Small Groups

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Historical Locations

Challenging Dives

Welcome to Piranha Divers in Okinawa.

Haisai*, We are Jan and Tomoko, the owners of Piranha Divers. I first started diving in 1999, basically as soon as I was old enough to put on a scuba tank and stay underwater. That first dive into the deep was in a chilly German quarry, but the cold experience didn’t put me off and I’ve had a passion for diving ever since. Later, I became a diving instructor and my work took me to Egypt, where I met my wife, and then to Greece, Australia and Thailand. In 2007, we moved to Okinawa with a dream to establish Piranha Divers as a small family-run dive school. Although I have achieved the rating of PADI Master Instructor and SDI Instructor Trainer, Tomoko is the real hidden power behind Piranha Divers, managing daily operations. You will find us in the northern part of Onna, a perfect place for us and our family and a great place for diving. We would love to welcome you here too.

*Hello in Okinawa dialect.

Piranha Divers is an SDI/TDI 5 Star Resort, a limited liability company with all the permissions required to run commercial scuba diving services legally in Okinawa.

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The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Learning to Dive with Piranha Divers

You will enjoy the benefit of small classes taught in English and German. Most of the time, our maximum class size is only two divers to one instructor so there is plenty of time to answer your questions. Our maximum class size is four divers to one instructor.

Piranha Divers is primarily an SDI dive shop. SDI offers a more updated, 21st century approach to diver education and gives us more flexibility to adapt to students needs and individual learning styles. However, we recognise PADI as one of the biggest players in the industry and therefore are very familiar with their curriculum. All certifications earned at Piranha Divers are accepted worldwide.

Scuba Discovery

Course Details:

  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • Try Diving for the First Time
  • Max. 2 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • Explanation to be safe and have fun
  • All Required Dive Gear

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Open Water

Course Details:

  • 4 Days
  • 4-6 Ocean Dives
  • Learn to Dive to 18m/60ft
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear
  • Boat Fees
  • Certification Card

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Advanced Adventure

Course Details:

  • 2 Days
  • 5 Ocean Dives
  • Learn to Dive to 30m/100ft
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear
  • Deep and Navigation Dive
  • Optional Night Dive
  • Certification Card

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Rescue Diver

Course Details:

  • Learn to prevent accidents
  • Learn to respond to accidents
  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • 2 Participants required

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear
  • CPR/First Aid Training
  • Certification Card

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Divemaster

Course Details:

  • 14 Days
  • Up to 10 Dives
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear
  • Certification Card

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Solo Diver

Course Details:

  • 2 Days
  • Confined Water Training
  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • Learn to dive without a Buddy
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Gear
  • Pony Tank (Nitrox)
  • Certification Card

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Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV)

Course Details:

  • 1 Day
  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • Maximise the Area you can Explore
  • Max. 2 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Gear
  • DPV (DiveX Black Tip)
  • Certification Card

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Deep Diver

Course Details:

  • 1 Day
  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • Learn to Dive to 40m/130ft
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Gear
  • Boat Fee
  • Pony Tank (Nitrox)
  • Certification Card

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Sidemount Diver

Course Details:

  • 2 Days
  • Confined Water Training
  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • Redundant Gear Configuration
  • Max. 2 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Sidemount Gear
  • Certification Card

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Wreck Diver

Course Details:

  • 1 Day
  • 2 Ocean Dives (Non Penetration Dives)
  • Deep Diver Experience or Certification desired
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Gear
  • Pony Tank (Nitrox/O2)
  • Certification Card

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Nitrox

Course Details:

  • Half Day
  • Learn to use Nitrox mixtures with up to 40% O2
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • O2 Analyzer
  • Certification Card

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Equipment Specialist

Course Details:

  • Half Day
  • Learn how your Equipment Works
  • Learn basic repair & cleaning techniques
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear to play with
  • Bring your personal gear for best results
  • Certification Card

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Night Diver

Course Details:

  • 1 Day
  • 2 Ocean Dives
  • Learn to Dive at Night
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear
  • Torches
  • Certification Card

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Instructor Course

  • 10 Days
  • Confined Water Training
  • Ocean Dive Training
  • Learn how to teach diving
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • E-Learning/Instructor Materials
  • Dive Gear
  • Certification Card

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Internship Programs

Flexible Package Options available:

  • Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor
  • Max. 4 Participants per Instructor

What's Included:

  • Unlimited Shore Diving
  • Discounts on Scuba Gear
  • E-Learning
  • Dive Gear
  • Certification Card(s)

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The Mermaids Inn Okinawa

Stay and Dive with us!

