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This is a specially curated private diving experience for couples. Could be a Special Anniversary or even to get Married.

Private Couple Diving​

This is a tailor-made private diving experience. A perfect way to spend your anniversary or even get married underwater.

Your private qualified instructor and captain will take you out to sea for a mesmerizing underwater ride and you will get to enjoy a romantic cruise and a glass of bubbly after the dive.

Dive Courses

This program provides you with the training and experience required to safely scuba dive in open water environments under the supervision of a dive professional.

  • 2 days
  • 3 pool modules
  • 2 open water dives

14,900 INR

Duration: 2 days

This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver.

  • 5 theory modules
  • 5 pool modules
  • 4 open water dives

25,600 INR

Duration: 4 days

Dive without direct supervision of a SSI Professional up to a recommended maximum depth of 30 metres.

  • 2 Core dives
  • 3 Elective dives
  • Max depth 30 meters

18,500 INR

Duration: 2 days

React Right is SSI’s emergency training program, consisting of the following basic components: Primary Assessment, First Aid & CPR Skills, Primary Stabilization Techniques

  • Theory and Video modules
  • Practical sessions
  • Optional Oxygen Administration

6,500 INR

Duration: 1 day

This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognize and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers.

  • 5 theory modules
  • Pool and Beach training
  • Open water rescue scenarios

24,500 INR

Duration: 3 days

The Scuba Diver course covers the first 3 chapters of the Open Water Diver course and is suitable for divers that just don’t have enough time for the whole open water program.

The Scuba Diver course certifies divers to dive to a depth of 12 meters anywhere in the world with a qualified instructor/assistant instructor.

Minimum Age: 10 years.

17,500 INR

Duration: 2 days

If you are already a Scuba Diver, you can use this program to upgrade to the full Open Water Diver certificate and extend your diving depth limit to 18 meters.

This program picks up where you last finished during the Scuba Diver training and you will complete the remaining sections of the Open Water Diver course. This 2-day program will include the final chapters of the classroom theory and confined water training, before heading to do the final 2 dives of the course.

18,500 INR

Duration: 1-1.5 days

The Open Water Diver program is the most recognized entry-level diving course in the world certifying you to dive to a depth of 18 meters.

Minimum Age: 10 years.

Course structure

The Open Water Course comprises of three main components – Theory, Confined Water/Pool and 4 Open Water Dives.

The confined water training ( pool training ) usually takes 1 day and we split the 4 Open water dives over two days based on your convenience and availability.

Flexible theory

You have the option of doing the theory here with us at the dive shop or we can email you the theory if you have a tablet/smartphone/computer, for which you can complete the Knowledge Reviews prior to coming in. Once that is completed, you can take the quizzes and exams with us here at our dive shop.

Pre-requisites

As part of the water skills assessment, you would need to complete a 10-minute float in water too deep to stand in and a 200 mt non-stop swim OR 300 mt. swim with mask, snorkel and fins.

With regards to medical fitness, please find attached our medical questionnaire. We are ideally looking for NO as answers to all of the conditions listed. If you would answer YES, to any of these we would need a doctors clearance prior to commencing the course stating that you are fit for diving.

26,000 INR

Duration: 3-4 days

You have to complete 5 dives to be successfully certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. This course builds your confidence in navigation, fine-tunes your buoyancy and gives you access dive sites up to 30m.

Apart from the Deep & Navigation dive that is compulsory, you need to choose 3 more dives: Night, Drift, Peak Performance, Buoyancy, Boat, Fish ID, Search & Recovery, or Digital Underwater Photography.

21,500 INR

Duration: 2-3 days

It is just a one day course and can be taken by anyone, even non-divers. The training program that involves knowledge development sessions using manuals, videos, and demonstrations, as well as practice sessions.

Taking the course does not have any minimum age requirement or other pre-requisites. This course teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. You are taught primary & secondary care, CPR & first aid, injury management, bandaging, risk assessment and much more.

