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 Gold Palm 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.


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 Advanced Open Water Diver

SSI’s Advanced Diver rating stands alone in the industry with the highest combination of diving knowledge and experience. No other agency’s advanced diver level compares.

To earn the certification for Advanced Open Water Diver, you must complete 4 specialty courses and have done a total of 24 dives.

Cost is $150.00, plus diving.

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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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SSI Dive Control Specialist

The SSI Dive Control Specialist program is a combination of Dive Guide, Divemaster and then Dive Control Specialist courses.

The SSI Dive Guide program is a simple way for divers who want to be more involved but aren’t ready to take on the responsibility or the commitment of becoming an SSI Instructor. The Dive Guide program is the starting point for the Dive Professional adventure.

As soon as you have completed Dive Guide, and the Science of Diving programs, you will be awarded with the SSI Divemaster rating. You are then on your way to becoming an SSI Dive Control Specialist.

Completing the Science of Diving specialty is the next step to becoming a dive professional and upgrading to Divemaster. Science of Diving addresses all the areas of diving knowledge in a detailed and comprehensive manner: Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Aquatic Environment and Diving Equipment.

Devoted Dive Professionals motivated to share their love of recreational diving will find the SSI Dive Control Specialist program very fitting and flexible. It allows you to teach in both the classroom and pool under indirect supervision of an instructor, giving you the basis and necessary experience to become an SSI Open Water Instructor. Your gained practical knowledge will be the cornerstone for your professional career and ensures the safety and fun of your future students.

Price is on demand. Contact us for more information and pricing.


Cost: $75 per specialty, plus diving.

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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.


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!



To become a safe and confident diver, it is critical to develop an understanding of navigation. You will learn how to navigate with a compass, and how to apply natural navigation skills, estimate distances, navigate different search patterns, find your way to marking points, and be able to get back to the exit point.


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!


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.


Underwater Naturalist

“Learn to recognize underwater marine life and tell your buddies all about it once back on the surface!”

Course Content:
  • Gain experience in basic marine life identification techniques
  • Learn the characteristics of marine life families and species
  • Practice underwater identification procedures


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.


Waves, Tides & Currents (Drift Diving)

Water motion can have a tremendous effect on your enjoyment during your dives. Adequate training is critical to handling the various water motion conditions you may encounter. You will learn to interact with waves when entering from shore, how to react in a rip current and other water conditions.


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.


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.

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: $495.00
(PADI course: $120.00 + Manta Ray Bay Fees (includes diving): $375.00)

 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)


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 $125.00 including the dive.


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 $495.00 including dives.


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 $150.00, plus diving.


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 $375.00, plus diving.


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.


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.

All PADI specialties include a lecture session to cover specific considerations for each type of diving environment. Most cover three dives, although you may have already completed one dive in your advanced training course and this will apply to the three-dive total if you wish to shorten total time. All certification materials are supplied, diving is on your pre-paid package or a la carte.

Cost is $75.00 each, plus diving.


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.


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.


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


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.


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 plus diving. ·


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 $ 150.00 plus diving.


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.


This PADI specialty is an introduction to the benefits of enriched air diving with higher than normal oxygen levels. Learn all the facts and myths surrounding the latest wave in recreational diving. Use nitrox for it’s safety enhancement of take full advantage of lower nitrogen levels for extended bottom times with Yap’s world famous manta rays. A simple one-day course followed by two dives with your instructor. All materials, oxygen analyzers, nitrox fills, and instruction are included. Cost is $ 185.00 plus diving.


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