YAP DIVERS DIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM

Yap Divers has all of the instruction you could ever want or need. Learn a new specialty, or brush up on your rusty skills with our knowledgable onsite instructors. As an SSI Certified Facility and PADI Gold Palm facility you can be assured that you will receive top-knotch instruction.

Enjoy the convenience of taking your classes only steps from your room. Classroom work is done in our onsite classroom and pool work in our infinity pool. And, for added safety, we have a full line of rental gear onsite that our instructors know well to ensure the safest instructional experience possible.

What better place to take a SCUBA course than a tropical island with 85ºF (29ºC) water and PADI and SSI instructors! Come “take the plunge” with us!

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SSI Courses

Becoming an SSI Open Water Diver is the best way to start your scuba adventure due to worldwide recognition!

SSI’s Online Training – the scuba diving academics – online are FREE!

When you arrive, we will have additional training material (such as a DVD, Total Dive Log, etc.) that you will need in order to complete your academics.

SSI Open Water Diver

With personalized training and taking enough time, we make sure you are truly comfortable under water with the skills and equipment you will use. In general, an Open Water Diver course consists of 3 parts: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions.

Academics

The SSI Training Materials and Online Training program are designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics online FREE when you sign up for SSI’s Online Training program, and then attend review sessions at your favorite SSI Dive Center.

Pool Training

For your pool and open water training your instructor will fit you to your scuba equipment so you will become comfortable in your “second skin”.

Open Water Sessions

You will complete at least 4 open water dives and have the chance to experience everything you learned in the pool hands-on. After successful completion of your open water training dives you will become a Certified Diver. The SSI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

Cost is $495 (Diving included.)

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SSI Stress and Rescue

“Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies.”

Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur.

The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and under water. The course runs two – four days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water. As a prerequisite for certification you need to have a valid CPR & First Aid certificate.

If you want to learn more about DIVER STRESS & RESCUE, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.

Course Content:
  • What Is Stress?
  • Stress In Diving:Causes And Prevention
  • Detecting And Dealing With Stress
  • Accident Management
  • Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescues
  • Conditions That Complicate Rescues

Cost: $ 375

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Enriched Air Nitrox

You no longer have to make a choice between safety and longer dive times – nitrox is the key. Enrolling in SSI´s most popular specialty program will teach you everything you need to know about Enriched Air Nitrox. This program is also a prerequisite for getting involved in Technical Diving.

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Deep Diving

Many of the more exciting and intriguing dive sites are located in deeper water. Without proper training, this kind of diving can put you at risk. Deep Diving program will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to make these types of dives safely and comfortably. Explore the big blue!

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Boat Diving

Boats allow you the opportunity to explore spectacular dive sites far from shore. This program covers the additional knowledge you need to make your first boat diving vacation a true success, and the techniques necessary to dive properly from all sizes and types of boats. Enhance your dive trips!

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Night & Limited Visibility Diving

Whether it’s day or night, limited visibility can be an adventure. Just because the visibility is limited doesn’t mean the opportunities have to be. This program is filled with information about planning and conducting night and limited visibility dives for fun, adventure, and exploration.

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Shark Diving

Sharks have always captivated the attention of mankind. This program will help you to separate fact from fiction and learn the truth about these fascinating creatures. You will also learn how to react properly when diving or snorkeling with sharks. Caring for nature is also key for this outstanding program.

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Perfect Buoyancy

Proper buoyancy control can only be mastered with proper training. The Perfect Buoyancy program will improve your swimming position and reduce your effort which will lead to less air consumption. In addition, proper buoyancy control is the best skill for environmental protection.

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Search & Recovery

Whether it’s the gold of a sunken ship or that your buddy lost his/her dive light, there are times when knowing how to search for lost objects would be very beneficial. The Search and Recovery program will teach you different search patterns for use in various conditions and the proper techniques to lift objects.

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PADI ‘Open Water’ Diving Online Course with Yap Divers

Learn to dive with a PADI e-Learning dive course and maximize your time in the water at Manta Ray. Follow these steps to get the most value out of your first dive experience at Manta Ray, while becoming a certified Open Water Diver:

  1. Signup for a PADI e-Learning course via mantaray.com
  2. Complete the online course at your on pace
  3. When you arrive at Manta Ray, pass an 18 question written exam, and complete the confined/open water exams
  4. Dive your Heart Out!

After the online course the confined/open water exams are a comprehensive beginning to your diving. Covers all aspects of SCUBA, which will open the wonderful world of diving to you for a lifetime. All materials and equipment are supplied.

The total cost for this course+certificate: $500
(PADI course: $120.00 + Manta Ray Bay Fees (includes diving and gear rental): $380.00)

PADI ‘Enriched Air’ Diving Course with Yap Divers

Speed up your Enriched Air Certification with a PADI online course. Complete the online course at your pace, and pass a knowledge assessment and 2 enriched air dives with Manta Ray Bay when you arrive.

  1. Signup for the Enriched Air PADI e-Learning course via mantaray.com
  2. Complete the online course at your on pace
  3. When you arrive at Manta Ray, pass a knowledge exam, and 2 Enriched Air dive exams
  4. Dive your Enriched Heart Out!

