Scuba Diver Course Gili Meno

IDR 4.600.000

The Scuba Diver Course is great for people with limited time. It allows you to dive with a dive professional a to a maximum depth of 12 meters. You can also always upgrade the Scuba Diver certification to a full Open Water Diver ticket.

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2 days – 2 open water dives – the Scuba Diver Course on Gili Meno is the perfect solution for those with limited time


The Scuba Diver Course on Gili Meno is a subset of the Open Water Diver Course. Think of completing the Scuba Diver course if one of the below factors apply to you:

  • You don’t have enough time to complete the entire Open Water course
  • You can’t finish the Open Water training for personal or environmental reasons (however, this you usually only find out once you have started the course)
  • You only want to dive with a dive professional in shallow depths anyway

Overall: The Scuba Diver is a halfway qualification to a full Open Water Certification and will allow you to dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters with a dive professional. You don’t need to become a scuba diver before aiming for Open Water. Both are entry level courses. It is easily possible to upgrade a Scuba Diver Certification at a later stage as well.

There are certain reasons that speak for a scuba diver course which we have detailed in the FAQ section. However, in general, people hardly ever sign up for a Scuba Diver Course on Gili Meno only unless they would really like to receive a certification and just simply don’t have the time to finish an Open Water Course.

The course involves independent learning, theory lessons, pool sessions and two open water dives from the boat to explore our beautiful reefs.

During the confined in-water sessions in our special training pool we will ensure that you have all the skills and experience to be comfortable under water. We will also continue to practice the skills during the open water dives but the main focus is to explore and enjoy the beautiful underwater world of the Gili Islands.

Your two ocean dives will take you to a maximum depth of 12 meters and you will see a lot of the amazing marine life the Gili Islands are famous for.

At the end of your lessons, you will earn the Scuba Diver Certification.


The course schedule is flexible and we can of course accommodate your vacation schedule. However, in general, expect the 2 days of your course to look like this:

Day 1 (08:30 – 13:30)

  • Your instructor will introduce you to dive theory and the safety aspects needed for your first day of diving
  • After getting familiar with scuba gear you will have your first confined sessions in the pool to practice some essential skills
  • Come eye-on-eye with Nemo on Open Water Dive 1

Day 2 (08:30 – 13:30)

  • Enjoy some more theory on dry land
  • Explore the deep end of the pool for some more exercises
  • Prove your watermanship skills
  • Say “hi” to the turtles around the Gili Islands on Open Water Dive 2
  • Celebrate!

If really pressed for time you could squeeze the course into 1,5 days also.

Details (for those who like to know more)

Would you like to receive more information on the Scuba Diver course, such as the theory, the confined sessions and the open water dives? Or you would like to learn about the difference of the Open Water Diver and Scuba Diver tickets? Then please check our FAQ’s for some more details.

Important to know: We conduct all our courses in line with PADI standards.

If you’d like to complete the theory before your arrival online, let us know as well, we will be glad to help you with registering and receiving the theory package.

Continue the Adventure

The Scuba 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.

The Scuba Diver Course is a great start but should not 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:

Our courses 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
  • All boat rides
  • Full Equipment
  • Theory and Learning materials
  • 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:

  • if you are 10 years or older can start a Scuba Diver Course. All divers up to the age of 14 years will be certified Junior Open Water Diver
  • You need to be fit to swim
  • There is no need for prerequisite certifications or dive experiences
  • Not just important for divers but in particular when diving you should be healthy – you will find a Medical-Statement in the download section – if you would like to have a look before feel free to go through it. Again, just contact us with potential questions that arise

Secure your prebooking discount

If booked in advance with a 50% deposit paid the Scuba Diver Course comes to a price of 4.370.000 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 the transaction details.

We can only send you the login details for the eLearning packages once you have paid the full course or a deposit in advance. In the (hopefully unlikely) event that you can’t start the course as planned, you will get of course more time to make it to the island and if even that isn’t going to happen, you will still have the theory and can use that at another dive center at a later stage in your life (within one year).

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

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 and you can compare it a bit with obtaining a learner’s permit when learning how to drive. 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

What are the benefits of diving deeper than 12 meters?

As a 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.

Can I upgrade a scuba diver certification?

Sure! You pretty much only have to finish the Open Water Diver Course by returning to the pool for some more advanced skill practice and conduct two more open water dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters. You will have to pass the Open Water Diver exam. But this is an exam designed that 10 year olds can pass it so you should not have too many troubles with it.

Can I try scuba diving before signing up for the course?

Of course you 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 Scuba Diver 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 Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver Course with no financial disadvantage.

Can I do the theory online before I arrive on Gili Meno?

Yes! Once you have paid for the course and you would like to already start with your diving course, we can help you to get access to the theory online. Please send us your email address, name and date of birth. Once we have registered you on the PADI system, you will receive an email with which you can create an account. After that please download the PADI app and start your studies.

Is the theory difficult?

No! A 10 year old can pass it so most adults won’t have any problems with it.

The 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 dive theory during classroom sessions. Don’t be surprised, our classroom is the beach.

What is confined water and what will I do there?

We conduct our dive training in our 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 will I learn on the open water dives?

The fun part are the open water dives. You will experience different dive sites to a maximum depth of 12 meters. You will also repeat certain skills 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. After the dives we will take some time to log your dives and learn about the marine life you have met.

How long will my certification last?

The scuba diver certification is valid your entire life and in theory it is recognized worldwide. In real life, we have found out that in some areas in the world a scuba diver is not regarded as a full certification and you will still be charged a discover scuba dive if you are planning on diving. Therefore, it is a good idea to upgrade the Scuba Diver license to should you want to make diving your hobby and dive at different dive locations around the world.

Do I need to change a junior certification?

No, once you or your child turns 15 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.

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.


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? But that’s not it – 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 on Gili Meno?

Because we are simply awesome! 🙂 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 across dive centers that just have the little extra. A place you enter and you just feel 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 and we are trying our best to keep this spirit up. Generally, 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 the perfect diving day where the sky meets the ocean?

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. We are committed to offering first-class service and high quality dive courses.