Have you always dreamed of scuba diving? Imagine swimming over vibrant coral reefs, through clouds of colourful fish, as manta rays cruise by overhead. That’s what it’s like when you learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan! Our islands are surrounded by stunning reefs, packed full of fish and are home to resident manta rays and seasonal mola mola.

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The PADI Open Water Course with Big Fish Diving


What is the PADI Open Water Diver Course?
The PADI Open Water Course is the first level of diving certificate. You’ll learn to dive and how to become a safe, competent and confident diver and you’ll be certified to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters. When you finish your PADI Open Water Course at Big Fish Diving you’ll feel proud of your accomplishments, you’ll have made new friends and you’ll have your ticket to dive anywhere in the world!

Who Can Take The PADI Open Water Diver Course?
Anyone over 10 years old. No previous diving experience is required. Providing you are in good general health, are able to swim and have a reasonable level of fitness, you can sign up for the program.


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What Does The PADI Open Water Diver Course Include?
The PADI Open Water Course is divided into 3 components (1) Knowledge Development, (2) Confined Water Dives and (3) Open Water Dives, as follows:

Knowledge Development: This is where you learn about the theory of diving and there are two options for completing this component.

  1. PADI E-Learning: PADI E-Learning allows you to study all of the Knowledge Development sessions online before you come to Nusa Lembongan. PADI E-Learning allows you to work from home, at your own pace and fit your studying around your existing schedule. When you arrive at Big Fish Diving you’ll just need three days to complete the pool sessions and ocean dives. You won’t have to spend your holiday time studying – instead you’ll be enjoying putting your theory in to practice and having fun!
  2. Studying at Big Fish Diving – It is also possible to complete the Knowledge Development when you are here. You’ll work through the PADI Student Manual and videos and answer quiz questions as you go along. There is a final exam at the end. To take the complete course with theory in Lembongan takes 4 days.

Confined Water Dives: These are sessions in our on-site purpose built dive training pool. You’ll learn and practice basic diving skills and techniques to keep you safe. You’ll also run though how to deal with a range of emergency situations should they occur. The sessions in the swimming pool are a lot of fun and give you the opportunity to get familiar with the gear and techniques in a safe environment. All of our PADI Instructors are extremely patient and professional and your instructor will be by your side from start to finish.

Open Water Dives: This is where it really takes off – you’ll be making your first 4 dives in the ocean! During the dives you’ll be asked to show your instructor the skills that you practiced in the pool and in between you’ll be blown away by our underwater world! You’ll learn what it’s like going out on a boat diving trip and you’ll experience the camaraderie on board. It’s a LOT of fun!

Why Learn to Dive with Big Fish Diving in Nusa Lembongan?
The short answer is that we are fun, friendly, professional, love teaching and have high regard for safety. Here’s what we offer and how you’ll benefit:

We believe in allowing student divers to progress at their own pace. Your Instructor will gauge how you are coping with the skills and adjust accordingly. You’ll never feel pressured or rushed – this is your holiday and we want you to have a great time.

We are passionate about marine life and love sharing it. Our Instructors will be able to tell you the names of all the fish you see and their enthusiasm is contagious. Did you know that the Marine Megafauna Foundation are also based here at Big Fish Diving? We are at the centre of marine research on the island and you’ll be able to visit their centre, ask questions and join their marine life presentations.


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Learn to dive AND stay with us! Big Fish Diving is based in the beautiful, secluded Secret Garden Resort where there is always a chilled out and happy vibe. Stay in the bungalows and relax by the pool or in a hammock when you are not diving, hang out with new friends or even sign up for a yoga class at our Yoga Shack.

Do you have more than 4 days to spend on the island? Why not sign up for some fun diving trips for after your course? You’ll be able to put your skills into practice and see even more phenomenal marine life.

Want to dive deeper than 18 meters? Add an extra 2 days to your trip and take your PADI Advanced Open Water course straight away. It’s a great way to consolidate your learning, have more time with your instructor and broaden your experience.

If you’d like more information about joining us, and learning to dive, contact us at info@bigfishdiving.com

We are looking forward to exploring Nusa Lembongan underwater with you soon!