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PADI Americas ‐ Certifications, Cost, and Reviews

PADI Americas is located in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, but also offers classes online. This school offers training in 14 qualifications, with the most reviewed qualifications being Scuba Diving Certification, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification, and & First Aid Instructor. Time to complete this education training ranges from 2 hours to 1 year depending on the qualification, with a median time to complete of 1 month. The cost to attend PADI Americas ranges from $20 to $6,000 depending on the qualification, with a median cost of $600. When asked how they paid for their training, most reviewers responded, "I paid for it myself".

The most commonly reported benefits of attending PADI Americas are "Good teachers" and "Positive environment", but respondents also mentioned "Hands-on training" and "Flexible class hours" as notable benefits. PADI Americas has been reviewed 19 times, with an average rating of 4.95 out of 5. 100% of reviewers would recommend PADI Americas to a friend.

School Information

30151 Tomas Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
2 hours - 1 year


  • Course director-Professional association of dive instructors: $6,000
  • Open Water Diver Certification: $600
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer/Instructor Certificate: $2,000
  • Emergency First Response Certificate: $25
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification: $20 - $2,000
  • Padi open water diver license: $300
  • Rescue Diver - PADI: $300
  • Master SCUBA Diver Instructor Certificate: $20,000
  • & First Aid Instructor: $2,000
  • Scuba Diving Certification: $100
  • Open Water Diver by PADI: $500

What do students think about this program?

Top pros

Good teachers Mentioned in 16 reviews
Positive environment Mentioned in 14 reviews
Hands-on training Mentioned in 12 reviews

Recent reviews



Affordable, Helpful career services, Positive environment, Hands-on training

Other comments

It was a fantastic experience. It was fun because we got to learn first hand in the water. I learned a lot about diving practices, hand signals, our diving equipment and much more. Hardest part about training was time management with our diving tanks. The most fun part was the whole process.


Flexible class hours, Good teachers

Other comments

Best dive instructor in Texas, with super nice staff and a desire to see you succeed. Weekend classes are available, and prices are reasonable... plus they help with job placement.

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Scuba Diving Certification Questions & Answers

What do people wish they knew before earning their Scuba Diving Certification?

138 people answered

“Experience is difficult to get but worth getting.”

Jan. 18, 2020

“It’s a quality that will help you get a lead on other competitors.”

Jan. 16, 2020

What advice would you give to someone interested in earning their Scuba Diving Certification?

165 people answered

“This test is fun and hard so study.”

Jan. 16, 2020

“Getting certified to be a scuba diver requires a lot of patience with oneself, and attention to detail when learning the proper signals. If you give the wrong signal, it could delay or even ruin the dive.”

Jan. 15, 2020

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