One of Lonely Planet's "world's best learn-to-dive destinations"...
Why learn with Blue Marlin?
* Blue Marlin is a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, assuring you quality service
* Experienced, multilingual instructors
* Small groups to ensure a personal experience
* Free use of equipment and all PADI books and material
* Extra equipment for rent: dive computers and underwater camera.
Blue Marlin Air is the perfect place to begin your diving adventure or gain your next level of certification. We offer an exclusive training pool, proximity to all the best training sites and we can work one on one over an extended period to ensure you succeed! Our instructors are all certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors or Master Scuba Diver Trainers. Hailing from all over the world, we can teach you in English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch.
Before You Go
Before you arrive in Gili Air, you must be sure that you are in a suitable physical condition for the sport of diving. At the start of the course, every student must complete and sign a PADI Medical Statement, which includes some questions relating to your medical history. By answering the questions, you will discover if you'll require a doctor's check-up before taking to the water. (PADI insists on this if your medical history shows a 'contra-indication' to participating in diving.)
Please, answer each question carefully. If you are unsure of the answer to any of the questions, you should write "yes". Sign and date the bottom of your statement. If any of the answers you give to the questions are "yes", visit your doctor for a medical examination, taking your statement with you to show him/her*. If your doctor is satisfied with your health, you are ready to start your course. However, you must bring BOTH your signed Medical Statement and your doctor's clearance with you to Gili Air, as we are required to keep these with your training records.
Has it been a while since your last dive? Do you feel like your scuba skills and knowledge are a bit rusty? Our refresher course is just what you need to jog your memory. It reacquaints you with diving so that you're back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in less than a day.
If you're not quite sure you want to learn to dive, then the Discover Scuba Diving course is the perfect way to get your feet wet. Discover Scuba Diving allows those interested in scuba diving to experience what it's like to breathe underwater by completing basic training and a dive no deeper than 12 metres under the direct supervision of one of our certified PADI professionals. While not an actual scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
Ready to take the plunge? With your instructor, you will cover the fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. During this diving course, you will complete five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and a minimum of four open water dives. This certification is your passport to the underwater world. After completion of the course, you will be qualified to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 metres.
The PADI Advanced Open Water Course allows divers to try out multiple styles of diving, gaining additional information and experiences to complement what they learnt in their Open Water Course. Passionate about underwater photography? Why not learn a little bit more about taking those perfect photographs? Love ruins and history? Explore wrecks while learning what safety considerations to take in account. The Advanced Open Water Course has a broad range of dives to suit every diver.
EFR is a land and theory-based course that will give you the tools you need to manage emergencies and handle potentially life-threatening accidents. Whether you're a diver or a non-diver, this 1-day course will give you the confidence to help in case of an accident and may save someone's life.
Building upon what you've already learned in previous scuba classes, the rescue course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems and manage them if they occur. You'll learn more about topics such as self-rescue, recognising and managing stress in other divers, emergency management and equipment, rescuing panicked and unresponsive divers and more. Most divers find this course demanding yet incredibly rewarding.
Do you find yourself wanting extra bottom time, but your dive computer just won't give it to you? With enriched air (nitrox), you can potentially extend your bottom time, shorten your surface interval, and increase your safety margin. In this course, you'll learn about techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox; equipment considerations; Enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, analysing your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer.
If you've thought about making diving your life (or maybe just reducing the cost of your vacations!) then becoming a Dive Master is the first step. We treat this level leadership course with the seriousness it deserves while still maintaining a personal touch and keeping it fun. You'll find that there's no more rewarding experience than following our staff through their work and becoming a part of our team. We can tailor this course to your individual needs and schedule, but remember, the more you put in, the more you get out of it.