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Scuba diving is one of the only recreational, underwater sport that is also practiced professionally for public safety, scientific and military roles. It is more complex than snorkeling and requires a basic knowledge of swimming and breath control. Internationally the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and Scuba Schools International (SSI) are the two bodies that conduct courses and certify divers, both for recreational diving and for highly technical requirements like search and rescue teams or night diving.

Scuba diving is an exciting sport that teaches you all you need to know to be able to dive and breathe underwater for at least 30-40 minutes at a time. However, any diver should respect the rules and guidelines, and understand one’s body and health while diving.

About scuba diving in Goa

Goa is one of India’s favourite holiday destinations, and stands for beaches, beer, and warm tropical waters. But thanks to the lush landscapes, rocky cliffs, thundering rivers, and sprawling beaches, there are plenty of adventure activities to do. The adventure sports industry in on the rise in Goa, with snorkeling, scuba diving, rafting and kayaking being some of the many options offered by the state for people looking for adventures with a group of friends or their family.

Unlike snorkeling, which only allows you to be an onlooker to the vast underwater world, scuba diving in Goa enables you to participate in it. With the freedom of being able to breathe underwater, you’ll be able to swim along the bottom, see more interesting marine life, and get closer looks at the coral formations.

Scuba diving in Goa

If you’re a novice to scuba diving or scuba diving in Goa, you can book a Try Dive, which is one dive of about 45 minutes in open water. With this, you'll study some theory so you understand how your gear works, and then you'll take a dip in a pool to test yourself in controlled circumstances. Finally, when you're ready, you'll head out into the open seas to try out your newly acquired skills, with your instructor, of course. You’ll only be able to go up to 12 metres depth with this version of scuba diving in Goa. Try Dives are a good way to find out if you enjoy the experience of Goa scuba diving, before you sign up for a full course.

If you’re attempting a course, you’ll spend more time on the theory, so that you understand the equipment better. You’ll also learn basic troubleshooting techniques and some nifty tricks that you can try out underwater. At the end of the course, if you’ve performed all your tasks to the satisfaction of the instructor, you’ll be awarded with the PADI or SSI certificate.

Special instructions for Goa scuba diving

Most Goa scuba diving companies will ask you to fill in a medical questionnaire and even a liability waiver form. Do make sure you are honest about your health issues, because your instructor should be prepared for all possibilities underwater. If you have a history of lung disorders, cardiac issues, asthma, diabetes or if you have recently undergone surgery, you should talk to your doctor and the Goa scuba diving provider before booking.

Best time to go scuba diving in Goa:

If you’re booking a Goa scuba diving trip, you should plan to go in the summer months of March to June. This is when the water is comfortable, and the sea is calm. You’ll be able to enjoy better visibility at this time of the year.

Try dive

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20-min Scuba Try Dive in Goa
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Perfect for beginners fascinated with scuba diving, this 20-min scuba try dive in Goa will give you a quick and fast taste of the adventure sport. During a half-day session in Goa, you'll learn the basics skills of diving, test your technique while training in a swimming pool and complete one open water dive in the Arabian Sea.

Accompanied by a certified dive instructor who'll guide you at every step of the dive, you'll plunge into the tropical sea for a 20-min dive near the dive spots of Grande Island. In the sea, you'll swim alongside schools of colourful fish, and explore the cool waters of the open sea. This trip is ideal for people who are short on time, yet want to experience the underwater beauty of scuba diving in Goa.

NOTE: Even though travellers are not required to know swimming to book this trip, they must feel comfortable in the water.
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  • One 20-min open water scuba dive
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Boat transfers between Sinquerim Jetty and dive spot
  • Private vehicle transfers between dive centre and Sinquerim Jetty
  • Swimming pool training session
  • Services of certified dive instructor and support crew
  • Light refreshments, during boat transfer
  • SSI certificate (after successful completion of the dive)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel cost from base city to dive centre
  • Any meals or accommodation in Goa
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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40-min Scuba Try Dive in Goa
Calangute, Goa
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A great introduction to scuba diving, this 40-min scuba try dive in Goa will help you take your first steps in the adventure sport. During a half-day session in Goa, a certified dive instructor will guide you through your first 40-min open water dive in the Arabian Sea. But before you take the plunge, you'll spend some time learning the basic techniques of diving, and practicing these techniques in a swimming pool.

In the sea, you'll dive with the scuba equipment and swim alongside schools of colourful fish, explore the cool waters of the open sea and revel in the calm, underwater beauty of the Arabian Sea. Ideal for people who want a proper way to test the waters of scuba diving, this trip also serves as a trial run to explore further certification courses in diving.
    Inclusions
  • One 40-min open water scuba dive
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Boat transfers between Sinquerim Jetty and dive spot
  • Private vehicle transfers between dive centre and Sinquerim Jetty
  • Swimming pool training session
  • Services of certified dive instructor and support crew
  • Light refreshments, during boat transfer
  • SSI certificate (after successful completion of the dive)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel cost from base city to dive centre
  • Any meals or accommodation in Goa
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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Try Scuba Diving in Goa
Candolim, Goa
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This Try Dive in Goa is a fun half-day activity that lets you learn the basics of scuba diving and do one short dive, supervised by an experienced instructor. It's the perfect way to see if you have an aptitude for diving or if you'll be comfortable underwater. And where better to learn than in sunny Goa, where the water is warm, the underwater world is friendly, and there's always a beer waiting for you at the end of the day!

