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Learn about different levels of PADI certification and book any level of training you desire with Arctic Adventures Dive Center. Our diving instructors come packed with years of diving and teaching experience and will ensure you leave Iceland with incredible memories and a PADI certificate in your hands.


  • Small Group Experience
  • Beginner Padi Certifications
  • Specialty And Advanced Diver Certifications
  • Padi Training In Iceland
  • Unique Diving Locations
  • Experienced Diving Instructors


  • Pickup & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Diving equipement
  • All required safety equipment
  • English speaking licensed and experienced PADI instructor
  • PADI certification
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies

What to bring

  • Proof of previous diving experience and certification (if applicable)
  • Warm long underwear
  • Warm woolen socks
  • Change of clothing
  • Towel

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 7 / 9 hours
Departs From Reykjavik / THINGVELLIR
Level Demanding
Minimum age 18 years
Ratio 1:3 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes
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  • Flexible cancellation up to 24 hours
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Scuba diving is an experience like none other. However, practicing it safely and responsibly takes skill and knowledge. Whether you’re just starting off or hope to move up the ladder and acquire a specific skill set, here at Arctic Adventures Diving Centre we can offer training and PADI certification at any level. Diving theory, safety and underwater communication, specialized courses and professional training are all taught by our expert instructors. Use the form to sign up for PADI certification training or send your questions to if you aren't sure which level of certification you should be aiming at.

To request availability for PADI training, please contact

In your email, please specify:

  • Which certification interests you
  • What previous diving experience do you have, if any
  • When would you like to start the training
  • Any relevant information, such as health conditions

Training costs, available times, and all related information will then be communicated to you by our staff.

If you’ve been dreaming about exploring the underwater world but still haven’t had the opportunity, you need to learn the first steps to make your dream come true. Here are the PADI certifications you need to know about, especially if you want to go diving in Iceland:

  • PADI Scuba Diver certification. This first PADI dive certification level is the easiest to attain. However, at this level you cannot dive independently, meaning a professional guide or instructor needs to accompany you at all times. Your depth is also limited to 12m (40ft). Note that we cannot offer diving tours for those holding only PADI Scuba Diver certification, as a higher level specialty certification is needed to dive into the cold, mysterious waters of Iceland. 

  • PADI Open Water certification. This is the most common way to start underwater adventures. We recommend that you obtain this certification first. PADI Open Water training is not much more difficult to complete than the PADI Scuba Diver certificate, but it means you can choose your diving partner freely and don’t need to be supervised by professionals during your dives. You can dive as deep as 18 meters (59ft).

  • Dry Suit PADI Specialty Diver certification. With this certification, you learn how to properly put on and use a dry suit, which is necessary when diving in cold waters. The dry Suit PADI certification card expands your options of diving locations and is mandatory for almost all dives in Iceland. PADI Open Water certification is a prerequisite for this specialty training, which you can get during our 2-day Silfra diving and Dry Suit certification tour.
diving training in Silfra Fissure

Do you have years of diving experience and feel like it’s time to dive deeper? There is a range of advanced PADI specialty diver certifications, which not only allow you to log more varied dives but also enable you to try other activities, such as underwater photography. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver (AWOD) PADI certification. Show off your advanced scuba skills by obtaining this PADI certificate, which requires a minimum of 20 logged dives. After finishing this certification course, you will be a diver that can confidently reach depths as great as 30m (100ft). 

  • Night Diver certification. Open Water certification is enough to obtain this PADI specialty diver certification, which focuses on proper usage of light, communication, and navigation in the dark. This diving course opens up an entire range of possibilities as you get to witness mysterious nocturnal marine life.

  • Underwater Photographer certification. If you enjoy taking pictures as much as diving, this certification will be your most treasured achievement. On top of all safety regulations when shooting, you will learn about choosing camera systems and composing images underwater. A similar training course is offered for underwater videography.

