Scuba Diving in Goa

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Scuba Diving in Goa Overview

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 also 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 in 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.

Where else can you go diving in India? Check out our page on scuba diving in India.

Scuba diving in Goa

If you’re a novice to scuba diving or have never been scuba diving in Goa, you can book a Try Dive, which is a single 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 learn some basic techniques. 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/40 feet depth with this version of scuba diving in Goa. Try Dives are a good way to find out if you enjoy the experience of scuba, 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 scuba diving in Goa

Most 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 scuba diving provider before booking.

Best time to go scuba diving in Goa:

If you’re booking a 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 also be able to enjoy better visibility at this time of the year.

Other adventures in Goa

Even though Goa is the smallest state in India, it is still a major tourist destination, with tourists arriving from all over the world. Goa is a place of diverse beauty including green forests, extensive coastline, rivers and cliffs, along with a rich cultural heritage.

Apart from scuba diving in Goa, there are many other adventures that you can do: like trekking, cycling and motorbiking trips, kayaking, etc. Visit our page on adventure activities in Goa to explore the options and make your visit to Goa even more adventurous

Scuba Diving in Goa Summary

  • State: Goa
  • Total days: 1-4 days
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Max depth: 40-100 feet
  • Season: Summer

Try Dive in Goa

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Number of dives: 1
  • Diving depth: 40 feet
  • Diving duration: 40-50 min
  • Theory and pool session before the dive

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You'll report to the dive centre, where you'll begin your theory session. You'll then head to the pool for a pool training session. AFter that, you'll head to the dive site and engage in 1 open water dive. You'll then return to the dive centre. The trip ends here.

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.

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PADI Scuba Diver Course in Goa

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Theory and pool session

  • Learn the theory behind scuba diving
  • Get acquainted to scuba gear
  • Practice diving in a pool

Day 2: Open water dives

  • Go for 2 open water dives
  • Dive depth: 40 feet
  • Dive duration: 90 min

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Today, you'll report to the dive centre and begin with a theory session. After that, you'll head to the pool and practice diving in the safety of confined water. You'll then freshen up and leave.

Day 2:

Today, you'll report to the dive centre, from where you'll be moved to the dive site. There, you'll engage in two open water dives. You'll then head back to the dive centre and collect your PADI Scuba Diver certificate. The course ends here.

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 instructor 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

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: Theory and pool session

  • Learn the basics of scuba diving
  • Learn how to use scuba gear
  • Learn how to dive in confined water

Day 2: Open water dives

  • Number of dives: 2
  • Dive depth: 40 feet
  • Dive duration: 90 min

Day 2: Open water dives

  • Number of dives: 2
  • Dive depth: 40 feet
  • Dive duration: 90 min

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

You'll report to the dive site in the morning and begin your theory session. After that, you'll move to the pool for confined water dives. After the pool training session, you'll freshen up and leave.

Day 2:

Arrive at the dive centre in the morning after which you'll be moved to the dive site by a boat. There, you'll engage in 2 open water dives. You'll then head back to the dive centre, freshen up and leave.

Day 3:

Today, you'll follow the same schedule as the previous day. You'll arrive at the dive centre, move to the dive site and engage in 2 open water dives. After returning to the dive site, you'll collect your PADI Open Water Diver certificate.

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 instructor 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
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PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course in Goa

Sketch itinerary:

Day 1: 2 Open water dives

  • Nature of dives: 1 navigation dive and 1 elective dive/li>
  • Dive depth: 100 feet
  • Dive duration: 90 min

Day 2: 3 Open water dives

  • Nature of dives: 1 navigation dive and 1 elective dive
  • Dive depth: 100 feet
  • Dive duration: 90 min

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1:

Report to the dive centre in the morning and collect your gear. You'll then be moved to the dive site via a boat. There, you'll do 1 deep dive and 1 elective dive of your choice. You'll then head back to the dive centre, freshen up and leave for the day.

Day 2:

Just like the previous day, you'll report to the dive centre and then head to the dive site for the remaining 3 open water dives, 1 of which will be a navigation dive and 2 could be elective dive. You'll then head back to the dive centre and collect your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate.

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.

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Best time to go/Weather

The best time to go scuba diving in Goa is during the summer months from March to June. During these months, the weather is comfortable, with the water being calm and providing decent visibility.

Getting there

Goa is a popular tourist destination in India and is well connected to other cities by flight and rail. There are daily flights to Goa flying from most major cities of the country along with regular express trains. Goa is also connected to major cities and towns of Western India by a network of road with many state and privately run busses that ply between them.

What to wear

The best time to go scuba diving in Goa is during the summer months from March to June. During these months, the weather is comfortable, with the water being calm and providing decent visibility.

What to carry

The tour operator will provide all the diving equipment for your dives. All you need to carry is a swimsuit/swimming trunks along with a pair of extra clothes. Remember to carry sunscreen and sunglasses too.

Preparation/Fitness

You need basic fitness for scuba diving in Andamans. If you're doing A Try Dive or a Discover Scuba Dive, you don’t need to know how to swim. However, if you're opting for a PADI/SSI course, then you need to pass a swimming test of 200 meters and a floating test of 10 minutes to be eligible for the course.

FAQs about the Scuba Diving in Goa

What do I need to carry for scuba diving in Goa?

You don't need to carry any scuba diving equipment as the tour operator will provide all the scuba diving gear including oxygen tanks and diving suit. Read about what equipment you’ll be using for scuba diving. You should carry an extra pair of clothes, sandals or flip-flops, sunscreen and sunglasses for when you're not diving.

Which is the right scuba diving package for me?

For scuba diving in Goa, you have a choice of choosing from introductory day trips to a complete course.

If you are short on time and just want to experience scuba diving without committing to a course, then the Discover Scuba Dive is for you. However, if you have want to get your certification, you can sign up for PADI Scuba Diver or PADI Open Water Diver course. Both get you certified as scuba divers, but the Open Water Diver course gives you more advanced skills and lets you dive deeper. The Open Water Diver course also makes you eligible for the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.

What do I wear under the scuba suit?

During your dive, the operator will provide you with a dive suit. It protects you from cold, sunburn, and abrasions from hard corals. Under the suit, you need to wear a swimsuit/bikini/swimming trunks to maintain hygiene. Make sure what you're wearing under the suit is comfortable.

How do I prepare for scuba diving in Goa?

If you're fit then you can easily do scuba diving in Goa. For Try Dives, you don't even need to know swimming. However, if you plan on doing a course, you’ll need to know how to swim for 200 metres and float for 10 mins

What health conditions will prevent me from going scuba diving?

Scuba diving when you have a cold (a runny nose, blocked sinuses or fever) is a bad idea and should be avoided. Apart from that, if you're suffering from asthma, cardiac or respiratory conditions, back injuries or if you've had recent surgery, then you should not go diving. Scuba diving should be avoided if you're pregnant or suspect you might be.

Do I need to know how to swim for scuba diving in Goa?

Not necessarily. If you're booking a Try Dive/Discover Scuba Dive package, then you don't need to know how to swim at all. However, for all scuba courses, you will need to pass a swimming test of 200 metres and a floating test for 10 minutes.

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