Learn to Dive

If you don’t yet know how to scuba dive, the clear Caribbean water of Roatan is the perfect place to start, with one of Barefoot Divers’ patient, experienced PADI instructors. If you’re not sure scuba diving is for you, the Discover Scuba Diving experience is the perfect way to try it without committing to a full course. Scuba diving lessons leading to PADI Scuba Diver certification and PADI Open Water certification are also available. If you have some time before your trip, you can complete the academic sections ahead of time with PADI e-Learning, leaving only the fun underwater training for your vacation. For more information on course costs, please see our Pricing page.

Before beginning any course with us, you’ll be required to fill out the PADI Medical Statement, and obtain a physician’s clearance if necessary. We recommend having this completed  prior to your holiday to ensure you meet the medical requirements.

Discover Scuba Diving Experience

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The PADI Discover Scuba Diving course is the fastest and easiest way to try scuba diving without the time involved with the full course. After just a half-hour of theory followed by some practice breathing underwater and basic dive skills in the shallows, you will go for a dive up to a maximum depth of 40 feet with your instructor. You will be carefully supervised by of one of our knowledgeable instructors during the entire dive. If you fall in love with diving and decide you’d like to become a certified scuba diver, your Discover Scuba dives may count toward a Scuba Diver or Open Water certification.

PADI Scuba Diver Certification

Do you want a scuba certification so that you can dive more frequently, but minimize the amount of vacation time you spend on your training? Consider the PADI Scuba Diver course, which can be completed in just two to three full days. During that time you’ll need to read three chapters in the manual and complete the respective knowledge reviews, attend three academic sessions, have three practice sessions in shallow confined water, and then two dives in open water.

The resulting certification lets you dive as often as you like, although you have a limit of 40 feet and are required to always dive under the supervision of a dive professional. At a later time, if you want the freedom to dive without instructor supervision to a depth of 60 feet, you can take the extra steps to upgrade to an Open Water certification.

PADI Open Water Diver Certification

The complete open water course is done over a period of 4 to 5 full days, depending on your comfort level. Maximum class size is four people, so you’ll get lots of patient and personalized attention to build your skills and confidence. There is about 12-15 hours of reading and knowledge reviews to complete on your own time in the evenings or prior to starting your course, which you can do before your vacation with e-Learning (see more information on e-Learning at the bottom of this page) or here at the resort in the comfort of a hammock. Book knowledge is reinforced with multi-media presentations and then with practice in a shallow, confined water area.

The five sessions for confined water skills are usually done in the calm, protected waters inside the reef, just off the palapa. Here, you begin your practice in waist-deep water, then progress to slightly deeper water. The open water certifying dives are done off our dive boat in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. There are four open water training dives in total, each followed by an after-dive briefing.

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Children as young as eight years old can have the thrill of trying scuba diving in our pool, staying at a depth of less than five feet of water. It’s the perfect way for younger members of your family to experience the sport you love! Your child should be comfortable in the water but doesn’t need to be a super swimmer. One of the experienced instructors from our dive shop conducts the session, which takes about an hour.


PADI e-Learning

Make the most of your vacation time by completing the academic sessions of the open water course online through PADI e-Learning. Learning to scuba dive requires both knowledge development (facts, principles, concepts) and motor procedures (skills, techniques, methods). The PADI Open Water Diver Course online provides the knowledge development portion. You develop the remaining skills by diving at our resort with a PADI Instructor. E-learning can be done at your own pace and schedule. When you arrive at Barefoot Divers, you’ll be ready to jump in the water and do the confined water training and open water dives.


To sign up for e-Learning, and receive the corresponding discount on course pricing, visit the Barefoot Divers PADI e-Learning sign-up page and follow the on-screen prompts. Make sure Barefoot Divers Store 21172 is selected as your PADI dive center (check the bottom of the screen when purchasing your e-Learning course) so that we receive your records.