Courses

Here at Big Apple

Not only do we offer extensive training programs aiming to make sure that you will really master the required skills to become SAFE in the water but we also take great pride in guiding our qualified fun divers in and around the 30 something fantastic dive sites found in these temperate local waters of the Philippines.

Our training programs are aimed at providing you with the best possible understanding of this wonderful sport and the correct skills needed to overcome the challenges it presents us with. Our highly experienced Master Instructor Peter, has been teaching scuba diving in Puerto Galera since the early 90’s and his classes are both great fun and very in depth and informative.

Bunny is our primary dive guide and enjoys looking after all your needs, from helping you with your gear set up, to giving advice and support with your diving skills, providing thorough briefings for your dives, finding all the small critters for all you budding photographers, exploring new areas and demonstrating the safest ways to navigate the most challenging dive sites.padielearn_4corigvertlogos_07i-1_1PADI eLearning with interactive diver education on the Internet. Whether you’re on the go or want to take it slow, now you can complete the knowledge development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course online with PADI eLearning. It’s a great match for your active schedule.

Price List

Fun Dive/boat dives

w/ Professional dive guide

No extra charge for equipment P1,100, Do 5 dives or more P1,000.
For night dives add extra P300 or P200 with own flash light.
Dive with Nitrox add extra P250 per dive.

Day trip to verde islanD

2 dives including boat/guide/drinks & fruit

Divers P3,300 w/ BBQ P3,800
Non Divers P1,000 w/ BBQ P1,500
min pax 5 divers.

PADI Courses:

Discover Scuba 3 hours P2,350
PADI Scuba Diver 2 days P12,500
 PADI Scuba Tune Up 2 hours P2,200
 PADI Open water 3-4 days P17,000
 PADI Advanced Open Water 2-3 days P12,500
 PADI EFR+Rescue 3-4 days P20,500
 PADI EFR 1 day P7,500
 PADI Rescue 2-3 days P15,000

Professional Course:
PADI Dive Master 5-30 days P42,650

PADI SPECIALTY Courses:

Group 1 (each) 1/2 days P9,750
Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) / Drift / Multilevel Computer diver 

Group 2 (each) 2 days P11,850
Wreck, Deep / Night / Under Water Navigator

Group 3 (each) 1/2 days P7,550
Peak Performance Buoyancy / AWARE coral reef Conservation / Project AWARE

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Quick Course Guide

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Discover Scuba Diving

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it.

Big Apple’s dive facility offers a version of this program, in our swimming pool and on the reef out front of the resort. You can try it while you’re on vacation, just talk to us about it and we will help you arrange the experience.

While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

Course Information

Price: 2,350php

MINIMUM AGE: 10

CLASS: 1 academic

Water Training: 1 pool session

DIves: 1 Open Water Beach DIve

TIME: 2-3 hours

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PADI SCUBA Diver

Thinking of getting certified for an upcoming vacation, but don’t have the time to put into a full Open Water course? Now there’s a quick and easy program designed especially for you! This is your chance to slap on some fins, strap on a mask and Learn PADI Scuba Diver, qualifying you to dive to 12m under the supervision of a PADI PRO.

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 12,500PHP

MINIMUM AGE: 15  / 10 (Junior)

CLASS: 3 ACADEMIC

WATER TRAINING: 3 POOL SESSION

DIVES: 2 OPEN WATER BEACH DIVE

TIME: 2 Days

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PADI Scuba TUNE-UP

Time to brush up your skills if you have not dived for a while. Have a Padi Instructor go through the open-water skills with you in our swimming pool, then answer a quick review on basic dive safety rules and go off the beach and take an easy dive on the beautiful house reef to gain some confidence back after not diving for a few years.

couRSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 2200PHP

MINimum Age: 15

CLASS: 1 ACADEMIC

WATER TRAINING: 1 POOL SESSION

DIVES: 1 OPEN WATER BEACH DIVE

TIME: 2-3 HOURS

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PADI OPEN WATER DIVER

Considering taking the plunge? Then the PADI Open Water diver course is for you! If you are between 10 and 70 years old, have a basic swimming ability and want to discover the beauty of nature’s coral reefs and underwater life forms then read on. The Open Water course is a great way to learn new skills, make new friends and see ‘first hand’ the wonders of the deep oceans all around us on these amazing Philippine islands.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

WHAT YOU LEARN

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 17,000PHP

MINimum age: 15 / 10 (Junior)

CLASS/S: 5 ACADEMIC

WATER TRAINING: 5 POOL SESSIONs

DIVES: 2 OPEN WATER BEACH / 2 Open water boat

TIME: 3-4 days

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PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE

Want to go deeper? Then the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is for you! Now that you have learnt to dive and have seen some of the wondrous dive sites we have to offer, why not train for some more advanced diving?

The Advanced Open Water course is a great way to polish up your dive skills and add some new ones! Advanced divers see more and can visit a wider variety of dive sites so get kitted up! In as little as two days you can get this license and see more dive sites!

WHAT YOU LEARN

This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

You complete five adventure dives introducing you to:

  • Underwater Navigation
  • Deeper water diving (typically anywhere from 18-30 metres/ 60-100 feet)
  • A sampler of three more Adventure Dives of your choice
  • The ‘AOW’ course is primarily focused on diving safely in challenging environments as well as carrying out tasks successfully underwater. With the
  • extra knowledge gained in these five training sessions the novice diver learns how it feels to dive safely to 30m and how to use an underwater compass.

