Learn to Scuba Dive

PADI courses and certification

Scuba Diving on Holiday

At Mark Warner, we offer the opportunity to learn scuba dive, improve or just enjoy your scuba diving on holiday at a number of our beach resorts across the Med. The calm, turquoise waters surrounding each of our resorts are rich with fascinating marine life - perfect for those looking for an underwater adventure. 

Scuba Diving Courses and Lessons

At Paleros and Kamari Beach Resorts scuba diving courses and lessons are provided on-site by InDepth and are pre-bookable through the website or by calling our travel experts. Check out the course details below.

At our Aeolian Village Beach Resort, scuba courses and lessons are provided on-site by Black Rock Diving and also are pre-bookable through the website or by calling our travel experts.

If you are staying at Phokaia, we have a local scuba diving provider in Turkey, who have a similarly broad offer of dives and courses available for guests to book and join once they arrive on holiday. 

PADI or SSI (Scuba Schools International) Certified Courses

All our providers are fully registered to deliver either PADI or SSI (Scuba Schools International) certified courses. 

If diving isn’t your thing, but you love exploring the ocean, the diving schools often also run snorkelling sessions. After learning the basics in the pool, they’ll take you on a half day boat trip to explore the best local snorkelling spots. 

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Our Top Locations for Scuba Diving

If you’re staying at our Paleros, Kamari, Aeolian Village or Phokaia resorts, you’ll have the opportunity to explore under the sea on one of our scuba diving courses. The calm, turquoise waters surrounding each of our resorts are rich with fascinating marine life—perfect for those looking for an underwater adventure. 

PalerosBEACH RESORT

  • LocationIonian Coast, Greece

At Paleros Beach Resort, a full range of diving courses including PADI certifications are available via our local partner InDepth, who operate from May to the end of September. Scuba courses and lessons can be pre-booked through the website or by calling our travel experts. You can find a selection of courses from InDepth below.

KamariBEACH RESORT

Book scuba diving courses including the PADI certified courses. With excellent visibility and deep waters, divers in Rhodes have been known to spot dolphins, turtles and stingrays. Scuba courses and lessons can be pre-booked through the website or by calling our travel experts. You can find a selection of courses from InDepth below.

  • LocationRhodes, Greece

PhokaiaBEACH RESORT

Our local partner Foca Dive offers a wide range of dive courses from introductory lessons, PADI certifications to advanced scuba diving courses including on open water diving.  All dive courses can be booked directly with Foca Dive.

  • LocationFoça, Turkey

Aeolian VillageBEACH RESORT

New to Aeolian Village this year, we will be offering a number of scuba diving courses for beginners to advanced, thanks to our partnership with Black Rock.

  • LocationLesvos, Greece

PADI adult courses

We work with local scuba diving schools at our Aeolian Village, Paleros, Kamari and Phokaia Beach Resorts, all of whom offer a varied mix of courses and dives for adults and children from 10 years upwards. 

At Paleros and Kamari Beach Resorts scuba diving courses and lessons are provided on-site by our partner diving School InDepth. Our partner Black Rock Diving provide courses and lessons at our Aeolian Village Beach Resort.

The PADI dive courses 'Discover Scuba Diving' and 'PADI Scuba Diver' courses can be pre-booked in the UK through the website or by calling our travel experts.  All courses booked in resort are subject to local taxes, and are therefore more expensive. All courses take place during childcare hours, so you will always be back in time to collect your children.

Manuals and certificates

Manuals are mandatory for all PADI courses and can be pre-purchased in the UK or purchased in resort. A certification fee is applicable for your course.

Scuba Try Dive

If you’re curious about diving but not ready to book a full course, you can join a free scuba Try Dive. Our instructors will teach you the basics, and once you're comfortable, you can progress into the shallow open water.

Price Free

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Discover Scuba Diving

If you want to try scuba diving but aren't quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, this introduction course is for you.

The course covers the theory of diving. You’ll learn to use the equipment in the hotel pool and then experience a dive in open water. Your instructor will be by your side at all times. If you wish to progress your diving further, completing this course will count towards the PADI Open Water Diver qualification. 

The course is bookable in resort and subject to local taxes.

Minimum age: 10 years

Price From €138 price varies by resort

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PADI Scuba Diver course

If you're short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating may be right for you. This course is an intermediate step to earning an Open Water Diver certification. 

The Scuba Diver course runs across two days and includes three hours of theory, three pool dives and two open water sea dives. This course can be pre-booked in the UK is designed to be completed within childcare times.  For Phokaia, the SSI version of this course will need to be booked with the local dive school in resort.