10000 INR

Duration: 1 day

Most of our past Rescue Diver students describe this course as the most challenging, rewarding and fun course they have completed. This course focuses on safety in scuba diving and rescue skills, it also expands on the safety skills you have already learned and how to prevent problems, along with managing them if they occur. Rescue Divers look beyond themselves and consider other divers safety.

The Rescue Diver course is considered the stepping stone into becoming a professional diver leading into the Divemaster and Instructor courses. The Rescue Diver course usually takes place over 3 days. The course has two main components – knowledge development and in-water training exercises. Knowledge development is achieved through a combination of independent student study and instructor-led study sessions. The open water training exercises will take place both from the beach and our dive boats to prepare you for all possible eventualities and scenarios.

The Rescue Diver course philosophy is that there is rarely only one way to accomplish a task. There is no “right” way to perform a rescue, but rather many options from which rescuers draw depending on the scenario. The course takes a flexible, conceptual approach to perform rescues – a rescuer’s relative size and strength, for example, as well as environmental factors, dictate what rescue technique may be most effective. Rescue training exercises are provided for individual differences and capabilities while encouraging divers to experiment with alternate techniques. Student divers learn to first think about the options available for handling an emergency, then to act using the best method for the situation.

Key Learning Points

  • ✓ Learn about self-rescue first.
  • ✓ Recognize and manage stress in other divers.
  • ✓ Emergency management and equipment.
  • ✓ Rescuing panicked divers.
  • ✓ Rescuing unresponsive divers.
  • ✓ Helping a tired diver
  • ✓ Response from the shore or a boat
  • ✓ Rescuing distressed diver under the water
  • ✓ Organizing and participating in the research of Missing diver
  • ✓ Rescuing and surfacing the Unconscious Diver
  • ✓ Rescuing unconscious Diver at the Surface
  • ✓ Exit an unconscious diver from the water
  • ✓ First Aid for Pressure-Related Accidents

Prior to Rescue diver certification, you must have completed a recognized First Aid course training within the last 24 months. Training may be completed along with the rescue diver course.

To enroll in the Rescue Diver course, you must be: 12 years or older. Have an Advanced Diver certification; This is a must for all frequent divers. Surface and underwater scenario practice of conscious, unconscious, and panicked divers, along with a full range of diving accident simulations. A very fun course due to its “role-playing” nature, it is recommended that all divers participate in this to broaden their skills and promote diver safety.

22000 INR

Duration: 3 days

During your time with us, you will learn all the aspects and day to day goings-on in a busy working Dive Center, not some college classroom, talking about the real world. Most of your time you will be on the boats with real customers assisting our team of Instructors in the day to day operations of a Dive Center.

You will learn what it takes to be a professional Scuba Diver. You will hone your diving skills, perfect your Rescue Diving techniques and learn how to demonstrate skills to novice divers. Once certified you will become a member of our staff working as a professional diver alongside our Instructors, you will assist with a wide variety of Courses and you will also learn how to guide dives.

Becoming a Divemaster is a great accomplishment and as you enter the ranks of leadership level diving you will feel proud of your achievement. During your Divemaster Internship at Ocean Delight Scuba, you will gain the experience and confidence to call the Ocean your “Home and Your Office”, or living the Dream as many of us choose to call it. Our Divemaster Internship allows you to Get trained, Get Certified and Get experience as a Professional Divemaster, without the expense. As you travel the world working and diving you become an ambassador for Ocean Delight Scuba and the Instructors that taught you.

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This program provides you with the training and experience required to safely scuba dive in open water environments under the supervision of a dive professional.

  • 3 theory modules
  • 3 pool modules
  • 2 open water dives

14,900 INR

Duration: 2 days

This globally-recognized certification program is the best way to begin your life-long adventure as a certified scuba diver.

  • 5 theory modules
  • 5 pool modules
  • 4 open water dives

25,600 INR

Duration: 4 days

Dive without direct supervision of a SSI Professional up to a recommended maximum depth of 30 metres.

