Join the international community of certified scuba divers by completing your PADI course in the gorgeous Andaman Islands. Choose from the different levels, complete your tasks to the instructor's satisfaction, and earn your certificate.
NOTE: You will be asked to complete the following compulsory tasks to earn your certification:
If you are doing a Try Dive in Andamans, you don’t need to know how to swim. However, if you are planning to do a PADI or SSI course, you will need to pass a swimming test to get your certification, so you will need to know how to swim. You’ll have to swim for 200 metres, and float for 10 minutes in open water.
No, scuba diving beginners don’t have to worry about any gear. Your operator will provide everything you need for your trip. Carry your sunscreen, wear flipflops or sandals (you’ll be leaving them on the boat when you go diving), a light tee or top to wear on the boat between dives, sunglasses, and a bottle of water. If your scuba diving trip includes free photographs or videos, you might need a pen drive or memory card to take them back home.
Check out our blog post on Scuba Diving Equipment to know what kind of gear you’ll be using for your scuba diving experience.
You don’t have to do anything before you start your scuba course in the Andamans. However, if you do yoga or breathing exercises, it helps because you learn to breathe through your mouth and control your breathing. The most important thing to remember when you go scuba diving is to stay calm and breathe in a slow, measured fashion.
Anyone over 10 years may take lessons in scuba diving. Divers between 10-15 years can be certified as Junior Open Water Divers. Check with the operator if you are travelling with children, because age restrictions might differ.
There is no real cap or age limit for older divers, but you will need to be in good physical and mental condition to dive. Divers over 50 years are classified as older divers, but there are plenty of divers who enjoy dives into their 60s and 70s.
A Try Dive is a short taste of scuba diving, meant to help you decide if you like it enough to pursue a course. It’s suitable for those who want to cross scuba off their list, those who don’t know how to swim and want to experience scuba diving, or for scuba diving beginners who don’t know if they will be comfortable during scuba diving and want to check that out before signing up for a course.
However, a scuba diving course opens up a whole world of experiences that a Try Dive can’t. You will learn more about the equipment and skills required to dive to 40 feet, and will spend more time underwater with a course. Technically a Try Diver can go to 40 feet, but you usually won’t be comfortable enough in a single dive, so you’ll remain between 16-40 feet.