  • 3 Private Rooms
  • 1 Dorm Room
  • Tent in the garden.
  • Flexible Packages for divers available:

    What's Included:

  • Fully Stocked Kitchen
  • Terrace in the front and back oft the building.
  • Laundry Machine

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Our Diving Services

We are located in the northern part of Onna Village. Most of the dive sites we go to are located within a 30 min drive from our shop in Okinawa's main resort area. Diving with us will enable you to go diving and for the most part also be back in time for other afternoon/evening activities.

Piranha Divers offers a range of services, fun diving for certified divers from the shore or boat, equipment rental service for those who want to dive independently as well as annual equipment maintenance for brands such as DiveRite, Apeks and Aqualung.

Environmental friendly diving at Piranha Divers: We teach and dive neutral buoyant. We occasional organise underwater cleanups and follow the Greenfins guidlines on not touching, taking or feeding marine animals.

Staff Wanted

We are looking for staff frequently, seasonal and longterm, foreign and Japanese. If you feel like you want to work here, send us a CV with your full work history, references and a picture. Please also send a cover letter which should include the reason you want to work here as well as what you are really good at. Potential employees must have the right to live and work in Japan, speak english and have a basic understanding of the culture. We do not sponsor visas. Work schedule including off/holidays, salaries and overtime work are in line with the Japanese labor law requirements. We can assist potential long term employees to obtain the Sensuishi license in english language. Potential employees should cross over to SDI/TDI and follow their approach to diving such as teaching skills neutrally buoyant.

For those who can't work here we offer tailor made internship programs where you can be part of the team and learn on the job how to do the job. Participants pay a fee but are able to join on a tourist Visa.

Shore Diving

For all Divers:

  • Maeda Point - Blue Cave
  • Sunabe Seawall - Soft Corals
  • Manza Toiletbowl - Wall Diving
  • Gorilla Chop - Shallow Reef

Dive Plan: 2 or 3 Dives
Requirements: Ready For Fun

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Manza Point

For Intermediate Divers:

  • Manza Dream Hole
  • Reef Diving
  • Wall Diving
  • Deep Diving
  • Boat Diving

Dive Plan: 2 or 3 Dives
Requirements: 10+ Dives

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USS Emmons

For Experienced Divers:

  • Experience History
  • WWII Shipwreck
  • Deep Diving

Dive Plan: 2 Dives
Requirements: 50+ Dives

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DPV Fun Diving (Underwater Scooter)

For Intermediate Divers:

  • Location of Choice
  • Hard Corals
  • Turtles Guaranteed
  • DPV - Diver Propulsion Vehicle Included

Dive Plan: 1 long Dive (60-90 minutes)
Requirements: 10 or more Logged Dives

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Independent Diving

For all Divers:

  • Rent Scuba Equipment
  • Rent Tanks
  • Dive with a buddy
  • Staff recommendations are available
  • Shore diving
  • Solo diver training is available for those who want to dive alone

Dive Plan: up to you
Requirements: valid government ID/driver license as a deposit

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Equipment Maintenance

For all Divers:

  • Adjustments and Fixes
  • Regulator/BCD Overhaul
  • Scuba Tank Visual Inspection
  • Dive Rite
  • Apeks
  • Aqualung
  • Basic equipment maintenance training is available

Please Note: We use original parts only!
Recommendations: Flexible solutions for most of your scuba troubles.

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Whale Shark Diving

We believe every responsible diver should refrain from diving with caged whale sharks in Okinawa!

  • Whale sharks are an endangered species
  • Whale sharks are not fed adequately
  • Sharp corals growing on the netted cage, injuring the whale sharks every day
  • Recreational divers are not trained to dive overhead environments
  • Operator is not associated with the aquarium or any other scientific research project in Okinawa



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Private Boat Charters

Cruise along the east coast of Okinawa.

  • Private Tours
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Cruising
  • Relaxing

Cruise Plan: Flexible
Requirements: Ready For Fun

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