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Discover A World Below The Waves

There’s an underwater world waiting to be explored. And guests can discover it for themselves with PADI Scuba diving certification, offered exclusively on Royal Caribbean. No other cruise line offers the convenience of an onboard certification program through PADI, the largest, most trusted diver training organization in the world.

Enjoy dives in some of the best spots in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Australia. Plus choose from a variety of courses — from newbies to experienced divers, all are welcome. And all courses are taught by professional PADI dive instructors, ready to turn your cruise vacation into an immersive adventure.

PADI Open Water Diver Course

PADI Open Water Diver Course

Take the plunge and discover the wonders of the aquatic world through an entry-level scuba diving certification program. The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the world’s most popular scuba course. You’ll begin at home by studying the basic principles of scuba diving and safety-related skills using either PADI TouchTM app or PADI eLearning® online. Then once onboard it’s time to hit the water: within the shallow surroundings of your ship’s onboard pool, you’ll be led by expert Dive Instructors through confined water dives. Next, you’ll head out by boat at two different cruise ports to experience two-tank dives at some of the world’s most spectacular underwater destinations. At the end of your certification course, you’ll be equipped to execute dives independently in depths of up to 60 feet.

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PADI Discover Scuba® Diving Program

PADI Discover Scuba® Diving Program

First-time divers will practice in the safety of shallow waters, learning to use scuba gear and becoming acquainted with the sensation of weightlessness. Then set off to explore the fascinating waters on a guided tour of stunning marine habitats. Marvel at coral reefs alive with sea life – see brilliant tropical fish, sea turtles and stingrays. Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

Try Dive

Try Dive

Experience the thrill of breathing and exploring underwater without taking the plunge into a scuba diving certification course. This 30-minute program is alongside professional instructors who teach you the basics of scuba within the safe, shallow environment of your ship’s onboard pool. You’ll be equipped with all the necessary scuba gear while learning the ropes: inhale compressed air through your regulator and feel the buoyancy of your compensation vest. Test your vision through a mask and flutter your fins around the pool. Beginners, this is an opportunity to get your fins wet with a quick and easy introduction on what it takes to explore underwater worlds.

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PADI ReActivate® Program

PADI ReActivate® Program

If you haven’t dived in over two years, refresh your skills before you dive with us. Start off at home with the convenience of ReActivate Touch app or ReActivate Online, you can develop a better understanding of dive safety, dive planning and problem management — all at your own pace. You’ll then join a PADI Dive Instructor in the onboard pool to practice safety-related skills and any other specific technicalities you’d like to cover. After your refresher course you’ll receive a replacement certification card. Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics before a diving excursion, the ReActivate program is an easy way for PADI certified divers to boost their confidence and enjoyment.

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Private Dives

Private Dives

Enjoy the personal attention from our PADI Dive Instructors on a dive exclusively for you. Perfect for family and friends, our private dives are for guests taking the Open Water Diver Course as well as guests who are already certified. Email royaldiver@rccl.com to find out more.

PADI Five Star Dive Centers

PADI Five Star Dive Centers

All onboard dive shops are PADI Five Star Dive Centers, which means they offer a comprehensive range of PADI diving programs, superior equipment selection with professional fittings and a wide range of exhilarating diving opportunities.

ALREADY CERTIFIED? EXPLORE EVEN MORE.

Certified divers are welcome to jump right into the action and experience some of the best dive sites at sea with Royal Caribbean.

Explore the Caribbean’s legendary shipwrecks or the magnificent Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest in the world. Discover the mysterious underwater grottos off the coast of Vanuatu, the famous reefs of Grand Cayman — and so much more.

Royal Caribbean offers certified divers underwater adventures in the world’s best sites. Pick a destination and explore your options.

Royal Caribbean offers certified divers underwater adventures in the world’s best sites. Pick a destination and explore your options.

Ships That Offer PADI Certification

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Meet Our Padi Dive Instructors

From the Bahamas to the Great Barrier Reef, our PADI-certified dive instructors have explored fascinating underwater worlds all around the globe. And they’re eager to share their passion for diving with you.

Jonathan Forbes

Jonny is from South Africa and has been diving since he was 13. He has experience in baited shark dives and 3 years of teaching experience in adverse diving conditions. He has a passion for all marine related things and loves sharing his experiences while diving around the world. 

Tara Murphy

Originally from the UK, Tara has spent the last decade teaching scuba diving. It has taken her to amazing places including Australia, South Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean to name but a few! One of her passions is underwater photography and finding those small and unusual critters!

Ulises Dominguez

Since his childhood Ulises has been free diving and amazed by the underwater world. Ulises started SCUBA diving back in the 90’s and decided to become an instructor to help others to achieve his same. Ulises has always been worried about environmental issues with coral reef, and started working with the Reef-Ball Foundation and National Marine Park in Cancun Mexico. Helping to create awareness about sharks and coral reef became my motto in diving.

Ben Shuttleworth

Ben is from the UK and has been a PADI Instructor since 2012. He has taught diving in Thailand, Indonesia, and Mexico and now with Royal Caribbean.  When he is not exploring the underwater world he is normally travelling to new countries. One unusual fact about him: he was part of a unique underwater Guinness World Record.  The largest pyramid of divers underwater which involved 60 divers.

Ewelina Heil

Ewelina is a dive instructor, marine biologist and oceanographer. She really enjoys teaching diving and helping certified divers to acquire additional skills and knowledge. She always tries to encourage divers and not-yet-divers to explore the underwater world in a responsible and sustainable way.

Daisy Beresford-Slinn

Since completing her open water course when she was 13 years old, Daisy always aspired to become a dive instructor. She is from England but for the past 5 years has been travelling while teaching in various countries around South East Asia and Qatar. She is now teaching in the Caribbean on board our ships. She looks forward to sharing her passion with her students and introducing them to her favorite underwater world.

Marcela Rocha

Marcela is half Brazilian and half Spanish. As a PADI IDC Staff, she has been teaching since 2011 between South America and Europe.  Marcela loves to teach and see the way new divers learn to dive, respecting the marine life and “breathing better” underwater.  She loves sharks and feeds this passion diving in the Nassau purple waters.

Katrina Clough

Katrina has been diving since she was 14 years old. In 2016 she became a dive instructor. Teaching other’s the ability to breathe and explore the underwater world is one of Katrina’s passions. She is from sunny Scotland, one of her favorite dive spots is in Nusa Penida, Indonesia where she spotted a school of 20+ manta rays!

Nishchay Phatak

Nish has been diving since 2010 and became a dive instructor in 2014. His most memorable experience was diving in the only volcano in India, Barren Island, with 14 devil rays gliding beneath him and a manta ray just above.

Paul Ancla

Paul loves the underwater world. His favorite places to dive are in South East Asia and Caribbean. He enjoys underwater photography, travel and loves meeting people around the world. Paul did his first scuba diving in 1996 and has been in love with the sport ever since. His passion is to introduce others to scuba diving and share the love for our ocean.

Georgi Dimitrov

When Georgi graduated from high-school, his leading teacher gave him a questionnaire to fill-in. One of the questions was which profession he would choose, and he answered that he wanted to be a diver. Now 10 years later he is proud to be part of Royal Caribbean’s dive team. He has been working as a dive instructor in Denmark, Cyprus, Maldives and Sri Lanka. He started to dive because he wanted to be close to sharks; now after many shark encounters he dives because of the silence found underwater. There are many places to discover under and above the water and all of them are on his list.

Rene Cicero

Rene’s passion for diving began in 2010 and as the passion to being underwater took hold, he built up his career diving the East and West coasts, and unique underground cenotes and cave systems of Mexico, his home nation; and later, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Now as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer with a passion for marine conservation; one of Rene’s career highlights is his recent volunteer work in the Philippines, taking part in an Oceanic research project on large marine vertebrates, focusing primarily on Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. His life as of now is to teach and inspire others to dive and to vacation where he can dive, some of the best spots of which have been the WW2 wrecks in Busuanga and observing the incredible pelagic life in the Sea of Cortez.   

Get Your Diving Gear Onboard

Royal Caribbean takes away the worry of packing dive gear by offering a wide selection of products for rent at our PADI 5 Star Dive Centers. Plus, we have a full range of the world’s top rated diving equipment available for purchase tax and duty free – including Aqua Lung®, Deep See®, Suunto® dive watches and more.

Aqua Lung Mikron Regulator

Aqua Lung Mikron Regulator

Suunto D6i Novo Computer

Suunto D6i Novo Computer

Aqua Lung Infinity Mask

Aqua Lung Infinity Mask

Frequently Asked Questions

What does PADI stand for?

PADI® stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors®, the global leader in scuba diving education.

