If an adventurous and unforgettable vacation is what you’re looking for, you need to plan things differently. Of course you can go to museums, national parks, and tons of other attractions, but in addition to these, why not pick up a new skill in a new place? That’s where scuba diving comes in! Let’s take a look at the world’s best places to get scuba certification, and experience the magical waters in style:

The Best Places to Get Scuba Certification Worldwide


Even on a short vacation, you can take a comprehensive scuba diving course in Australia at extremely affordable rates. Whether you’re looking forward to do scuba diving for fun or even pursuing it as a professional career, Australia has so much to offer. One place where you can train and become a pro commercial diver is at the Subsea Training Center—your NZ Certificate in SSBA Construction Diving to 30 meters is a 12-week, full-time course offered to entry level divers with no prior diving experience.


Koh Tao in Thailand is one of the world’s most popular destinations for the best scuba diving lessons, and for great reason: if you want to learn to dive on a budget, Koh Tao is home to many excellent dive centers offering PADI certifications. Courses can range from open water, advanced open water, rescue diver, divemaster, and more. Multi-language instructors are on hand, and outside of courses, you’re welcome to go on fantastic diving trips if you have a buddy (or are looking for one)!


Planning a sunny getaway to Belize? Pick up a scuba certification during your travels! If you want to learn, dive, and enjoy magical adventures under clear blue waters, enroll at Scuba School & Family Dive Center for the finest PADI scuba training. Courses are open for beginners and those who wish to enhance their skills with a divemaster course. In this locally operated, professional dive training center, quality instructors are there to help you enhance your diving experiences if you want to do it like a pro or just for recreational vibes.


If you’ve never been to Egypt, then you don’t have an idea what iconic diving adventure is all about. For as little as $250, you can get started and get a scuba certification as your best scuba diving holidays goal. Red Sea Diving College is a world class diving center where safety, experience, and fun are key priorities—courses are open for first-time divers and those who want to advance their scuba diving course. If you have always dreamt of having a smooth, safe, and excellent dive, learn scuba diving lessons in a range of diverse dive sites in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations!


Dauin, Philippines is another popular diver’s paradise and is ideal for everyone who want to scuba travel and learn to scuba dive on a budget. And the Philippines is an excellent place if you want to get up close to exotic sea creatures: get a glimpse of octopus, seahorses, and even cuttlefish during your dive training!

What are some other places to get scuba certification around the world that you’d recommend? Share your thoughts with the Frayed Passport community!

About the Author: Sarah Stone

As the managing director of Frayed Passport, my goal is to help you build your a lifestyle that lets you travel the world whenever you want, however long you want, and not worry about where your next paycheck will come from. I've been to 20+ countries and five continents, lived for years as a full-time digital nomad, and while I'm based in Miami now, I spend one-third of the year traveling to amazing destinations around the world and have worked completely remotely since 2013. If you would like to share your story with our community, or partner with Frayed Passport, get in touch with me at!