DIVE COURSES

Scuba Diving Courses With The Cortez Club

The Cortez Club offers a complete list of PADI Dive Courses Amongst Some of The Best Diving in the World!

The Cortez Club is the only 5 Star IDC Gold Palm Resort in Baja California. That means; if you are interested in learning how to Scuba Dive or taking the career change and becoming a Scuba diving instructor you can do that all with us!

The Cortez Club offers the following courses, to find out more just ‘click’ the tab of each course!

PADI National Geographic Scuba Diver

As a National Geographic Diver, you join an elite group of explorers, adventurers and conservationists. The insight and training you gain during this program will broaden your awareness and take your diving skills to a new level. You’ll learn to observe and explore like an underwater scientist.

Your experience begins with the PADI Open Water Diver program, enhanced with adventures unique to the National Geographic Diver program. You will learn to explore with detail, identify important underwater features and navigate with certainty. You will have the diving knowledge and practice to maneuver with poise along the reef ’s ecosystems.

Whether you’re new to scuba diving, or an experienced diver, the National Geographic Diver program will give you new tools to understand and safely explore the underwater world.

Your adventure begins with the National Geographic Diver certification, where you’ll gain the knowledge and practical experience to live the diving life.

What will I do?

  • You’ll learn basic dive skills and safety information through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
  • You’ll be introduced to worldwide dive environments and opportunities by interacting with the National Geographic Diver Almanac and DVD.
  • You’ll learn to fine-tune your buoyancy to hover easily and maneuver carefully through delicate aquatic habitats.
  • You’ll learn how to observe your surroundings in order to get the best experience from each dive.
  • You’ll gain practical experience by gathering information and collecting images to create a visual representation of a dive site, detailing what you’ve discovered through your observations.
  • You’ll improve your navigation skills and ability to find your way around underwater by using a compass as well as natural references.
  • You’ll be introduced to a multitude of aquatic species and be able to identify local plants and animal.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI Professional in pool or pool-like conditions. During your adventure, you’ll master some basic concepts and scuba skills and might even head off to experience an open water adventure.

What do I need to start?

  • A completed and signed Discover Scuba Diving brochure
  • Minimum age: 10

What will I do?

  • When you participate in a Discover Scuba Diving program, you discover excitement and adventure – freedom and serenity. Nothing compares to the “weightless” exhilaration of breathing underwater. Only a diver knows the feeling!

How long will it take?

  • Get ready to dive today. Whether you watch the short PADI Discover Scuba video, or are briefed with the Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart, you’ll enter the water quickly and ready for your scuba adventure.

What will I need?

  • A sense of adventure

(price does not include 16% local sales tax)

PADI Open Water Diver

At The Cortez Club we train divers for PADI diving courses using the PADI system (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s largest diver training organisation. Your PADI qualification will be recognised worldwide… more than any other diving qualification.

The Cortez Club is a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre; we train people on PADI courses from beginner right up to professional diving instructor.

As a beginner you will train to become a PADI OPEN WATER DIVER. This qualification will enable you to dive around the world with a buddy (friend/partner) of the same or higher standard, to a maximum recommended depth of 18 metres/60 feet.

The Cortez Club has no minimum number for classes, so you can sign up any time. This guarantees individual attention and most importantly, maximum safety. Our course will teach you all the essential skills needed to SCUBA dive, to become familiar with the equipment and understand what happens to your body underwater. This course has great emphasis on safety, not only for yourself but also your diving buddy.

PADI Open Water Course Is:
Divided into three parts which are all very flexible to suit all lifestyles.

Confined Water Diving:
This is where the real fun starts – where you actually GO DIVING! This part of the course is conducted at our swimming pool or in the sea, off our dock. Here, under the guidance and supervision of an Instructor, you will learn and practice dive skills and procedures. This part of the course involves 5 dives and takes a minimum of one day or as long as you need!

