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The earth’s oceans are incredible realms, with breathtaking underwater landscapes, diverse marine life, and endless opportunities for adventure – and what better way to enjoy it all than with scuba diving? If you’ve been considering scuba diving or becoming an open water scuba diver, then all you need to do to get a step closer to your dream is to get yourself a valid diving licence.

A diving licence is a legal certification issued by scuba diving organisations such as PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors), and SSI (Scuba Schools International). Once you have obtained a diving licence, you can rent scuba diving equipment and take part in guided dives with dive centres and operators worldwide. You will also be able to purchase your scuba diving equipment and dive independently.


How Many Levels Of PADI Certifications Are There?

How Many Levels Of PADI Certifications Are There

Here at Mikumba Diving, we offer a wide range of PADI courses, some based out of our Komodo dive centre, liveaboard Indonesia, and some taught from our Raja Ampat location.

PADI certification levels are divided into categories; you can choose from Youth, Beginner, Continuing Education, or Professional. Under these categories, there are several courses to choose from including Open Water Diver, Specialty Diver Certification, and Advanced or Professional and Technical Certifications.

Here are the most common types of scuba certifications:

  • PADI Scuba Diver
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver
  • PADI Wreck Diver
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver
  • ACDE Commercial Diver
  • Divers Academy International Certificate of Completion
  • ADCI Commercial Diver
  • HAZWOPER/HAZMAT certification

If you’re a beginner and considering getting your very first diving license, then the following courses and certifications would be most suitable for you.


Beginner – PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)

Beginner – PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)

This is the first diving licence level and the most popular. It not only provides a solid foundation for future scuba diving experiences but is also a prerequisite for many other scuba diving certifications like Advanced and Rescue. Recognised worldwide, OWD divers can dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres under the supervision of a certified instructor or a divemaster.

Throughout the course, Mikumba’s highly-trained PADI Instructors will teach you how to scuba dive in a relaxed, supportive learning environment. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to dive anywhere you like, including Indonesia’s beautiful Komodo National Park or Raja Ampat.

Beginner – PADI Discover Scuba Diving

A great course for those who want to find out what scuba diving is like before deciding to get their diving licence. During a Discover Scuba® Diving experience, you can try scuba diving for the first time in a pool or calm water environment. Mikumba’s highly-trained PADI® Professional will provide scuba gear, explain basic scuba diving skills, and answer any questions you may have.

Once you’ve completed your Beginner’s courses, you can always opt for the next stage to become an Advanced Open Water Diver or a Professional Diver or Instructor.

How Much Does It Cost To Certify PADI?


Mikumba Diving offers a wide number of PADI courses and certifications at affordable prices for beginners and advanced divers. Let’s take a look:

Discover Scuba Diving – IDR 2,750,000

Includes basic training and 2 or 3 Dives (IDR 375,000 extra for 3rd dive)

Open Water Course – IDR 7,500,000

Duration: 3-4 days and includes Knowledge Development, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives.

Nitrox Speciality (Dry) Course – IDR 2,500,000

Includes managing oxygen exposure, practicing analyzing oxygen content in the scuba tank, and setting dive computer for diving with enriched air nitrox.

Advanced Open Water Course – IDR 6,900,000 (Discounts on Liveaboard)

Duration: 2 Days. Plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives.

Also available are the Rescue Course, Adventure Dives, Emergency First Response, and Dive Master.

Can You Learn To Dive On A Liveaboard?

Can You Learn To Dive On A Liveaboard


The answer to this is a resounding yes. Liveaboards provides a great environment to learn scuba diving with access to the best and most remote dive sites for beginners and advanced divers alike. Get your diving licence by joining us on one of our liveaboards in Indonesia; our boats are newly refurbished and have large sun decks from where we often run our classroom sessions. With access to some of the best dive locations in Indonesia, your diving licence Indonesia course will be filled with manta rays, sharks and an abundance of marine life, in some of the most beautiful dive locations in the world!


Learn How To Dive With Mikumba Diving

Get your diving licence in Indonesia with Mikumba Diving. You’ll learn all of the important dive basics, methods, techniques, and skills that you’ll need to pass your PADI course, with lots of fun and adventure every step of the way. 

Our PADI courses are based out of our Komodo dive centre and our Komodo Liveaboard and some are taught from our Raja Ampat location and our Raja Ampat Liveaboard. Our experienced instructors can teach in English, Spanish, Finnish and French so let us know your preference when booking.

We also offer an e-learning option, which lets you get started immediately on your PADI online scuba programme at your own pace and from wherever you are. This option will reduce the time required to complete the course when you arrive here in Indonesia while maximising your time spent underwater.

In Komodo, we offer all PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving up to Dive Master. In Raja Ampat, we offer Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, and some speciality courses. Contact us to explore all PADI courses and start learning with Mikumba Diving today!