PADI Discover Scuba Diving Courses

Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and basic introduction to the exploration of the underwater world. It is not a scuba certification course, but still, you will be taught all the steps required to become a PADI-certified diver.


Have you ever wondered what it is like to breathe under the water? If yes, then in one word, we can tell you that it is -Amazing!’. If you want to try your hand at scuba diving, but are not sure about getting into a certification program, then Discover Scuba Diving is your best bet. This program is offered by PADI dive shops either in a swimming pool, off a beach, or from a dive boat. You can go for it if you have a dive shop near your home or while vacationing at a dive destination. In India, the Andaman Islands is the best destination for that. You should be at least ten years old to be able to sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. However, you should be in good physical health. Simple. Get ready for a breathtaking experience of your life!

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In Discover Scuba Diving, you will be taught the basic safety guidelines and skills that are required for diving. You will be under the direct supervision of a PADI professional. You will practice a couple of more skills in shallow water to prepare yourself for an incredible adventure in case you make an open water dive. You will:

  • Get familiar with the scuba equipment you are going to use and see for yourself how easy it is to move around under the water with the gear.
  • Breathe underwater.
  • Learn important skills needed for scuba diving.
  • Have fun exploring the jaw-dropping marine world.
  • Know about becoming a certified diver by doing the PADI Open Water Diver course.


For scuba diving, you will be needing all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges, and a tank. Your PADI professional will provide you with everything.

Getting Started

Sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving program and get the participant guide detailing everything. You can read how your diving experience is going to be and also the safety rules and skill techniques. Your dive professional will review with your everything. After you complete your underwater experience, you will learn about how you can also become a part of the scuba diving community.

Scuba Diving in the Andaman Islands

Your vacation in Andaman Island is incomplete if you don’t go for scuba diving here. Havelock Island, which was renamed Swaraj Dweep in 2018, is known for the best diving spots in Andamans. This is popular for having white sandy beaches, hypnotizing turquoise lagoons, colorful corals, tempting cobalt waters, and enthralling marine life. Imagine going into the depths of such a magical place! It would be an experience of a lifetime. People from all over the world come to the Andaman Islands to experience this amazing water adventure activity, and their preference is Havelock Island because that’s the one-stop destination for enjoying so many water sports. 

If you are a water enthusiast (or not), you are going to enjoy the incredible marine life offered by the emerald isles. Diving is an extremely thrilling and amazing activity for all the water babies. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment including an oxygen cylinder, water goggles, a pair of fins, a regulator, weights (to keep you underwater), etc. To enjoy this life-changing experience, you don’t need to be an experienced swimmer; a beginner can also have a truly rewarding time under the water while exploring the unknown. You cannot afford to miss a glimpse of the underwater world in Havelock Island. It is beyond your imagination for sure!

Most of the diving sites are in water not deeper than twenty meters. However, deeper and newer spots are being discovered that are highly recommended. You can reach these dive sites in 30 minutes to 2 hours by boat. Their topography and fish life are incomparable here. The prescribed depth limits are strictly followed by all diving instructors for safety purposes. Scuba diving in Andaman Island is strictly performed under the supervision of professional trainers. But those tourists, who are experienced and certified, can request to dive at a site that is deeper than their previous experiences. 

Best places to scuba dive in the Andaman Islands

Scuba diving is one of the most popular water activities in the world. In India, the Andaman Islands are known for having the best diving spots. The Andamans are surrounded by underwater coastal belts, which are home to a dense ecosystem of coral reefs and formations. A good chunk of visitors are attracted to the isles owing to excellent diving opportunities, along with calm and peaceful beaches, as well as delicious seafood. 