You'll do a short training session of about 45 minutes at a pool at Candolim, after which you head out on a boat to Grande Island. The ride out is fun, and you might even spot dolphins alongside your boat. At Grande Island, you'll kit up and do your first Try Dive in Goa. You'll be diving to a maximum depth of 40 feet, in a 30-40 minute dive.

This Try Dive can be attempted by both swimmers and non-swimmers, but you should comfortable in the water.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 2 pax for a booking confirmation. On the boat, you'll be provided with fruit, drinking water, and biscuits. A packed lunch is given to you on your return. You'll also return with photographs of your scuba dive in Goa.
    Inclusions
  • 45 minutes pool training session
  • 30-40 minutes open water Try Dive at Grande Island, up to 40 feet depth
  • Boat transfers to Grande Island and back
  • Experienced
  • instructors and boat crew
  • Rental of all required scuba gear
  • Drinking water, fruit, biscuits on boat
  • Packed lunch at resort
  • Photos and videos of your scuba dive in Grande Island
  • PADI certificate of completion
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transport to and from dive resort
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Try dive with stay

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Try Dive in Goa (with stay)
Candolim, Goa
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This scuba adventure in Goa combines a stay at a dive resort in Candolim, with a Try Dive at Grande Island. It's the perfect way to see if you have an aptitude for diving or if you'll be comfortable underwater. And where better to learn than in sunny Goa, where the water is warm, the underwater world is friendly, and there's always a beer waiting for you at the end of the day!

You'll do a short training session of about 45 minutes at a pool at Candolim, after which you head out on a boat to Grande Island. The ride out is fun, and you might even spot dolphins alongside your boat. At Grande Island, you'll kit up and do your first Try Dive in Goa. You'll be diving to a maximum depth of 40 feet, in a 30-40 minute dive.

This Try Dive can be attempted by both swimmers and non-swimmers, but you should comfortable in the water.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip. It requires a minimum of 2 pax for a booking confirmation. On the boat, you'll be provided with fruit, drinking water, and biscuits. On your return, you'll be given a packed lunch, and will take back photographs of your scuba dive in Goa.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation for 1 night in twin-sharing, A/C rooms
  • In room: Attached washroom, 24 hrs hot water, king-sized bed, minibar/fridge, tea/coffee maker
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • 1 pool training session of 45 minutes
  • 1 Try Dive at Grande Island of 30-40 minutes, up to 40 feet depth
  • Boat transfers to Grande Island and back
  • Experienced instructors and boat crew
  • Rental of all required scuba gear
  • Drinking water, fruit, biscuits on boat
  • Packed lunch on return to resort
  • Photos and videos of your scuba dive in Grande Island
  • PADI certificate of completion
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transport to and from dive resort
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Any meals apart from breakfast on Day 2

Open water diver course

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PADI Scuba Diver Course in Goa
Candolim, Goa
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If you've always dreamed of swimming with colourful fish, then this PADI Scuba Diver course in Goa is perfect for you! Not only will you experience the beauty of Goa's underwater diversity, but you’ll also learn the basic skills of scuba diving.

In this course, you'll have theory and pool sessions to teach you the basics of scuba diving and 2 open water dives before you earn your international PADI license. You can also choose to learn the theory at your own pace with the e-learning module which will be sent to you once you book your PADI Scuba Diver course.

IMPORTANT: To complete this course, you'll be asked to swim for 200 meters with any swimming stroke and float for 10 mins in the open water.
    Inclusions
  • All PADI e-learning study material
  • PADI Scuba Diver license and certificate on successful completion of tasks
  • PADI manual and log book
  • Theory and pool session at the dive centre
  • 2 open water dives upto 12 meters/40 feet
  • Boat transfers to the dive site
  • Fruits, biscuits and water on the boat
  • All necessary PADI scuba diving equipment
  • Professional and qualified dive intructor and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any accommodation during the course
  • Any meals during the course
  • Any transport from your hotel to the dive centre and back
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, cigarettes, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance
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PADI Open Water Diver Course in Goa
Candolim, Goa
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The PADI Open Water Diver course is ideal for those who want to take their scuba skills to the next level. With this certification, you'll be able to dive up to 18 meters/60 feet anywhere in the world.

In this course, you'll have theory and pool sessions to teach you the fundamentals of scuba diving and 4 open water dives before you earn your international PADI license. You can also choose to learn the theory at your own pace with the e-learning module which will be sent to you once you book your PADI Open Water Diver course.

