Dive courses

Doing a dive course in the Komodo National Park is an opportunity not to be missed. You only have to accept that after diving here you will be.. spoiled for life, since it will be hard to find anything comparable anywhere else!

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All our instructors can speak English, Spanish and Italian and some also French, Portuguese and German. All of them have years of teaching experience under their belts and will be happy to start a new diving adventure with you. We have plenty of manuals and DVDs for your learning needs, comfortable classrooms where you can study and dive sites with just the ideal conditions where you can practice your diving skills. With our courses we prefer to limit the number of students to three per instructor, or even two if possible. At Flores Diving Centre we follow the PADI standards and didactics, supplemented with our experience and knowledge of the local diving environment. Below is a list of the courses we offer:

PADI Open Water Diver: For absolute beginners. With this course you will learn all the theory and skills you need to dive independently (that is unsupervised) to a maximum depth of 18 m. The course consists of three main parts: theory, skill learning & practice in confined water and skills & dive practice in open water. During the theory modules you will learn about the physics and physiology of diving, diving equipment, safety rules and problem management. During the confined water section of the course you will learn the necessary dive skills in shallow and protected water conditions, while the open water section will enable you to practice those skills during actual open water dives. At the end of the course – and upon successful completion of a final exam – you will receive your PADI Open Water Diver certification, perpetual and valid worldwide. Duration of the course: 3-4 days, depending on sea and weather conditions.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver: For certified divers wanting to explore new possibilities and experience a range of dive types and conditions that are off-limits for the Open Water certificate-holder. This course will considerably improve your diving skills and confidence level, enabling you to dive to a maximum depth of 40 m (though we recommend you limit your dives to 30 m and leave 40 just for emergencies). The course consists of 5 dives (2 mandatory plus 3 elective), each one preceded by a thorough pre-dive briefing. The two mandatory dives are Deep and Underwater Navigation, while you can choose the rest according to your interests and preferences: night diving, wreck diving, boat diving, underwater naturalist, underwater photography and many more. At the end of the course you will receive your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, perpetual and valid worldwide. Duration of the course: 2-3 days, depending on sea and weather conditions.

PADI Emergency First Responder (EFR): A short but comprehensive first-aid course where you will learn the theory and practical skills that will enable you to manage out-of-water emergencies of various nature, as you will practice cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other important first aid procedures. This course is a pre-requisite for the Rescue Diver course. Upon completion you will receive your PADI Emergency First Responder certification. Duration of the course: 1-2 days.

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PADI Rescue Diver: For divers who want to be ready in case of a diving emergency, both above and under the water. After this course you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to handle a range of problems that may happen to divers. You will then become not just an experienced diver but a diver that can be relied upon in any situation and that everyone will feel safe and comfortable diving with. After completing the theory and a written exam, we will simulate a number of emergency situations both in confined and open water to which you will be asked to respond. It will all be very realistic and it is quite a demanding course but the reward of getting your sought-after Rescue Diver card is well worth the effort. Duration of the course: 3-4 days, depending on sea and weather conditions.

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PADI Divemaster: This is the longest course we offer, for those who want to step into the world of professional diving and endless career opportunities. You need to be at least 18, a Rescue diver with a current 1st Aid & CPR ticket and have a minimum of 40 dives documented on your logbook in order to enroll in this course. As a Dive Master you will be able to lead dives, guide and assist certified divers under water and also assist instructors with their courses, with the status and responsibility that come with this privilege. The course has a minimum duration of 1 month. During this amazing time you will be ‘one of us’, helping our staff on the boat, in the water, in the equipment room and with the compressor. Basically you will be learning how to be a leader in all circumstances and with divers of different experience and skill levels.

Discover Scuba Experience (DSE): Last but not least, a wonderful diving experience for those who never tried diving before but do not have the time or the resolve (yet) to enroll in an Open Water Diver course. You will receive a thorough briefing and practice some easy skills in shallow water before going out for a real open water dive, hand in hand with our instructors. It will take less than a day and you will be left wanting for more!