What does scuba stand for?

Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. The first commercially successful scuba sets were the Aqualung twin hose open-circuit units developed by Emile Gagnan and Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1943, in which compressed air carried in back mounted cylinders is inhaled through a demand regulator and then exhaled into the water adjacent to the tank.

How can I book a PADI Open Water Course or a scuba diving tour?

Tours can be reserved before you sail on Cruise Planner, the online booking tool, or onboard the ship. We recommend booking in advance, as early as possible, as space is limited. PADI Open Water Diver Course can only be booked precruise due to the learning portion of the course, which there isn’t adequate time for once onboard.

How to contact us?

Our PADI Dive Instructors can be reached at royaldiver@rccl.com

What programs can I sign up for?

Our services vary from entry-level training to dive trips for experienced, certified divers.

New to Dive

  • PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE – Also available for private session for small groups and families.
  • PADI DISCOVER SCUBA
  • TRY DIVE

Experienced Divers

  • CERTIFIED DIVERS — Select one of our tours to some of the best dive spots in the world. Also available for private session for small groups and families
  • PADI REACTIVATE PROGRAM
  • GEAR RENTAL —Offered only to guests on a Royal Caribbean scuba diving tour.
What is the cancellation policy?

For Passengers who have booked a PADI program course and desire to cancel their program participation, refunds of the PADI Program Fee will be subject to a cancellation fee. The cancellation fee will be deducted from the amount refunded for the PADI Program Fee. The amount of the cancellation fee varies by program: $200 USD cancellation fee for the PADI Open Water Diver Course; $100 USD cancellation fee for REACTIVATE Program. If Carrier received payment via credit card, the refund will be made back to that credit card. If Carrier received payment from your travel agent, the refund will be provided back to that travel agent.

How do you learn to scuba dive in the PADI Open Water Diver Course?

Scuba certification includes three phases:

  1. Knowledge Development — From the comfort of your home, you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual, either using PADI Touch on a tablet, or online with PADI eLearning®. At the end of each chapter, you’ll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics. PADI Open Water Diver Course must be booked pre-cruise to allow for adequate time for knowledge development.
  2. Confined Water Dives — You’ll develop basic scuba skills in a pool. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer.
  3. Open Water Dives — After your confined water dives, you’ll head to “open water,” where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you’ll get to explore the underwater world. You’ll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer.
How long does it take to get certified?

The great benefit to getting certified through Royal Caribbean is that it can be conveniently accomplished during your cruise, with immediate opportunity to practice your new skills.

How much does the PADI OPEN WATER DIVER course cost?

The cost of the PADI Open Water Diver Course is $599, but compared with other dive resorts our price is the same or lower. When you consider that you are learning to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional — your PADI Dive Instructor — this course offers excellent value. What’s more, you receive certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course.

What is included in the price for PADI Open Water Diver Course?

• PADI Open Water Diver Manual either through PADI Touch or eLearning • PADI dive binder • Log book • Pool Sessions • Four open water dives • Access to PADI Certified Dive Instructor • Gear rental including a Suunto dive watch • Transportation

How many student divers will be in the course?

The average class size is six people. If you prefer private lessons, please reach out to royaldiver@rccl.com

What are the requirements for learning how to scuba dive?

If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind the following requirements.

  • The minimum age is 12 years old
  • All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire regarding health conditions that might pose problems while diving. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. The PADI Medical Form can be found by clicking here.
  • Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water, including: – Swim 200 meters/yards (or 300 meters/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. – Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
  • Each diver must have a personal set of the learning materials for use during the course and for reference after the course.
Where do we offer scuba tours for guests with certifications and Discover Scuba Diving tours?

Our worldwide itineraries offer diving opportunities at some of the best spots in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Australia, including the ports below.

Caribbean

  • CocoCay, Bahamas
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • George Town, Grand Cayman
  • Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
  • Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  • Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
  • Tortola, B.V.I.
  • Willemstad, Curacao

Bermuda

  • Kings Wharf, Bermuda

South Pacific

  • Vila, Vanuatu
  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu
What should certified divers bring with them on a diving tour?

You must bring your SeaPass card, photo identification, and Proof of Dive Certification (required). Additionally, you should bring a waterproof camera, cash/credit cards, sun protection, towel (from ship), and a change of clothes. Valuable items such as jewelry should not be worn on the dive, and can be secured in your stateroom safe.