  • 2 Core dives
  • 3 Elective dives
  • Max depth 30 meters

18,500 INR

Duration: 2 days

React Right is SSI’s emergency training program, consisting of the following basic components: Primary Assessment, First Aid & CPR Skills, Primary Stabilization Techniques

  • Theory and Video modules
  • Practical sessions
  • Optional Oxygen Administration

6,500 INR

Duration: 1 day

This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognize and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers.

  • 5 theory modules
  • Pool and Beach training
  • Open water rescue scenarios

24,500 INR

Duration: 3 days

The Scuba Diver course covers the first 3 chapters of the Open Water Diver course and is suitable for divers that just don’t have enough time for the whole open water program.

The Scuba Diver course certifies divers to dive to a depth of 12 meters anywhere in the world with a qualified instructor/assistant instructor.

Minimum Age: 10 years

17,500 INR

Duration: 2 days

If you are already a Scuba Diver, you can use this program to upgrade to the full Open Water Diver certificate and extend your diving depth limit to 18 meters.

This program picks up where you last finished during the Scuba Diver training and you will complete the remaining sections of the PADI Open Water Diver course. This 2-day program will include the final chapters of the classroom theory and confined water training, before heading to do the final 2 dives of the course.

18,500 INR

Duration: 1-1.5 days

The Open Water Diver program is the most recognized entry-level diving course in the world certifying you to dive to a depth of 18 meters.

Minimum Age: 10 years.

Course structure

The Open Water Course comprises of three main components – Theory, Confined Water/Pool, and 4 Open Water Dives.

The confined water training ( pool training ) usually takes 1 day and we split the 4 Open water dives over two days based on your convenience and availability.

Flexible theory

You have the option of doing the theory here with us at the dive shop or we can email you the theory if you have a tablet/smartphone/computer, for which you can complete the Knowledge Reviews prior to coming in. Once that is completed, you can take the quizzes and exams with us here at our dive shop.

Pre-requisites

As part of the water skills assessment, you would need to complete a 10-minute float in water too deep to stand in and a 200 mt non-stop swim OR 300 mt. swim with mask, snorkel, and fins.

With regards to medical fitness, please find attached our medical questionnaire. We are ideally looking for NO as answers to all of the conditions listed. If you would answer YES, to any of these we would need a doctor clearance prior to commencing the course stating that you are fit for diving.

26,000 INR

Duration: 3-4 days

You have to complete 5 dives to be successfully certified as an Advanced Open Water Diver. This course builds your confidence in navigation, fine-tunes your buoyancy, and gives you access dive sites up to 30m.

Apart from the Deep Navigation dive that is compulsory, you need to choose 3 more dives: Night, Drift, Peak Performance, Buoyancy, Boat, Fish ID, Search & Recovery, or Digital Underwater Photography.

21,500 INR

Duration: 2-3 days

It is just a one day course and can be taken by anyone, even non-divers. The training program that involves knowledge development sessions using manuals, videos, and demonstrations, as well as practice sessions.

Taking the course does not have any minimum age requirement or other pre-requisites. This course teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies. You are taught primary & secondary care, CPR & first aid, injury management, bandaging, risk assessment and much more.

10000 INR

Duration: 1 day

Most of our past Rescue Diver students describe the Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, rewarding and fun course they have completed. The Rescue Diver course focuses on safety in scuba diving and rescue skills, it also expands on the safety skills you have already learned and how to prevent problems, along with managing them if they occur. Rescue Divers look beyond themselves and consider other divers safety. The Rescue Diver course is considered the stepping stone into becoming a professional diver leading into the Divemaster and Instructor courses. The Rescue Diver course usually takes place over 3 days. The course has two main components – knowledge development and in-water training exercises. Knowledge development is achieved through a combination of independent student study and instructor-led study sessions. The open water training exercises will take place both from the beach and our dive boats to prepare you for all possible eventualities and scenarios. The Rescue Diver course philosophy is that there is rarely only one way to accomplish a task. There is no “right” way to perform a rescue, but rather many options from which rescuers draw depending on the scenario. The course takes a flexible, conceptual approach to perform rescues – a rescuer’s relative size and strength, for example, as well as environmental factors, dictate what rescue technique may be most effective. Rescue training exercises provide for individual differences and capabilities while encouraging divers to experiment with alternate techniques. Student divers learn to first think about the options available for handling an emergency, then to act using the best method for the situation.

