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  • Scuba diving in India

    Scuba diving is a fast-growing adventure sport that takes place at multiple spots along the coastline. Some of the best diving spots in India offer great visibility and a rich diversity of marine life.

    Where can I go scuba diving?

    Dives take place in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in Goa, in Udupi and Murdeshwar in Karnataka, and in Pondicherry.

    At all these locations, you can sign up for a PADI scuba course to earn your certification, or if you’re a beginner, you can choose a Try Dive, a short scuba experience.

    Scuba for beginners

    If you know how to swim, you can sign up for a PADI scuba course. To get your certification, you will need to pass a 200-meter swimming test and a 10-minute floating test.

    However, if you don’t know how to swim or are a beginner to scuba diving, you can sign up for a Try Dive. This is a short scuba dive of about 20-25 mins, guided by your scuba instructor, so you can experience the fun of scuba diving

    Read about Top Options in Andamans for Scuba Beginners.

    Scuba diving in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    The pristine water of the Indian Ocean and beautiful marine life make the Andamans one of the top destinations for deep sea diving. Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar has an extensive marine ecosystem and is a perfect place for completing scuba diving courses.

    The Andaman Sea offers one of the highest counts of fish and coral species on the planet. Your Havelock scuba diving session gives you a chance to swim alongside a mind-boggling array of fish and a profusion of healthy, colourful coral.

    Havelock Island itself is an idyllic paradise with white sand beaches fringed with coconut groves, and blue, blue water with high visibility. See all scuba diving in Andamans.

    Scuba diving in Goa

    Enjoy diving in the beautiful waters of sunny Goa where you can marvel at the variety of fish and coral native to the area. If you're lucky, you might spot some curious dolphins.

    Grande Island is one of the most popular spots for scuba diving in Goa. See all scuba diving in Goa.

    Scuba diving in Karnataka

    Karnataka is blessed with valleys, verdant forests and beautiful beaches where you'll find peace and happiness above water, and magic and wonder below.

    The town of Udupi with its gorgeous Kapu beach is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. Here you can dabble in some scuba diving and snorkelling and explore the picturesque coral reefs and see varieties of colourful fish.

    Murdeshwar is another top spot for scuba diving in Karnataka. The water here is clear and you can expect to see glimpse of turtles, stingrays, and stone fish on your dive. See more scuba diving trips in Udupi and other scuba diving trips in Murdeshwar.

    What do I need to carry?

    You don’t need to pack much, except for comfortable swimwear and a towel. You’ll be provided with all the equipment you need by your scuba operator.

    Read our blog Understanding Scuba Gear to know what equipment you’ll be given. Carry long-sleeved clothing, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for the sunny boat ride out to your dive spot.

  • SSI Open Water Diver Course in Goa - 4 Days

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1:

    • Start point: Calangute dive center
    • Endpoint: Calangute dive center
    • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
    • Maximum depth: 0 feet
    • Total dive time: 0 hrs

    Day 2:

    • Start point: Calangute dive center
    • Endpoint: Calangute dive center
    • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
    • Maximum depth: 0 feet
    • Total dive time: 0 hrs

    Day 3:

    • Start point: Calangute dive centre
    • Endpoint: Calangute dive centre
    • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
    • Maximum depth: 60 feet
    • Total dive time: 1.5 hrs

    Day 4:

    • Start point: Calangute dive centre
    • Endpoint: Calangute dive centre
    • Day start time: 08:00 hrs
    • Maximum depth: 60 feet
    • Total dive time: 1.5 hrs
    Detailed Itinerary:

    Day 1:

    Report to the dive center sharp at 08:00 hrs in the morning. On the first day, you will learn dive techniques and skills as you load up on the theoretical aspects of scuba diving.

    Under the guidance of a trained and experienced instructor, you will have a classroom session covering 5 modules of theory, learning all about the diving equipment. The class will be over by late afternoon.

    Day 2:

    Reach the dive center at the same time as the preceding day. A quick revision will be conducted after which you will get to put the theory into practice.

    You will enter the swimming pool with the dive instructor in tow. You will put on the scuba suit and have 5 modules of pool training mirroring the 5 sections of the theory that you learned.

    You will spend considerable time in the pool so that you can feel at ease moving around wearing the heavy equipment. The session will end by late afternoon.

