padi courses

to observe a fish you must become a fish

Jacques Cousteau

Begin your diving adventure, gain your next level of certification or even begin your career as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Blue Marlin Dive. Our PADI 5 STAR IDC DIVE RESORT caters to veteran divers and novices alike with a full array of PADI courses. Whether you choose to study in our air-conditioned classroom or prefer to revise beachside, our training pool and state of the art facilities will ensure you have nothing to worry about but the course at hand.

Blue Marlin’s PADI Instructors are committed to you as a student, ensuring that divers not only check off the PADI requirements but truly improve their skills. Hailing from all over the world, they teach courses in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Swiss German and Bahasa Indonesia. Courses always feature small groups: this allows students more one on one attention and also helps us to get to know you better! At Blue Marlin Dive, we believe in family and find many of our students and instructors develop lifelong friendships. Each course has a maximum of 4 students per instructor and is inclusive of dive computer rental for the duration of your course.

Blue Marlin Dive is a name you can trust. Now known as Indonesia’s largest dive company, remember that Blue Marlin started out as just one instructor with a couple sets of gear intent on sharing the underwater beauty of the Gilis. 34 years down the road, we are incredibly proud to have earned numerous awards from PADI for our outstanding contributions to diver training, continuing education and the scuba industry.

Take advantage of our large network as all Blue Marlin Dive locations are happy to offer a 10% discount on all continuing education.

If you are pushed for time or just want to give yourself a head start on the theory, we recommend that you sign up for PADI’s e-learning.

Please be aware that diving is a physical activity and before beginning any PADI course, we must verify you are in suitable diving condition. Learn more

the courses

Receive a free fun dive (value IDR 540.000) when you book any PADI course online!
*Not Valid For Komodo & Lombok


1/2 Day

If you’re not quite sure diving is for you then the Discover Scuba Diving course is the perfect way to get your feet wet. Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to the underwater world where you’ll get to feel what it’s like to breathe underwater. While not an actual scuba certification course, you’ll still complete basic training in a pool as well as complete a dive in the ocean under the direct supervision of one of our certified PADI professionals.

Two new scuba divers underwater.

padi scuba diver course

2 Day

Short on time but still keen on becoming a certified diver? The Scuba Diver certification is just for you. This course requires less time than the Open Water course, covering only the first three of five sections of knowledge development, the first three of five pool sessions, and the first two of four open water training dives. However, the resulting upgradeable certification will allow you to dive under professional supervision to a depth of 12 metres.

Open Water Course

padi open water course

3 Day

Ready to take the plunge into the world’s most popular scuba course? Over 3 days, cover the fundamentals of scuba diving, learn about equipment and dive techniques through five pool dives, five knowledge development sessions and four open water dives. This certification is your passport to the underwater world. After completion of the course, you will be qualified as a PADI Open Water Diver, able to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 metres.

adventure divers underwater.

padi adventure diver course

1 Day

Would you like to upgrade your Open Water certification but short on time? PADI Adventure Diver is the answer. Explore different styles of diving with your instructor to help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. You will have the opportunity to try some of diving’s most rewarding and useful specialty activities, such as deep diving, underwater navigation, night diving to name a few.


padi advanced open water course

2 Days

Improve your diving skills further by choosing from a wide range of PADI Specialty courses, each one designed to challenge skills and excite you. Each course ranges from 2 to 4 dives and you will receive a new certification card. If you aren’t sure which you want to start with, try an Adventure Dive: the first dive of any specialty. If you complete 5 Specialty Courses you are eligible for the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest level in recreational diving.

a diver signals okay during resue course

padi rescue diver course

3 - 5 Days

Building upon what you’ve already learned in previous scuba courses, the PADI Rescue course expands on what you already know about preventing and managing problems. You’ll learn more about topics such as self-rescue, recognising and managing stress in other divers, rescuing panicked and unresponsive divers and emergency management. Most divers find that this course is demanding yet incredibly rewarding.

practicing emergency first response

emergency first responder

1 Day

Emergency First Response is a land-only, theory-based course that will give you the tools you need to manage emergencies and handle potentially life-threatening accidents. As PADI’s extended version of CPR certification, this course is a prerequisite for the Rescue and Divemaster course. Whether you’re a diver or a non-diver, this 1-day course will give you the skills and confidence needed to critically assist someone in the case of an accident or emergency.

a diver carries tank to the boat


4-8 Weeks

If you’ve thought about making diving your life (or maybe just reducing the cost of your holidays!) then becoming a Divemaster is the first step. We treat this leadership level course with the seriousness it deserves while still keeping it fun. You’ll find that there’s no more rewarding experience than following our staff through their work and becoming a part of our team for 4-8 weeks. The more you put in, the more you get out of it.

become an instructor


15 Days

Come and enjoy life under the sun as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor! If you are interested in a career change, the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) will allow you to share your love of the ocean with others while doing what you love. Our 15-day guaranteed-pass IDC program will train you to not only pass the Instructor Examination but give you the skills and confidence you need to teach your very first course. IDC’s are available in Komodo and Gili Air.

blue marlin teaching award

begin your course today with e-Learning:


Learning to scuba dive has never been more convenient! Whether you’re on the go or want to take it slow, complete the knowledge development portion of your PADI course online before you arrive.

You can enrol in the full E-learning on the PADI website but do contact your desired dive centre for the current PADI theory options. PADI is forever growing and updating its digital offline versions.

E-learning can save you time on your well-earned holiday. However, some people prefer face-to-face teaching and feel more comfortable being taught in person. It is really up to you. Whether you like a personal interaction with your Instructor during theory time or prefer self-study using the PADI website, both options will allow you to pass your course and have a full understanding of the diving.

The e-learning module is fairly self-explanatory but if you have any questions during the study process, please feel free to contact us.

Why Choose eLearning?

  • Minimised class time and maximum in-water time
  • Accessibility anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
  • Immediate feedback and gratification through electronic content delivery
  • Complement learning with virtual modelling simulations and video clips
  • Learn at your own pace, in your own home or wherever you choose

before you begin your course:

Before you arrive at your chosen Blue Marlin, you must be sure that you are in a suitable physical condition for the sport of diving. At the start of the course, every student must complete and sign a PADI Medical Statement, which includes a number of questions relating to your medical history. By answering the questions, you will discover if you’ll require a doctor’s check-up before taking to the water. (PADI insists on this if your medical history shows a ‘contra-indication’ to participating in diving.)

Answer each question carefully. If you are unsure of the answer to any of the questions, you should answer “yes”. Sign and date the bottom of your statement.

If any of the answers you give to the questions are “yes”, visit your doctor for a medical examination, taking your statement with you to show him/her.

If your doctor is satisfied with your health, you are ready to start your course. However, you must bring BOTH your signed Medical Statement and your doctor’s clearance with you, as we are required to keep these with your training records.

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