Knowledge Development:
Once you have decided to start the course we give you a manual and video to watch and study in your own time and at your own pace, this establishes the principles and basic information all divers need to know to enjoy comfortable, safe diving. This can be completed in a minimum time of one day.

Open Water Dives:
The final part of the course involves four dives in the ocean. Again, under the supervision of an Instructor, you will complete the course by applying, adapting and further developing your knowledge and dive skills in the real diving environment. This part is also very flexible and is usually conducted over two days.
ONCE THESE THREE PARTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED YOU ARE A CERTIFIED DIVER!

(Price includes all equipment, dives, books, log book and certification, does not include 16% sales tax).

PADI Advanced Open Water

The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

Why Advanced Open Water Diver?
After your five dives, you’ll be more experienced, feel more comfortable in the water and simply enjoy diving more because you better understand the underwater environment.

What do I need to start?
PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 (12 for PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver)

What will I do?
This certification includes five Adventure Dives, including the Deep Adventure Dive, the Underwater Navigator Adventure Dive and three of the following:

  • Boat Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search and Recovery Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Underwater Photographer
  • Underwater Navigator
  • AWARE Fish Identification
  • Wreck Diver

How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: 15 (2 Days- 5 Dives)
Minimum Open Water Training: five dives over two days

Price includes books and certification, but does not include sales tax.

PADI Rescue Diver

The PADI Rescue Diver will expand your knowledge and experience beyond purely recreational level because you’ll learn to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

What do I need to start?
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months.

What will I do?
Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you’ll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • dive first aid
  • emergency management and equipment
  • swimming and non-swimming assists
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • inwater artificial respiration
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

How long will it take?
Recommended Course Hours: 25
Minimum Open Water Training: five sessions over two days

Price includes books & certification, but does not include sales tax.

Emergency First Response (CPR & First Aid)

Emergency First Response gives you the tools you need to perform CPR and First Aid. Whether you’re a diver or a non-diver, Emergency First Response prepares you to properly handle potentially life-threatening situations.

What can I do as a PADI Divemaster?

  • Learn dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions.
  • Complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water.
  • Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving abilities.
  • An internship or series of practical training exercises.

What do I need to start?

  • No dive certification required
  • No minimum age limit

What will I do?

  • This comprehensive program is composed of two core modules that can be taught in tandem or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response – Primary Care and Emergency First Response – Secondary Care. Together, these courses proved extensive instruction in CPR and First Aid, as well as providing optional (yet recommended) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Emergency Oxygen sections.

How long will it take?

  • Depending on the amount of home study, the Primary and Secondary courses maybe completed in as little as four hours.

Price includes Crew Pack and certification, but does not include sales tax.

PADI Master Scuba Diver

This certification denotes that you’ve reached the highest recreational diver level in the PADI System of diver education. PADI Master Scuba Diver indicates you have a significant amount of training and experience in a variety of dive environments.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • 50 logged dives
  • Five PADI Specialty course certifications
  • Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for Junior Master Scuba Diver)

Prices Vary depending on Specialties you wish to take. Please email to find out more!

PADI Assistant Instructor

The AI course runs over 4 days (the first 4 days of an IDC) and includes academic, confined water and open water teaching sessions.

This course takes you through the basics of becoming a dive educator. Qualifying as an AI allows you to progress on to the OWSI program and allows you to teach programs like the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty, Project Aware and also conduct certain portions of the Open Water Diver Course.

The prerequisites for this course are:

  • PADI Divemaster or equivalent.
  • A minimum 60 logged dives with night, deep and navigation experience.
  • A valid medical (within 12 months).
  • Current CPR and First Aid qualification.
  • IDC Crew-pak and materials required.
  • 18 years old.

Price includes certification, but does not include sales tax.

PADI Divemaster

Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

What can I do as a PADI Divemaster?

  • Learn dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions.
  • Complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water.
  • Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving abilities.
  • An internship or series of practical training exercises.

What course materials are required?