The total cost for this course+certificate is: $195.00
(PADI course: $195.00 + Manta Ray Bay Fees: $0.00)

RESORT COURSE

This is the course to take you from snorkeling into the realm of SCUBA diving. A simple yet comprehensive one-day class to show you the ease of diving under the guidance of one of our professional diving instructors. A short lecture to cover the basic principles of diving is followed by a shallow water practice session to practice your new skills. Next, your instructor will guide you on a single tank dive to see the manta rays or one of Yap’s breathtaking reefs. All materials and equipment are provided, and should you wish, tuition can be applied to a full certification course should you choose to continue.

Cost is $175.00 includes diving and gear rental.

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION COURSE

A full three day course taught by one of our certified Professional Association of Diving Instructors. This is the most widely recognized diver certification agency worldwide. Course includes five lectures, four shallow water skill sessions, followed by four open water certification dives. A comprehensive beginning to your diving. Covers all aspects of SCUBA, which will open the wonderful world of diving to you for a lifetime. All materials and equipment are supplied.

Cost is $500 includes diving and gear rental.

PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER

This is our most popular course. Our instructors will introduce you to advanced diving techniques applicable to diving worldwide. The course consists of five dives with your instructor covering three “core” dives and two elective dives covering areas that interest you most. The core dives include a deep dive, night dive, and navigation dive. The two elective dives may be chosen from our specialties list and include topics from boat diving techniques to underwater videographer. Little classroom work is involved as the course is designed around practical experience under expert guidance.

All books and materials and instruction are included for a Cost of $395 includes diving and gear rental

PADI RESCUE DIVER

An intensive course designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of common diver maladies and emergency procedures. A full three days of lectures, shallow water practice, and two afternoons of scenario simulations. A PADI Medic First Aid and CPR certification are included, as well as rescue diver certification. This one may test you a bit, but you’ll come out with a feeling of accomplishment, and the knowledge to handle any diving related emergency. All books and materials are included.

Cost $425 includes diving and gear rental.

PADI DIVEMASTER

The name says it all. Divemaster is the first step to becoming a diving professional. A six-day course covering first aid, equipment, environments, navigation, physics and physiology of diving. Includes six lecture sessions, two shallow water sessions, and eight dives guiding divers in an apprentice role with the staff of YAP DIVERS. Let our professionals set you on the road to your own career in diving.

Ask the Dive Shop Manager for cost, includes diving and rental

MANTA RAY AWARENESS

A PADI specialty course to answer all your questions about mantas. Topics cover manta anatomy, feeding and mating behaviors, cleaning stations and seasonal movement. A specialty unique to Yap, the ultimate souvenir certification card signed by the manta man Bill Acker himself. Course is a one day single lecture followed by two dives with the mantas of M’il and Goofnuw Channels. Includes all materials and instruction, diving is on your pre-paid package or a la carte.

Cost is $75.00 plus diving.

DRIFT DIVER

A must to get the most from drift diving in Micronesia. Learn proper techniques for the reef hook, moored drifts, and “live drift” procedures. Become aquainted with the joys of one way diving and never having to find your way back to the boat.

DEEP DIVER

Explore the deeper depths with confidence and knowledge. Learn emergency decompression techniques, nitrogen considerations, and test your narcosis limits, all under the supervision of an experienced professional.

NIGHT DIVER

Diving after hours is the best time to get close to those shy creatures and observe some of the best invertebrates in the Pacific.

UNDERWATER NATURALIST

Learn all about the marine environment covering topics from large pelagic life to the smallest nudibranchs and invertebrate life. This course will teach you what all the creatures eats, where they live and how they depend on one another for survival. A marine biology introduction in one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, after traveling this far you really should learn more about it.

BOAT DIVER

A course designed to give you the knowledge and insight to conduct yourself like a seasoned pro on any type of boat. Learn terminology, entry and egress techniques, equipment preparation, and logistical concerns. Also includes a section on boat diving etiquette.

MASTER SCUBA DIVER

Combine any five specialties for the highest non-professional rating offered by PADI. Earn a card that tells the world you’ve been around the block more than once!!! cost is only $300.00 includes diving and rental.

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER

A must for the photographer visiting Micronesia for the first time. Learn all the special tricks for shooting breathtaking still images in the particulate filled waters of the Pacific. You’ll learn special strobe placement techniques, back lighting, natural light, and film concerns for the challenging opportunities you will surely encounter during your Pacific dive travels. A comprehensive course designed to advance your photogapy to the next level. We can teach anyone how to capture the beauty and excitement of Yap’s manta rays and stunning macro life. Take home memories of your diving experience. Course covers exposure, focus, composition, natural light, and strobe techniques, in three lectures and three dives for standard, wide angle, and macro photography. All materials and film processing are included, cameras are available for rent, or bring your own Nikonos or housed camera. Cost is $300 includes diving and rental.

UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHER

This course will teach you how to shoot video like a professional. You’ll learn housing and camera features, shooting technique, and finish up with a session in our state of the art edit suite, to produce your own video of your experience in Yap. Two lectures and two dives with our video pro will set you well on your way to videography that will have your friends begging to see over and over again. All materials and instruction are included, cameras are available for rental or let us show you how to get everything out of your current equipment. Cost is $150.00 plus diving.

Availability & Reservations

Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
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