PADI Courses

    PADI course Nungwi Zanzibar

    Before participating in any of our PADI courses, you must be able to swim comfortably and you should carefully review the PADI Medical Questionnaire.

    PADI – Discover Scuba Diving

    It’s Easy, it doesn’t take long and it’s a lot of fun!!

    EVERYDAY AT 15:30
    Get half an hour of theory class, learning the basic safety rules of diving. Following the theory session you will be doing half an hour of practice in shallow water. By this point you will already know how it feels like being underwater 🙂

    Join us on our dive boat for two open water dives, at the Mnemba Atoll Marine Park. You will be guided by a PADI instructor while diving to a maximum depth of 12 meters.


    Want to see exactly what you will be doing?? Watch our Discover Scuba Diving video.
    PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course + 2 dives in Mnemba Atoll cost $185.

    PADI – Open Water Diver

    The way the world learn to dive!!!

    Theory Learning

    Dive theory with Spanish Dancer Divers is easy, flexible and in your own pace and language. We understand the value of your vacation time and so, we wish to spare you hours of classroom time. For that reason, we are using the new PADI Open Water eLearning.

    Upon registration, you will pick up one of our Tablets that includes all study material, such as videos, readings and exams. Therefore, you can study at the beach, restaurant or your hotel. The average time for theory study is 12 hours.

    If you book the course ahead, we can send you all course material ahead. In that way, you can do all your theory studies at home while keeping you valuable vacation time for the Fun Part! (Please note that this option requires a $100 deposit per person and can be paid by card or paypal).

    Practice Dives

    Day one (5-7 hours)
    Learn and practice dive skills in shallow protected water.  Doing so, will build your confidence as a diver and prepare you for your first open water dive. Once you are ready and confident, you will experience your first open water dive to 12 meters.

    Day two (5-7 hours)
    Acquire and practice additional dive skills in shallow water. Once you have mastered these skills in shallow water, it is time to practice them in deeper water, on your second Open water dive to 12 meters.

    Day three (5-6 hours)
    Now it is time for some real fun dives!! In the morning you will join us on our dive boat. We will be heading out for two dives to 18 meters, in two of our best dive spots.
    When getting back, you will be logging your dives with your instructor and get your temporary PADI Open Water Diver certification. The PADI office will send your permanent card to your home in just few weeks.


    PADI Open Water course cost $495 per person. We recommend doing the last two dives at the Mnemba Atoll Marine park ($30 supplement). In fact, we offer a 10% discount for reservations ahead.

    Start your PADI course today!

    PADI advanced courses

    PADI Advanced Open Water

    2 days course expanding your diving horizons. Upon completion, you will be certified to a maximum depth of 30m. There are no exams, but you will be asked to read a small chapter and complete the relevant knowledge reviews for each dive. There are 5 dives in total. While Deep and Navigation dives are obligatory, you can choose the remaining 3 dives from the list below.

    See list of Advanced Course Dives

    Navigation Dive (Obligatory)

    Learn to use a compass and begin to navigate the underwater world. Start to understand the importance of visual references. Practice how to measure distance underwater.

    Deep Dive (Obligatory)

    Experience your first real deep dive. Understand how increased pressure affects the way you dive and think underwater. Crack a raw egg under water and play with the yoke while it float magically in front of your eyes without breaking. Take a sealed plastic bottle down and watch the effect pressure has on any air space.

    Peak Performance Buoyancy (Very recommended)

    Master and control your buoyancy with greater efficiency and ease. As a result, you will increase your comfort underwater and improve your air consumption. Take off your fins, do a somersaults, float upside down and play games. There are quite a few things we can do underwater to experiment with our buoyancy.

    Night Dive (Very Recommended)

    Enjoy an absolutely magical experience. See creature that are normally sleeps during the day such as Squids, Nudibranchs and Frog Fish. See octopus and moray out hunting. You might even find the famous Spanish Dancer feeding on the rock. At the end of the dive we may switch off ours lights. While lights are off, plankton illuminate in front of our eyes as we move our hands through the water. This is a dive that you would love.

    Underwater Photography or Videography

    Learn how to capture all the wonders of the underwater world. Take the memories of your experience back home. Make all your friends and family jealous by showing them your very own copy of all the images or videos that you have captured underwater.

    Multilevel & Computer Dive

    Understand the importance of dive computers. Find how they can help you maximizing your depths and times in the safest possible way. Dive computers are supplied for this dive.

    Drift Dive

    Practice drifting a dive site while avoiding any contact with the aquatic life and bottom. Practice using a Signal Marker Buoy to advise the boat of your location at the end of a dive.

    Aware – Fish Identification Dive

    Master the control your buoyancy while observing and identifying different fish families, groups and species. Use one of our fish slates, draw diagrams, take notes or even borrow one of our underwater cameras to assist you on your adventure. We recommend before this dive, reading our Marine Life page.

    Underwater Naturalist Dive

    Practice the control of your buoyancy while passively observing the abundance of Zanzibar’s aquatic life. Learn to identify vertebrates (turtles, Dolphins, Fish etc.), Invertebrates (Octopus, Cuttlefish, Shrimps etc.) and Aquatic plants. Increase your knowledge of how to preserve the aquatic environment.

