PADI Scuba Diving Certification Classes in Malapascua, Philippines

Dive Courses at Thresher Shark Divers

Thresher Shark Divers offers a full range of PADI diving courses from beginner certification through to professional.

Our experienced and knowledgeable diving instructors have been through PADI’s (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) rigorous training procedures and have taught thousands of people to dive.

We want you to get the most out of your diving lessons and so we teach in very small groups, usually just you. This means you can take as long as you like doing your course. If you are in a hurry you can go faster, if you want to take it easy, go slower. We have male and female dive instructors if you have a preference and we offer courses in many languages. 

We are the top PADI Dive Center on Malapascua, the only PADI 5 Star CDC (the hugest level of PADi Dive Center), and one of the top in the Philippines as shown by our annual PADI awards. Find out more about OUR AWARDS.

About the PADI System of Diver Education

PADI has three scuba diving courses that are essential to becoming a safe, competent, and well-rounded diver. These are the introductory Open Water Scuba Diver certification, the Advanced Open Water Diver and the Rescue Diver courses. In addition to these core courses we offer:

PADI has recently introduced an eLearning program – do the academics online in advance and complete the water work in Malapascua. It means you can spend less time studying and more time enjoying your vacation. PADI eLearning his available for many PADI courses; new courses and languages are constantly introduced. This is an option not yet offered by many dive shops. 

Safety and Diving

At Thresher Shark Divers we take your safety very seriously and is the top priority in all dive activities. This means that with over 15 years in operation and tens of thousands of customers, we have never had a serious accident.  

If you want to take a diving class and have ever had any medical conditions, please see this form and contact us if you have questions.

New to Diving?


Getting your scuba diving certification in the Philippines is a great choice. You can learn easily in Malapascua’s calm, clear waters. After certification you can progress to other dive sites such as the thresher shark dive or why not, the PADI Advanced Course?

There are several options for beginning on your dive adventures. Find out more about the courses HERE.


In only 2-3 hours you can learn the basics and complete a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with one of our PADI instructors. It is a great way to try out diving.  If you like it, you can credit the experience and the cost towards your Open Water Certification.

You will have a brief diving theory lesson, complete a few skills in shallow water, then go on a dive.

Already a certified Diver? Continue Your Adventure!


Nitrox has become standard in many places, and if you intend to dive fairly often, we highly recommend becoming nitrox certified. You can stay down longer and reduce your nitrogen load. You often feel less tired as well! Malapascua has several dive sites perfect for Nitrox.  E-learning is available for Nitrox and highly recommended to complete beforehand as it saves you studying whole on holiday.

We recommend everyone to do our Shark Dives on EANX, you can spend more time watching these majestic creatures!


During the Advanced Open Water Course you will explore five specialized diving activities to develop your diving skills. Be amazed at the skill improvement you will have acquired by the end of this course on Malapascua. The dives include Deep, which you will do on the thresher shark site, Navigation, and choose from Photography, Wreck, Night, Buoyancy and others!

Our Thresher Shark dives are deeper dives and you can do Advanced course dives on the shark dive itself!

PADI specialty courses

As you do more dives, you are sure to become more interested in specialized forms of scuba diving. Take part in these new activities under the guidance of our instructors and explore of Malapascua’s diverse underwater environment.  We offer over 20 specialty courses such as Wreck, Photography, Deep Diver, and Naturalist.

The EANX Specialty is the most valuable Specialty to complete for diving on Malapascua with our thresher sharks!


The PADI Thresher Shark Diver Specialty Course is exclusive to TSD. It was written by the Thresher Shark Diver owners in conjunction with PADI. The course will teach you many fascinating facts about sharks in general, and specifically thresher sharks.

We recommend doing this specialty in combination with the EANX Specialty course to spend more time underwater with the sharks.

Assist Others


 During the Rescue Diver course you will gain the confidence to look after yourself and others in the water. Learn how to prevent mishaps and to deal with problems in the unlikely event that they should occur. Most people feel this is the most enjoyable course of all! 

This builds invaluable self-confidence and teaches you priceless diving skills. A valid First Aid Certificate is required to get certified.


Learn basic medical emergency care including CPR and first aid. This is a non-diving course to prepare for the Rescue Diver course but is available to divers and non-divers alike. Also available Care for Children, and PADI’s brand new Emergency Oxygen Provider course.

Ever wished you knew more about how to help your loved ones in an emergency? The EFR course will give you that opportunity!

Master Scuba Diver


PADI’s highest non-professional qualification, the coveted Master Scuba Diver rating is the sign of an overall well-rounded and competent diver. Complete Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, as well as five specialty courses and a total of 50 logged dives to become a Master Scuba Diver! Contact us to get a great deal on the Master Scuba Diver training package.

And there is no better place to complete your MSD; TSD was the worldwide winner of PADI’s first ever Master Scuba Diver Challenge! 

Turn PRO

PADI Divemaster course

Train to become a PADI Divemaster. Once you are a certified Divemaster, you will find work in tropical destinations all over the world, and even back home. If you don’t wish to work as a DM, the Divemaster course is a great way to learn a lot more about diving and to become a better and more confident diver.

Become a professional diver and earn money doing what you love to do the most! This course includes free diving with our internships.

PADI idc instructor course

It’s a dream life – to be a PADI Dive Instructor! Imagine having a job that you love! How amazing to bring joy to the lives of others? To transform their lives forever. All this and you get to dive every day as well! Now you can do your IDC on Malaspacua and get to dive with thresher sharks every day!

We offer everything from a 5 day PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course course to a 7 month PADI internship .

Need more thrills?

PADI wreck diver course

Malapascua has several excellent wrecks and is a great place to learn more about wreck diving, whether or not you have dived on wrecks before. Learn the techniques for diving on wrecks, from using reels and lines, tying off and penetrating exciting underwater wrecks! Find more on Malapascua’s wrecks HERE.

If you are going to Coron to dive their WWII wrecks this is excellent preparation.

technical diving courses

Malapascua has many opportunities for technical divers, from those who are just starting their education up to experienced technical divers who want to get out and see the best of what we have to to offer. With WWII wrecks, sharks and deep walls there is plenty to keep any avid technical diver occupied.

We offer all blends of EANx (nitrox), 100% oxygen and trimix and can support rebreathers.

Something for Everyone


Free diving, or breath-hold diving, is gaining in popularity around the world. Learn about the physiological effects of free diving and techniques used for effective breath-hold dives. Be bubble free and one with the underwater environment!

The PADI Freediver Course develops the knowledge and skills for basic static and dynamic apnea, free immersion, and constant weight free diving from 10 to 16 metres.


Do you want to try something new as a family? Are your children water-babies?  We offer several programs suitable for children as young as 8 years old. All courses are conducted under the strict supervision of an experienced PADI instructor.

The PADI Seal Team is for young scuba divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by completing exciting AquaMissions. Do cool stuff in the pool, and meet friends.

Already a Certified Diver?

There is always more to learn! Whatever your level, choose from a wide variety of courses. During any course at Thresher Shark Divers we will also help you improve your basic diving skills such as buoyancy and breathing.

Has it been a while since your last dive? Why not take our refresher course? PADI advises a refresher if you have not been diving in 6 months.