Key Learning Points

    • ✓ Learn about self-rescue first.
    • ✓ Recognize and manage stress in other divers.
    • ✓ Emergency management and equipment.
    • ✓ Rescuing panicked divers.
    • ✓ Rescuing unresponsive divers.
    • ✓ Helping a tired diver
    • ✓ Response from the shore or a boat
    • ✓ >Rescuing distressed diver under the water
    • ✓ Organizing and participating in the research of Missing diver
    • ✓ Rescuing and surfacing the Unconscious Diver
    • ✓ Rescuing unconscious Diver at the Surface
    • ✓ Exit an unconscious diver from the water
    • ✓ First Aid for Pressure-Related Accidents

    Prior to Rescue diver certification, you must have completed a recognized First Aid course training within the last 24 months. Training may be completed along with the rescue diver course. (React Right First Aid Course extra 5,900 baht).

    To enroll in the Rescue Diver course, you must be: 12 years or older. Have an Advanced Diver certification; This is a must for all frequent divers. Surface and underwater scenario practice of conscious, unconscious and panicked divers, along with a full range of diving accident simulations. A very fun course due to its “role-playing” nature, it is recommended that all divers participate in this to broaden their skills and promote diver safety.

    22000 INR

    Duration: 3 days

    During your time with us, you will learn all the aspects and day to day goings-on in a busy working Dive Center, not some college classroom, talking about the real world. Most of your time you will be on the boats with real customers assisting our team of Instructors in the day to day operations of a busy Dive Center.

    You will learn what it takes to be a professional Scuba Diver. You will hone your diving skills, perfect your Rescue Diving techniques and learn how to demonstrate skills to novice divers. Once certified you will become a member of our staff working as a professional diver alongside our Instructors, you will assist with a wide variety of PADI courses and you will also learn how to guide dives.

    Becoming a Divemaster is a great accomplishment and as you enter the ranks of leadership level diving you will feel proud of your achievement. During your Divemaster Internship at Ocean Delight Scuba, you will gain the experience and confidence to call the Ocean your “Home and Your Office”, or living the Dream as many of us choose to call it. Our Divemaster Internship allows you to Get trained, Get Certified and Get experience as a Professional Divemaster, without the expense. As you travel the world working and diving you become an ambassador for Ocean Delight Scuba and the Instructors that taught you.

    Scuba Diving In Chennai (2022) Will Allow You To Shed Your Inhibitions Amidst The Shallow Waters!

    Scuba Diving In Chennai

    Chennai is a beautiful city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is known for its serene beaches and rich culture. There are many things one can enjoy in Chennai such as watersports or sightseeing, but one of the major sports that you can experience there is scuba diving.

    Scuba diving in Chennai is fun and will allow you to immerse yourself in the deep sea with confidence and explore the underwater wonders and vibrant sea life!

    Unlike other adventure activities, diving requires specific skills as it requires breathing from the mouth with the help of a cylinder, and not from the nose. But the dive is so addictive that you can’t help but fall in love with the water!

    5 Popular Operators For Scuba Diving In Chennai

    Since scuba diving is a popular sport in Chennai, there are many operators who ensure a safe and fun dive for everyone. Have a look at the 5 best operators for scuba diving in Chennai are:

    • Salty Bone Divers – A PADI Dive Center
    • Chennai Institute Of Diving – Enjoy Numerous Adventures
    • Chennai Dive Paradise – Experience Night Dives
    • Dive Chennai – Experience The Magnificent Underwater Beauty
    • DIVEIndia Chennai – Offers Different Diving Plans

    1. Salty Bone Divers – A PADI Dive Center

    beautiful farm surrounded by trees

    Salty Bone Divers is a PADI dive center in ECR, Injambakkam located on a beautiful farm surrounded by trees. There are many diving sites offered by this operator that will suit your diving needs. One of the most stable conditions is the “big stone”. The large rock is part of a large rock approximately 5 km from the coast and extends several kilometers parallel to the beach. The bottom is 18 meters, which is ideal for student divers.