  • PADI Divemaster Manual.
  • Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) – all three versions (Table, Wheel and eRDP including associated Instructions for Use booklets).
  • The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving.
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook.
  • Divemaster Slates.

What can PADI Divemasters do?

  • Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations.
  • Assist PADI Instructors with students.
  • Lead PADI Scuba Divers on guided dive tourso.
  • Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers.
  • Teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs.
  • Conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers.
  • Lead certified divers on Discover Local Diving experiences.
  • Teach Emergency First Response programs after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

The prerequisites for this course are:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • PADI Rescue Diver certification or qualifying certification from another training organization.
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician.
  • 40 logged dives.
  • 18 years old.
PADI Project Aware Specialty Scuba Diving Course

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, “What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

If you want to learn about the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems and how you can protect them, this Specialty course is for you.

This non-diving Specialty course may also be conducted in conjunction with other PADI Specialty Diver courses.

What do I need to start?

  • No dive certification required
  • No minimum age limit

What will I do?

  • Learn about aquatic ecosystem degradation and the conservation measures protecting aquatic resources.

What does this include?

  • The Project AWARE philosophy
  • The importance and interdependence of worldwide aquatic ecosystems
  • Current issues regarding fisheries, coastal zone management and marine pollution
  • The status of several critically degraded marine environments
  • How you can help

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: four

(price includes certifcation, but not sales tax).

PADI Boat Diver Course

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

Through the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course, you can learn the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats. The more boats you’re diving from, the more diving you’re doing.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

What will I do?

  • Boat diving planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
  • Proper boat diving etiquette, including equipment storage and conduct
  • Common boat terminology
  • Specific and local boat diving laws and ordinances
  • Overview of emergency and safety equipment needed on- private dive boats

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 12
  • Minimum Open Water Training: two dives over one day

(price includes certification, but does not include sales tax)

PADI Deep Diver Scuba Course

Explore the wonders of the deep. Learn techniques for diving in the deeper ranges of 18-30 metres / 60-100 feet.
Want to go deeper? The Cortez Club’s Deep Diver program is the starting qualification for those of you wishing to get into technical diving.

Maybe you just want more assurance during your recreational dives?

The Cortez Club Deep Diver program is run over 4 dives, which are completed over at least two days.

The minimum depth for these dives is 18- 30 metres or 60 – 130 feet. All dives are conducted with an Instructor and within no-decompression limits.

What will I learn?

  • Planning, organization, procedures, techniques
  • Problems and hazards of deep diving.
  • Risk factors and decompression-tables review, safety stops and emergency decompression procedures.
  • Special equipment, descent lines and buoyancy control considerations.
  • Procedures for flying after diving and high altitude diving, plus an orientation to recompression chambers.

(Price for four dives including certification, but not 16% local tax)

PADI Drift Diver Scuba Course

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

Drift Diving is effortless and relaxing because you simply glide with the current and feel the rush of flying underwater. But, with this type of diving come special procedures that you need to know so you can maximize your fun underwater.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 12 years old

What will I do?

  • During your PADI Drift Diver certification course, you’ll learn about drift dive planning, organization, techniques and potential hazards, as well as special equipment and procedures like buoyancy. But it’s not all theory because you’ll go on two open water dives where you can put your new knowledge into action.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 12
  • Minimum Open Water Training: as little as one day

(price includes certification, but does not include16% sales tax)

PADI Dry Suit Scuba Diving Course

If you want to see the spectacular and prolific aquatic life often found in colder water climates you’ll need to stay warm and that means a dry suit. But, you want to be trained in proper techniques and this is where PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course comes in.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 12 years old

What will I do?

  • During your PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course, you’ll not only cover the background knowledge related to dry suit diving, you’ll get into confined water to put that theory into practice. Then, once you’ve mastered confined water, it’s time for two open water dives and applying that knowledge, including dive planning, organization, techniques, problems and buoyancy control.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 24
  • Minimum Open Water Training: as little as one day

(price includes certification, but does not include sale tax).

PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course

Everyone is switching, enriched air is now permanent part of recreational diving. Not only does enriched air give you the opportunity to extend your dive times.

It is the entry-level qualification for diving rebreather and to all our technical programmes. To enter the program, you’ll need to be 15 or older, a PADI Open water or equivalent.

The Enriched air diver program emphasizes the theorectical and operational considerations involved with enriched air diving.

The enriched air course will familiarise you with the procedures, safety, protocols and hazards, risks, benefits and theory. Additionally your get go to on training dives during the program.

Here at the Cortez Club we are very much encourage the use of enriched air. To promote the use of enriched air The Cortez Club can offer the course during the completion of any other course and with no extra dives.

  • PADI ,ANDI or TDI Enriched Air Diver $270 US
  • ANDI Limited SafeAir User (32% & 36% only) $200 US
  • PADI or ANDI Enriched Air Diver combined with any other course $170 US
PADI Equipment Specialist Course

Whether it’s a blown o-ring, regulator problem, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, you can learn how to manage basic scuba equipment adjustments.

Feel like a day out of the water? Want to learn more about how your equipment operates and learn valuable care techniques from a dive professional?

Then check into our equipment specialty program. You’ll need to be at least a PADI Scuba Diver and be 12 years old or older.

During your equipment specialty, you familiarise yourself with the operation and maintenance of your own personal equipment. Your instructor will review new or unfamiliar dive equipment.

The program is not designed to be an extensive equipment repair program, but it does provide the following:

  • Theory, principles and operation of dive equipment.
  • Routine and recommended care and maintenance procedures and equipment storage.
  • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures.
  • Including demonstrations of repair procedures.
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new equipment.
PADI Multi-level Scuba Diving Course

There’s so much to see underwater that you’ll want to make the most of your stay. So, to maximize your underwater adventure, you should learn how to plan and carryout a multilevel dive.

What do I need to start?

  • At least a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent
  • Minimum 12 years old

What will I do?

  • During your Multilevel Diver program, you’ll go on two open water dives, both of which may be conducted in one day. you’ll also be exposed to a variety of different types of multilevel dive calculators (the wheel and various types of dive computers).

Topics covered include:

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of multilevel diving.
  • Definition and advantages of multilevel diving.
  • Methods of calculating multilevel dives ( the wheel and / dive computers)
  • Review of decompression sickness theory.
  • Review of PADI’s S.A.F.E. Campaign.
  • Procedures for flying after diving.
  • Guidelines, rules and procedures for multilevel diving with the wheel and/or diving computers.
  • Care and Maintenance of dive computers.

The elective Multilevel Dive, from the PADI Advanced Open Water/Adventure Diver may count toward the certification requirement for this specialty at your PADI Instructor’s discretion.

PADI Night Diver Scuba Course

Learn about night dive planning, equipment and navigation. Plus, see a whole new cast of critters that comes out at night.

When you go night diving you’ll see a whole new world. Even your local dive site takes on a new personality at night, as many underwater creatures and plant life (different from those you see during the day) are active at night.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 12 years old

What will I do?

  • You’ll learn night dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You’ll also learn how to control your buoyancy, navigate and communicate at night. Since many of the plants and animals you’ll see are different, you’ll also get an introduction to nocturnal aquatic life.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 12
  • Minimum Open Water Training: three dives over one day

(price includes certification, but does not include sales tax)

PADI Peak Performance Scuba Diver Course

Neutral buoyancy is the key to conserving your air consumption and leaving minimal impact on the aquatic environment. Learn how to achieve neutral buoyancy with ease.

If you want to fine-tune your buoyancy and soar over reefs, extend bottom time by reducing air consumption and prolong the life of your dive equipment, the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course is for you.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

What will I do?

