Take your skillset from total beginner to certified scuba diver in just a few days with this SDI Open Water qualification in the Luiz Saldanha’ Marine Park.
A celebrated feat of power and perseverance, Luiz Saldanha’ Marine Park in Sesimbra has been likened to swimming in an aquarium due to its vibrant tropical fish, healthy coral gardens and a local pod of curious bottlenosed dolphins. What better place to learn the basics of scuba diving than on this multi-day course than in the paradise waters off Portugals Arràbida coast?
Only an hour's drive from central Lisbon, Sesimbra is 49km from Lisbon Portela Airport. The Luiz Saldanha Marine Park sits directly under the Arrabida hills renowned for its crystal clear turquoise ocean and near-perfect visibility.
An extension of the Arràbida Nature Park, it features rocky reefs, stretches of clean white sand, and incredible rock formations that are home to invertebrates, crustaceans, and many species of fish.
A four-day Open Water diving course accredited by SDI, this intensive learning experience includes theory, pool sessions and an open water scuba diving assessment. The course plan is structured to give you the skills you need to safely conduct your open water dives.
Start your SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course and master all the important academic information at the dive shop and complete your in-water skill-development training, under the supervision of an SDI Instructor.
The final step is to complete the required number of SDI open-water training dives under the supervision of your SDI Instructor. Upon successful completion of the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, graduates may conduct open water dives in destinations around the world.
Located about 50 km south of Lisbon, the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park is celebrated for its nudibranchs and blennies, shrimp, spotted lobsters, and big spider crabs. Some unique residents include a colony of seahorses, many stingrays, rare phosphorescent bijou anemones and a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.
The best time to dive Sesimbra is from April through October. The average water temperature ranges between (16-17°C) and requires a wetsuit all year round. The water visibility is generally between 3-8m/10-26ft but can get up to 15m/49ft. The River Guara wreck is reserved for PADI Advanced divers.
The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course will cover all of the necessary skills and knowledge for open water scuba diving, including:
- The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.Activity requirements
- Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
- Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance
- Dive planning
- Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures
Minors must receive written permission from an adultSpecial terms
Course based on tides and subject to weather restrictions
Please note you are not allowed to fly for up to 24 hours after your last dive.