Diving Sites in Port Blair
Scuba diving is for everyone! This enthralling water adventure activity is something that you have never experienced before. While diving, it feels like you are transported to another world where you are enveloped by incredible life. If you are vacationing in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), Andaman Islands, and are thinking of scuba diving for the first time, then you have two options–either you can try to dive or properly learn to dive.
Continue reading to know about scuba diving for beginners swimmers in Havelock Island.
Havelock Island is counted among the best spots for scuba diving across India. Its marine world is simply awesome. Here, you can go for a fun dive or take certification courses as well. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you do it with a reliable PADI dive centre. We, at Dive Andaman, are committed to offering the best of everything.
Are you interested in trying your hand at scuba diving but do not have the time or desire to enrol into a certification course? Or maybe you are not sure whether exploring the depths of the ocean is for you? In that case, you can consider the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) program or just a fun dive. For this, no experience is required. With this, you can still experience the magic of the underwater world.
PADI DSD program is a half-day program and it includes some basic theory as well as a short skills practice session into the ocean, followed by a proper dive on a reef. All this will give you a taste of scuba diving and a great opportunity to look at the underwater world. Along with being fun-filled and easy, it is absolutely safe as well.
If you like your diving experience, then you can pursue your diving education by going on to do a certification course. The dive done during a Discover Scuba Diving program will be counted towards the Open Water course. Taking a certification course lets you experience scuba diving at its best. You will begin experiencing what it is like to be truly weightless and flying. You can go deeper and witness a lot more exotic marine life. It will give you more confidence as well as more joy.
Do note that the dives and certification courses offered at Dive Andaman are conducted as per the PADI standards. These are not like dives offered by tour operators that comprise ten minutes of being dragged from point A to point B, having a few photographs taken, and then dragged back. Our expert instructors are committed to teaching you the basic skills of diving, taking you for a long and relaxed dive, and explaining to you about the marine ecosystem.
Book scuba diving packages for beginners & kids in Havelock with us to have the best experience. We want you to learn a subject deeply, not just pass an exam.
Answer: Imagine this: it has just been a few weeks that you started learning how to swim and suddenly your friends decide to make a vacation plan to the Andaman Islands? If you are worried that your lack of training in swimming may hinder your scuba diving dreams, let them to rest. Even non-swimmers can scuba dive, so, you with your few skills in swimming, will definitely be able scuba dive without a question. When you go for a dive, you’ll be strapped with scuba glider and a scuba jacket; these will help you glide effortlessly under the water. You don’t need any swimming skills to make a dive, but it definitely helps to know swimming.
Answer: Yes, there will be training before you take your leap of faith under the water. There is a basic training program for those of you who just want to try scuba diving. The training will last for 1-2 hours and cover all the rules you’d have to follow under the water. You’ll also be taught some techniques you can use while diving. Note that this training is different from the one you can take for scuba certification.
Answer: While anybody can scuba dive, only those who know swimming can take pursue a scuba certification course. Since you know the basics of swimming, you diving centre will allow to take a scuba certification course. You essentially need to know how to float on water and tread along for at least minutes. If you can swim at least 200 metres unaided, congratulations, you can now enrol for a PADI scuba certification course. You can always continue to enhance your swimming skills while you train to be a scuba diver.
Answer: The Andaman Islands boasts of a lot of diving spots that you can explore along with your friends. Aquarium and Lighthouse are two very popular sites for scuba divers, especially, for those that are starting their scuba diving journey. You should definitely try Margherita’s Mischief and K-Rock in Neil Island, and the Nemo Reef in Govind Nagar where the dives are not too deep and good for beginners. Among the islands, Havelock has the most number dive spots. Since you have just started learning swimming and are beginning to learn scuba diving, you should try the spots with less depth like South Pilot Reef, Elephant beach, Mac Point, Bob’s Backyard, Nursery, Pilot Reef, and I-95.
Answer: If you wear prescription glasses, you should know that you cannot wear them while you have a scuba mask on. Having a poor eyesight while scuba diving means not being able to see the gorgeous flora and fauna of the underwater world. Now, you are not going all the way to the Andaman Islands to scuba dive and not be able to see anything, correct? Here’s you solution: contact lens. Yes, you can still wear disposable contact lens for the duration of your dive. If you are uncomfortable wearing contact lens, you should contact the diving centre you have booked for your dive. Some scuba masks also come with prescription power that can match your power. If you diving centre has one, you can wear that. The cost of the dive may go up a little bit because of that, of course. Some experienced scuba divers also get their own scuba masks made with the correct prescription, which they wear for all their dives.
Answer: The short answer is Yes. While anyone above the age of 10 can scuba dive, certain medical conditions make it difficult for you to dive. For instance, since diving involves regulating your breath continuously under water anyone with a weak respiratory system should avoid the activity unless your doctor specifically tells you that you can dive. The same rule applies to the heart patients and pregnant women.
Answer: It can cost you anything between INR 4000 to INR 7000 to scuba dive in the Andaman Islands. The price is usually for a package that includes a training, a boat ride to the dive spot, an instructor, and photos and videos of your scuba journey. If you enrol in a scuba course, with a little bit more training and money, you can get a PADI scuba certification course.
Answer: Scuba diving is definitely not the same as snorkelling. Snorkelling swim near the surface of the water while in scuba you dive deep into the water. Snorkelling offers a panoramic view of the sea world. Both, of course, provide excellent views of the underwater world. Just like scuba, you can snorkel even if you just started learning swimming.
Answer: A vacation in the Andamans promises to be a lot of fun. Surrounded by water everywhere, there’s no limit to the water sport activities that you can enjoy in the various islands. Scuba diving is, of course, the king of all water activities, but if you want to explore what else the islands have to offer try snorkelling and sea walking. Both are fun-filled and exciting water activities that gives you access to the underwater world. You can also try Jet skiing and Parasailing, if what you need is a lot of speed.
Answer: The Andaman Islands are synonymous with beaches. There are so many beaches to explore in the Union Territory, that you’ll not be able to cover all of them, or just a few of them, in just one visit. The most famous beaches are the Radhanagar beach and the Elephant beach. Radhanagar is one of the best beaches in Asia and known for its eco-friendly environment. You can also kayak deep into the watery mangrove alleys of Havelock and explore the rich biodiversity of the Andamans at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.