PADI Scuba Diver course

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Recreational Diver level 1 *

certification course

* EN 14153-1 / ISO 24801-1 - LEVEL 1 "SUPERVISED DIVER"


Private instructor

2 training shore dives

2 experience boat dives

Full scuba diving equipment rental

Interactive Training Material for home-study (PADI eLearning)

PADI Certification Card Processing Fee

For those who want to learn to dive and get the first level diving certification

start time 2:00pm

duration: 2 half-days

from € 390

I recommend to complete the knowledge development portion of the course at home, at your own pace, using the interactive PADI eLearning® system.
This will allow you:
to get the maximum benefits from the practical portion of the course,
to optimize the time with your PADI instructor,
to spend more time to in-water practice and,
to free up valuable pleasure time during your stay.
Book your course now, get your digital PADI Open Water Diver manual and start your adventure !

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Course Description

Recreational diver level 1 certification course "Supervised Diver" (UNI EN 14153-1 /ISO 24801-1).

As a certified PADI Scuba Diver you'll be able to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of an instructor or a dive guide to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet ;
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised;
  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification, "Autonomous Diver" (UNI EN 14153-2 / ISO 24801-2), and taking certain specialty diver courses.

The theoretical part of the course is carried out by the student, before the start of the practical part, through the self-study of the digital training material and the passing of the final test.

The practical course begins in the early afternoon, at 14:00, with the registration procedures, meeting with the instructor and verification of theoretical knowledge, preparation of equipment and two dives from the shore to carry out the basic drills in confined water.

The next morning at 8.00 am we are getting ready for the two experience dives from the boat in the Portofino marine park. The return is scheduled around 1:00pm. If all the minimum standard requirements are met, student receive the PADI Scuba Diver international certification.

PADI eLearning - FAQ

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning™ – Program Details

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba certification course, with millions of people having started their diving adventures as PADI Open Water Divers. Now, PADI Open Water Diver eLearning™ adds the ease and convenience of tablet-based learning, allowing you to access the PADI Open Water Diver Manual, videos and other content while offline. (You will, however, need an internet connection to complete quizzes and to submit Knowledge Reviews.) Use PADI Open Water Diver eLearning to complete knowledge development – facts, principles, concepts – and review dive skills you will learn, including techniques and methods. PADI Open Water Diver eLearning provides the knowledge development portion of the course, then you learn and practice dive skills with a PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort.

What’s so great about PADI Open Water Diver eLearning?

As you progress through the material, you’ll be presented with interactive presentations including videos, audio, graphics and text. Short quizzes gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might miss. This allows you to progress efficiently and at your own pace. In order to complete the five required Knowledge Reviews, you must be connected to the internet and logged in. After completing each Knowledge Review, you’ll receive an email with the results, so please check your spam filter or junk mail folder in case you don’t see one. If you don’t receive an email, you can log into the PADI eLearning Portal with your email address and password to confirm your Knowledge Review. Once logged in, click on View eRecord to see if you have a score for the Knowledge Review you just completed. This also applies to the quizzes and exams.

What else is required to complete the course?

Prior to certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll visit your PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete your training. You’ll take a short Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course, and you must successfully complete five confined water dives and four open water training dives with your PADI Instructor. You learn and master each of the required skills in confined water (swimming pool-like conditions) first before moving on and showing your instructor that you can comfortably repeat those skills in open water. As a PADI Open Water Diver, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you’ve trained in.

What does PADI Open Water Diver eLearning cost and cover? Is the fee refundable?

The cost of PADI Open Water Diver eLearning varies by region and is nonrefundable. The fee covers your knowledge development training and unlimited access to PADI Open Water Diver eLearning via the PADI Digital Library.
 Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will charge an additional fee for the in-water portion of your course. You may also need to purchase a mask, snorkel, pair of fins and other personal dive equipment. Your PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you choose equipment suited to your needs, and you may also need a Recreational Dive Planner (Table or eRDP version) and log book. Contact your dive center for all of these things and to find out the total course cost. 

How long do I have to complete the program? How long does it take?

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning will be available for one year from the time of program registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver Manual through the PADI Digital Library app. The PADI Open Water Diver eLearning should take approximately 12 to 15 hours to complete.

How do I document that I’ve completed the knowledge development portion of the program?

Once you finish PADI Open Water Diver eLearning, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical portion of the course. At the end of the Open Water Diver eLearning program, you will need to print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Dive Center or Resort, or email it to them.

Is PADI Open Water Diver eLearning available for Apple? Android? Windows?

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning is currently available for Apple and Android operating systems only.

PADI Scuba Diver course  
Single participant €490
2 to 4 participants €390

Prices per person. All-inclusive. No hidden costs.


Applicants for a PADI Scuba Diver course must:

  • Be a minimum of 12 years of age;
  • Be able to swim in open water;
  • Submit proof of completion of the PADI Open Water Diver course final exam through the home-study (PADI eLearning);
  • Understand, complete and sign the Diver Medical Questionnaire:

Before enrolling in the course, each participant must verify that they have no contraindications to diving. The first step is to carefully read the attached Medical Diver Questionnaire. If you answer NO to each question of the medical form, it is sufficient to bring a medical certificate of suitability for non-competitive sporting activity no older than one year (at the start date of the course). The answer YES, to one or more questions on the form, requires the approval and signature of a doctor in the appropriate section on the back of the Diver Medical Questionnaire.


Check-in time 2:00pm at our dive base:

via Jacopo Ruffini, 47
Santa Margherita Ligure

What To Bring
  • Medical Statement properly completed and signed;
  • Proof of completion of the knowledge reviews chapters 1, 2, 3 of the PADI Open Water Diver digital manual ;
  • Swimsuit, towel and flip-flops;
  • Remedies for seasickness
Terms and Conditions

Securing a reservation with your payment means you accept the terms and conditions of our Cancellation Policy below:

  • Cancellation received with more than 14 days notice: full refund less online payment provider fee (4,5% max).
  • Cancellation received between 14 and 2 days before the scheduled check-in time: 50% refund of the amount paid or full refund (100%) in the form of a diving voucher valid for one year.
  • Cancellation received less than 48 hours before the scheduled check-in time or no-show: no-refunds.
  • In the unfortunate event that boat tours and scuba diving activities are cancelled due to adverse weather conditions or other unforeseeable changes caused by Portofino Divers: full refund (100%) of the amount paid for the cancelled services.

The PADI e-Learning fee of €228, for the purchase of teaching materials and certification processing, is non-refundable under any circumstances and will not be refunded in case of course cancellation. The training material is assigned to the student and can be used in the future at any PADI Center.

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It is recommended to book the course well in advance to allow time to receive and study the PADI eLearning® digital training material

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