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Scuba Diving Prices

The following are average prices and may vary between the different Dive Shops in Utila. There is fierce competition among the Dive Shops in Utila which helps to keep prices low (good news for you), but the standards of equipment, the facilities, range of dive courses and discounts on offer also varies. Some Dive Shops are PADI certified Scuba Diving Operators and some are Independent Operators. Given the high level of competition here on the Island of Utila, you pretty much get what you pay for.

One thing you can be sure about is that you will get some great diving for a great price!


$US   33.00

$US   58.00

$US 265.00

$US   53.00

(see Note 2)

Fun Dives

1 Fun Dive - 1 dive including transportation by boat to dive site, certified dive guide, standard equipment hire.

2 Fun Dive package - 2 dives (including as above)

10 Fun Dive package - 10 dives (including as above)

Night Dive

You must be certified PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent (or a PADI Scuba Diver with the required supervision) to purchase Fun Dives.

$US 260.00

(see Note 2 & 3)




(see Note 1)

PADI Open Water Diver

Although this is not the most basic Scuba Diving Course you can take, it is the most popular and provides all the basic skills enabling you to scuba dive without supervision to a maximum depth of 18 metres/ 60 feet. The course typically lasts 3 to 4 days and includes 2 shallow water dives and 2 open water dives plus some classroom time learning theories of scuba diving, diving equipment and safety procedures.

Virtually anybody who is in good health and over 10 years of age can take this course. (You will be consider to be in good health if you can answer No to all the questions on the PADI Medical Statement. If you answer Yes to any of the questions on the PADI Medical Statement you will need a Medical Certificate signed by a Doctor.)

$US 260.00

(see Note 2 & 3)

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

If you want to gain new experiences, new skills then the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver program is for you. During the course (5 dives in total) you will get to explore some of diving's top adventures and complete a Deep dive and Navigation dive plus three adventure dives that interest you most from the following list:

  • Dive Propulsion Vehicle
  • Underwater Photographer
  • Night Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • AWARE Fish Identification
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search and Recovery

You will need a PADI Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and a minimum age of 15 (12 for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver) to take this course.

$US 90.00

(see Note 2 & 3)

Emergency First Response (EFR)

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.

No dive certification or age limit applies to this course

$US 260.00

(see Note 2 & 3)

PADI Rescue Diver

This course will expand your knowledge and experience level: Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

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
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
  • dive first aid
  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
  • emergency management and equipment
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in-water rescue breathing protocols
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

► You will need to be a certified PADI Adventure Diver, a minimum age of 12 and successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program (such as Emergency First Response ) within the past 24 months.

$US 780.00

(see Note  1, 2 & 3)

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. This course can be completed within 2 weeks, but most people taking this course in Utila want to spend 3 - 6 months working as a DiveMaster-in-Training (DMT) at one of the local Dive Shops, building their skills and gaining invaluable practical experience in scuba diving operations, plus filling their log books with lots dives!

What can PADI DiveMaster 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 tours
  • 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.

► You will need to be a certified PADI Rescue Diver, a minimum age of 18, a minimum of 40 logged dives to start the course (60 logged dives to complete the course), and medical certificate proving you are in good health and fit to dive.



  1. Medical Certificates and the associated medical examination can be obtained at the local Utila Community Clinic for approximately $US 16.00 after you have completed and signed a PADI Medical Statement. The PADI Medical Statement is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (276 KB).
  2. Reef Fees - All Scuba Divers in Utila must pay the Utila Reef Fee. Reef Fees are currently (as at March 2010) $US 3.00 per diver per day. Significant Discounts are available for DiveMaster-in-Training, DiveMaster, Assistant Instructors and Instructors.
    If you are taking a Scuba Diving Course be sure to ask the Dive Shop if the course price includes the Reef Fees. The Utila Reef Fee contributes to the maintenance of Dive Site buoys and the availability of the Utila Hyperbaric Chamber.
  3. Discounts - If you purchase a PADI course Utila Dive Shops may give you;
    • a 10% discount on all other courses (excluding Emergency First Response)
    • 2 free Fun Dives (a $US 40.00 value), or
    • free accommodations for the duration of your dive course.
  4. Average prices updated on 10 September 2010.
  5. There are many more scuba diving courses available in Utila. Please email if you wish to see prices for other scuba diving courses.

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