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Diving Courses with Divine Divers Gili Meno

Divine Divers Gili Meno offers all levels of recreational scuba diving courses as well as fun diving for certified divers in the warm and crystal waters of the Gili Islands, also known as the turtle capital of the diving world. Begin your scuba adventure, reach the next certification level or even begin a career in diving. You can study both in our modern and comfortable classroom setting or with your feet in the sand. Our modern training facilities ensure you have nothing to worry about but the courses themselves.

 

We teach in line with PADI and SSI standards, the two major dive training agencies in the world. Our instructors are in general members of both organisations and they will teach you how to be a capable diver. There is a certain skill set that every diver needs to have in order to be certified. Therefore, all diving agencies follow a legal framework laid down by the World Recreational Scuba Diving Council. As a result, PADI and SSI also accept each other; hence you could do an Open Water Course with the one and an Advanced Course with the other one.

 

Our instructors are committed to you as a diving student. The aim of a course is not to check of skills but to truly improve your diving abilities. In addition, we speak your language. Besides English we can teach in Indonesian, Dutch, German and sometimes even a little bit in French. An instructor will never take more than four students to make sure that everyone will get a lot of attention but also to keep things personal. Rumour has it, some people have even found a husband or a wife during a diving course.

 

Overall, our guests appreciate the relaxed and flexible, yet professional ambience at Divine Divers Gili Meno – and so do we. What makes us different is our personal approach – you come as a guest and leave as part of our Divine Divers family.

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Introduction Dives

There are many expressions for the same thing: Discover Scuba Diving, Try Scuba, trial dive and intro dive. While not a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy way to find out what it takes to explore the underwater world. You can use it as a one time adventure but also credit your scuba introduction towards a certification course. We offer try scuba dives for adults and children.

Even kids aged 8 -10 years can get the unique chance to blow their first bubbles under water and engage in a fun introduction to the scuba diving life style. The Bubblemaker program is designed to prepare youngsters to become active scuba divers in a shallow and safe environment while having a first experience with Nemo & Co.

Pick your intro dive

10 yrs+, 1/2 day, 1 pool dive, 1 ocean dive

8-10 yrs+, 1/2 day, 1 pool dive, 1 ocean dive

“Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.”

– Christopher Reeve.

Beginner Courses

Ready to take the plunge? If you’ve always wanted to explore beneath the ocean’s surface, this is where it starts. Get your entry level scuba diving certification with the Open Water Diver Course, the world’s most popular diving course. The course certifies you to become an independent diver and dive unsupervised with your buddy to a maximum depth of 18 meters. The certification is recognized everywhere in this world and is valid for your entire life. You can either do the entire Open Water course with us on Gili Meno, but you can also chose to do the confined and theory part in your home country and conduct the open water dives with us on the Gili Islands (Open Water Referral). Interested in eLearning? No problem, you can start your course today! Should you be short in time, then the Scuba Diver might be something for you. 

Pick your course

10 yrs+, 3 days, min. 2 pool dives, 4 ocean dives

10 yrs+, 2 day, 4 ocean dives

10 yrs+, 2 days, 2 pool dives, 2 ocean dives

10 yrs+, 2 days, min. 1 pool dive, 2 ocean dives

“The key to enjoying scuba diving is to equip yourself with knowledge and certification.”

–  Femina Travel.

Advanced Courses

Take it to the next level with an advanced course at Divine Divers, your Gili Meno dive center. The Advanced Adventurer (SSI) or Advanced Open Water Diver Course (PADI) is pretty much the same thing. It runs over two days and is mainly focussed on diving. No time or money for another course? You can also just do single adventure dives which qualify you to dive deeper or improve your buoyancy.

One step further down the diving alleyway you can master safety and become a better diver with a Rescue Course. It will teach you skills and techniques you need to protect yourself and other divers. Prerequisite is a First Aid and CPR certificate which must not be older than 2 years but you can of course also do that with us in paradise.

Pick your course

12 yrs+, 2 – 3  days, 5 ocean dives

12 yrs+, 1 dive

12 yrs+, 3 days, 6 skill development sessions incl. 4 Open Water Dives

12 yrs+, 1 day, dry course

“Why do scuba divers fall backward off a boat? Because if they fell forwards they’d still be in the boat.”

– Mark Hoppus.

Specialty Courses

Specialty programs are a great way to improve your current skills. However, dive specialties also have the purpose to introduce you to exciting new adventures. Just chose a dive topic that interested you and we will teach you the skills, knowledge and techniques needed for it.

You can also use and collect specialty courses to achieve recognition levels. The elite Master Diver is one of them and the highest ranking non professional diving certification. Dive into our grans selection of specialty programs and chose what interests you most.

Pick your specialty

Specialty courses are either dry courses or include 2, 3 or 4 dives. Please click on the Specialty program below for more information.

Dry or 2 dives – 1 day

3 dives – 1,5 days

4 dives – 2 to 3 days

“The Gili Islands gave me some of my best scuba diving experiences, including tons of turtles.”

– Natalie Dormer.

Dive Eco Programmes

Divine Divers considers eco awareness to be more than knowledge. Awareness is knowledge that is processed and incorporated into an individual’s deep mindset. It is about developing a “way of thinking” and a sense of personal responsibility towards nature. Being aware of the marine ecosystem has consequences for an individual’s attitude and all personal action and interactions towards and with nature, natural resources and the marine environment. Increased environmental awareness will contribute to a more sustainable use of nature’s resources and the oceans by all stakeholders. Our innovative sustainable education and teaching philosophy is mirrored in the Chinese proverb “What I hear I forget; What I see, I remember; What I do I know” Our Environment Programmes can be taught as a dry courses. We do however recommend to get wet though to achieve the best learning outcome.

Pick your eco programme

Dive Eco Programmes are taught as dry courses or as a two dive specialty course. The duration of both options is 1 day.

“The sea…is man’s only hope. Now…the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”

– Jacques Cousteau.

PROFESSIONAL COURSES

Are you a natural born diver? Or did you fall in love with the scuba diving lifestyle? Are you ready to leave 9 to 5 behind you or did you know from the start that a “normal” life is just not you? maybe then it is time to reconsider your options and become a Divemaster with Divine Divers on Gili Meno. The Divemaster course is the first step on your path of becoming a professional scuba diver and you should calculate 4 to 6 weeks for the course. You will work closely with a mentor as well as other instructors and resort employees to get the full overview of life and work on a tropical island. And if this is what you would like, you are only one more step away from becoming a Dive Instructor yourself.

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18 yrs+, 4 – 6 weeks, unlimited fun diving, “Zero to Hero” Options available

Diving is an investment of time and money but the rewards can be life-changing, literally.

– Andy Cummings.

Start your course today

With the option of eLearning, you can start your dive adventure right away. You can study at your won pace at home and complete the dive theory before you come on holiday. eLearning is accessible anywhere in this world, 24 hours per day.

We recommend to not  finish the theory too long before your holiday so the knowledge is still fresh. We will still go through the theory once you are staring your course but the big bulk of reading and video watching will already be behind you. This is your prime chance to maximise your time in the beautiful Gili Islands. To enrol into the eLearning simply chose your course and get in touch with us.

Before you Start your Course

Apart from looking forward to your diving course or preparing the theory online, there isn’t much you can do. In general, divers need to be fit to dive and in a good physical condition. Before starting any course we will ask you to fill in a RSTC medical form, which you can find here. The questionnaire includes a number of questions related to your medical history. By answering it, you will find out if it is better to see a doctor before starting any diving activity. Should you have to answer any of the questions on page 2 with a YES visit your doctor for a medical examination, taking your statement with you to show him/her. If your doctor does not see any reason why you shouldn’t dive, he/she will sign the medical statement or issue a fit-to-dive certificate and you are ready to start your course. Please bring proof of it with you.

FAQ – for Things left Unanswered

Is diving really dangerous?

Because the media tends to portray diving as highly adventurous or even dangerous, many people falsely believe that diving is an extreme sport. Fortunately, the truth isn’t quite so exciting. Because of the strict training standards found in scuba courses, the reliability of diving equipment, and the strict adherence to safe diving practiced by most trained divers, very few people are injured while diving. In fact, the rate of injury per participant is about the same for diving as it is for bowling. Generally, when injuries do occur, it is because someone participates in diving without proper training or a properly trained diver disregards his boundaries and training.

Can I dive with health issues?

Almost anyone who is in good health and reasonably fit can participate in scuba. There are some serious conditions such as epilepsy, active asthma, emphysema, heart disease or haemophilia that could prohibit any diving activity. Bottom line is, divers need to be healthy. To make sure of that, You will be asked before every course to fill in a dive medical questionnaire. If you answer any of the questions with “yes”, then you need to see a doctor to get a fit for diving certificate. Should you need to answer Yes to any condition on the form, you will be asked to have a physician certify you fit for scuba before you will be allowed to participate in training.  There are also doctors on the Gili Islands that can examine you and issue this certificate, so don’t worry if you didn’t check the medical form beforehand.

What does “Certification`` or “Ticket” mean?

If you have ever talked to a diver, you probably have heard the words “certification” or “ticket” come up. Or perhaps you’ve asked about going out on a dive at a resort or dive center but were told you needed to be “certified” before you can go. Certification and Ticket simply means that you have been properly trained in the use of scuba equipment and the techniques of safe scuba diving.

Are there ways for me to dive if I don't have time to do a whole certification course?

If you have limited time but you still want to try scuba you can consider to either do an introduction dive or the Scuba Diver course may be the perfect choice for you. The Scuba Diver course is a subset of the Open Water Diver course and takes less time, yet still includes some more advanced training than a trial dive.

What are the benefits of diving deeper than 12 meters?

As a certified scuba diver your depth is limited to 12 meters and you can only dive with a dive professional. There are thousands of amazing dive sites in the world that can been dived at 12 meters or less. However, being able to dive deeper opens up even more dive sites and also the chance for more advanced dive training. Additionally, some marine species live in deeper waters. Being able to dive deeper increases your chances on seeing them.

Is dive theory difficult?

VERY! 🙂 Kidding! In general, dive theory is divided into different chapters and each chapter is accompanied by videos, knowledge reviews and/or quizzes. At the same time your instructor will explain the theory during classroom sessions. He/she will prepare you well for all potential exams so you will just cruise through it. In the unlikely event of you failing an exam, your instructor will review the theory with you again and work on your weaknesses and you will redo the exam (a different one).

What are open water dives?

In diving, open water is unrestricted water such as an ocean, lake or flooded quarry. It is the opposite of confined water which is usually a swimming pool) and where the dive training takes place.

The fun part are the open water dives. You will experience different dive sites of the Gili Islands at different depths. During an Open Water training dive you also repeat a certain skill set that you have already learned during the confined sessions. The skills will take up usually five to ten minutes of your dive time but most of your time underwater will be spend exploring.

What is a referral?

You may want to consider a referral course if you live in a cold climate and can’t do the open water dives during the winter. A referral allows you to do the classroom and pool portions of your certification course in your home country and then complete the 4 open water dives with Divine Divers during your vacation.

Should I buy or rent diving gear?

Owning your own scuba diving gear can guarantee comfort and fit but it is not a requirement. Frankly speaking, we think it is better to try and test some equipment before investing. Some dive shops require incoming students to buy a mask, fin and snorkel before diving, because these items have a personal fit but this is not the case at Diving Divers. All gear you need for scuba diving is included in the dive price. Cameras and dive computers can be rented at the dive center.

At what age can my child get certified?

Generally, the minimum age for starting a (junior) certification course is 10 years. As a junior diver kids can dive in specific conditions, at limited depth and under professional (or adult) supervision: The Junior Open Water Certification allows kids aged 10-11 to dive to a depth of 12 meters and 12-14 year olds to 18 meters. They must dive with a certified professional or certified adult over the age of 18.

How long will my certification last?

In general, you are certified for life! Your PADI or SSI licence is recognized worldwide and there is no expiry date. It’s highly recommended that you keep in practice. If you haven’t dived in a while, it might be wise to revive your skills on a Refresher or Scuba Tune Up Dive with an instructor. Continuing your scuba education is also a great way to keep your skills fresh and up to date.

What is an adventure dive?

Adventure dives are the first dive and component of a specialty program. While a specialty program concentrates on a certain topic of diving, the Advanced Adventurer and Advanced Open Water Courses give you a broader perspective. The advanced course consists of five adventure dives which gives you the possibility to experience a variety of different types of diving such as deep, drift, navigation, fish identification, night diving, and many more. To enjoy am adventure dive, you don’t have to enroll in a specialty or an advanced course. If you’d only like to dive deep but stay and open water diver, you can simply do a deep adventure dive which also qualifies you to go to 30 meters.

How deep is deep?

When people consider recreational-diving limits, they tend to consider depths first and foremost. Most courses have clearly specified training depth limits:

  • At the open-water diver level (or equivalent) the depth limit is 18 m
  • At the advanced open-water level the depth limit is 30 m
  • With additional deep-diver training, many agencies set a depth limit of recreational diving at 40 m
What if I see a shark?

Congratulations! Sharks are amazing marine animals, and encounters with the graceful creatures are both rare and highly sought out by divers around the world. Despite common believe sharks are not mindless killing machines, and attacks on divers are very rare. Mostly, sharks will swim quickly away underwater, but, if you’re lucky, you may get to see a sleeping white tip reef shark sleeping underneath a coral block for an extended period of time.

Is there a manta point on the Gili Islands?

There is a lovely dive site that some dive shops call Manta Point. This is not for the great abundance of manta rays and often confuses people who expect to see the gentle giants there. We call the dive site Sunset Reef, because of the beautiful sunsets that can be observed from there.

Why should I choose Divine Divers on Gili Meno?

We love what we do and we do it well! We have been in the game for over 10 years as Divine Divers on Gili Meno but our passion for diving didn’t start there. During our long dive careers, we have dived all over the world both professionally and recreationally. Sometimes you come to dive centers that just have the little extra. A place you enter and you feel instantly at home. Being surrounded by likeminded people in a chill yet professional atmosphere. This is exactly what we had in mind when setting up Divine Divers.

Apart from that we are located in paradise and at the most beautiful spot on Gili Meno – sunset beach. Our groups are small and our instructors hand chosen for their personality and excellent teaching records. Safety is our primary concern; our equipment is in excellent order and of course regularly maintained. We are committed to offering first-class service and superior quality dive courses.

Do I need to be a good swimmer to become a scuba diver?

Being a good swimmer will definitely make you more comfortable in the water, but the swimming requirements for the Open Water Diver course are rather modest and also doable by a 10-year-old child.

How long does it take to earn a scuba diving certification?

This is always one of the first questions that comes up: How long is this diving course going to take? Before you go scuba diving independently, you need to have the knowledge and skills to pull it off. A scuba diving certification course will give you just that and get you ready for some amazing underwater adventures. Each dive shop offers different schedules for different certifications. In general, we offer the courses with following durations. However, nothing is set in stone and we can totally adapt to your vacation schedule:

  • Open Water Course: 3 days
  • Advanced course: 2 days
  • Rescue Course: 3 to 4 days (depending on if you have to complete first aid training as well)
  • Specialty Courses: 1 to 2 days depending on the program
Can I try scuba diving before signing up for the course?

You certainly can! If you don’t know if diving is really for you, you can also simply start with a Discover / Intro Dive. In effect, your introduction to diving is the same as the first part of the Open Water Course. We will teach you some theory, jump into the swimming pool to practice some skills and top off the adventure with a visit to Nemo & Co. If you liked the Discover Scuba Diving program and your first Open Water Dive, you can simply continue with the Open Water Course with no financial disadvantage. You will be charged the Open Water Course only.

What is the difference between the Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver?

You may have heard people refer to themselves as “scuba divers” or just “I’m a diver”. You might have never come across the term Open Water Diver until you have started searching for information regarding diving course. In general, when people say they have a diving license, ticket or scuba certification the are usually talking about an Open Water Certification which allows you to:

  • Obtain air fills
  • Rent dive equipment
  • Dive on your own with a buddy to a depth of 18 meters
  • Book boat dives
  • Take additional (advanced) classes
  • Dive all around the world

So now you have come across this Scuba Diver Course and you might wonder what this is all about? The Scuba Diver Course is a little bit more than half the Open Water Diver Course. It is an intermediate step towards full certification for divers who:

  • Don’t have the time to complete the entire Open Water Course
  • Can’t finish their open water training due to certain (often unforeseeable) circumstances
  • Only want to dive with certified guides to a maximum of 12 meters
Can I do the dive theory for my course online before I arrive on the island?

Yes! Once you have paid a deposit and you would like to already start with your diving course, we can help you to get access to the theory online. With SSI you simply download the app, create an account and register with our dive center. Once this is done, we will send you the theory package and you can already do all theory including all knowledge reviews and most exams in the app.

PADI does not include the eLearning automatically into the package. Nevertheless, we will be able to send you the digital book which you can read before your arrival. Should you be interested in PADI eLearning you need to book the eLearning option directly with PADI at an extra charge.

What is confined water and what will I do there?

Confined water is defined as a: 1) swimming pool or 2) confined open water which is an open water site that offers pool-like conditions with respect to clarity, calmness, and depth.

We conduct our dive training in our own purpose build training pool which classifies as confined water. You and your instructor will practice all required exercises together. Your instructor will explain the skills on the surface and demonstrates them before you will perform them yourself.

What are open water dives?