    Price: 5,550 plus taxes (per person)
    Location: 2/171, East Coast Road Injambakkam, Chennai

    2. Chennai Institute Of Diving – Enjoy Numerous Adventures

    diving entertainment center

    Chennai Diving Center welcomes you to the diving entertainment center. Here you can have fun and enjoy many adventures. In the end, the experience of this exciting scuba dive will relax you. Your training will begin at Neyveli and trained professionals will guide you through the course of your training.

    Price: 5,200(per person)
    Location: 8/7 Seethakathi Nagar, George Town, Chennai.

    3. Chennai Dive Paradise – Experience Night Dives

    experience dives with utmost security

    Scuba diving at ECR Chennai is a day trip that begins with a dive in the large submarine operated here. This operator also allows you to experience night dives with utmost security!

    Price: 3,000-5,500(per person)
    Location: No.1 MGR Street, Muttukadu, ECR Chennai, Opposite to MGM Dizzee world

    4. Dive Chennai – Experience The Magnificent Underwater Beauty

    diving in the Andaman Islands

    Located in the southern suburbs of Chennai, it offers diving courses from beginners to professional day trips. They provide training and certification for all PADI diving courses and conduct qualified divers to some of the best diving sites in the region. They also specialize in initial training in open water before traveling abroad, diving in the Andaman Islands or on the mainland. Let’s experience all the magnificent underwater beauty of our world.

    Price: 6,500-15,000(per person)
    Location: Dive Chennai, Off-Road Sports Campus, 168/3D, Pattipulam, ECR Road Chennai.

    5. DIVE India Chennai – Offers Different Diving Plans

     diving training program

    Based in Chennai, this operator offers a variety of diving plans, including an introductory program for beginners, a diving training program (only for entire courses or training in the pool), diving classes and continuing education courses. For people coming from outside, there are many accommodation options in the ECR / Kovalam area to suit your budget.

    Price: 6,500-10,000(per person)
    Location: Near TheTaj Fisherman Cove, Kovalam, Chennai

    Tips For Scuba Diving In Chennai:

    Tips While Scuba Diving In Singapore

    • Whether you are a veteran, amateur or newbie, safety is a top priority. Know the number of people assigned by each trainer -5 is a good number
    • Follow all the necessary instructions of professional divers in the diving center
    • Chennai has many underwater and deep-sea attractions. Whether you are an experienced diver or a beginner diver, you can choose rides of various depths. Do your research wisely and select a place for diving
    • If you are medically suitable for diving, diving schools will prefer this because underwater artificial oxygenation can cause problems
    • Diving takes place all year, with the best views from February to April and from September to November
    • Be sure to drink enough water. All three sides are surrounded by seawater, and when the sun falls from above, it becomes easier to dehydrate

    Explore the mysterious beauty hidden in the waters of the Earth when you experience scuba diving in Chennai! Dive deep and feel the crunch of aquatic life; experience floating corals, colorful fish, giant marine mammals, sea flowers and much more on your next trip to Chennai!

    Disclaimer: TravelTriangle claims no credit for images featured on our blog site unless otherwise noted. All visual content is copyrighted to its respectful owners. We try to link back to original sources whenever possible. If you own the rights to any of the images, and do not wish them to appear on TravelTriangle, please contact us and they will be promptly removed. We believe in providing proper attribution to the original author, artist or photographer.

    Please Note: Any information published by TravelTriangle in any form of content is not intended to be a substitute for any kind of medical advice, and one must not take any action before consulting a professional medical expert of their own choice.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Scuba Diving In Chennai

    What are some of the adventure sports to try in Chennai?

    Some of the adventure sports in Chennai that one can experience are: 1. Surfing 2. Scuba Diving 3. Paragliding 4. Mountain Biking 5. Parasailing

    What is the minimum age for scuba diving in Chennai?

