Padi Course Information

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Nautilus Watersports specializes in helping you enjoy your diving holiday here in Paradise. We run FREE introductory pool sessions each afternoon which would enable you to do an introductory resort dive on one of our spectacular reefs accompanied by a qualified Padi instructor.

We can then take you on some additional leisurely reef dives if you chose to do some more or you opt in to carry on and earn your full internationally recognized Padi Open Water certificate. It doesn’t take as long as you think as you have the individual attention of our friendly and experienced instructors looking after you. We have our Port Vila’s only on site training pool and very small class numbers (in lot of cases one on one or the family unit to keep your training personal and specialized.

Nautilus Scuba has PADI certification courses from Open Water through to Instructor running at all times. ( Our Instructor Course By Booking Only) With or own training pool, dedicated class room and latest digital training material, very low instructor to student numbers we are looking forward to taking care of your diving and or training requirements while you are here in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Dive Courses

Scuba Diving Lessons and Dive Courses

Discover Scuba Diving (Introductory Dive)

Price 8,000Vt (Currency conversion) equipment included

Duration ½ day

Minimum Age 10 years

If you want to see the beauty of what diving on a tropical reef has to offer without immediately committing to a certification course then enroll in this program. This experience can be conducted in half a day and requires no previous diving experiences. Under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor you will discover how easy it is to use scuba in a pool environment.

Once you have mastered the basics we’ll take you on an underwater tour of a beautiful tropical reef, to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet, where turtles, lionfish and amazing coral formations await your visit. This program can credit you towards PADI Scuba Diver / Open Water Diver certification.

Discover Scuba Video

Scuba Diver Course

Price 32,000Vt (Currency Conversion) ( 2 dive, Dive Equipment  & Digital manual include).

Price 25,500Vt (Currency Conversion)  (2 Dives & Dive Equipment  included). Theory Completed Via eLearning

Duration 1 ½ days

Minimum Age 10 years

This resort course requires no previous experience and allows you to earn a PADI diving certification in only 1½ days. This certification allows you to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet under the direct supervision of a PADI professional.

The Scuba Diver course is comprised of 3 academic modules, 3 confined water training sessions and 2 open water dives.

Open Water Diver Course

Price 38,0000Vt (Currency Conversion) (4 Dives, Dive Equipment & Digital manual included)

Price 31,500Vt (Currency Conversion) (4 Dives, Dive Equipment  included). Theory Completed Via eLearning

Duration 2 ½ days

Minimum Age 10 years

The Open Water Diver certification is the first complete PADI certification you can earn. This license is the most recognized in the dive industry and will allow you to dive anywhere in the world, independent of professional supervision, to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet.

The Open Water Diver course is comprised of 5 academic modules, 5 confined water training sessions and 4 open water dives. This license is your passport to adventure and the key to open the door of the wonderful underwater world. This course can be conducted in 2 ½ to 3 days and requires no previous diving experience. You’ll be amazed and ask yourself why you never took this course earlier but be warned: diving is addictive.

Packages available – contact Nautilus Watersports directly for more information.

Complete your Padi Open Water theory via eLearning

Adventure Diver

Price 25,500vt (Currency Conversion) (3  Dives & Digital Manual included)

Price 32,000vt (Currency Conversion) (3 Dives, Dive Equipment & Digital Manual Included)

Price 25,500vt (Currency Conversion) (3 Dives Included) Theory Completed Via eLearning

Duration 1 day

Minimum Age 10 years

Once you have earned the Open Water Diver certification you can now immediately discover the differing aquatic environments that diving has to offer. This certification requires just 3 open water dives and can be conducted in 1 day. Choose 3 dives from night, deep, navigation, multilevel, search & recovery, underwater digital photography, and many many more amazing experiences.

Advanced Open Water Course

Price 43,000Vt (Currency Conversion)  (5 Dives, Dive equipment & Digital Manual included)

Price 32,000vt (Currency Conversion) (5 Dives & Digital Manual Included)

Price 25,500vt (Currency Conversion) (5 Dives Included) Theory Completed via eLearning

Price 36,500vt (Currency Conversion) (5 Dives &  Dive Equipment Included) Theory Completed via eLearning

Duration 2 days

Minimum Age 10 years

Now you are really discovering the adventure of diving when you earn this certification. This license allows you to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 30 metres/100 feet. This certification requires just 2 days, 1 day if you already hold an Adventures in Diving certification. There are 2 dives that are mandatory in the course, Deep and Navigation. Then complete the course with 3 dives of your choosing from night, naturalist, multilevel, search & recovery, underwater photography and many many more amazing experiences.

