DIVE.IS, Iceland’s first and only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center welcomes you to learn diving from a new perspective. Take your PADI Open Water Diver Course in the pristine waters of Iceland and be better prepared for what the ocean can offer you.

At DIVE.IS we offer the PADI Open Water Course which usually takes four days, Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and evening and both weekend days. In this program you will work closely with our instructors to learn the skills and theory necessary to dive safely and have fun doing it. You will develop confidence in the water using both skin diving skills and with scuba equipment and practise planning and executing dives up to 18m depth with a buddy.

After successful completion of the PADI Open Water Course you will be certified to dive to 18m with a buddy, without direct supervision, anywhere in the world. This is a lifetime certification and is recognized by any reputable dive centre. You will also be eligible to receive tank fills and participate in the PADI Diving Society.

What can I do as a PADI Open Water Diver?

  • Plan, organize and execute dives with a certified buddy.
  • Take excursion and training dives at dive centres and resorts around the world.
  • Receive air fills for scuba cylinders.
  • Register and participate in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.
  • Register and participate in selected PADI Specialty Courses.
  • Register in and participate in the PADI Scuba Review.

What Will I Do?

The PADI Open Water Diver Course will cover theoretical modules via eLearning or by independent book study and classroom exams. These include:

  • The Underwater World
  • Dive Equipment
  • Buddy Systems
  • The Dive Environment
  • Communication
  • Dive Planning
  • Problem Management
  • Dive Tables and Dive Computers
  • Navigation

You will also complete five Confined Water modules and a Waterskills Evaluation at a local swimming pool. These include the skills to learn as an entry level diver, a 200m non-timed swim and 10 minute float.

To complete your certification you will complete four Open Water dives over two days. Here you will practise the skills you have learned in the pool in both fresh and saltwater dive sites.

Course Details


April – October

This course might also be available on request.


Prior to beginning participants must:

  • be at least 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)
  • be physically fit
  • know how to swim and be comfortable in water
  • be able to communicate in English
  • not be pregnant
  • complete a PADI Medical Statement

Upon completing the PADI Open Water Course you will have completed:

  • Five Knowledge Development segments, including quizzes and final exam
  • Confined Water Dives 1-5
  • Watermanship requirements: 200m continuous swim and 10 minute float
  • Open Water Dives 1-4

The course is scheduled to run over an extended weekend

  • Day 1: eLearning Quick Review and Confined Water Session 1-5, 10 minute float and 200m swim
  • Day 2: Open Water Dives 1 & 2
  • Day 3: Open Water Dives 3 & 4


Min / Max:
  • The course requires a minimum of 3 students
  • The course runs on a maximum ratio of 4 students to an Instructor.

Your tuition includes all equipment, Open Water Diver CrewPak or eLearning Enhancement CrewPak, PADI certification fee, all confined water session and pool rental and all open water dives. Remedial classes if required are at additional cost.

Your CrewPak includes:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual *
  • Metric RDP Table
  • Logbook incl. Training Record
  • PADI decal, brochures
  • PADI file bag

* not included in the eLearning option


There are three different ways to complete your PADI Open Water Course: 

eLearning Course

PADI now offers the opportunity to complete all your Knowledge Development and Exams online at your own speed. As such you do not need to participate in Day 1 of the course, but merely need to complete a quick review with your instructor, which will be held on Day 2 before the pool session.

Price: 89.990,- ISK

*this price does not include the eLearning registration fee, which is paid direct to PADI


Not sure if the beginner course is for you ?

We offer a try dive pool session on special requests!

Price: 7.500,- ISK


Referral Course

It is possible to complete the course in two separate locations.

You can complete the first half (theory and pool) at home where you live and finish the Open Water Dives here in Iceland with us.

You can also do it the other way around and complete the theory and pool-work with us here in Iceland and do the Open Water Dives somewhere else.

Price for Part 1 (theory & pool): Upon Request

Price for Part 2 (4 Open Water Dives): 69.990,- ISK 

NOTE: Students who would like to join us for Part 2 of of the Open Water Course must have done a confined water session in a dry suit.  If students do not meet this requirement, a pool session in a dry suit can be added to Part 2 for 10.000,- ISK per student.

Standard Course

  • One Knowledge Development Session on Thursday evening
  • Five Confined Water Modules on Friday afternoon and evening
  • Four Open water Dives over two days on the weekend

Price: 99.990,- ISK


Union Grants and Other Benefits 

Most unions in Iceland subsidize a part of the course fee for their members.  We encourage you to find out your rights within your union.

If you are a high school or university student, the course may provide a certain number of credits that you can use towards your degree.

Former DIVE.IS students who have completed their Open Water course with us receive a 50% discount on all diving day tours from Reykjavík.

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