    Day 3:

    You will be given a briefing session when you arrive. You will then board the boats and make your way to the dive spots near Grande Island.

    Two open water diving sessions of 45 minutes each with a maximum depth of 60 feet is on the itinerary. The dive instructors will always be on hand, helping you with the diving technique while you grasp new underwater navigation skills.

    After a tiring but immensely satisfying scuba diving experience, you will come back to solid ground by evening.

    Day 4:

    You will arrive at the dive centre and after the briefing session, take the boats to the dive spot. Two more dive sessions follow of 45-minutes duration with a maximum depth of 60-feet.

    You will be back to the centre by evening. A short quiz will be conducted to earn your scuba certification. The trip ends here.

    Inclusions:

    The overall expenses cover the SSI course material, the theory sessions and the accompanying pool training. The boat ride, as well as private vehicle transportation, is provided by the dive operators.

    The services and expertise of the instructors and the support crew are part of the costs. It also includes the four open water dives of 45 minutes each. All the dive equipment and gear required will be provided at the dive center.

    The center also may give you some light refreshments during the boat transfers. It will depend on the package details. A certification will be provided on completion of the course. There are no hidden costs, all applicable taxes are included.

    Exclusions:

    Travel from your base city to the dive center is not included in the costs. The same goes for any and all personal expenses.

    Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. Please check with your operator for the final details. Any costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances will be charged on an additional basis.

    Adventure travel or health insurance is not included in the expenses and can be purchased separately. Lastly, anything not mentioned in the inclusions is charged on an independent basis as incurred.

    Scuba Try Dive in Murdeshwar- 1 day

    Discover Scuba Diving in Andaman

    PADI Scuba Diver Course in Andamans

    PADI Open Water Diver Course

    PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course

    Fun Dive in Andaman (for certified divers)

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The most ideal time to go is from October to May. This is essentially the winter and the summer season. During the rainy months, scuba diving becomes impossible because the oceans are stormy and visibility is poor.

    The summer months offer the best weather inside the water while the winter months the best weather outside the dives. The water might be chilly during winter but visibility is remarkable.

  • Scuba diving in India - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Scuba diving in India - Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the best season to go scuba diving in India?

    India has a long scuba season, stretching all the way from October to May. In the monsoon months from June-September, scuba will be stopped because the oceans become turbulent, and the visibility is greatly compromised.

    The summer months can be hot, but that makes it more fun to jump into the water. Choose the winter months of November, December, and January for the best weather outside the dives.

    Can beginners do scuba diving?

    I don’t know how to swim. Can I still go?

    What is the packing list like?

    What health conditions will prevent me from going scuba diving?

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  • Getting There

    The spots for best scuba diving in India are located at or near major tourist locations like Goa, Udipi, Andamans, etc. These places are well connected to all major Indian cities by airports, railways, and roads including state and privately run bus services.

    Some packages also include pick-up and drop-off from your base city to the starting point of the dive. Be sure to check out the inclusions of the package you’re looking to know more about the same.

    What To Wear

    For scuba diving, it is vital that you wear quick-dry clothing and swimwear underneath. Carry an extra set of dry clothes with you and bring along a towel.

    Do not have any expensive jewelry or wearable gadgets on your person for the scuba diving session. Swimwear that is highly embellished or restricts movement in any manner is not permitted.

    What To Carry

    You do not need to carry a lot of items. The absolute essentials are swimwear and a towel. Make sure you bring along full-sleeved clothing, sunglasses, a cap and some sunscreen for the boat ride to the dive spot.

    You can pack all the above items in a day pack that you must get with you. You can also fill it with some dry snacks and water. Do not forget to bring a government-issued ID card.

    Preparation/Fitness

    A basic level of fitness is sufficient for scuba diving. You do not need to know swimming if you are opting for a Try Dive or a Discover Scuba Dive. For the PADI/SSI course, however, there is a requirement that you must fulfill.

    You need to swim for 200 meters, any stroke of your choice, and a floating test of 10 minutes as the minimum criteria. You can then undertake the extended course.

    Some places might require you to fill out a medical form after confirmation of your booking. Depending on your responses, you might be told to secure a doctor’s clearance allowing your participation in the scuba dive. This is for your safety and well being.

    In any case, should you suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions, it is always recommended that you consult your physician before thinking of partaking in any adventure sport.