Sail Caribbean is proudly the only PADI 5 star Instructor Development resort in the BVI

Whether this is your first time underwater or you want to expand your knowledge, we are here to guide you through every step of your experience. We offer a wide variety of courses with skilled, passionate and knowledgeable instructors who will be sure to find the perfect course for you.

Offering everything from PADI Discover Scuba Diving to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. The warm, crystal clear waters of the British Virgin Islands provides the perfect classroom with stunning wrecks, reefs and an abundance of marine life, there’s something for everyone!

Please check out our recreational courses below! All dive equipment, boat trips, PADI fees and materials needed for you to complete your course are included in the price.

Before you start your course you will need to complete a PADI medical statement. If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions you will need a doctors certificate before you can jump in the water. To save time, we recommend completing this at home before your holiday begins.

Scuba Diving for Kids (Ages 8-9)

Sail Caribbean Diving believes that a passion for the ocean starts young. We offer two courses for children; PADI Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team. Both are a perfect introduction for young ones to get them used to breathing underwater, opening their eyes to the ocean, the feeling of weightlessness and inspiring them to become ocean advocates.

PADI Bubblemaker

This is a fantastic course for an introduction to exploring the ocean. Divers are given full scuba equipment and under direct supervision of one of our a PADI Instructors can explore the calm, clear waters to see what awesome creatures they can find!

PADI Seal Team

The PADI Seal Team is an adventure like no other. Each participant will need to complete 5 AquaMissions in a swimming pool to earn their PADI Seal Team membership. Children can practice mission skills, hone safety skills, learn about the aquatic environment, and most importantly have fun! Those who want more can earn their Master Seal Team Certification by completing up to 15 additional missions. 

Introduction to Scuba Diving

Are you ready to try something new? Don’t have time to get certified but still want to dive? Not sure if scuba diving is for you? Then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) is perfect for you!

PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD)

This fantastic opportunity includes an orientation to scuba diving and becoming familiar with scuba equipment on the beach. Then we have a short skills section in shallow water usually conducted at Cooper or Norman Island. Once you are comfortable, we will then board our dive boat and make the short trip to a nearby reef or wreck (including the Rhone!) to explore the underwater world! 

If you would like to do multiple open water dives on your trip you will not need to repeat the skills session so long as you are with one of our PADI Dive Instructors.

Getting Certified

Do you want access to a lifetime of adventure in scuba diving? The PADI Open Water Diver certification is your ticket to worldwide exploration. This certification allows you to book dive excursions, rent scuba equipment, obtain air-fills and also enroll in PADI Continuing Education courses

PADI Open Water Diver

During the course students learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including scuba equipment care and use, buoyancy techniques, safety skills and dive planning. There are three sections to this course; theory, 5 confined water dives and 4 open water dives in which we can explore some fantastic dive sites in the BVI. 

After you’ve completed the theory at home using the PADI e-learning website, you then have two options for certification. You can either complete the confined water dives with your local dive centre at home, or with us in the BVI from our beautiful beach before the open water dives. 

PADI Scuba Diver

If you are limited for time or are not quite sure about a full certification consider the PADI Scuba Diver certification, in which you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI professional. Complete 3 academic modules via e-learning, 3 confined water dives and 2 open water dives and you’re good to go! You can easily upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification by completing the remainder of the Open Water course anytime, anywhere, under the supervision of any PADI Instructor.

If you are already a Scuba Diver and want to upgrade so you can have the freedom of a PADI Open Water Diver certification, bring us your card and we’ll arrange everything for you!

Continuing your Education

Learn Diving By Diving! Fine tune your scuba skills and explore some of diving’s top adventures. Select areas of interest, then dive with a specialized focus. Gain additional skills and experience under the supervision of a highly trained PADI Instructor.

Advanced Open Water Diver

This is the perfect opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and get more comfortable in the water. This course is composed of 5 speciality dives with corresponding academics via self study or the PADI e-learning. It is also a mandatory step toward continuing your education with the PADI Rescue Diver and the PADI Divemaster course.


We offer a variety of PADI specialities at Sail Caribbean Divers which you can take as part of your Advanced Open Water Course or as a standalone course to improve your knowledge. Our instructors can teach you :

  • AWARE Fish Identification (2 dives)
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
  • Boat Diver (2 dives)
  • Deep Diver (4 dives)
  • Digital Underwater Photography (2 dives)
  • Drift Diver (2 dives)
  • Emergency Oxygen Delivery (classroom only)
  • Enriched Air Diver (2 dives)
  • Equipment Specialist (classroom only)
  • Multilevel Diver (2 dives)
  • Night Diver (3 dives)
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy (2 dives)
  • Search & Recovery Diver (4 dives)
  • Underwater Naturalist (2 dives)
  • Underwater Navigator (3 dives)
  • Wreck Diver (4 dives)
  • Distinctive Specialty – RMS Rhone Diver (2 dives)

Rescue Diver and First Aid

Expand your diving and emergency response skills to make diving safer and more enjoyable for yourself as well as others. Everyone who takes the Rescue Diver Course refers to it as the most fun and challenging experience they’ve had as a diver. Sail Caribbean Divers is proud to have certified more than 300 individuals In Emergency First Response, from local businesses and families in the BVI community!

Emergency First Response (EFR)

Learn emergency response procedures including CPR and First Aid. You’ll acquire up-to-date first aid information in a low stress environment, effectively developing your skill, knowledge and confidence with hands-on practice. These teaching techniques strengthen recall in actual emergencies.This is not diving specific, so non-divers are encouraged to enroll in the program too. We also offer First Aid and CPR Care for Children. This course is a mandatory step towards continuing your PADI education.

PADI Rescue Diver

The Rescue Diver course is divided into three sections; knowledge development, rescue training sessions, and rescue scenarios. The knowledge development portion develops the principles and information you need for preventing and handling dive emergencies. During the open water training, you’ll apply the knowledge you’ve learned as you develop rescue skills. While mastering rescue techniques, you’ll learn to adapt what you practice to suit the situation; your physical attributes, those of the victim, and the nature of the diving environment. Gain valuable knowledge while having serious FUN!

If you are already a Scuba Diver and want to upgrade so you can have the freedom of a PADI Open Water Diver certification, bring us your card and we’ll arrange everything for you!

Student divers may join any rendezvous dives where the site is suitable to their training level. Please see education rates for student divers (those earning certifications or trying scuba for the 1st time) who wish to join an excursion. There is no additional fee to join the boat, but training must be scheduled in advance to assure instructors will be available for your course. We will provide a separate dive guide for students unless a special request is made for them to join certified divers. All scuba equipment is included for courses below the professional level.

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