Packages available – contact Nautilus Watersports directly for more information.

Emergency First Response

Price 20,000Vt (Currency Conversion)

Duration 1 day

Primary Care:

A non-diving certification that teaches you the basic first aid care and CPR. This program has no minimum age requirements so is ideal for all family members. This certification is a prerequisite for all PADI courses beyond the Advanced Open Water Diver. In just a ½ day you can build your confidence and know how to act in the event of an emergency.


Secondary Care:

Build upon your CPR skills by learning how to provide secondary care to a patient when the care provided by a local emergency services will be delayed. The secondary care module shows you how to assess illnesses, injuries and splint wounds. Other additional skills include an orientation to providing oxygen and dealing with choking adults. In 1 day become a competent Emergency First Responder.

Rescue Diver Course

Price 36,500vt (Currency Conversion) (Digital Manual Included) 

Price 43,500vt (Currency Conversion) (Dive Equipment & Digital Manual Included)

Price 30,000vt (Currency Conversion) Theory Completed via eLearning

Price 36,500vt (Currency Conversion) (Dive Equipment Included) Theory Completed via eLearning

Duration 3 days

Minimum Age 12 years

Build your confidence and abilities as a PADI Rescue Diver. This 3 day program improves your diving skills and has 5 academic modules that teach you to recognize diver stress, diving first aid, emergency management and dive equipment problems. The in-water exercises will give you the ability to deal with distressed, tired, panicking, unconscious and missing divers.

This course will really improve your confidence and make you a more competent diver. Family, friends and other divers will always feel more assured knowing they are diving with a PADI Rescue Diver. This course is required as a prerequisite to begin professional training as a PADI Dive Master.

Packages available – contact Nautilus Watersports directly for more information.

Master Scuba Diver Course

Price dependant on Specialty Courses chosen

Duration dependant on Specialty Courses chosen

Minimum Age 12 years

This non-professional rating is recognized as one that denotes an experienced and accomplished scuba diver. To achieve this rating requires a diver to take 5 PADI Specialty Diver Courses. The PADI Rescue Diver and EFR certification are prerequisites to this course. This the highest non professional rating a diver can earn and represents a niche group of distinguished and knowledgeable divers.

Specialty Diver Courses

Price 22,500Vt – 36,500Vt (Currency Conversion) equipment included

Duration 1 – 2 days dependant on Specialty course chosen

Specialty courses are means for which divers to explore interests in specific dive activities. Choose from:

  • Deep Diver (min age 15)
  • Wreck Diver (min age 15)
  • Night Diver (min age 12)
  • Navigation (min age 10)

  • Videography (min age 10)
  • Photography (min age 10)
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (min age 10)
  • Naturalist (min age 10)

These courses improve a divers knowledge in certain fields of diving and act as a foundation for further education. Specialty programs can be conducted in 1-2 days and can credit with the Adventures in Diving certification. Please enquire directly to Nautilus Watersports for information about a specific specialty program you may be interested in taking.

Dive Master Course

Price on application

Duration “Option A” 12 days

“Option B” 4 weeks

Minimum Age 15 years

The DiveMaster program welcomes you to the ranks of a PADI dive professional, come join us at Nautilus Watersports for your PADI DiveMaster training, a change in lifestyle awaits. The PADI DiveMaster rating is the most sought after professional qualification in the dive industry. DiveMaster training can be conducted in 2 different options, Option ‘A’ of 12 days or Option ‘B’ of 4 weeks. Option ‘A’ is more suitable for candidates who have time constraints, yet have close to 50 dives and study all the theory independently prior to starting the course whereas option ‘B’ is ideal for candidates with close to 20 dives and who have the time to mentor with our Instructors on an internship, working with real students.

Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI DiveMaster. Working closely with PADI Instructors, you’ll expand your dive knowledge and perfect your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI DiveMaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

Referral Courses

Price 25,500Vt (Currency Conversion) equipment included

Duration 2 days

Minimum Age 10 years

If you have completed your PADI Open Water academic and confined water training then join us for 4 Open Water dives in the beautiful waters around Port Vila. Our Instructors will assist you to build you confidence and prepare you for some of the best dives you could ever wish for on an entry level program. The referral option for your PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed in just 2 days.

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