Diving Courses

The reputation of our PADI teaching methods is without equal and arguably the best available in North Sulawesi. We teach you scuba diving properly, at your own pace, and with zero shortcuts. This means that the PADI diving license you have earned with us forms a strong foundation for all your future diving trips.​

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Become a diver with Thalassa

Your first time breathing underwater is an almost magical experience. With our instructors to help you earn your first PADI certification, you’re in good hands.

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Appreciate the natural world

Learning to see the underwater environment from a different perspective is only the first step to become an ambassador for our precious oceans.

PADI Five Star Dive Resort

PADI endorses us to teach you diving

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, PADI, is the world’s biggest diving organization. As of today, PADI is reported to have issued more than 25 million scuba certifications since its inception in 1966.

Our resort in Manado has been chosen by PADI as one that provides traveling scuba divers professional and outstanding service, has a good equipment selection and offer dive activities that promote aquatic environmental responsibility.

We cater to the traveling diver, but we’re also active in the local community promoting the benefits of recreational scuba diving and snorkeling.

Available PADI Courses​

Courses for beginners

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.

Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. 

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba teaches you some fundamental skills in the swimming pool.

This is a continuation of Discover Scuba, but this time you will make a real open water dive together with your instructor. You maximum depth will be 12 meters and you will be amazed at the beautiful underwater life of Bunaken’s reefs.

If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you — particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. 

Courses for licensed divers

This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It’s titled PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because it advances your diving knowledge & skills.That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving

Haven’t been diving lately and want a quick scuba refresher? The ReActivate™ program is the perfect way to update your dive skills and knowledge from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water. 

Complete three Adventure Dives (underwater photography, fish identification, etc.) and earn the Adventure Diver certification, a subgroup of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. 

Discover simple to follow steps for emergency care. This course focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency.

Specialty Dives

Scuba diving is a way to explore the underwater world in new and different ways. PADI Specialty Diver courses teach you new techniques and give you the tools to enhance your exploration.

These specialty dives may credit as Adventure Dives toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. 

Five Adventure Dives complete? You can be certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver!

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Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going. The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

Whether purpose-sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past. Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life. Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you. If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

Courses for diving professionals

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water.

CPR and first aid are key skills that are important to everyone, not just scuba divers. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines, and you can offer courses to anyone. The great thing about EFR courses is they make learning easy by providing a comfortable environment to practice emergency care skills. 

Scuba diving is a way to explore the underwater world in new and different ways. PADI Specialty Diver courses teach you new techniques and give you the tools to enhance your exploration. 

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Your Instructors

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Simone Gerritsen

PADI Course Director

Dive Guide Fendy

Fendy Galeang

Supervisor, instructor & guide

Dive Guide Randi

Randi Tahulending

Instructor & guide

Dive Guide Randi

Satoka Kubo

Instructor & guide

Davin Makasala

Instructor & guide

Frequently Asked Questions​

Is diving safe?

Absolutely, provided you follow our staff’s instructions during your course. The very reason to get a certification as a diver is so you know how to dive safely and responsibly.

How does eLearning work?

When you start PADI course, we will email you an eLearning link. We highly recommend you finish this theory part of your course before arrival, that way you get to focus more on the diving instead of studying.

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age is 10 years old. Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning.

What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?

Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings, do occur, but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

How deep do you go?

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.

What if I just want to try diving?

The Discover Scuba Diving course is ideal if you don’t have a license yet, especially if you’re not sure if you want to commit to an entire course.

How long does my course take?

Assuming you have finished the eLearning portion, an Open Water Diver course can take up to 3 or 4 days, and Advanced Open Water Diver up to 2 days.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you:

  • Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
  • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
What about sharks?

When you’re lucky, you get to see a reef shark. Incidents with sharks here at Bunaken never happen, because we don’t allow feeding or spear fishing that can trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time, if you see a shark it’s just passing through and a rare sight to enjoy.

Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?

Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

How do I sign up for a course?

When you make your booking (either directly with us or via your travel agent), indicate the course you would like to take. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding your PADI diving course.

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