroom sessions, where you learn about the theory of diving through watching PADI videos and completing Knowledge Reviews, followed by a simple exam. There are five confined water sessions (often combined), where you take your first breaths underwater and learn how to complete some basic diving skills. There are also four open water dives, where you put into practice what you learn in confined water, as well as enjoying the wonders under the ocean.

The course includes the PADI Open Water manual, log book, recreational dive planner, certification and use of all required diving equipment. Upon completion you will receive a lifelong PADI certification card, which is recognized worldwide and allows you dive to a maximum 18 meters depth.

PADI e-learning option available

Price
See the link below for price of the PADI Open Water Diver Online Course, which is paid directly to PADI. It covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual (course textbook).
Exotic's charge is PHP15,000 for 5 confined water sessions and 4 open water dives including equipment, log book and certification. This fee will be paid here at Exotic.

Register now for PADI Open Water Diver Online Course

PADI Scuba Review

Minimum Age 10 years old
Duration 3 Hours
Prerequisites Scuba diver and above
Price PHP2,500

Description :
If you have not been diving in a while this is a great way to review and update your knowledge and skills. You’ll go over a simple knowledge development session followed by an in-water skills review and be ready to get back in the ocean!

PADI Adventure Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver

Minimum Age 10/12 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization.
Price PHP12,500 for Adventure Diver (3 dives)/PHP15,000 for Advanced Open Water Diver (5 dives)

Description:
Exploration, Excitement, Environment! That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about and you can start right after earning your Open Water Diver certification. It’s designed to advance your diving by building confidence and expanding your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. There’s nowhere better to continue your dive adventures than with Exotic and Malapascua’s early morning deep dive at Monad Shoal to see the world famous thresher sharks!

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three from any of the following that interest you:

Aware Fish ID, Boat, Drift, Enriched air Nitrox, Multilevel, Naturalist, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Photography, Search & Recovery or Wreck.

Complete individual Adventure Dives and gain credit for each one towards final certification or use the dive towards the corresponding Specialty Course. You can take as many Adventure Dives as you like – the minimum is five to complete the Advanced course but if you’re interested in additional Adventure dives just let us know. If you complete any three of the Adventure dives you will be certified as a PADI Adventure Diver.

PADI e-learning option available

Price
See the link below for price of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Online Course, which is paid directly to PADI. It covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual (course textbook).
Exotic's charge is PHP12,500 for Advanced Open Water Diver (5 dives) including equipment and certification. This fee will be paid here at Exotic.

Register now for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Online Course

Emergency First Response

Minimum Age None
Duration 1 Day
Prerequisites Anyone interested in learning emergency care may attend
Price PHP9,500

Description :
This contemporary one-day first aid course is not just for divers. If you have ever been in a situation where you wished you knew just a little bit more about first aid, then this is the course for you. The EFR course extensively covers basic emergency first aid, CPR, shock management, choking and secondary care plus many more life saving skills that we all should know. Upon completion you will receive a certification card that is recognized worldwide. EFR is also a requirement for the rescue diver course if you do not hold any other current first aid certificate.

PADI Rescue Diver

Minimum Age 12 years old
Duration 4 Days or 5 Days with EFR
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization to participate in confined water only. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization to participate in rescue training sessions in open water. Complete a sanctioned course in CPR (such as EFR Primary Care) and basic first aid (such as EFR Secondary Care) within the past 24 months.
Price PHP20,900 for Rescue Diver alone/PHP29,950 for Rescue Diver + EFR

Description:
Could you recognize and help a diver in distress? Could you calm a panicked diver? What would you do if you come across an unconscious diver? This challenging, rewarding and fun course will teach you how to help yourself and others in need. Expand your knowledge through engaging classroom sessions and ten exciting in-water skill exercises. Then put this knowledge to the test in your final adrenalin-filled rescue scenarios.

PADI e-learning option available

Price
See the link below for price of the PADI Rescue Diver Online Course, which is paid directly to PADI. It covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Rescue Diver Manual (course textbook).
Exotic's charge is PHP17,900 for Rescue Diver alone/PHP26,950 for Rescue Diver + EFR including equipment and certification. This fee will be paid here at Exotic.

Register now for PADI Rescue Diver Online Course

Specialty Courses

We offer many specialty courses that take between 1 to 3 days and all give you a PADI specialty certification card. All these courses are led by one of our experienced PADI Specialty Instructors. And remember that if you accumulate 5 different PADI specialty ratings you can become a Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating worldwide.

Check below for some of our most popular specialty courses and contact us for more options, or simply email us at gopro@malapascua.net

Most popular PADI specialty courses

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider

Minimum Age None
Duration 1/2 Day
Prerequisites Anyone who is interested in using emergency oxygen
Price PHP6,900

Description:
Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid. The course starts about dive injuries, different types of emergency oxygen equipment and safety considerations when using oxygen. Then you’ll practice:

  • - Assembling and disassembling emergency oxygen equipment.
  • - Deploying a non-rebreather mask and a demand inhalator valve on a breathing diver.
  • - Using a pocket mask on a nonbreathing diver.

PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Diver

Minimum Age 12 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP9,900

Description:
Love sharks? Scared of sharks? Or do you just want to know more about them? This course will let you discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies. You’ll learn more about the causes of declining shark populations and the actions you can take to become a knowledgeable and passionate shark defender. By being informed, you can dispel misconceptions and act to protect sharks. At the end of your classroom session and two open water dives at either Gato Island (Whitetip Reef Shark) or Monad Shoal (Thresher Shark), you will be able to explain:

  • - The conservation status of sharks, why they are unique and vulnerable, and the importance of healthy shark populations.
  • - How to manage threats to sharks, recognize the value of sharks and remove barriers to conservation.
  • - Actions you can take to protect sharks and how joining a global movement of divers can help to protect sharks.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

Minimum Age 10 years old
Duration 1 Day
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP10,900

Description:
Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You can improve the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevate them to the next level. You will more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. During two open water dives, you’ll learn how to:

  • - Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy.
  • - Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • - Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water.
  • - Hover effortlessly in any position – vertical or horizontal.

PADI Night Diver

Minimum Age 12 years old
Duration 3 Nights
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP13,000

Description: 
Do you enjoy the calm tranquility of night diving? Become a night specialist. Learn how to navigate at night, the nighttime creatures and how to find them. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

  • - Light handling and communication techniques.
  • - Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
  • - Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.

PADI Sidemount Diver

Minimum Age 15 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP17,500

Description:
Got back problems? Have trim issues? Need more air? Want to travel light? Looking for some new challenges? Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water dives you’ll learn how to:

  • - Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • - Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • - Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, if wearing two cylinders.
  • - Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

PADI Search and Recovery Diver

Minimum Age 12 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Advanced Open Water Diver status or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP15,000

Description:
Have you ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it? Then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you. During the course you will work with your instructor gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search. In four open water dives you’ll practice:

  • - Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
  • - Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
  • - Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
  • - Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox

Minimum Age 12 years old
Duration 1/2 Day
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP10,900

Description:
Fed up with leaving the bottom early? A great way to spend longer time in some of our best dive sites- imagine 40 minutes in Monad Shoal with thresher sharks? The advantage and hazards of using nitrox are clearly explained using manual and video, then knowledge is tested in a multiple choice exam. Upon completion you can enjoy two complimentary fun dives with nitrox.

PADI e-learning option available

Price
See the link below for price of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Online Course, which is paid directly to PADI. It covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Enriched Air Diver Manual (course textbook).
Exotic's charge is PHP8,900 for the physical practices and two complimentary fun dives with nitrox including equipment and certification. This fee will be paid here at Exotic.

Register now for PADI Enriched Air Diver Online Course

PADI Exotic Thresher Shark Diver

Minimum Age 12 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
Price PHP9,900

Description:
Our very own distinctive Thresher Shark specialty course approved by PADI. This interesting course includes knowledge development sessions covering why the thresher sharks are here, the threats they face, as well as basic anatomy and how to dive responsibly with the animals. Then we take you on two dives to the famous Monad Shoal where you have the chance to dive with these wonderful sharks. 
At the end of your classroom session and two open water dives at Monad Shoal, you will be able to explain:

  • - Interesting facts about characteristics and behaviors of thresher sharks.
  • - What is a cleaning station and how to identify cleaner fish.
  • - What kind of marine environment attracts thresher sharks and why do they attend shoals around Malapascua.
  • - The threats to thresher sharks in Malapascua and the local establishment to protect them and their environment.
  • - How to dive with the thresher sharks in a manner not to disturb the shark and actions you can take to protect them and their environment.

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer

Minimum Age Snorkelers – None / Supplied Air Snorkelers (SAS) – 5 years old / Scuba divers – 10 years old.
Duration 1 Day
Prerequisites PADI Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization or be a snorkeler
Price PHP13,000

Description:
With today’s point-and-shoot digital cameras available, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly by developing your knowledge, skills and practical techniques necessary to obtain excellent photographs with a digital camera, even on your first photo dive. Through hands-on training during two snorkel/scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

  • - How to choose the right underwater camera system for you.
  • - The PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly.
  • - Principles for good composition of underwater images.
  • - Practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera.

PADI e-learning option available

Price
See the link below for price of the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Online Course, which is paid directly to PADI. It covers your knowledge development training and gives you unlimited access to an electronic version of the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer 
Manual (course textbook).

Exotic's charge is PHP10,900 for 2 open water training dives including equipment and certification. This fee will be paid here at Exotic.

Register now for PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Online Course

PADI Self-Reliant Diver

Minimum Age 18 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization with minimum 100 logged dives
Price PHP15,000

Description:
Do you sometimes need or wish that you can dive alone without a buddy? Or do you want to further develop your knowledge and skills to prepare for such a situation? Then self-reliant diver specialty course is for you! You will learn the potential risks of diving alone, the necessary precautions and equipment to take with you to manage these risks and how to plan your dives properly. During the three open water dives you’ll need to perform:

  • - Calculate your SAC rate (Surface Air Consumption)
  • - Demonstrate skills like hover, switch to redundant air supply system, navigation, deploy a lift bag or DSMB, etc.
  • - Make a dive plan and execute it properly.

PADI Deep Diver

Minimum Age 15 years old
Duration 2 Days
Prerequisites PADI Adventure Diver (with Deep & Underwater Navigation dives) or above
Price PHP15,000

Description:
The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. The deep specialty course will take you to the limits of recreational diving where you maybe increase your chance of a shark encounter! Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • - Specialized deep diving equipment.
  • - Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • - Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

PADI e-learning option

Short of time for the dive course that you want to do? Or do not want to read books on your vacation? There are e-learning options available for certain courses that you can register online and finish the knowledge development part of the course at home.

To purchase it on PADI website, please use the following link and make sure you register under our dive shop (Malapascua Exotic Island Dive Resort/6341) : https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/?irra=6341

You can choose the according e-learning course with the available languages and pay PADI directly online. You will then receive a confirmation email from PADI with instructions for how to proceed the study online. After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace. Once the course is completed please print out the final e-learning record as proof (pdf file).

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration.