Open Water Referral Course

IDR 4.300.000

With an Open Water Referral Course you complete theory and swimming pool training in your home country. You will conduct the four mandatory open water dives with us on Gili Meno. 

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2 days – 4 open water dives – a relaxed way to entering a new universe

Overview Open Water Referral Course on Gili Meno

You have decided to become a diver with Divine Divers Gili Meno – great! The Open Water Diver ticket is the first scuba certification. With the Open Water Referral course you complete theory and pool training in your home country. You will join us for four open water training dives on Gili Meno to earn your open water qualification.

As Open Water Diver you are an independent diver. You will be able to dive unsupervised with your buddy to a maximum depth of 18 meters. The certification is recognised worldwide and is valid for your entire life.

Becoming a certified diver has three phases:

Phase 1: Knowledge development – this can either be done with an eLearning option or classroom lessons with an instructor wherever you are.

Phase 2: Confined water – you learn and practice all necessary scuba skills using dive gear in a swimming pool.

Phase 3: Open Water – this part includes four ocean dives. Two dives

The Open Water Referral Course is popular among those who wish to maximise the independent time during their vacation. It enables participants to complete the theory and confined water parts (phases 1 and 2) of the Open Water Course before arriving. This means, that you won’t have to study for your diving exam during your holiday. You simply complete the four open water dives with Divine Divers Gili Meno in order to get certified.

Once you have your diving ticket, the Open Water Diver Certification, you can spend the rest of your holiday exploring the Gili Islands or even gain additional dive experience.


The course schedule for the Open Water Referral Course is flexible and we can fully adapt to most wishes and requests. To give you a general idea, the two days of your course could look like this:

Day 1 (08:30 – 16:00)

  • We will check your scuba skills in the swimming pool and catch the 11:00 boat to go on your first encounter with the Gili Islands underwater world
  • To make sure your gills don’t dry out, we will go on another dive in the afternoon

Day 2 (08:30 – 13:30)

  • We will conduct Open Water Dives 3 and 4 and have some fun while exploring two different dive sites around the Gili Islands
  • Off the boat and into the bar for a cold drink to celebrate your successful completion of the Open Water Diver Course with Divine Divers on Gili Meno

Details (for those who like to know more)

Would you like to find out more information about the Open Water Referral? Or you would like to know what are the advantages or disadvantages of splitting your course? Then please check our FAQ’s for some more details.

Important to know: Our courses are conducted in accordance with PADI standards.

Continue the Adventure

The Open Water Diver Course does not need to be the end of your dive career. If you are interested in continuing your diving education, here are some ideas for you to look into. However, we fully understand that you might just want to enjoy a few more fun dives or just hang out on the beach.

Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Nitrox Specialty

Deep Diving Specialty

and many more.. 🙂

Our diving courses on Gili Meno are all-inclusive and you will encounter no hidden costs during your diving journey.

  • Maximum 4 students per course
  • Multilingual instructors
  • A special training pool
  • Full Equipment and all boat rides
  • Four open water dives
  • A DIVINE Logbook
  • Certification
  • Diving Insurance during your course
  • Lots of fun!

Please note, the waters around the Gili Islands have been declared a Marine Park. Therefore a one time Marine Park fee of 100.000 IDR has to be paid by all diving and snorkel tour participants. This fee is NOT included in our prices and has to be paid in cash at our dive center on Gili Meno.

To enrol into the course please check the following:

  • You need to have completed the theory and swimming pool training and bring a referral form from the sending dive center
  • Be 10 years or older. (Remark: All divers up to the age of 14 years will be certified Junior Open Water Diver and there are some depth restrictions for 10- and 11-year-olds)
  • You need to be fit to swim
  • No need for prerequisite certifications
  • Be able to fill in in a Medical-Statement – you should be able to answer all questions with “no”.

Secure your prebooking discount

If booked in advance with a 50% deposit paid the Open Water Referral Course comes to a price of 4.085.000 IDR. If you would like to take advantage of this pre-booking discount please contact us directly per email. Please note, the deposit needs to arrive on our bank account before you arrive on the island, otherwise it is not a pre-booking discount. LOL

Plans change. We know that too. Our cancellation policy is flexible and we are trying our best to meet your holiday schedule and potential interruptions of it. If you book a course in advance but you are then unable to do it because you get sick, we will reimburse you of course minus arising transaction details.

How long do I have to finish the course?

An open water referral is valid for 12 months. We recommend you to not wait an entire year to finish the course though, It is better to complete your training while your knowledge and skills are still fresh.

What if I can’t finish the referral before I travel?

Your instructor in your home country will fill in a referral form that details exactly what you have done and what skills you master. We will simply pick up where you left off. Please note, if you have not completed the full theory and swimming pool training additional charges will apply.

What’s the difference between eLearning and a referral?

eLearning allows you to start your knowledge development online. A referral in general includes both, the knowledge development (theory lessons) and the confined water (pool practice). E-Learning is included in our diving courses. In case you would like to do the theory beforehand please contact us.

Will I go into open water right away?

No, once we have sorted you out with scuba gear, your instructor will jump into the swimming pool with you and check your scuba skills before proceeding on an ocean dive.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an open water referral?

Doing an open water referral course, you can take as much time as you need in order to complete the theoretical parts and pool work. This can however also be a disadvantage because some people take too much time or wait super long before they finish the course. It is usually better to finish the theory and swimming pool just before your holiday.

You will also be using different scuba gear (or thicker wetsuits) in your home country. Switching gear throughout the course can be an adjustment – same as riding someone elses bike.

Do I have to notify Divine Diver Gili Meno beforehand?

Yes and No. It is always nice to know you are coming and by booking in advance you also have the chance to secure a discount. But if things are too hectic before your departure and you forget to notify us, it is also no major issue.

What will I learn on the open water dives?

The fun part are the open water dives. You will experience different dive sites at different depths and also repeat a certain skill set that you have already learned during the confined sessions. The skills will take up five to ten minutes of your dive time but most of your time underwater will be spend exploring. The first two open water dives are limited to a depth of 12 meters and the final two dives will take you to a maximum of 18 meters. After the dives we will take some time to log your dives and learn about the fish you have met.

How long does my certification last?

Your entire life! There is no expiry date to the certification itself but it’s highly recommended that you keep in practice by just going diving. If you haven’t dived in a while, it might be wise to refresh your skills on a Refresher or Scuba Tune Up with an instructor. Continuing your scuba education is also a great way to keep your skills fresh and up to date.

What if I have health issues?

There are some serious conditions such as epilepsy, active asthma, emphysema, heart disease or haemophilia that could prohibit any diving activity. Please refer to attached medical questionnaire to check if you are not sure:  Diver-Medical-Questionnaire

If you answer any of the questions with “yes” on page number 1, then please check the related box on page number 2. If you have to put another yes there, then you need to see a doctor to get a fit for diving certificate. 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’s the difference between PADI and SSI?        

If you are interested in getting your scuba diving certification, you’ve probably come across PADI and SSI, the two major training agencies in the world. But is there a big difference or is one better than the other?

Instructors of both agencies will teach you how to be a skilled diver, as there is a certain skill set that every diver needs to have. Therefore, all diving agencies follow a legal framework laid down by the World Recreational Scuba Diving Council. The training agencies also accept each other; hence you could do an Open Water Course with the one and an Advanced Course with the other agency.

The main difference is in the theoretical education, requirements and certification costs. And of course, much comes down to personal preferences and other factors such as the teaching skills of your instructor and the conditions of the water.

We have decided to offer PADI courses even though most of our instructors can teach both PADI and SSI.

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

Postcard-like 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? To us it does! The Gilis are 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 – expect showers at different severity but therefore less people.

Why should I choose Divine Divers 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 love for diving didn’t start there. Being passionate divers ourself, we have dived all over the world. Sometimes you come to dive centres that just have the little extra. Sometimes you can explain why and sometimes it is just that special vibe. Overall, our main differentiator is our personal approach and of course our location at the most perfect sunset point on the island. What better way is there to end a perfect diving day than watching the sun disappear into the ocean with a cold drink in your hand?

Apart from that 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. Most importantly, we are committed to offering first-class service and high quality dive courses.