Scuba diving, a thrilling adventure, is gaining immense popularity all over the world. If you keep wondering how it would feel to swim effortlessly among the exotic marine flora and fauna without having to hold your breath, then come to Andaman. Find the undiscovered secrets of the oceanic world by learning to scuba dive. This PADI Dive Course will enable you to delve into the depths of the oceans without being dependent on a supervisor. The maximum diving depth, recommended by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) for a novice, is 18 metres.
In the complete duration of the PADI Open Water Dive Course, you will learn through a mixture of theory and practical training in shallow water and open water dives in the tropical Andaman waters over the span of 3-4 days. The certification from PADI/SSI Certified Dive Centre at Havelock will allow you to be a certified diver who can plan and dive with a fellow diver without a dive professional up to a depth of 18 m anywhere in the world.
This package also includes Kayaking/Cycle trekking along with visits to important spots in Andaman.
DISCLAIMER: Only those clients shall be certified who will meet the PADI requirements. Basic swimming capabilities, moderate fitness levels (ability to walk a kilometer or two without fatigue) and good health are the only pre-requisites for completing the dive course.
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Day 01: Airport Pickup + Visit to Cellular Jail + Ferry to Havelock + Diving Introduction
Upon arrival at the Port Blair airport, meet our representative. First on your schedule is a visit to the Cellular Jail, a historical site on the Andaman Islands which housed all the freedom fighters from British rule who were tortured and punished in the jail.
Later, after you arrive in Havelock on a ferry, you shall get to meet your PADI dive course instructors. They will provide materials, such as videotapes and textbooks that will give you enough theoretical knowledge about scuba diving. Since you will not be engaging in the activity on this day, you can use the study material to prepare for the plunges aligned for tomorrow. The rest of the day is free to be spent in any way you want. Know more about Scuba Diving in Port Blair.
Stay in the hotel for the night.
Day 02: Classroom + Cycle Trekking/ Kayaking
In the morning, enjoy a light breakfast before leaving for the dive centre. Today, first part of your day will be spent understanding the basics of diving by instructors in the classroom.
Post the class, head back to the hotel and enjoy a late lunch. Go through the study material to understand the remaining theoretical lessons. Thereafter, spend the rest of your day enjoying cycle trekking or kayaking. Havelock Island has the best beach roads and jungles for a refreshing and adrenaline-inducing cycle trekking sesh. Furthermore, since you're around so much water, you can also try your luck at kayaking. Pick up a kayak and go for a ride in the waters!
Later, come back to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 03: Confined Open Water Session + Visit to Kala Patthar Beach
Following a light breakfast, proceed towards the training centre. Today you shall complete Confined Water session 1. Make sure you make the most of your first practical training session under the guidance of seasoned professionals. Once you're done, come back to the hotel.
Post the completion of the sessions for this day, you can make the best use of the rest of your day by heading out to Kala Patthar beach. This is a small yet stunningly beautiful beach courtesy its golden sand beds and clear blue waters. It will be relatively quieter here, therefore, making it a perfect spot for just sitting back and chilling for a while.
Day 04: Open Water Dive 1 & 2 + Visit to Radha Nagar Beach
Today you will be completing Open Water Dive 1 and 2. Let the instructors hone the best in you. Enjoy the sessions and later have the time of your life at Radha Nagar beaching for a little unwinding. One of the most beautiful beaches Asia wide, Radha Nagar is an award winning beach that boasts of stunning natural beauty. Lose yourself on the white sands facing the turquoise blue waters.
Head back to the hotel for the stay overnight.
Day 05: Open Water Dive 3 & 4 + Beach Volleyball/Chess/Dart
Complete the final Open Water Dive 3 and 4 sessions to become a certified diver. The certification from PADI/SSI Certified Dive Centre at Havelock will allow you to be a certified diver who can plan and dive with a fellow diver without a dive professional up to a depth of 18 m anywhere in the world.
Later, use all your free time and enjoy your final moments at Havelock by challenging the Aquanomads at a game of beach volleyball/chess/dart.
Day 06: Ferry from Havelock + Departure from Port Blair
Say goodbye to the serenity found in the Andaman Islands, and take a ferry to Port Blair and subsequently to the airport to board the flight to your next destination.
Duration: 05 Nights/ 06 Days
Region: Port Blair and Havelock
Activity: Open Water Dive
Best Time to go: October to March
Minimum age – 10 years
Swimming knowledge – Yes, should be able to swim 200 meters or snorkel 400 meters (no time limit)
How deep and how long is each dive?
The length, depth and dive depend on the diver’s comfort and instructor’s discretion. The course aims at getting you comfortable under water, keeping your safety in mind. A maximum of 50 minutes and up to 18 meters deep is the limit as specified by International standards by PADI.
What do I learn in the PADI Open Water Diver course?
The course covers three modules of the 'knowledge development' section of PADI Open Water Diver course.
Module 1: The underwater world, Dive equipment, Scuba systems, Buddy system
Module 2: Adapting to the underwater world, Respiration, Dive equipment, Buddy system communication and procedures
Module 3: Dive environment, Dive planning, Boat diving, Problem management
Module 4: Dive accessories, Health for diving, breathing air at depth
Module 5: Dive table and computer procedures, Using the dive table (RDP - Recreational Dive Planner), Basic compass navigation, Dive safety practices summary.