The warm and clear water of the Indian Ocean make Zanzibar a perfect place to learn diving. Spanish Dancer Divers is a PADI 5-Star resort with a team of highly skilled PADI dive instructors. We offer a full range of quality PADI Diving Courses for all levels. Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and all the way to becoming a PADI Divemaster.
Discover Scuba Diving
If you wish to just try diving without doing a full certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is the course for you.
Must be able to swim comfortably.
Must be in good health. Please review the PADI Medical Questionnaire.
Every day @ 15:30
Do 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 :)
In the next morning @ 08:30
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.
PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Open Water Diver Course is the way the world learns to dive. If you wish to become a diver, this course is the first entry level certification to the diving world. The theory is done online, while the practice part takes only 3 days to complete.
- Must be able to swim comfortably.
- Must be in good health for diving. Please review the PADI Medical Questionnaire.
Dive theory with Spanish Dancer Divers is easy, flexible and in your own pace and language. We understand the value of your vacation time. That is why we are using the new PADI Open Water eLearning. In this way, you can complete the theory study at home, while keeping your valuable vacation time for the Fun Part On average, the eLearning takes about 10-15 hours to complete.
Before sending the eLearning to clients, we require a $100 deposit per person (paid by card or PayPal).
Practice Course 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 course 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 course 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. In the next days, you will receive your PADI certification eCard by email.
PADI Advanced Open Water
2 days course expanding your diving horizons. Upon completion, you will be certified to a maximum depth of 30 meters. The theory is done via eLearning before arrival and takes about 5 hours to complete. We require a $100 deposit (paid by card) before sending you the eLearning. The practice part consists of 5 adventure dives from the list below:
Which dives can I do in the course?
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.
Experience your first real deep dive. Understand how increased pressure affects the way you dive and think underwater. Crack a raw egg underwater 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 airspace.
Peak Performance Buoyancy
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 somersault, float upside down and play games. There are quite a few things we can do underwater to experiment with our buoyancy.
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.
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 maximizing your depths and times in the safest possible way. Dive computers are supplied for this 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 buoyancy control 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.
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 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.
We require a minimum of two students to teach the EFR Course.
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. Consequently, 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.
We require a minimum of two students to teach the Rescue Course.
Rescue Skills that you will master
- 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.
- Distressed 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 to 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 Training
Become a PADI Divemaster with Spanish Dancer Divers. Be a part of our team for 3 months. 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 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
To begin with, renting a room costs around $300-$400 per month. Together with expenses for daily needs and food, you should be calculating an average living cost of about $700 per month.
Furthermore, the course itself is free of charge in exchange for the 3-month working internship. However, there are still a few costs you will need to cover.
Before coming here, you should purchase the PADI Divemaster Crew Pack in a dive center near your home. It costs around $300. We DO NOT recommend buying the PADI eLearning as it is missing most of the required study material.
Upon arrival to Zanzibar, you will need to pay $250 immigration visa for students in Zanzibar which covers the 3 months Internship.
Finally, at the end of the course, you will need to pay, directly to PADI, $140 for your professional membership.
Our staff members here at Spanish Dancer Divers are International and friendly. We often meet for sunset drinks and have dinners and parties on a regular basis. As a team, we work together and socialize together.
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 center 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.
You must complete the theory part of the course before your arrival in Zanzibar.
The practice part of the course here in Zanzibar will include:
- Theory studies includes: 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, snorkeling, 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 center needs, in some cases we offer our favorite Divemaster trainees a paid job for a few months after completing the course.
Read more about the personal experience of being a Divemaster in training in Spanish Dancer Divers.
Please make sure to apply a few months in advance. When applying, please attach your CV, a photo and a short description of your diving experience and certifications.