Take a scuba diving class with Island Divers Hawaii and you will receive the best dive training available on the island of Oahu. Island Divers Hawaii, a 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Center, offers instruction that ranges from introduction to diving to Master Scuba Diver. Hawaii Scuba University is operated in conjunction with Island Divers and is the most active instructor training facility in Hawaii.

Island Divers operates a fleet of four diving vessels, all owned by Island Divers, which results in the largest choice of dives for our customers, as well as complete control over boat schedules and destinations. Island Divers advantage: many dive operators on Oahu are a website and a phone number, only booking space on “shared” boats.

All confined water training is conducted in swimming pools: one on Schofield and one in Hawaii Kai, for the comfort and convenience of our customers.

All Island Divers training occurs in the latest scuba equipment, complete with integrated weights and dive computers.

**Please note that for any kind of scuba diving training, the student will first need to be medically cleared. If the student is able to answer “no” to all the questions on the form, they will not require a physician’s signature. A “yes” answer means that the form and packet must be taken to a physician for medical approval before they can engage in any scuba diving activities.

Please review this medical questionnaire beforehand to get the required clearance if necessary. To save time, we suggest you print it, fill it out, and bring it with you prior to your dive.

Medical Questionnaire.

PADI Courses

Bubblemaker for Kids and Youths
Discover Scuba Diving (with 2 ocean dives)
Open Water Diver
Advanced Open Water Diver
Emergency First Response
Rescue Diver
Master Scuba Diver
Instructor Development Course
Specialty Courses

Course Descriptions

PADI Bubblemaker for Kids and Youths

Kids – bring your parents scuba diving! For young adventurers, the PADI Bubblemaker program is an introduction to the thrill of breathing underwater. bubblemakersIf you’re eight years and older, here’s your chance to take the plunge with a PADI instructor who will take you in a pool and show you the ropes. Held every other Saturday between 8 am and 10am, the Bubblemaker program is for kids aged 8+. Cost is $39 per participant. All ages welcome. Held at Schofield Barracks, HI.



Discover Scuba Diving

discoverOahu is a great place to learn to scuba dive. With pristine waters, abundant sea life, and numerous wrecks and reefs to explore, get the hang of breathing underwater before going on shallow dives in the ocean with our PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program. For $175, we’ll:

  • Pick you up from Waikiki or Honolulu
  • Provide instruction
  • Get you in the pool so you can learn to use the gear and develop your skills
  • Visit two different locations to dive and explore our shallow reefs

Open Water Diver

Grab the ticket to dive anywhere in the world with this basic PADI Oahu Scuba Diving Course. openWaterAt Island Divers you will spend one day reviewing your self-guided academic training with quizzes and a final exam along with an extensive pool session where you will learn the basic skills of diving. Days 2 and 3 are open water dives off our boat, called “check out dives.” These are great fun! Successfully completing the class will allow you to go scuba diving and rent equipment anywhere in the world.

  • $495 all inclusive 3 day class, start anytime. All boat dives and days need not be consecutive.
  • Residents may want to contact us about week night and weekend group courses at discounted rates.
  • $695 all inclusive 2 day course (1-2 person max). Veru intense and long hours, not recommended for everyone. E-Learning from PADI is recommended to be complete before this intensive course.

Island Divers advantage

  • Island Divers owns and operates its own boats
  • With three charters daily, divers are separated by skill level for best customer experience
  • 377 Keahole Street is a marina location with our vessels right out the back door. Classroom, rental room and fill station are located on site.

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Advanced Open Water Diver


  • Five adventure dives under the direct supervision of the instructor, including some of our favorite like deep, drift, boat, and wreck dives, as well as the useful navigation dives. $399 pays for an all-inclusive experience with two boat charters, rental gear, books, instruction, and certification fees.
  • These required five dives, can be completed on two charters. However, you can add an additional boat charter for just $60 and space your dives out. Also, each dive in the Advanced Open Water Course counts towards “Dive One” of the corresponding specialty certification, you may be able to finish a whole specialty course on your sixth dive, which we can provide you a prorated discount on if you so desire.
  • Add a nitrox certification for $195, same amount of dives.

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Rescue Diver

  • This course builds diving confidence by focusing on the safety of other divers and typically meets on one night of the week and dives are scheduled for the weekend. The total price of this course is $415, which includes the $165 fee that is paid directly to PADI for the eLearning portion of the course. The other $295 includes equipment, books, instruction, certification fees, a day of beach diving and one of boat diving.
  • The eLearning portion of the course can be completed online by signing up on the PADI site. Proof of current CPR and First Aid training is required (within 12 months). Our Emergency First Response Class (below) is recommended to meet the requirements.
  • This course is typically held Friday (pool) Saturday (beach), and Sunday (boat). Private Rescue courses can be schedule at an additional cost. Call for details.

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Emergency First Response


  • Emergency First Response (EFR) is an innovative CPR/first aid program. Primary Care (CPR) prepares you to render aid to those with life-threatening emergencies. Secondary Care (first aid) builds upon the lessons learned in Primary Care and gives you the knowledge and experience to assist those in need when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are either delayed or unavailable. A great course for both divers and non-divers, we welcome everyone. The $125 cost includes books.
  • The course incorporates independent study to prepare you for classroom and hands-on skill development sessions with your instructor. Learn the same patient care techniques used by medical professionals on a lay-person level. There are no pre-requisites to this class. Depending on the amount of independent study and the class size, both Primary and Secondary Care courses can be completed in as little as four to six hours.

