Dive Training

Get up close to the wonders of Vanuatu’s only marine sanctuary in a way that’s impossible by snorkel. From first time beginners who’d just like to try a dive to those who’d like to upgrade their current qualifications, we can help at the fully 5 Star PADI accredited Hideaway Island Dive shop.

Hideaway Island is a training centre with a difference. Located in a large, protected bay, offering perfect conditions for new divers of almost any age . Beginners acquire their skills surrounded by fish in the waist-deep, almost current-less waters right off the shore.

Below are some of the various courses Hideaway offers. It is also possible to take the theory portion of the course with PADI eLearning at home and complete the diving at Hideaway Island.


PADI eLearning

Why not maximise your time at Hideaway? With PADI eLearning you can complete the theory portion of your course online before you come…and get straight in the water when you arrive!

With PADI eLearning you’ll use videos, knowledge development presentations and quizzes to complete the independent study and then do a quick review here at Hideaway with our resident Instructor. This means less time in the classroom and more time to relax on the beach or in the water!

Once you’ve booked your course with us just click on the eLearning banner below to get started…more information 

Rescue Diver Course Theory and 5 Training dives.  This course covers all aspects of diver rescue, with the emphasis on preventing incidents with gear checks and stress management
More Information

Open Water Diver Course Theory, confined water training sessions and 4 open water dives. This course certifies you to dive to 18m (12m for 10/11 yr old)

Advanced Open Water Diver CourseDeep, Navigation and three of your own choices of the first specialty dives all rolled into 1 fun program. This certifies you to dive up to 30m (21m for 12-14 yr old)
More Information


PADI Dive Courses at Hideaway Island Resort

Discover SCUBA Diving Theory session and 1 dive

SCUBA Diver Course Theory, confined water training sessions and 2 open water dives.  Limited to 12 meters with Divemaster.  Can upgrade to open water within 12 months.

First Aid Courses Emergency First response, Secondary Care, Care for children, Oxygen Provider

For certified divers who haven’t dived for a while, we offer refresher courses to brush up on theory, signals, gear assembly/cleaning and the importance of breathing. Good breath control is the most important aspect of diving – the number one rule is never hold your breath – but it also controls your buoyancy, determines how long your tank will last and helps you relax and enjoy your dive. As well as the basic refresher, we offer the PADI ReActivate* Course – which has more formalised practice on any rusty skills and gives you a shiny new certification card.

We offer many different specialties to expand your diving knowledge and experience or your understanding and appreciation of the marine environment:

  • Improve your comfort and control with a Peak Performance Buoyancy or Navigation course
  • Explore new worlds with a Deep, Wreck or Night Diver course
  • Capture your memories with a Digital Photography course
  • Improve safety of yourself and your dive buddies with O2 Provider, Equipment specialist or Nirox course
  • Learn about the reef and help to protect it for future generations with an Underwater Naturalist, Shark Conservation, Project AWARE Fish Identification or EcoDiver course, or get into Dive Against Debris.

Anyone certified as a Rescue Diver with 5 PADI specialty courses is also eligible to become a PADI Master SCUBA Diver – the highest certification level for recreational divers. Alternatively, Rescue Divers can undertake professional level training at Hideaway to become a Divemaster or Assistant Instructor, and we have access to a Course Director to run an Instructor Development Course (conditional on candidate numbers).

When you’re planning your holiday, please remember dive courses do take time as each course has both a theory and diving component. The time it takes varies from course to course.