Diving Courses

In Aqualis Dive Center Hvar Croatia we teach PADI and SSI diving courses. You can start your diving adventure or step to the next level.

Diving skills

Discover Scuba Diving

Who should try this experience?

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach, or from a dive boat. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

Our first Discover Scuba Dive takes place in the beautiful bay of Mala Garska (Hotel Sirena) in shallow water. The maximum depth is 5 meters, which is suitable to perform all the basic skill required for a boat experience. After you can choose to practice more on Your next shore dive or to try diving from our boat.

Open Water Diver Course

Open Water Diver

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure, and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. If you are short on time you can finish up to Scuba Diver level which takes 2 days.

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate, or cold water.

The course might take at least 4 days, which can be shortened by pre-learning.

Advanced Open Water Course

Advanced Open Water Diver

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences

That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.
During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks, and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks, and many more…

Rescue Diver Course

Rescue Diver

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem-solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

PADI (Junior) Adventure Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.

Divers in wheelchair attending handicapped diving course

Handicapped Diver Courses

Aqualis Diving Center Hvar is pleased to be an IAHD diving facilitator in cooperation with Medical Dive Center Hungary, inviting their staff who are qualified to conduct courses for people with disabilities.

The International Association for Handicapped Divers (IAHD) was formed in 1993 in Sweden by Maurice Parry, with a primary goal: to teach dive instructors how to train and supervise physically disabled divers. Certified instructors from any renowned dive organization can follow IAHD courses and this was one of the main reasons why interest in IAHD courses soon spread beyond the borders of Sweden.

Since the 1st of January 2010, the IAHD has become an independently operated, non-profit subsidiary of the World Organisation of Scuba Diving (WOSD). In addition to expanding and modernizing the existing material, courses were updated to allow training of people with mental disabilities. The organization is comprised of both able-bodied and disabled people who all strive to achieve the goals set by IAHD. Experience has shown that the most effective approach is to encourage those with a disability to try diving so that they can experience how accessible diving is for them. There are very few disabilities that actually prevent one from diving!

For the different types of diving courses please visit IAHD or send us an email at zsanett@hvardiving.com

Specialty courses

Specialty Courses

In Aqualis Diving Center Hvar we teach the following specialty diving courses: Peak Performance Buoyancy Course, Deep Diver Specialty Course, Underwater Navigation Course, NITROX Enriched Air Course, Search and Recovery Diver Course and First Aid courses.

If you are interested in becoming a Dive Master feel free to contact Us for details.