    The course cost $425 per person and we recommend doing one of the course days at the Mnemba Atoll Marine park ($30 supplement). In fact, we offer a 10% discount if you reserve ahead.

    Reserve your PADI course today!

    Emergency First Response

    (Obligatory before participating in the Rescue Course).
    1 Day course that will provide you with the knowledge to perform CPR, First Aid and Secondary Care. Whether you are a diver or a not, this course will give you the necessary skills to properly handle a potentially life threatening situation. The majority of the course is practical. You will watch videos, practice skills and participate in emergency scenarios, from dealing with a small wound to helping an unconscious person. Here at Spanish Dancer we know that this is a serious subject but, that doesn’t mean we can not enjoy ourselves while we learn.

    PADI Rescue Diver

    (Must have Emergency First Response or equivalent).
    This is a 3-4 day course and covers the more serious side of Diving. But even so we can still have fun while we learn all about rescue in diving. In fact, this might be the most rewarding course you will do. As a result, you’ll be more confident and able diver.

    You will need to read a manual and complete an exam. Still, most of the course is taught in water and that’s where we’ll be headed from day one. This is a very hands-on course and you should be a confident diver before participation.

    Rescue Skills that you will master

    Rescue Skills

    • Self Rescue: Be self reliant and be able to help yourself in certain situations.
    • Tired Diver: Assist an overexerted or a tired diver. Very useful in everyday diving.
    • Panicked Diver: Approach, make contact, help and even escape the clutches of a panicked diver.
    • Response from Shore or Boat: Make non water assists and safe water entry assists.
    • Distress Diver Underwater: Identify distress and assist in the appropriate manner while all the time keeping yourself safe.
    • Surfacing an Unresponsive Diver: Surface an unconscious diver using advanced buoyancy techniques to minimize your own stress and energy output.
    • Unresponsive Diver at the Surface: Tow an unconscious diver to safety while providing life saving rescue breaths.
    • Exiting an Unresponsive Diver: Techniques for remove equipment as well as exit an unconscious diver from the water.
    • First Aid and Oxygen Administration: Provide oxygen and deal with pressure related injuries.
    • Response from Shore/Boat or Dock : Make an in water rescue to an unconscious non breathing diver.


    PADI Divemaster Internship in Zanzibar

    PADI Divemaster Training

    Become a PADI Divemaster with Spanish Dancer Divers. Be a part of our team for 3 month. Live with us, work with us and have fun with us. Divemaster internships run once in every 3 months. The spaces are limited and we only accept 2-3 candidates at a time. To apply you need to be an Advanced diver and Rescue Diver qualified or have an equivalent certification and 40 logged dives.

    Living and expenses

    Spanish Dancer Divers has a staff compound. It includes 6 private houses, a big communal garden, BBQ, 4 friendly dogs and 4 cats. Each house has a kitchen, shower and a toilet. You can rent one of these houses for $200 per month and stay with us in the compound. This price do not includes water and electricity.

    You should be calculating and average living cost of about $500-$600 per month (rent included) here in Zanzibar. The course itself is free of charge in exchange for the 3 month working internship. But there are still a few costs you will need to pay. The Divemaster theory course online cost 190 euro (purchased on You should complete the theory on-line before arrival. At the end of the course you will need to pay directly to PADI for your professional membership which cost $120. There is a one-time $200 immigration visa for students in Zanzibar which covers the 3 months Internship.

    Our staff members here at Spanish Dancer Divers are International and friendly. We meet every day at Mangi’s bar for sunset drinks and have dinners and parties on a regular basis. As a team we work together and socialize together.

    Work requirements

    During the Internship you will be working 6 days a week. Starting at 7:30-8:30 until 18:00. As part of your duties you will: help customers prepare their gear, help load and unload the boats, help keep the dive centre clean and tidy and guide snorkelers. You will get to dive a lot and increase your experience. Our Divemaster trainees do an average of 60-100 dives during their Internship with us.

    PADI Divemaster course requirements

    As part of your course you will practice:

    • Theory studies- DM Characteristics / DM Role / Risk Management / Dive Physics & Physiology and more.
    • Mastering of the Open Water skills demonstration in a PADI Professional level.
    • Help instructors teach PADI courses and guide dives.
    • Learn to teach Divemaster conduct programs as Scuba review, Skin diving, Discover Scuba Diving and discover local diving.
    • Stamina exercises including swimming, snorkelling, floating and more.
    • Other skills as setting and managing dive site, mapping a dive site, dive briefing, search and recovery skills, rescue skills and deep diving skills.
    • If you are a hard worker and manage to complete your Divemaster requests before the end of the 3 months Internship, you will have a chance of getting experience guiding divers underwater. Depending on the dive centre needs, in some cases we offer our favourite Divemaster trainees a paid job for a few months after completing the course.

    Please make sure to apply a few months in advance. When applying please attached your CV, a photo and a short description of your diving experience and certifications.

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