It could be done with a cooperative dive operator. I took my open water diver and advanced open water in a matter of 6 days (in Jamaica). Be forewarned it will not seem like a vacation. You will eat, sleep, breath, and dream diving for your four days.
PADI now offers online "eLearning" training to get you started before you even arrive on the island. http://www.padi.com/elearning-scuba-...l/owinfoen.htm By taking the course online, once you arrive in Aruba you will only need to complete your in water training and testing.
We went with Jads when we were there in October. They picked us up at the Surf Club & we had the best day!! My husband is not a diver & JP had him down to 35 feet for almost 35 minutes!! The pictures were awesome!!
Jads would be my pick to dive. Have been divivng with them for the last 2 years and have only the BEST things to say about them. Have gone with other dive shops, and have determined that Jads really cares about you and your safety....counting the days till our next dive with jads.( yea, the shop is down at baby beach, but they will pick you up , no problem!! Learn to dive, it's a whole new world underwater!!!!! enjoy
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I did my online coursework via Padi.com, then did my four open water dives in two days with Red Sail. They will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. I had my own instructor and she was fantastic. I now have my advanced open water certification, also through Red Sail and have worked with a number of their instructors over the last couple years. I also recently paid for my father to get his online coursework and will be taking him to red sail when he's ready for the dives. They catch a lot of flack for being busy when the cruise ships are in town, but you will get the undivided attention of your instructor when getting certified.
If you have any questions about the e-learning course, let me know. I used it for both my open water and advanced open water certs. I'm sure there are a number of quality instructors on the island and my endorsement of Red Sail is in no way a knock against the others.