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 12,500PHP

MINimum AGE: 15 / 12 (Junior)

DIVES: 1 OPEN WATER BEACH / 4 OPEN WATER BOAT

TIME: 2-3 DAYS

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PADI RESCUE DIVER COURSE

The PADI Rescue Diver course is the most challenging course yet, next to PADI Divemaster. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.

WHAT YOU LEARN
  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • The Scuba Gear You Use

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 14,000PHP

MINIMUM AGE: 15 / 12 (JUNIOR)

Class: 1 Academic / 10 Exercises

DIVES:  2 Scenarios / 1  OPEN WATER BOAT

TIME: 2-3 DAYS

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EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE PRIMARY CARE (CPR)

Prepare yourself for an emergency medical situation in readiness for the PADI Rescue Diver course with a comprehensive Emergency First Response program.

As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies — not just in the diving world, but in your every day world with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers too.

WHAT YOU LEARN

Emergency First Response courses encompass:

Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. The course focuses on primary care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure participants have the confidence in their ability to provide care when emergency situations arise. Primary Care (CPR) skills taught in this course:

  • CPR
  • Scene Safety Assessment Universal Precautions
  • Communicable Disease Protection, including barrier use
  • Primary Assessment Rescue Breathing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Conscious and Unconscious Obstructed Airway Management
  • Serious Bleeding Management
  • Shock Management
  • Spinal Injury Management
  • Recommended Skills:
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training
  • Emergency Oxygen Use Orientation

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 7000PHP

MINIMUM AGE: No Minimum

CLASS/S: 1 ACADEMIC

TIME: 4-6 Hours

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PADI DIVE MASTER

Looking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with our professional dive team at Big Apple Dive Resort, you will expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level in this program.

PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

WHAT YOU CAN TEACH

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
    • when the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 42,650PHP

MINIMUM AGE: 18

CLASS/S: 2 ACADEMIC EXAMS

WATER TRAINING: MULTIPLE POOL SESSIONS

DIVES: 10 OPEN WATER BEACH / 30 OPEN WATER BOAT
(40 Dives to start)

TIME: 5-30 DAYS

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NITROX (EANX), DRIFT & MULTILEVEL

SCUBA DIVING WITH ENRICHED AIR NITROX

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba diving course, and it’s easy to see why. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

THE PADI DRIFT DIVER

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by ‘going with the flow’, staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

THE PADI MULTILEVEL DIVER COURSE

Maximize your dive time so you can explore more! In this course, you learn how to plan dives that extend your bottom time by crediting you for slower nitrogen absorption when you ascend to a shallower depth. That’s the way you really dive, after all.

Course Information

Price: 9,750php / Course

MINIMUM AGE: 12

DIves: 2 Open Water Boat DIve / Course

TIME: 1/2 DAY / Course

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WRECK, DEEP, NIGHT & NAVIGATOR

PADI WRECK DIVER SPECIALTY COURSE

Whether sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or the result of mishap, wrecks open fascinating windows to the past. Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they’re intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

The fun part of the PADI Wreck Diver course is visiting wrecks, unlocking mysteries and starting to gain the knowledge and experience that allows you to see things that others overlook. Sometimes, only the trained, experienced eye recognizes that a small hole or open door likely caused the vessel’s demise.

PADI DEEP DIVER SPECIALTY COURSE          

After your first few scuba dives, you soon want to explore a bit deeper. There’s something exciting and mysterious about the depth that attracts divers. The fun part about this course is the opportunity to explore the deep. It’s memorable and exhilarating.

PADI NIGHT DIVER SPECIALTY COURSE         

As the sun sets, you don your dive gear, slip on your scuba mask and bite down on your dive regulator. A deep breath and you step off the boat – into the underwater night. Although you’ve seen this reef many times before, this time you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.

Introduce yourself to the whole new cast of critters that comes out after the sun goes down. See your favorite dive sites from a whole new perspective at night.

THE PADI UNDERWATER NAVIGATOR COURSE

Be the diver everyone wants to follow and make your sense of direction legendary with the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course. Finding your way is not a matter of luck! When everyone’s buzzing about a reef or checking out a shipwreck, they’re having a great time – until it’s time to go. Then they turn to you, because as a PADI Underwater Navigator, you know the way back to the boat.

COURSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 11,850PHP / Course

MINIMUM AGE: 15 Wreck / Deep, 12 Night, 10 Navigator

DIVES: 4 OPEN WATER Boat DIVE – Wreck / Deep, 3 Night / Nav

TIME: 2-3 DAYS Wreck / Deep / Night, 1-2 Days Nav

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PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY, AWARE CORAL REEF CONSERVATION, PROJECT AWARE

PADI PEAK PERFORMANCE BUOYANCY SPECIALTY COURSE

What is neutral buoyancy? Scuba divers like to be neutrally buoyant so they neither sink nor float. It can be a tricky thing.

Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover, almost as if by thought. They interact gently with aquatic life and affect their surroundings minimally. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course refines the basic skills you learned as a PADI Open Water Diver and elevates them to the next level. The fun part of this course is giving your dive skills a polish you may not have thought possible.

PROJECT AWARE CORAL REEF CONSERVATION COURSE

The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs. As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the frailness of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and how you can help.

PROJECT AWARE SPECIALTY COURSE

The underwater world needs heroes. You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems. You can make a difference. Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.

Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.

couRSE INFORMATION

PRICE: 7,550PHP / Course

MINimum AGe: 10 Peak / AWARE FIsh, No min AWARE Coral

CLASS: 1 ACADEMIC – AWARE CORAL

DIVES: 2 OPEN WATER Boat DIVE – Peak / AWARE Fish

TIME: 1/2 Day