  • During your Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course you’ll use PADI’s Basic Weighting Guidelines to determine the correct amount of weight. Then you’ll practice the fundamentals of peak performance buoyancy during two open water dives, including the buoyancy check, fine-tuning buoyancy underwater, weight positioning for trim, streamlining and visualization.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: five
  • Minimum Open Water Training: two dives over one day

(price includes certification, but does not include sales tax)

PADI Project Aware Scuba Diving Course

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems.

If you want to learn about the plight of worldwide aquatic ecosystems and how you can protect them, this Specialty course is for you.

This non-diving Specialty course may also be conducted in conjunction with other PADI Specialty Diver courses.

What do I need to start?

  • No dive certification required
  • No minimum age limit

What will I do?

You’ll learn about aquatic ecosystem degradation and the conservation measures protecting aquatic resources. This includes:

  • The Project AWARE philosophy
  • The importance and interdependence of worldwide aquatic ecosystems
  • Current issues regarding fisheries, coastal zone management and marine pollution
  • The status of several critically degraded marine environments
  • How you can help

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: four

(price includes certifcation, but not sales tax)

PADI Search & Recovery Scuba Diving Course

Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost treasure?

The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface.

What do I need to start?

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization) OR
  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver AND
  • PADI Underwater Navigation certifications (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 12 years old

What will I do?

  • You’ll learn search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems.
  • You’ll also cover limited visibility, search patterns and safe object recovery using lift devices.

How long will it take?

  • Recommended Course Hours: 24 hours
  • Minimum Open Water Training: four dives over two days

(price includes certification, but does not include sales tax)

PADI Semi-closed Rebreather Diver Course

Long before Jacques Cousteau developed modern compressed air scuba gear that made recreational diving possible, people were diving with rebreathers.

At the Cortez Club we offer training and rental of the Drager Dolphin/Atlantis Semi-Closed Rebreather.

The main feature of a rebreather is the reduced bubbles and silence it offers. The benefit of the of silence is that it allows you to get closer to shy wildlife. Perfect for the pelagic fish here in The Sea of Cortez.

Becoming more and more poplar everyday, rebreather are a big hit in the recreational diving market.

Try The Cortez Club’s Rebreather course, which introduces you to the Drager Semi-Closed rebreather and develops the knowledge and skills and the techniques necessary to use this system.

To qualify for the program you must be:

  • PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water ( or equivalent)
  • Certified as a PADI Enriched air Diver (or equivalent)
  • At least 15 years old

The program reviews the planning, organisation, procedures, potential and hazards associated with semi-closed rebreather diving. It specifically focuses on The features, accessories, maintenance and proper use of the drager Semi-closed Rebreather. To complete this certification, you get to make at least one confined water dive and at least three open water dives.

  • PADI, ANDI or TDI Drager Dolphin Rebreather $370, 3 dives with prior EANx certification.
  • PADI, ANDI or TDI Drager Dolphin Rebreather $550 including EANx certification

(all prices are subject to sales tax)

PADI Naturalist Scuba Diver Course

Interested in learning more about the beautiful marine life in The Sea of Cortez?

The PADI Underwater Naturalist program includes two open water dives, which may be conducted in one day, which will introduce you to different aquatic life and include an overview of responsible human interactions with aquatic life.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving in different aquatic environments.
  • A basic overview of major aquatic life groupings (kingdoms and phyla)
  • Factual information that dispels myths of potential dangerous aquatic life.
  • A basic overview of aquatic life interactions and associations.
  • Responsible human interactions with aquatic life.
  • Diving techniques used to help preserve bottom dwelling aquatic life and minimize aquatic life disturbance.

(Price includes two dives including certification, but 16% local sales tax not included)

PADI Underwater Navigation Scuba Diver Course

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

Knowing where you are -underwater- and where your going comes in real handy, especially if you are looking for an abject or locating that beautiful reef that you heard about. if you are a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent and at least 12 years old then this program is for you.

During the Underwater Navigation program, you’ll go on three open water dives familiarizing yourself with the skills, knowledge, planning, organizarion, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and more importantly the enjoyment of knowing where you are.