In diving, open water is unrestricted water such as an ocean, lake or flooded quarry. It is the opposite of confined water which is usually a swimming pool) and where the dive training takes place

The fun part are the open water dives. You will experience different dive sites of the Gili Islands at different depths. During an Open Water training dive you also repeat a certain skill set that you have already learned during the confined sessions. The skills will take up usually five to ten minutes of your dive time but most of your time underwater will be spend exploring.

What’s the difference between eLearning and a referral?

eLearning allows you to start your knowledge development online before you get your feet wet. A referral in general includes both, the knowledge development (theory lessons) and the confined water (pool practice) before your holiday.

How old is too young to dive?

This can be one of those questions with quite many answers. Children develop physically and mentally at different rates, making it difficult to define an age at which kids can safely dive. You should take your child’s maturity, reasoning skills and physical limitations into consideration when determining if he or she is ready to begin scuba diving.

At the age of 8 kids can join the first diving programs where the depth is limited to maximum 2 meters. This is to make sure, that your child won’t suffer any pressure or other dive related injuries.  These Bubblemaker courses are as fun as they sound and they are an easy and safe introduction for kids to have their first breaths under water.

Do I need to change a junior certification?

If you or your kid is younger than 15, he/ she will eb certified as a junior diver. Once diving maturity is reached (above 15 years of age) the certification automatically counts as a “normal” adult certification. However, if you wish to change it, just contact the diving agency and they will be able to remove the “junior” part of it.

Who should do a Refresher Course?

When you received your latest and greatest certification card, you were certified for life. In theory you could just go to a dive center, rent some tanks and go on a shore dive. Do you think this is a smart idea? If you have been away from diving a long time long, your skills will have gotten rusty and it might be the best course of action to do a refresher. According to some dive organizations any diver who has not dived in six months needs to take a ReActivate (PADI) or Scuba Skills Update (SSI) course.

We at Divine Divers believe that those statements are a little too broad. We will first look at your dive experience, your comfort level and the time out of water. Only after we will recommend you to enrol into a refresher course or not. As a general guideline, we recommend refresher training after about 12 months of not diving. However, we also believe that very experienced divers who have not been diving in a while are usually their own best judge if they need a formal course to regain their scuba skills or not.

Why should I do a diving course on the Gili Islands?

White sandy beaches, azure and year-round warm waters (28 to 29 degrees), the reef on your doorstep and a great lifestyle – does this sound like paradise to you? The Gili Islands are a postcard image of paradise and known as the turtle capital in the world – rightfully so, because both green and hawksbill turtles are abundant. Reef sharks are also frequently spotted and there is a broad range of marine life to be met on all dives. The dive sites are rarely more than a 15-minute boat ride away and diving is great all year round. The dry season is running from May to October and the rainy season from November to April. Rainy season sounds more extreme than it actually is because it hardly ever rains an entire day and the diving isn’t really affected by it.

What is a dive specialty course?

In general, specialty programs are a great way to improve your current skills and learn new ones that peak your interest. Also, when you complete a certain number of logged dives and specialty programs you will earn and automatically receive some recognition cards (with SSI): Specialty Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Master Diver – one of the most elite ratings in diving today.

With PADI you can apply for the Master Scuba Diver Rating once you have completed the rescue course, five specialties and a minimum of 50 dives.

What’s the difference between PADI and SSI?

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba School International) are two of the world’s prestigious scuba diving agencies and your best options for getting a diving certification. Luckily Divine Divers offers you both options. Let’s compare the PADI versus SSI certifications so you can choose the most suitable one for you.

PADI and SSI are both regulated and checked by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (”WRSTC”). Their courses are more or less similar. The biggest difference is the teaching methodology.

  • In PADI, you need to complete a set order to meet their standards and pass the course while SSI allows slightly more flexibility for students to grow in confidence by completing other skills first.
  • Both agencies offer e-learning options as well as a printed manual. PADI requires that you purchase the materials while with SSI, you can choose to either borrow or buy your manual. The PADI e-learning course will cost you money whereas SSI offers the e-leaning course for free via the SSI app.
  • With both PADI and SSI you will receive a digital certification card that is available directly after your course.

If you are looking for the equivalent PADI or SSI course, be careful as some of the courses have similar names but they are not comparable. For example, the PADI Advanced Open Water course is not same course as SSI Advanced Open Water course. Below, we have summarized the equivalents of the main PADI and SSI courses.

  • PADI Open Water – SSI Open Water
  • PADI Advanced Open Water – SSI Advanced Adventurer
  • PADI Rescue Diver – SSI Diver Stress & Rescue
  • PADI Divemaster – SSI Dive Guide

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