Minimum age: 10 years

Price £250 (InDepth) or £260 (Black Rock) (pre-booked)

2-3 days e.g. 9am to 12.30pm

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PADI Open Water Diver course

The PADI open water diver course is one of the most popular and widely recognised scuba courses in the world.

Theory and diving skills are developed in the pool. When your instructor is confident that you're ready, you'll have four training dives in open water. You'll be awarded with a certificate of achievement upon completion of the course, which is pre-bookable in the UK and is designed to be completed within childcare times. For Phokaia, this course will need to be booked with the local dive school in resort. 

There is an additional £75 charge to PADI for the eLearning material including online manual and certification card. 

Minimum age: 10 years

Price £370 (InDepth) or £400 (Black Rock) (pre-booked)

4 ½ days e.g. 9am to 12.30pm

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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course

Suitable for qualified open water divers, this course enables you to improve your diving skills and progress to be a qualified advanced diver. A choice of adventure dives are taken on this course, these include deep dives, navigation or night dives. The course is only bookable in Resort.

Minimum age: 10 years

Price From €405 to €509, varies by resort

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PADI Adventure Diver certification

This course is perfect for those wanting to have fun, learn new skills and gain experience with an instructor without committing to the full advanced course. Choose three dives from the Advanced course for Adventure Diver certification, then credit them towards your Advanced Open Water course in the future.

Course content

The Adventure Diver course takes only one day, with three dives from the shore. Choose from Digital Underwater Photography, Fish Identification, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search and Recovery (over 12s), Underwater Naturalist or Underwater Navigation. The course is only bookable in Resort.

Minimum age: Over 12 years old

Price Varies by resort

One day, 3 dives

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PADI Scuba Review

If you’re a certified diver and it’s been a while since your last dive, then this programme is for you. It will reacquaint you with diving and is a recommended course to anyone who hasn’t dived for six months or more. It takes just three hours.

The course starts with a self-study workbook for you to read through, complete and then get tested on in a short quiz. After that, you’ll review your diving skills with your guide in the pool for about an hour. Next, you’ll enjoy a beautiful and tranquil dive in the Aegean Sea with your indepth dive guide. When you complete the training programme, your logbook will be updated for verification purposes. The course is only bookable in Resort.

Minimum age: 10 years

Price Varies by resort

PADI youth courses

PADI dive courses in the resorts can be pre-booked in the UK. All courses booked in resort are subject to local taxes, and are therefore more expensive. 

Manuals and certificates

Manuals are mandatory for all PADI courses and can be purchased in resort. A certification fee may also be applicable for your course.

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PADI Bubblemaker

This fun course is a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving, taking their first breaths underwater under the direct care and supervision of PADI instructors. Book in resort.

 Ages: 8 and 9 years

Price From €70 varies by resort

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PADI Seal Team

This course takes four hours over two half days and is action packed with aqua missions, like taking pictures and using navigation equipment. The course is swimming pool based.

Part one

Aqua missions one to five teach children the basics of diving, including buoyancy control, mask clearing and regulator recovery. After building a solid foundation of scuba skills, children move on to part two.

Part two

Full of specialty aqua missions (approx. one hour).

Ages 8 and 9 years

Price Varies by resort

5 Hours

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PADI Junior Scuba Diver

If you're short on time but the kids are insisting that they really want to become divers, the PADI Scuba Diver rating is a good option. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification.

The Scuba Diver course runs across two days and it includes three hours of theory, three pool dives and two open water sea dives. This course can be pre-booked in the UK.

Minimum age: 10 years

Price £250 (InDepth) or £260 (Black Rock) (pre-booked)

2 days

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PADI Junior Open Water Diver course

The PADI Open Water Diver course is one of the most popular and widely recognised scuba courses in the world.

Theory and diving skills are developed in the pool. When your instructor is confident that you're ready, you'll have four training dives in open water. You'll be awarded with a certificate of achievement upon completion of the course, which is pre-bookable in the UK.

Minimum age: 10 years

Price £370 (InDepth) or £400 (Black Rock) (Pre-booked)

4 training dives

Snorkelling

With our PADI Instructors, learn how to snorkel comfortably and safely. Starting in the swimming pool with an easy introduction to the basics of breathing safely through the snorkel, water-clearing methods and duck-diving. Once you’ve gained some confidence, we’ll take you for an exploratory snorkel in the calm, clear seas. 

Snorkel Trips

Join one of our snorkelling trips and enjoy a half day boat trip to some wonderful snorkelling destinations.

Price From €35 varies by resort

Half day