(Price does not include local sales tax)

PADI Underwater Photography Dive Course

No photo experience required! That’s what our program is for – showing you how to take award winning pictures underwater. Your need to be at least PADI Open Water or equivalent and at least 12 years old.

During the photo course you’ll go on two open water dives, which may be conducted in one day. This is where your put in to practise the tips and techniques you learned from your instructor and the PADI Underwater Photography manual and video.

  • PADI Underwater Photographer $299 US (two dives including certification)
  • Underwater photographer using your own camera $239 US

(all prices are subject to sales tax)

PADI Underwater Videographer Dive Course

Other than taking someone diving, there’s only one way to show someone the sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world: video.
Want to be the next Hans Haas? (he is an underwater motion picture pioneer from long ago)! Then sign up for The Cortez Club’s Underwater Videographer program! You’ll need to be at least a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.

Here at The Cortez Club we have our own Broadcast quality video systems and computer based editing system. Just check out our video at our hompage!

During your course you’ll go on three open water dives and put in to practise the information you learnt from your instructor.

The course includes:

  • The selection, maintenance, care and handling of underwater video equipment.
  • Safe diving practises while shooting, exposure, focus and maintaining colour with video equipment.
  • The course also includes shoot types, lengths and camera moves.
  • Developing story lines and scripts and shot sequencing.
  • The planning, organizing and procedures for an underwater shoot.

(three dives including certification, all prices are subject to local tax)

Price includes certification, but does not include sales tax)

PADI Wreck Diver Scuba Course

Want to explore sunken ships and look for lost treasures beneath the surface? Then The Cortez Club’s wreck diver program is for you.

Here in The Sea of Cortez we have a number of wrecks perfect for training. To venture in to our wreck diver program you’ll need to be at least a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent and at least 15.

During the Wreck Diver program you’ll go on four open water dives, which may be conducted over at least two days.

This is where you’ll put in the practise the information you gained from listening to your instructor and from the wreck diver manual and video.

Information contained in your program includes:

  • The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and harzards of wreck diving.
  • The preparation and use of lights, air supplies, special equipment, penetration lines and reels.
  • Limited-visibility diving techniques and emergency procedures.

You can count the elective wreck dive of your advanced course towards your specialty qualification at the discretion of the instructor.

  • PADI WRECK DIVER COURSE $299 US (four dives, including certification)
  • Enriched Air & Wreck Diver combined $450 US

(all prices are subject to sales tax)

Dive Course Rates at The Cortez Club

Price Out the Right Course For You Today

COURSE PRICE
National Geographic Diver $699.00 USD
Discover Scuba Diving $150.00 USD
Open Water Diver $599.00 USD
Advanced Open Water $429.00 USD
Emergency First Response $250.00 USD
Master Scuba Diver email for prices
Assistant Instructor $575.00 USD
Divemaster $1000.00 USD
Project Aware Fish ID $80.00 USD
Boat Diver $130.00 USD
Deep Diver $300.00 USD
Drift Divers $170.00 USD
Dry Suit Diver $180.00 USD
Rescue Diver $520.00 USD
COURSE PRICE
Enriched Air Diver $270.00 USD
Equipment Diver $130.00 USD
Multi-level Diver $180.00 USD
Night Diver $299.00 USD
Peak Performance Diver $170.00 USD
Project Aware $80.00 USD
Search / Recovery Diver $299.00 USD
Semi-Closed Rebreather Diver $375/550.00 USD
Naturalist Diver $220.00 USD
Navigation Diver $220.00 USD
Photographer $299.00 USD
Videographer $550.00 USD
Wreck Diver $299.00 USD
PADI e-learning $540.00 USD
PADI open water diver referral $350.00 USD

All courses are subject to 16% tax and both lunches & drinks or national park permit fees are not included.

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To truly appreciate the beauty of La Paz, you have to look beneath the surface!