  • Master Scuba Diver certification. If you’ve reached this point, you’ve reached the top. Master Scuba Diver is the highest level recreational diving PADI certification, making you a true expert in most things-diving. Becoming a Master Scuba Diver is a long process, requiring all preceding recreational certifications, 5 PADI Specialty Diver certifications and at least 50 logged dives.
Diver Diving in Cavern lake Iceland

If you’re ready to take your passion for diving to the next level and share it with others by teaching them how to dive, it’s time to start looking at professional PADI courses and certificates. There are a total of 7 PADI professional diving certifications. These will be some of the more notable certificates of your professional diving career:

  • Dive Master certification. This certificate will commemorate your introduction to the world of professional diving. As a Divemaster, you will be a guide for keen recreational divers and help Dive Instructors during their classes.

  • Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. If your passion is sharing knowledge, this is when professional diving becomes truly rewarding. As a Dive Instructor/Specialty Instructor, you not only get to help people who already know what they’re doing, but actually teach fellow diving enthusiasts and grant various PADI recreational diving certification levels and specialty certifications.

  • Master Scuba Instructor certification. At this point, there is no question that you are among the top diving instructors. To get to this level, you will have to grant 150 PADI certifications, take part in at least three diving seminars and teach 10 “Emergency First Response” courses.

  • Course Director certification. If diving is what you are most dedicated to in life, you can become the teacher of teachers. The Course Director organizes and teaches PADI Instructor Development Courses and prepares dive professionals for higher-level teaching certifications. It’s an extremely responsible and rewarding peak of a professional career as a diver.

You can obtain any of these certifications with us! Some require no prior knowledge and are meant to introduce you to the alluring underwater world. For others, you will need years of proven diving experience and certifications.

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The requirements highly depend on the chosen certification and your prior experience. If you’re looking to obtain beginner recreational diving certifications, such as Open Water PADI certification, rest assured that you can come along without any prior knowledge. We will do our part to ensure you leave with spectacular memories of your first dives and a certificate to be proud of.

For all advanced PADI certification training, you are required to bring proof of your previous dives and certificates. If you’re not sure whether you qualify for the training and certification you have in mind, we will gladly discuss your options based on your experience when you email us about training at

Please evaluate your physical health, if you have some medical issues please check health certificate and get physician approval if needed. You can also check our diving book before joining our tour.

Diving is quite costly but not much more than other popular activities such as surfing, kayaking, and water skiing. The very basics, for instance, a PADI dry suit certification, cost approximately 700 USD. Usually, you can expect the cost of training to increase when you aim for more advanced PADI certification levels, especially if you haven’t completed all mandatory logged dives.

Overall, costs depend on the individual case. Should you decide to train and become PADI certified with us, we will provide you with precise numbers before you begin your training course.

PADI Courses schema


PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Founded back in 1966, it’s been the leading diver training organization and most sought-after recreational diving membership ever since.

It really depends on which certification you are trying to obtain. PADI Scuba Diver certification requires you to complete a theory course, three confined water (pool) practice sessions and two open water (lake or ocean) dives. To become Open Water certified, you will need a theory course, five confined water and four open water dives. To start Advanced Open Water certification course, you will need 20 logged dives.

PADI Open Water certification is one of the first PADI certification levels. It allows you to independently (you still need a diving buddy, but you don’t have to be supervised by professional divers) dive to 18-meter depths.

It allows you to go diving with a buddy who is also certified and you don’t need mandatory supervision of professional divers. It opens up a whole new spectrum of opportunities! As a PADI Open Water diver, you can research and discover diving spots on your own and go as deep as 18m (59ft).

Your PADI certification is good for life, but if you want to obtain higher level certificates you will need dives that were logged quite recently (usually in the past 2 years).

Our PADI Open Water certification course costs 115000 ISK (835 USD). It includes theoretical training, confined and open water dives, all diving and safety equipment and hot chocolate!

PADI Open Water certification allows you to explore the underwater world as deep as 18 meters (59ft).

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