PADI and SSI courses with Scuba Madeira

Scuba Madeira offer dive education from all the 2 main dive organisations SSI and PADI.

Choose from the full range of SSI & Padi courses.
Our Try Scuba program, Open Water courses, Advanced Dive training or Go Pro.

PADI and SSI are the two largest scuba diver certification in the world. Their qualifications are recognised across the planet and are mutually compatible.

Bubblemaker (For kids 8 Years)

is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. Have a party or celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker event with friends and family at your local PADI dive shop.

A child must be 8 years old or older. Kids must be comfortable in the water, but no prior experience is necessary. Parental approval is required.


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Try Dive

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course. Scuba Madeir’s Try Dive is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To sign up for a Try Dive experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.
What will you learn?

You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI or SSI Professional.

Scuba Diver

Short on time and long on the urge to become a certified diver? The PADI Scuba Diver certification might just be for you. This course requires less time than the PADI Open Water Diver course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives, resulting in a limited certification. Particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily in the company of a dive guide or if you have limited time to devote to scuba certification, consider becoming a PADI Scuba Diver.

This certification allows for ample dive experience and is a good warm-up for the  Open Water Diver course, if that’s your ultimate goal.

Scuba Divers are qualified to:

– Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or
  Instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters The Fun Part
– The Scuba Diver certification opens the door on the underwater world for anyone 
  who’s thought that a course would take too long or be too difficult.

– Upgrade to Open Water Diver whenever you want! With less time than the Scuba
  Diver course takes, you can make the jump to Open Water Diver certification and
  start scuba diving independently whenever time allows or you’re up for more

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Open Water Diver

Get your Open Water Diver certification. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, discover new adventures or simply see the wondrous world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.

The Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Start your scuba certification online.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

    – Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
    – Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
    – Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 10 years or older

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Adventure Diver

The Adventure Diver course helps you get more out of diving by introducing you to new types of scuba diving adventures. It’s a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your scuba diving skills and gain more confidence.

The Fun Part

Have you always wanted to try digital underwater photography?
How about wreck diving? Here’s your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, get a taste of what you like, and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever.

Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may be credited toward the first dive of the corresponding Specialty course. This means you can be well on your path to becoming a Master Scuba Diver.

What You Learn

You can choose what you’re most interested in learning. Need to work on your buoyancy skills? Try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Want to know what you’re looking at down there? Try the AWARE-Fish Identification Adventure Dive. Choose any three of the following Adventure Dives:

Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 10 years old and older:

    AWARE-Fish Identification
    Boat Diver
    Digital Underwater Photography
    Peak Performance Buoyancy
    Underwater Naturalist
    Underwater Navigator

    Additional Adventure Dives available to scuba divers 12 years old and older:

    Deep Diver
    Diver Propulsion Vehicle
    Multilevel Diver
    Night Diver
    Search and Recovery Diver
    Wreck Diver

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Advanced Open Water Diver

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You’ll hone your skills by completing five adventure dives that introduce you to:

    Underwater navigation
    Deeper water diving  (typically anywhere from 18-30 meters
    A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice 

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Rescue Diver

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

What You Learn

   – Self rescue
   – Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
   – Emergency management and equipment
   – Rescuing panicked divers
   – Rescuing unresponsive divers

To enroll in the Rescue Diver course, you must

   – Be 12 years or older
   – Have a Adventure Diver certification

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Master Scuba Diver

Sharpen Your Skills with the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating

You have the passion. You want to join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. You want to live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world and go places and see things you have never experienced.

The Fun Part

With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.


   – 12 years old
   – Open Water Diver
   – Advanced Open Water Diver
   – Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver
   – Minimum of five Specialty Diver courses
   – Minimum of 50 logged dives

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Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI or SSI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What You Learn

During the Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

As you progress through your Divemaster course, you’ll expand your diving knowledge, hone you skills and increase your confidence. Then, as a Divemaster, you’ll use these attributes to lead, mentor and motivate other divers and experience the joy of seeing them transformed by the majesty of the the acquatic realm..

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