    The minimum age for scuba diving in Chennai is 10 years.

    Is there a weight limit for scuba diving?

    No, there is no weight limit for scuba diving but one is expected to be physically fit.

    Can someone do scuba diving in Chennai without knowing how to swim?

    Yes, one does not necessarily have to know swimming for scuba diving in Chennai.

    Is scuba diving safe in Chennai?

    Yes, scuba diving is absolutely safe in Chennai as one can do the sport with the help of trained professionals and while wearing safety equipment.

    Scuba Diving in Malta: everything you need to know

    The archipelago of Malta is widely regarded as one of the best places in Europe, if not the world, to go scuba diving. Despite its small size, the island nation has more dive sites than any other scuba diving destination in the Mediterranean.

    Indeed, scuba diving in Malta is incredibly popular due to the perfect conditions to be found there. The waters around the three islands are particularly clear, offering striking visibility underwater. Moreover, the submarine landscape is characterised by incredibly unique rock formations, a number of sunken shipwrecks, and an abundance of wildlife, all of which make scuba diving in Malta an absolute joy.

    CheckYeti’s team of experts has gathered all the relevant information you need for an exceptional scuba diving holiday in this unparalleled divers’ paradise:

    Scuba diving in Malta: an overview

    A beautiful lagoon where the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean meet Gozo’s cliff edges.

    Most of the scuba diving in Malta takes place around the islands of Gozo and Comino

    Malta is in fact made up of three islands, namely the main island of Malta, Gozo, and Comino. The majority of dive sites are found around the islands of Gozo and Comino in the Northwest, which is why most of the scuba diving in Malta takes place here. However, the main island is still home to many reputable dive centres, many of which offer excursions to Gozo and Comino. Places like St. Julian’s and Bugibba, for instance, are typical holiday destinations for people who wish to go scuba diving in Malta.

    The area around St. Julian’s is a well-known hotspot for wreck diving, as a number of highly interesting shipwrecks, including some WWII wrecks, are waiting to be explored within the vicinity. Bugibba, on the other hand, is close to the Qawra Reef, one of Malta’s most beautiful reefs – a highlight that should not be missed by anyone planning to go scuba diving in Malta.

    When scuba diving in Malta, divers access the dive sites either by entering the water directly from the beach – i.e. shore dive, or from a boat – i.e. boat dive. Boat dives are undertaken when the respective dive site is a little further out at sea and harder to reach by swimming directly from the shore. Nonetheless, the majority of Maltas dive sites are quite close to the shore, wherefore dive centres are less dependent on having a boat. As a matter of fact, it is quite uncommon for dive centres in Malta to own a boat, due to the large number of shore dives available to those looking to go scuba diving in Malta.

    How much does scuba diving in Malta cost?

    Depending on the type of scuba diving activity you intend to partake in, different prices apply. The table below should provide an overview of the typical price ranges encountered when scuba diving in Malta.

    Type of Scuba Diving ActivityPrice
    Trial Scuba Diving39€ – 80€
    Scuba Diver Certification Course255€ – 375€
    Open Water Diver Certification Course360€ – 450€
    Advanced Open Water Diver Certification Course295€ – 325€
    Diving Excursions for Certified Divers*30€ – 75€

    *Keep in mind that diving excursions by boat tend to cost a little more than shore dives

    Scuba diving in Malta for beginners

    A female diver is signalling ‘O.K.’ while scuba diving in Malta.

    Malta’s dive sites are ideal for beginners due to their easy accessibility © DiveWise

    Most of Malta’s dive sites are easily accessible from the shore, with weak currents and lots to see at relatively shallow depths. Therefore, scuba diving in Malta is just as enjoyable for beginners as it is for experienced divers. What is more, first-timers can benefit from the broad range of beginners’ scuba diving activities offered by the dive centres. Those who wish to go scuba diving in Malta without any prior experience can choose between trial dives and full certification courses.

