PADI courses Internationally recognized diving courses

At Kalypso Dive Center we offer a wide range of PADI courses that are recognized internationally. They are designed for beginner divers and for those who wish to improve their skills and acquire certification.

If you are not a diver and would like to find out if you enjoy scuba diving before taking the Open Water Diver course, Discover Scuba Diving is your thing

If you are a certified diver and would like to practice or improve your diving skills, our dive center is your best choice in Crete. You may even consider becoming a professional and joining our professional team at Kalypso.

Our Courses

Open Water Diver

  • 5 theory lessons
  • 5 sessions in confined water (swimming pool)
  • 4 dives in the sea
  • Equipment rental is included

Description: Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

Course duration
4-5 days

€450  eLearning course  concluded: 350, 2-3 days)*

*Applicable to those who have already concluded the eLearning course through PADI's interactive programs

Advanced Open Water Diver

  • 2 mandatory core dives: deep dive & underwater navigation
  • 3 optional dives to choose with your instructor
  • Equipment rental is included

Description: During the course in Kalypso you will get to explore some of diving’s top adventures and complete a deep and navigation dive plus three adventure dives that interest you most from the following list:

  • Underwater Photographer
  • Night Diver
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • AWARE Fish Identification
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search and Recovery

Course duration
2-3 days

€350 + 60€ for the PADI Crew Pack = 410€


EFR - Emergency First Response (Highly recommended)

  • How to react in emergency situations
  • Video and practical course

Description: Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a nonstressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver

Course duration
8 to 12 hours


Rescue Diver

  • Theory lessons
  • 5 Water sessions
  • Equipment is included.

Description: This course will expand your knowledge and experience level: Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the safety and well being of other divers. Although this course is serious, it is an enjoyable way to build your confidence. Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the five open water sessions, you’ll cover:

  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
  • emergency management and equipment
  • swimming and non-swimming assists
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in water artificial respiration
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

Course duration
4-5 days

€450   eLearning course  concluded: 350, 2-3 days)*

*Applicable to those who have already concluded the eLearning course through PADI's interactive programs


  • Theory lessons
  • Confined Water Sessions (swimming pool)
  • Sea Sessions

Pre requirements:

To become a Divemaster you need to meet all these requirements first:

  • Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver
  • at least 18 years old
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn the certification.

What you will learn:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Course duration:  
6 weeks minimum to 2-3 months maximum

Comments: The length of the course varies depending on the dive center, the experience you have going in, and the time you have available.

padi elearning

There is an option to participate in theory eLearning ahead of time if you are on a super short time frame.

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Free transport

Our daily excursions start with the pickup and transport from your hotel or from a pickup point. Our service covers all areas of the Prefecture of Rethymnon.

Photo service

We offer professional photos of our divers, guests and underwater life for more than 10 years. You can take these lasting memories with you on a USB stick. 

Memory certificate

At the end of the day, just before leave and during our final meeting you will receive a memory certificate from your "journey" with Kalypso Dive Center.

Multilingual staff

Carefully selected, multilingual professional staff - we speak more than 10 languages - will make sure you have safe and enjoyable dives.

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How to turn a DSD into a unique dive experience?

How many certified divers took their first scuba diving steps through a PADI Discover Scuba Diver? Anybody wonders why this first experience changed their lives?

Most divers I talked to explained their DSD was a great experience. Thanks to the dive centre and dive instructor, passing their passion for diving, a new diver was born. The correct environment, information sharing, atmosphere and good preparation turned the Discover Scuba Diver in a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of them.

Both my wife and I started in the same way years ago. Thanks to the great time we became so passionate about diving that we completely changed our lifestyle. From the discovery, we went through recreational diving to become so passionate about diving, to decide to swap our traditional jobs for a life in the diving industry. Even after we took this big step, we still remember our DSD years ago.

How to turn each Discover Scuba Diver (DSD) into an “I-love-scuba-diving” experience:

  • Organise each DSD as if it was a first date: Understand the DSD candidate does not know what to expect!
  • Be prepared: Follow a fixed DSD circuit and routine, but leave room for a personal touch.
  • Adapt to your customer: Accept people are unique, give them room to absorb scuba diving at their own pace.
  • Be passionate: share your passion for scuba diving with your guests before, during and after the dive.
  • Take your time: Remember the experience does not stop getting out of a wetsuit.
  • Help them remember: a picture says more than a thousand words, help them organise some pictures or a video as a permanent souvenir.

I fully agree there are a thousand more points to be added, but these six definitely help making a DSD something unique!

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