Imagine whale sharks swimming in the crystal clear waters beneath you, dozens of devil rays glide by you above and curious blue sharks and huge pelagic fish explore the waters by your side. This is what diving in the Azores is all about!
Embrace the adventure by enrolling for this 4-day course, in which you can learn the most important principles of diving as well as all the essential security procedures to be able to contribute to this project of clearing trash out of the Atlantic Ocean. If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience an unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where you can get started. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!
495€ per person
- Diving equipment
More about this Program
What is the itinerary of this experience?
Get an international certification in paradise-like scenery and enjoy your holidays!
Morning | Training | Allows you to get familiar with the basic principles and procedures of scuba diving. You will learn about how pressure affects your body, choose the right scuba gear and get to know procedures to plan your dives.
Afternoon | Pool Dives | You will develop the basic skills of scuba diving in the pool or in confined water. It is in this environment that you will learn the practical skills you’ll need to get started.
Morning | Training | This theoretical part of the course is extremely important as it gives you the basis to real open water diving. In the classroom, you’ll answer a short quiz to confirm that you assimilate the information, and at the end of the sessions, you’ll perform a small examination to confirm that you understand all the key concepts and ideas
Afternoon | Pool Dives | You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air in an emergency situation under water. Five dives are conducted in confined waters. Throughout these dives, you will develop the skills that you need to dive in open water.
Continue your course with a bit more practice, but now in the Ocean.
Morning | Training + Ocean Dive
Afternoon | Two Ocean Dives
After making your confined water dives, the time has come for your four open water dives with your PADI Instructor. This is where you’ll combine all the components of your course and fully live the underwater adventure.
Morning | Two Ocean Dives
Afternoon | Two Ocean Dives
Am I provided with insurance during my stay?
Your program fee includes civil liability insurance with limited coverage, that only covers accidents that may happen during your volunteering shift.
We highly recommend you to get full health, travel and accidents insurance in your home country!
Are children allowed to join this volunteer program?
Yes, children are also allowed to take part in this program, if they are accompanied by their parents or legal representative!
Do I need to book my stay well in advance?
No, not necessarily! Depending on the current availability of the program of your choice, we may even be able to accommodate your stay and participation for the upcoming week! However, both in our responsible travel experiences and our volunteer programs as well as regarding our available beds in the hostel, we do sometimes reach our full capacity and therefore recommend booking your stay with us as early as possible to secure your spot!
Shall I bring any own diving equipment for the Marine Conservation program?
No, the price includes all the professional diving equipment you'll need for your dive. We do recommend bringing comfortable swimwear, beach slippers, and a towel!
Do I need to speak the local language?
No, you don't need to have any previous skills in the local language! All of our programs are run entirely in English and our guides and staff are all comfortable speaking English as well! But we always encourage our participants to get acquainted with some of the most basic terms and expressions, as even just a simple "Good morning!" in the local language can be a great icebreaker to start interacting with the locals!
There are also language lessons available for volunteers. The language lessons can be booked before or on the arrival. Lessons are taught by a professional teacher and tailored to each volunteer’s current language level.
Does this experience also include food and beverages?
No, this experience will not include any food or drinks!
Does this experience include the transportation from my accommodation?
No, your transportation is not included, but we can offer this service for an extra cost! Just shoot us an email and let us know the exact time and location, and we'll be there on time!
Does this program require a high level of physical fitness?
No! All activities within this program only require a medium or low level of physical fitness!
Is accommodation also included in this experience fee?
No, accommodation is not included in this trip. You'll need to organize your own accommodation, but we are happy to assist you in finding a suitable one if you like! Feel free to get in touch with us!
Is prior experience in diving required to take part in the Marine Conservation program?
No, you do not need to have any prior experience in diving, the professional diving instructor will teach you all the necessary basics and safety essentials right on the spot! In your program is included a certificated diving course adjusted to your diving skills.
But it's great if you already do have some previous diving experience, as you'll more easily be able to contribute to cleaning up the ocean by collecting trash from the seabed!
What is ImpacTrip's Cancellation and Refund Policy?
Impactrip deposit fees are designed to be as affordable as possible to allow everyone to join our programs. Therefore, considering its limited capacity and the expectations of everyone involved, ImpacTrip is unable to provide a total refund policy.
The payment of the deposit fees confirms a volunteer’s acceptance onto one of ImpacTrip's volunteer programs. Deposit fees are not transferable to other people but may be transferable to another program.
The deposit fee is refundable until sixty days before the start date of the volunteer’s chosen program. Requests for deposit fee refunds must be made via an email to your ImpacTrip Booking Manager, clearly detailing the reasons for cancellation.
Cancellations are subject to the following policies:
- The notice period is based on the earliest start date the volunteer has ever been registered for.
- If a volunteer cancels sixty days or more before their earliest program start date, they can request a refund of the deposit fee, which will be provided minus the transaction costs of the refund. Alternatively, they may ask for a deposit fee credit to be held in their name for future use on any ImpacTrip program, subject to availability, for a period of twelve months from their earliest registered start date. This credit may be issued minus the value of any change fees the volunteer has incurred.
- If a volunteer cancels between fifty-nine and thirty days before their program’s start date, no refund of the deposit fee is available. A deposit fee credit may be held in their name for a period of twelve months from their earliest registered start date, for future use on another ImpacTrip program, subject to program availability and at the discretion of the Impactrip Booking Manager.
- If a volunteer cancels less than thirty days before their programs start date, no refund of any fees is available. A deposit fee credit may be held in their name for twelve months from their earliest registered start date, subject to availability, provided deposit fees have been paid in full by their due date.
Where a group of ten or more people is volunteering with ImpacTrip, the group leader must register ahead of other group members in order to secure the group’s dates and plans. Group members must then register no less than sixty days before the program starts. Group members who register less than sixty days before the program start date may be excluded from the program unless approved by ImpacTrip.
ImpacTrip reserves the right to revise its program fees at any time. All program fees revisions will be made via the ImpacTrip website. Program fee revisions are not applicable to volunteers who have already submitted their payment before the revisions are due to take effect. A volunteer’s placement on a program is not confirmed until the deposit fee has been paid in full and the availability has been confirmed by their ImpacTrip Booking Manager.
What kind of certification will I receive after completing this experience??
In the Marine Conservation program in Lisbon and Split, all volunteers complete internationally recognized SSI (Scuba Schools International) diving certifications. The diving certification you complete will depend on your current diving experience and certifications and the length of your stay. The courses range from Open Water Diver to Scuba Diver.
Please provide us with and previous diving certification in advance so that we can arrange the right course level for you!