    Trial dives/Discover Scuba Diving programmes

    Trial dives or Discover Scuba Diving programmes, as they are often called, are suited for anyone hoping to give scuba diving a try and to experience what it feels like to breathe underwater, without having to commit to a full, multi-day course.

      1. The typical Discover Scuba Diving programme starts with a theoretical introduction by the scuba diving instructor who talks learners through the proper use of the equipment, how to stay safe underwater, and anything else they need to know about scuba diving in Malta.
      2. Next, learners are required to complete a so-called ‘confined water dive’ which takes place either in a swimming pool or, as is more common in Malta, in a shallow and protected part of the dive centre’s house bay. The purpose of the confined water dive is for beginners to practice what they learned during the theoretical introduction and to demonstrate to the instructor that they can move confidently underwater.
      3. Once the instructor feels that the learner has successfully demonstrated all the required skills underwater, they can move on to the main event – the open water dive!

    The dive centres’ staff know the best dive sites for beginners to go scuba diving in Malta and will take first-timers, either by car or by boat, to the respective entry point. From there, newbies can dive down and explore the surroundings at a maximum depth of 5 to 12m, while under constant supervision by the instructor. All in all, such trial diving programmes tend to take up no more than 3 to 4h.

    Certification courses

    Those who are ambitious enough and who want to spend even more time scuba diving in Malta might want to opt for a multi-day course to obtain an official scuba diving certification. Such courses typically take 2 to 5 days and are broader in scope compared to Discover Scuba Diving programmes, with the goal of equipping people who are new to scuba diving with the necessary skills to dive more independently. Holding such a certification allows the respective diver to go scuba diving in Malta within the context of organised scuba diving excursions, whereby they can see more of Malta’s famous reefs, caves, and wrecks.

    PADI, CMAS or SSI? Which to choose?

    A group of divers gearing up in shallow water, preparing to go scuba diving in Malta.

    There exist a number of diver certification organisations, whose courses can be taken in Malta © DiveWise

    There exist a number of organisations that issue certifications to people who go scuba diving in Malta for the first time. Malta’s dive centres work with such organisations to offer courses that are in line with their respective standards. PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors is by far the most common and most widely recognised diver certification organisation. PADI offers a broad range of courses for beginners as well as for more advanced divers that follow a predetermined set of theory lessons, confined water dives, and open water dives. As such, the PADI course contents are the same at every PADI-affiliated dive centre, no matter where you choose to go scuba diving in Malta, or anywhere else in the world.

    However, some dive centres prefer to work with other organisations such as CMAS, or SSI. Both CMAS and SSI courses are, generally speaking, very similar to PADI courses in terms of course structure and content, wherefore certifications from these organisations are equally recognised by most dive centres. Hence, it is ultimately down to personal preference which organisation one chooses to get certified by, especially since all three organisations require dive centres to follow very strict safety standards.

    What is the best time to go scuba diving in Malta?

    A moray eel is swimming past the Bristol Beaufighter aeroplane wreck, as captured by an underwater photographer scuba diving in Malta.

    The waters around Malta reach peak visibility between the beginning of May and the end of October © DiveWise

    The great thing about scuba diving in Malta is that it is an all-year-round activity. The warm waters of the central Mediterranean allow scuba diving excursions to take place even in the winter months. Nevertheless, the high season is, without doubt, from early May to late October. This is when visitors can enjoy the best weather and underwater visibility reaches its peak.

    As a result, those who go scuba diving in Malta during the summer months are likely to spot all kinds of creatures that live beneath the sea, such as starfish, octopuses, seahorses, moray eels, sea breams, barracudas, lobsters, groupers, red mullets, wrasses, and many more. During this time, dive centres organise day trips to the other Maltese islands of Gozo and Comino on a more frequent basis. In particular the months of September and October are perfect for scuba diving in Malta because the islands are less packed with visitors and the water is still warm.

    The best dive sites to go scuba diving in Malta

    One of Malta’s many sunken shipwrecks is visible on the seabed.

