Diving & Snorkeling Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka is a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers as there are plenty of reefs, ship wrecks and thousands of colourful tropical fish. Kalpitiya's marine sanctuary in the coastal area is one of the most beautiful places located in the north-west coast of Sri Lanka.
Very rich bar reefs and long stretches of virgin golden sandy beaches, blessed with bright sunshine which illuminates the seabed. You are sure to find millions of sea shells along the virgin coastal zone of the Indian Ocean.
There are number of shallow diving spots ranging from 14 to 18 meters in depth where you can enjoy the beauty of the underwater world.
Here you will find one of the largest and richest coral reef of the Indian ocean, the Bar reef, just few kilometers away from Dutch Bay beach. This beautiful reef is world class and home to an incredible variety of tropical fish. Claim to be the home for 156 species of coral and 283 species of fish. The Bar reef spans approximately 40 square Kilometers out of a 30750 km protected marine sanctuary by the government of Sri Lanka.
The Kalpitiya Ridge is one of the best discovered diving sites consist of huge domes of rock and coral covering a large area providing high and lows for a multitude of reef fish.
The Trevally Pass is a rocky reef, known to the locals as “Parao” rock, with usual reef fish but sometimes you can witness massive swarms of Big Eye Trevally.
Moray Ridge is a colorful and scenic rocky reef fill of fish life.
All underwater activities are conducted by well trained and experienced PADI instructors to ensure your absolute safety and enjoyment.
These are the Scuba diving courses we can offer:
1. PADI Discover Scuba Diving
This is a course you can take to see if you like scuba diving before making the commitment to a full certification course. This course involves two dives in a shallow ocean dive. You will learn to put on dive gear, how to breathe underwater and some very basic skills to make you feel more comfortable during your dive.
2. PADI Scuba Review
This is a course for certified divers who have not been diving in over 12 months or divers that feel as if they need a refresher course before getting back into the water. The course will go through gear assembly, basic skills and safety skills while diving. After the course you will feel like a safer and more confident diver with the skill refreshment.
3. PADI Open Water Diver Course
This course is the first step in getting into the world of scuba diving. The course takes 3-4 days to complete and entails numerous in-water skills, self study time and knowledge reviews. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge and confidence to explore the underwater world and continue in your dive training. The minimum age for an Open Water diver is 10 years old.
4. PADI Advanced Course
After you become certified as an Open Water diver, you can continue on and try new types of scuba diving adventures. This course is a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your skill set and gain more confidence as a diver. You will have a lot of Adventure Dives to choose from, some on them including Deep Water Diving and Underwater Navigation. To be able to complete the course you will have to finish 5 specialties. The minimum age for this course is 15 years old.
5. PADI Adventure Diver
If you don’t have the time to complete all five of the necessary specialties to get certified as an Advanced Open Water, than you can get certified as an Adventure Diver. The difference is that and Adventure diver has 3 specialties instead of five; as soon as you get your other two specialties completed you can become an Advanced Open Water diver.
6. PADI Rescue Diver Course
Becoming a Rescue Diver is one of the most rewarding and challenging courses you will take in your scuba diving career. It builds on what you have learned in your previous courses and teaches you about potential situations you can encounter and how to deal with them. If a diving emergency comes up you will have the skills and confidence to manage it. You must be 12 years old to take this course and must have current CPR and first aid training.
7. PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course
It is a higher concentration of oxygen that allows you more no decompression dive time, so this means more time underwater for you. This course will teach you how to dive with Enriched Air and what is involved in the process of blending it. Most importantly the course will teach you how to analyze your own blend.
8. PADI Dive Master Course
A Dive Master is the first level of professional scuba diving. In this course you will work closely with your Instructor to expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to a professional level. The training you will receive develops your leadership skills and will qualify you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. The course requires a lot of self study and practical training exercises that are all organized into a structured internship. Prerequisites include being 18 years old, a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, a PADI Rescue Diver, EFR and have 40 dives to begin and 60 for certification.
So either you want to have a PADI diving course, a fun dive or just snorkeling around the Dutch Bay Resorts is the perfect place to do it.$389.98