Scuba diving & dive courses with Barefoot Yachts Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago is splendid in terms of marine diversity, and therefore a hotspot for scuba diving. Whether you are a beginner diver or a seasoned current junkie, Indonesia is one of the top places in the world for diving courses and scuba dive liveaboards. Barefoot Yachts Indonesia offers scheduled dive liveaboards, private yacht charters as well as island & liveaboard packages for dive groups.

Dive Courses in Indonesia

Book your diving course with Barefoot Yachts Indonesia before your cruise departure with one of our selected partner dive centers in Tulamben, Amed, Nusa Lembongan, or Labuan Bajo! Dive courses for beginners and professionals are also available on board most of our yachts. Contact us for details and assistance.

Diving Professionals on board Manta Mae Yacht

Why should you do a diving course?

If you’re planning a private yacht charter in Indonesia, it’s recommended that you take a diving course before embarking on your adventure. Diving is an extreme sport, and it’s important to know the proper techniques and safety protocols to ensure your well-being. Furthermore, a diving course will give you the opportunity to gain experience and practice before exploring some of the world’s best dive sites. Not only will a diving course make your diving experience safer and more enjoyable, but it will also give you access to the most beautiful and remote dive sites in Indonesia. So, before you set sail on your private yacht charter, consider taking a diving course to fully appreciate all that Indonesia’s waters have to offer. 

What is the best diving Course?

The right course for you will depend on your experience level and goals. Whether you’re a beginner looking to try diving for the first time or a seasoned diver looking to take your skills to the next level, there’s a course that’s right for you. We have collected a brief overview of the various options. Prices stated in our list can vary and depend on the different diving centres and boats. We are happy to provide you with the latest prices and rates for your trip. 

Discover Scuba Diving

Have you ever wondered what it feels like moving around in 3D and not only in 2D? Would you like to discover the underwater world, but do not feel ready for a full course? Then a Discover Scuba Diving experience is what you need.

During your Discover Scuba Diving experience, your instructor will provide you with an overview of the proper knowledge and skills required to take your first breath underwater and take you on a dive under the surface of the colorful Indonesian seas.

Once you have completed the dive and want to learn more about scuba diving, this dive can be credited towards your Open Water Diver certification.

  • Dive Depth: max. 12 m
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Costs: from 60 euro (65 USD)

Diving Komodo with Kids is fun for the entire Family

Open Water Dive Course

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive or simply see the wonderous world beneath the surface, this is where it starts. The PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular and recognized scuba dive course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. You will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including how to use dive equipment and techniques. The course comprises a theory lesson, a shallow water session, and 4 open-water dives.

After you successfully pass the final exam, you’ll be entitled to take part in diving activities according to the limits of your certification.

  • Dive Depth: max. 18 m. (max. 12 m  for 10 and 11-year-olds)
  • Duration: 3-4 days, 4 dives
  • Costs: from 290 euro (320 USD)

Discover the magnificent dive sites of Raja Ampat

Advanced Open Water Course

Exploration, excitement, experiences, that’s what the Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after completion of your Open Water course. The Advanced Open Water course helps you increase your confidence and build your dive skills, so you can get more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your instructor. This course builds on what you have learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

During the course, you will have the chance to try out 5 different specialities. “Deep diving” and “Navigation” are mandatory, we further recommend “Perfect Buoyancy“ and “Night Diving“. There is no final exam and the course usually takes 2-3 days.

  • Dive Depth: max. 30 m
  • Duration: 2-3 days, 5 dives
  • Costs: from 210 euro (230 USD)

Raja Ampat’s 4 main Islands under and above water

Rescue Diver course

This dive course is quite comprehensive. You will progress in your knowledge and skills. It will teach you how to handle emergency scenarios based on real dive accidents. With your knowledge from the 1st and 2nd level, the course develops in detail the procedures for each type of emergency that can happen following a dive. You will learn to prevent problems as well as to react correctly in case of emergencies.

The course is very playful but based on real accident scenarios. Most divers who have finished the rescue diver training in retrospect describe it as an extremely challenging, but also the most interesting course.

  • Duration: 3 days, 4 open water dives
  • Costs: from 310 euro (340 USD)

Diving takes you to a world of wonders


The divemaster program is the starting point for dive professionals. The goal of the program is to create a well-prepared, versatile, and marketable dive professional.

The course takes at least 4 weeks. You will acquire theoretical knowledge, strengthen your skills as a diver, and put it to practical use under real conditions during an internship at one of our partner dive centers. During a Divemaster program, you also want to try to get as many dives under your belt as possible. Ask us for a combination of land and sea-based divemaster training with one of our partner centers and liveaboard boats.

  • Duration: 4 – 8 weeks
  • Costs: from 900 euro (1000 USD)

Diving Adventures on Aboya in Raja Ampat

Choosing the right diving course for you and your family

When planning a boat charter in Indonesia that includes diving, it’s important to choose the right diving course for you and your family. Here are some steps to help you make the right decision:

  • Determine the level of experience: Before choosing a diving course, consider the level of experience you and your family members have. If you all are beginners, you may want to choose a beginner course that focuses on basic skills and safety measures. Doing a beginner diving course with the entire family is great fun and will create great memories. In case some of you have more experience, you may want to choose a more advanced course that includes more challenging dives.
  • Consider the location: Consider the location of the dive center in relation to your boat trip itinerary. You may want to choose a center that is close to where you will be staying or where your boat will be departing.
  • Consider the cost: Finally, consider the cost of the course and whether it fits within your budget. Make sure to factor in any additional expenses such as equipment rental or certification fees.
  • Consider the time: Some diving courses take a bit longer and can lengthen the time you need on your holiday or boat charter. 

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