    Malta is well-known for its many shipwrecks that are scattered all around the archipelago © OrangeShark Diving Centers

    Malta has countless amazing dive sites that are well worth a visit. As a matter of fact, there are a total of 25 wrecks scattered around the archipelago that make for unforgettable scuba diving experiences. As they lie at different depths, all divers that intend to go scuba diving in Malta will find a wreck dive that suits their experience level – no matter whether they are entry-level divers or more advanced tec divers.

    In addition, the numerous reefs, drop-offs and caverns that can be found along the coasts of each of the three islands guarantee that scuba diving in Malta never gets boring! Nonetheless, a couple of dive sites stand out as absolute hotspots that should definitely not be missed when scuba diving in Malta.

    The Blue Hole

    A couple of divers are preparing to dive down the blue hole, a dive site that shouldn’t be missed when scuba diving in Malta.

    The Blue Hole on the western coast of Gozo is one of Malta’s most spectacular dive sites ©WaterWorld Water Sports

    The Blue Hole on Gozo’s western coast is repeatedly cited as being one of the most spectacular dive sites Malta has to offer. The dive starts at a marine reservoir that looks like an outdoor swimming pool. Divers descend down the hole and reach a large arch that leads into the open sea, allowing divers to observe beautiful rock formations and colourful marine wildlife. Since there are different routes at different depths to swim along, the Blue Hole dive site is suitable for divers of all levels, making it a hugely popular destination amongst those who go scuba diving in Malta.

    The Inland Sea and Tunnel

    The Inland Sea is located close to the Blue Hole, meaning it can theoretically be visited on the same day as the Blue Hole. Here, divers swim along an 80m long tunnel that creates fascinating light effects when the sunlight hits the water at particular angles. However, many choose to bring along a torch in order to better be able to explore the cave walls. At the opening of the tunnel, there is a 30m drop off which divers can swim down to discover a stunning biodiversity. It must be noted though, that this dive site is recommended for more skilled divers that already have a certain amount of experience.

    The Santa Maria Caves

    A group of divers is diving through the island of Comino’s famous Santa Maria Caves.

    The Santa Maria Caves are popular with scuba diving beginners since they are quite shallow and wide © OrangeShark Diving Centers

    Scuba diving in Malta would not be the same if it weren’t for the island of Comino and its Santa Maria Caves. This cave system on the northern side of Comino is made up of 10 caves that are home to large amounts of different creatures. Also, what makes these caves so ideal for scuba diving is the fact that they are very shallow, causing sunlight to be reflected everywhere. Consequently, the visibility here is impeccable, and divers of all levels, including beginners, can enjoy the natural beauty of this unique underwater landscape.

    Cirkewwa

    The Rozi Tugboat shipwreck is visible on the seabed.

    The Rozi Tugboat shipwreck is still well intact, thereby inviting divers to come and explore it © OrangeShark Diving Centers

    Cirkewwa, on the northern tip of Malta’s main island, is a popular destination for scuba diving excursions because there are actually two points of interest for scuba divers to explore. On the one hand, the Rozi Tugboat wreck lies a mere 150m away from the shore, making it easily accessible by swimming over a gorgeous reef. The ship is 40m long and is, in fact, still intact and in an upright position, making it possible for divers to safely enter the engine room and the wheelhouse.

    On the other hand, scuba divers at Cirkewwa can also look out for the Madonna statue which is situated on a 10m deep plateau. While scuba diving beginners can roam around the plateau, experienced divers can swim off its edge and plunge down along the wall to a depth of 30m, thereby exploring numerous tunnels and swim-throughs. Interestingly, this dive site is also quite popular for night dives, something that can be of interest to divers with a little more experience who want to try something new.

    The Qawra Reef

    A particularly well-known dive site that is often mentioned when talking about scuba diving in Malta is the Qawra Reef. This strikingly beautiful coral reef on the northeastern side of Malta is characterised by a dramatic drop-off, resulting in an exciting wall dive with several caves to explore. Since the caves have wide openings, even those who are fairly new to scuba diving can swim inside them and have a look around, while experienced divers can dive down to depths of 30 or even 40m.

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