Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Imagine floating along underwater currents amidst colorful tropical fish, practicing SCUBA rescue techniques, and exploring one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Mexico is renowned for its plethora of tropical reefs and incredible diving. Endangered by global warming and diminishing at an astonishing rate globally, coral reefs are an environmental education resource and a treasure to be preserved and protected. Come experience these precious tropical reefs with IWLS, develop your SCUBA skills, and learn about these amazing ecosystems.
PADI courses are experiential based dive programs. At the entry level they emphasize practical knowledge, safety and motor skills, as well as the foundations of diving; physics, physiology and chemistry. The Open Water Diver certification is your first step in the extensive PADI program, and your portal to an immense world under the water.
These courses are taught from our fully certified dive centers in the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. PADI courses can be added to any Baja or Sian Kaan program. All of our SCUBA courses are taught by fully certified PADI dive masters and instructors.
Discover SCUBA (1 day)
This is a great introduction to SCUBA, and results in a partial certification which can be credited towards the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Average dive depth is 6 meters/20 feet, and the maximum is 12 meters/40 feet.
Open Water Diver Course (3 days)
This is the Introductory course for learning the basics of SCUBA diving. You will start in a controlled environment such as a pool or protected cove, here you will be introduced to the equipment involved in SCUBA. Upon completion of numerous drills in this environment the course will move into open water, this is where the real adventure begins!
Advanced Open Water Diver Course (4 days)
With your PADI Instructor you complete the deep and underwater navigation Adventure Dives. These dives boost your confidence as you build these foundational skills. Then, you choose three additional dives from more than 15 Adventure Dives to complete your course. You can go diving at night, check out the local wrecks in the area or even fly through the ocean on a diver propulsion vehicle – all during your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.
Adventure Dive options include: altitude diving, AWARE-fish identification, boat diving, deep diving, diver propulsion vehicle use, drift diving, dry suit diving, multilevel and computer diving, night diving, peak performance buoyancy, search and recovery, underwater nature study, underwater navigation, underwater photography, underwater videography and wreck diving
Rescue Diver Course (6-8 days)
Challenging and rewarding best describes the PADI Rescue Diver course. This course will expand your knowledge and experience level. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. Many divers say this is the best course they’ve ever taken. The course will cover:
- Self-rescue and diver stress
- Emergency management and equipment
- Panicked diver response
- In-water rescue breathing protocols
- Egress (exits)
- Dive accident scenarios
Divemaster (20 days)
Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving. Live the dive lifestyle and explore the underwater world like never before. Do it by becoming a PADI Divemaster – a rating that puts you in a class of distinction. You earn it by diving it, writing your ticket to endless adventure through the experience and training that set you apart as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. With the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you’ve reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you’ve acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments.