SSI Scuba Diving Courses in Panglao - 2023
Becoming a scuba diver is the first step in a journey that will forever change the way you experience the world. Taking your scuba diving course in Panglao is a great way to embark on this journey. You will explore the wonders of a weightless underwater world of the Philippines, interact with incredible marine life and discover ecosystems hidden beneath the surface.
Panglao is an amazing place for doing your scuba diving courses because the weather conditions are great all year round, the water is warm and nice, and full of corals and marine life! There are many diving centers in Panglao that offer courses, but you must be sure that you’re choosing the best one for you. Valm Divers gives SSI Scuba Diving Courses with an international certificate.
We also take pride in a few of our qualities: We’re the most professional and first SSI diving center in Panglao; we’re situated in the heart of Alona Beach – the heart and center of Panglao’s tourist area; and we’re able to give courses in multiple languages using top quality and highly maintained equipment.
Whether you never dived before, or you want to enhance your skills as a scuba diver and take advanced courses, or even become a scuba diving professional, Valm Divers is the diving center for you. Inquire now or keep on reading about the scuba diving courses we teach in our Panglao diving center.
Open Water Diver
This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver. Personalized training is combined with in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience required to become truly comfortable underwater. You will earn the SSI Open Water Diver certification.
Our team of instructors will teach you everything you need to start your life of diving with confined-water sessions to learn the skills and four open-water dives in Panglao so you can put what you have learned into practice, with of course time to enjoy the wonderful marine ecosystem we have here. Academic sessions ensure that you have the knowledge to back up the in-water skills. It takes 2-3 days to complete Open Water Diver in Valm Divers.
SSI Advanced Adventurer - Advanced Open Water Course
This program allows you to experience five different open water dives from five SSI Specialty programs without requiring you to complete the entire Specialty.
If you are unsure of your next step, this is the perfect way to advance your dive skills and experience, and to identify which Specialty programs interest you. You will earn the SSI Advanced Adventurer certification after completing this program. Our instructors can help you choose which specialty dives you would like to do to get you on your way to furthering your scuba training and only takes 2 days.
Attention: The Advanced Adventurer certification is not counted towards the Advanced Open Water Diver Recognition. To achieve one or more specialty certification(s) for the AOWD, you may decide to complete one or more of these specialties. Your dives from the Advanced Adventurer course will of course be counted.
Enriched Air Nitrox Certification (ENAX)
The SSI Enriched Air Nitrox program will teach you how to safely plan and dive with enriched air mixtures of up to 40% oxygen. Diving with enriched air can increase your no-decompression limits, increase your safety, and reduce the required length of your surface intervals when compared to air. You will earn the SSI Enriched Air Nitrox 32% or 40% certification after completing this program.
Diving with Nitrox will not only make you recover faster but can also increase your diving time. This can be very valuable on unique occasions like diving in Balicasag or other spectacular dive sites. This certification is really quick to do, and can be done as a part of your normal diving vacation with us. We’ll fit the theory classes and exam to your schedule.
Scuba Diver Course
This program is for students who do not have the time to complete the full Open Water Diver program and provides you with the training and experience required to dive in open water environments, under the supervision of a dive professional, to a maximum depth of 12 meters.
Scuba Diver certification can be upgraded to the SSI Open Water Diver certification with additional training. You can complete Scuba Diver in one day, and therefore fit it in your vacation in Bohol no matter how short it might be. This nifty Scuba Diver course is perhaps the easiest to accomplish for those who aren’t sure yet about scuba diving but would like to try it without committing to a longer scuba diving course in Panglao.
Scuba Diving Specialty Courses
Scuba diving doesn’t end with an open water or advance open water course. On the contrary, it only begins there. Valm Divers offers a variety of specialty scuba diving courses in Pangalo. Specialty courses will take you deeper into the world of scuba diving whether your intention is remaining an enthusiastic scuba diver, or becoming a diving professional.
Read below about the available scuba diving specialties available with Valm Divers during your vacation in Bohol.
This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably dive beyond 18 meters. Many exciting dive sites are located in deeper water. Without proper training, this kind of diving puts you at risk. The SSI Deep Diving Specialty will give you the ability to safely and comfortably plan and conduct dives beyond 18 meters and is a prerequisite for some advanced training.You will earn the SSI Deep Diving Specialty certification after completing this program.
Having the training and recognition to dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres allows you to fully explore the wonderful reefs and walls we have here in Panglao, we also have a beautiful wreck just a few minutes speedboat ride that lies at 35 meters.
This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely scuba dive around wrecks and artificial reefs.
Many of the ocean’s best dive sites have artificial reefs, or wrecks that have sunk through the ages. This program gives you the skills and knowledge required to safely scuba dive above and around these underwater treasures. You will earn the SSI Wreck Diving certification after completing this program. This program can be completed in one day.
This course makes a perfect partner with the Deep Diving specialty as our House Reef Wreck is 35 metres deep off the wall. A small but aesthetic wreck, it sank in a big storm and lies in a sandy area and attracts a large variety of marine life.
This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably navigate underwater during a dive. You will learn how to use a compass and natural navigation techniques, estimate distance, basic navigation patterns and how to leave and return to a designated point. You will earn the SSI Navigation Specialty certification after completing this program.
Our wide variety of dive sites here in Panglao offer very interesting backdrops to this specialty program and the course only takes one day.
Diver Stress and Rescue
This program teaches the skills and concepts required to identify stress, prevent accidents, and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers.
Stress is a major cause of diving accidents and negatively impacts rescue situations. This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognize and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers. You will earn the SSI Diver Stress and Rescue Specialty certification after completing this program.
For many, this specialty proves to be the most exciting and rewarding and is a pre-requisite to the SSI Dive Guide Specialty program. You can complete this program in 2-3 days. Students must have proof of current training within two years of First Aid and CPR, this makes React Right the perfect partner specialty.
This program teaches the skills and concepts required to provide emergency first responder assistance in emergency situations, and fulfills the first aid/CPR requirements for SSI training programs.
React Right is SSI’s emergency training program, consisting of the following basic components: Primary Assessment, First Aid & CPR Skills, Primary Stabilization Techniques, and includes two optional components: Oxygen Administration in Diving Emergencies and Automated External Defibrilation Basics. Students who complete this program earn the SSI React Right specialty certification. React Right doesn’t just prepare you for diving emergencies, having the First Aid skills could be useful in many day to day situations.
This program provides a general understanding of the complex and exciting science of marine ecology, which is the study of how organisms interact with each other and the environment, the flow of energy through communities, and the link between ocean ecosystems. You will earn the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program.
Photo and Video
This program teaches you the skills needed to dive with an underwater camera, and provides the in-depth knowledge and experience required to properly use, maintain and store your equipment. Our goal is help you capture your amazing underwater experiences. You will earn the SSI Photo & Video Specialty certification.
The rich marine ecology here in Panglao makes this program especially interesting, our clear waters and equatorial sunshine provides perfect conditions for photography and videography. This program partners particularly well with Perfect Buoyancy, having the ability to get close to your subject without damaging the surrounding ecosystem.
The ocean is filled with fascinating and beautiful fish of every shape and size. This non-diving specialty program teaches you the skills and concepts required to identify the common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, and Red Sea reef fish. You will earn the SSI Fish Identification Specialty certification after completing this program.
This part of the Philippines has huge variety of interesting fish and macro life, having this specialty would help you enjoy the underwater world even more and only takes half a day.
Night and Limited Visibility
This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely and comfortably dive at night or in limited visibility conditions. Some of the ocean’s most amazing creatures only come out at night, so your dive doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. You will learn how to enter and exit the water, use specialized equipment, and how to communicate and dive with a buddy at night or in limited visibility. You will earn the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility Specialty certification after completing this program.
We have a wonderful wall here that comes alive at night with colourful corals and crustaceans and many critters amongst the corals on top of the wall.
This program teaches you the skills and concepts required to improve your diving position, increase your buoyancy control, and minimize your breathing gas consumption rate.
Do you want to increase your buoyancy control, minimize your breathing gas consumption, or move effortlessly above the ocean floor? The SSI Perfect Buoyancy program teaches you the skills and techniques needed to maximize your dive experience, increase your comfort in the water, and get the most from your equipment. You will earn the SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty certification.
Learn new finning techniques and how to control your trim in the water, making all your future diving more enjoyable. Having good trim and control helps with all types of diving including photography, wreck and night.
This program gives you the skills and experience required to safely lead groups of certified divers and is the first step towards an exciting career as an SSI Dive Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor program. Professional Dive Guides can work for SSI Dive Centers, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions. You will earn the SSI Dive Guide certification after completing this program.
Search and Recovery
This program provides the skills and concepts required to safely plan and conduct search and recovery dives. You will learn about search patterns, specialized dive plans, underwater communication, and how to recover small to medium-sized objects using specialized equipment like lift bags. You will earn the SSI Search and Recovery Specialty certification after completing this program.
Science of Diving
This program provides an in-depth and detailed study of physics, physiology, decompression theory, the aquatic environment and diving equipment. It is required training for most SSI Dive Professional programs, as well as some Extended Range programs. You will earn the SSI Science of Diving Specialty certification after completing this program.
Last Thoughts About Diving Courses in Panglao
Taking a scuba diving course while you’re in Bohol makes a lot of sense, and even more so if you want to learn how to dive. Panglao has the perfect environment and weather conditions all year round. It will promise that not only that you’ll be able to learn easier, but that you’ll also enjoy your diving here in Panglao.
Valm Divers is a professional SSI diving center, and all of our certifications are recognized internationally. Come and learn how to dive or expand your scuba diving skillset with us. Enjoy all of the fun the Philippines has to offer you while taking scuba diving courses with high international standards.