IMPORTANT: To do this course, you will be expected to know how to swim for 200 meters with any swimming stroke and float for 10 mins in the open water.
    Inclusions
  • All PADI e-learning study material
  • PADI Open Water Diver license and certificate on successful completion of tasks
  • PADI manual and log book
  • Theory and pool session at the dive centre
  • 4 open water dives upto 12 meters/40 feet
  • Boat transfers to the dive site
  • Fruits, biscuits and water on the boat
  • All necessary PADI scuba diving equipment
  • Professional and qualified dive intructor and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any accommodation during the course
  • Any meals during the course
  • Any transport from your hotel to the dive centre and back
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, cigarettes, tips, telephone calls, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance
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SSI Open Water Diver Course in Goa
Calangute, Goa
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One of the most popular scuba diving courses in the world, the Open Water Diver course in Goa gradually introduces you to the fascinating underwater paradise of tropical Goan waters while teaching you the proper skills and methods of scuba diving.

The course begins with classroom sessions conducted by a certified dive instructor, and proceeds into training sessions where you get comfortable with diving inside a swimming pool. The course continues as you travel to the dive spots around Grande Island to undertake four open water dives, during which you'll perfect your dive technique and have fun swimming alongside brightly coloured fishes.

NOTE: As part of the course, travellers are required to swim for 200 meters and float for 10 minutes.
    Inclusions
  • SSI Open Water Diver course material
  • Theory sessions and pool training
  • Shared, private vehicle and boat for transfers between dive centre and dive spots
  • Services of certified dive instructor and support crew
  • Four open water dives of 45-min each
  • All equipment required for scuba diving
  • Light refreshments, during boat transfer
  • SSI Open Water Diver certification (upon successful completion of the course)
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel cost from base city to dive centre
  • Any meals or accommodation in Goa
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
  • Adventure travel or health insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Advance course

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Advanced Open Water Diving in Goa
Candolim, Goa
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If you're a certified Open Water Diver, the Advanced Open Water Diver course gives you the experience and the certification to explore deeper and more exciting dive sites. This course is designed with less theory classes and more in-water training sessions. You'll also do 5 dives with a specialized focus: one compulsory Deep Dive and one compulsory Underwater Navigation Dive, as well as three elective dives that you can choose. Over 2 days, you'll complete these 5 dives, going as deep as 98 feet. At the end of your training, you will be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.

NOTE: You have to be a certified Open Water Diver to book this scuba course.
    Inclusions
  • Boat transfers to Grande Island and back
  • E-manual with dive slate
  • 5 dives with 1 compulsory Deep Dive, 1 compulsory Underwater Navigation dive and 3 elective dives
  • Snacks and water on the boat
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification (on successful completion of the course)
  • Services of experienced instructors and diving crew
  • Water skills assessment and briefings
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any transport costs from base city to dive centre
  • Travel or medical insurance
  • Any item not mentioned in inclusions

Fun course

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Fun Dive in Sunny Goa (for certified divers)
Candolim, Goa
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Enjoy diving in the beautiful waters of sunny Goa. This fun dive includes a refresher session in a pool, before heading out into the open ocean. Based on your experience, your dive master will lead you through the most interesting parts of the dive site, showing you some jaw dropping topography, cracks and rocky swim-throughs. You can also marvel at the variety of fish and coral native to the area.

NOTE: Participants need to be open water certified divers or higher to book this trip.
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  • Two nights stay at Marina Bay Beach Resort (breakfast not included)
  • Snacks and non- alcoholic beverages served on the boat
  • SCUBA diving equipment (BCD/regulator/fins/mask and thermal protection if required)
  • Pool training session for developing basic dive skills
  • 1 dive in the ocean for 40 min
  • PADI Instructor fees (No more than 2 customers per PADI Instructor)
  • Oxygen kit and first-aid available on site
  • Photographs (2-3) available online, to document your underwater experience
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  • Breakfast
  • Any costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions

Bubblemaker

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PADI Bubblemaker
Candolim, Goa
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If your kids are water babies, this scuba diving session in Goa is a perfect adventure! The PADI Bubblemaker program is suitable for children between 8-10, and gives them a chance to learn the basics of scuba diving. This scuba diving trip in Goa is a great idea for families or for kiddie birthday parties.

The session takes about 90 minutes, including a training session and 30 minutes of diving time. During the training session, kids will learn how to use their equipment and will be taught the basic rules of scuba diving. After this, they'll do a dive in the pool, up to a depth of 2 metres/6 feet, depending on how comfortable they are. The instructors are friendly and know how to keep kids engaged. In addition, the PADI Bubblemaker session uses child-sized scuba gear, so your kids will be very comfortable.

NOTE: While no prior experience is necessary, kids must be comfortable in the water. Parental permission and presence is mandatory.

IMPORTANT: This scuba diving session in Goa includes photographs, but there are no meals or beverages included.
    Inclusions
  • 45 minutes pool training session
  • 30 minutes dive in pool, up to 6 feet depth
  • Boat transfers to Grande Island and back
  • Experienced instructors
  • Rental of all required scuba gear (child-sized)
  • Photos and videos
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Any meals or beverages
  • Any boat trips
  • Any transfers or transport
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

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