Doing a scuba diving course in India offers you a chance to explore the gorgeous vast coastline. You’ll learn scuba at locations that offer great visibility and colourful marine life. All courses will include all learning material and any equipment that you require to complete the course. Do note, you will need to pass a 200 metre swimming test to earn your certification, so you should know how to swim.
You can sign up for your scuba diving course in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in Goa, in Udupi and Murdeshwar in Karnataka, and in Pondicherry. At all these locations, you’ll be doing a mix of theory learning, some shallow/confined water training, and then your open water dives.
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 metre 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.
As long as you’re in good health, you should be fine during your scuba course. If you have a cold, suffer from asthma, or have a sinus problem, it could interfere with your breathing, so check with your doctor before you book.
When you’re underwater, if you can control or regulate your breathing, it can be quite helpful. Many divers find it useful to practise yoga or breathing exercises, and find it easier to adjust to the experience of breathing only through their mouths during the dive. However, don’t worry if you’ve never done breathing exercises before. This isn’t a prerequisite, and thousands of divers without any prior training learn how to breathe quickly and easily.
You don’t need to pack anything for scuba diving in India, 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 rides out to your dive spot.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands are one of the best spots for scuba diving in India. The pristine water, dramatic coral reef structures, and extensive marine ecosystem attracts divers from around the world. One of the most popular spots for scuba diving in the Andamans is Havelock Island, thanks to its high count of fish and coral species. If you choose to do your scuba diving course in Havelock Island, you’ll get to explore the healthy, colourful coral here, and spend the rest of the day on its gorgeous white sand beaches, in the shade of the coconut trees.See all scuba diving in Andamans.
The easy accessibility and chilled out vibes of Goa make it one of the top destinations for tourists from around the world. While the visibility is not usually as clear as the Andamans, the convenience of Goa makes it one of the popular scuba diving spots in India. The most famous dive spot in Goa is Grande Island, and you’re likely to spot a variety of fish and coral, as well as the occasional dolphin. See all scuba diving in Goa.
Karnataka has a long coastline with gorgeous golden sand or white sand beaches, and clear blue water. Scuba diving in Murdeshwar and Udupi has been increasing in popularity here, with some spots becoming very famous. Gorgeous Kapu beach is one such location, and you can expect to see picturesque coral reefs and varieties of colourful fish. During a scuba course in Murdeshwar, if you’re lucky, you might even see turtles, stingrays, or stone fish on your dive. See more scuba diving trips in Udupi and other scuba diving trips in Murdeshwar.
Scuba season in India is mostly all year round, except for the monsoon months. Between June-September, the oceans become turbulent, and visibility is greatly reduced. But once the rains move on, scuba season begins. From October to May, you can go scuba diving in the Andamans, Goa, Pondicherry, and Karnataka.
Yes, beginners are welcome to sign up for a scuba course anywhere in India. However, you must know how to swim if you want to do a course. If you’re not sure about committing to a scuba diving course, sign up for a Try Dive to get a short scuba experience.
Every scuba course requires you to pass a 200 metre swimming test and a 10-minute floating test. If you can’t do this, you will not be able to get certified. However, non-swimmers can book a Try Dive, as long as they are comfortable in the water.
You don’t need much for your scuba diving experience in India. You’ll need swim wear and sandals or slippers, as well as a light towel and a loose top or tee to wear between dives. Take sunscreen and drinking water with you too.