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Master Scuba Diver

Getting certified as a Master Scuba Diver is the highest level one can attain in non-professional recreational diving.masterScubaDiver To obtain this recognition, the diver must obtain five specialty certifications in at least five types of diving. Certain specializations, such as Enriched Air and Wreck Diver, are recommended since they allow the diver to participate in types of diving they are otherwise not certified to participate in. Other specialties, such as Night Diver and UW Photograper, are recommended to gain experience in advanced types of diving, so that the diver raises their skill level and confidence when participating in these underwater activities.


  • Advanced Diver Certification
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • 50 logged dives
  • Five PADI Dive Specialties

Island Divers Hawaii offer several scuba dive specialties for future masters to choose from. If you want to pursue the Master Scuba Diver rating while on vacation in Oahu, speak with our general manager who will custom fit a program that caters to your schedule, preferences, and budget.

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padiDivemasterThe first level of professional scuba certification, PADI Divemaster certification allows you to join the ranks of well-respected and elite scuba divers worldwide.

Costs and Prerequisites

  • Course Tuition: $915
  • Divemaster book Crewpak: $322
  • Optional Online Dive Theory Course: $100
  • Divemaster Mentor Fee $500. This fee is not required if you are able to meet the Hawaii Scuba University training schedule, which is two 3 hour weeknights a week and 8 hours each on Sat and Sun for seven weeks. See hawaiiscubauniversity.com for schedule

Pricing Considerations

Island Divers is aware that costs for tuition seems higher than most dive centers. However, free unlimited boat diving during your course is the difference between us and the other shops on Oahu. The quality of the program is simply higher at Island Divers, we provide more hands on training with real clients than any other dive center and will assist you in becoming a real, not a “textbook” divemaster. You will be working directly with the real thing, full time professional dive instructors. You will learn how to plan, lead, brief and conduct dive trips, and be able to handle less experienced divers everyday problems without thinking twice by the end of your training. If you want the real thing, here it is. Just come to the shop one day, you’ll see at least 3, and up to 5 dive trips, depart from the shop in a single day. If you really want to be a professional, this is the place to learn. If you just want the paper, sorry, this program is too advanced for you.

Requirements for Divemaster Training

  • 18+ years of age
  • PADI medical statement signed by a physician
  • EFR certification or equivalent
  • PADI rescue course
  • 40+ logged dives
  • Must own a full set of personal dive equipment

How It Works

We provide free boat dives during your training – a significant perk and a smart reason to choose Island Divers Hawaii for your Divemaster training. Our goal is to turn out Divemasters that are fully capable of leading these same dive charters by the end of the course. To that end you will be fully involved in all aspects of learning how to plan, brief, safely execute, and conclude a daily boat charter. If you are enrolled in Hawaii Scuba University, you will be learning in a group environment on a set schedule and will be participating in charters on most weekends. If you have elected the mentor option, you have flexibility to pursue your own training times within the one month free boat access period. If you are only available on weekends, the period of no cost diving may be extended to two months

Time Commitment

If you are enrolled in Hawaii Scuba University, you will be learning in a group environment on a set schedule over seven weeks, putting in 22 hours a week. If you have elected the mentor option, you have complete flexibility to pursue your own training times within the one month free boat access period. We send out three boat charters daily, and have group OW classes every week, as well as daily Discovers Scuba Diving participants, so training opportunities with real students and clients are abundant. Pool based skill assessments, assisting with OW students in the pool, rescue training, and swim tests will be coordinated with your professional mentor. You will work directly with him/her for many aspects of your training, but you will be assigned to work with multiple instructors during your training so that you are exposed to different styles of training and supervisory techniques. Please understand that you will get out of this program what you put into it. Just meeting the minimum requirements will require some dedication on your part, and if that is your goal, you mentor will assist you in the faster road to completion. But if you really have time to immerse yourself in our operation, you will have considerable experience in a number of facets of the diving industry upon completion of your professional training.

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Instructor Development Course

Island Divers offers the combined AI and OWSI course only through the Hawaii Scuba University program at this time. Tuition is $1614.25 and the required IDC Crew Pak is $833.10

This course runs 7 weeks and is concludes before the PADI Instructor Exams that occur on the Island of Oahu, typically 5 times per year. The Hawaii Scuba University program is 2 nights a week for 3 hours and 8 hours each on Sat and Sun. This significant time commitment should be considered before enrollment. Please also consider that the PADI Instructor Examination fee is $575 and is payable to PADI before the start of the exam.

Accelerated programs that occur the 2 weeks before scheduled PADI IEs may be available 2014.

For more information on the program and schedules please check the Hawaii Scuba University website or contact registrar@hawaiiscubauniversity.com

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Specialty Courses

Island Divers Hawaii offer several scuba dive specialties for future masters to choose from. If you want to pursue the Master Scuba Diver rating while on vacation in Oahu, speak with our general manager who will custom fit a program that caters to your schedule, preferences, and budget.

All specialty courses listed here are complete with boat dives, rental gear if needed, books, instruction, and certification fees.

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Includes technical DPV rental
includes two advanced dives
Nitrox Add-on
Certification only, no dives
Photography $345 bring your own digital camera/underwater housing
Fish ID
Includes REEF Fish ID slate and survey material
Multiple charters included
Multiple charters included
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Equipment Specialist
No dives, tool kit included
Multilevel Diver
Multilevel RDP (The Wheel) included
Project Aware
2 dives on 1 charter
Search and Recovery
Multiple charters included
Underwater Videography
GO PRO rental included
includes three days of 2 tank diving!