There are more than 40 places to dive into this Indian union territory. Various factors that influence the perfect diving experience are as follows:

  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Water depth
  • Water current
  • Fish population
  • Clarity of water
  • Population of corals

Keeping all these things in mind while picking up a place for your dive can be a little bit tough. Isn’t it? But don’t worry, we present here the list of best places for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands:

  • Havelock Island (the most preferred one)
  • North Bay Island
  • Neil Island
  • Port Blair

The unique topography of the Andaman Islands makes the diving experience hard to get anywhere else. Most of its beaches are enclosed by long stretches of reefs that are hundreds of meters wide and are separated by the shore with shallow waters. Some of them are complemented by volcanic lava hills as well! The alive and untouched corals are home to the world’s most vivacious marine dwellers and fish that may pop out from the azure ocean and display a gorgeous scene around the scuba diver. The abundance of corals and fish often enclose the diver from all directions that is enough to leave him in wonder and awe. Thanks to the protection offered by the Andaman Administration.

The best in Havelock Island

For both new and experienced divers, Elephant Beach in Havelock Island ensures a memorable diving experience as it is among the best places for scuba diving in Havelock Island. Second, to none, its rich marine life and coral population offers a great experience. When you are under the water, vibrant and colourful fish often surround you. That feeling cannot be explained in words. Here, your dive is absolutely safe and stress-free as the beach has a perfect blend of clear waters and low water currents.

You can reach the beach by boat, and the experienced PADI-certified scuba providers will accompany you. Thus, you get a lot of choices to compare the prices and get the best deal for yourself. Also, you don’t have to worry about additional travel expenditure and time as every trip and package involves a visit to Havelock Island.

Explore the beauty of ocean depths

In Havelock Island, you can indulge yourself in the fascinating activity of scuba diving and make your trip unforgettable. The dives are conducted preferably early in the morning because of clear visibility and increased chances of finding breathing corals during that time of the day. Complete assistance is given by the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified scuba instructor. He would brief you about the “dos and don’ts” of scuba diving. 

Once you reach the dive site, you will be required to wear the proper equipment for scuba diving and listen to all the instructions carefully before embarking on your underwater experience. The universal underwater signs for communication will be taught to you. You will be given a test dive session in the shallow waters so that you can become familiar with the gear. He will accompany you through the entire procedure. After making you do breathing practice and other techniques along with answering your questions (if any), the trainer will take you under the water. That would be the exact moment when you will forget everything else that is happening outside!

Please note: Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products is strictly prohibited before scuba diving.

Things to carry for scuba diving

  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Personal medicine kit, if needed

If you want to become a licensed or professional diver, then you will be happy to know that Andaman Island offers different certifications and licenses from certified schools. You can dive at basic dive sites around the world once you get the diving card.

We know that ticking off scuba diving from your bucket list is long due, and Havelock Island is the best place in Andaman to do it. Book your dive with Dive Andaman to have the best experience ever! This 5-star PADI facility will take care of all your requirements to ensure that you have a wonderful dive. 

Happy diving!!

How to reach Havelock Island?

There are ferries plying from Port Blair that take nearly two and a half hours to reach Havelock Island. Booking in advance is not necessary. You can ask the hotel/resort receptionist to book it for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. 1 : What is PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?

    PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is a program designed by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) for people who want to experience scuba diving without committing to a full certification course. The course includes a short theory session, pool training, and an open-water dive under the supervision of a PADI instructor. It is an excellent opportunity for non-divers to explore the underwater world and decide if they want to pursue scuba diving further.

  • Q. 2 : What are the prerequisites for PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?

    There are no prerequisites for PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course. Anyone who is at least 10 years old and in good health can participate in the program. However, participants need to fill out a medical questionnaire to ensure that they are fit for scuba diving.

  • Q. 3 : What will I learn in PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?
    In PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course, you will learn the basic principles of scuba diving, such as breathing underwater, equalizing pressure, and using scuba gear. You will also learn some basic scuba skills in the pool, such as clearing water from your mask and regulator. Finally, you will put your skills to the test with an open water dive, where you will explore the underwater world with a PADI instructor.
  • Q. 4 : How long does the course take?
    The course usually takes one day to complete. The theory session and pool training can be completed in a few hours, and the open-water dive usually takes around 30-45 minutes.
  • Q. 5 : Where can I take PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course in India?

    PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is offered by many dive centers and resorts in India. Some popular destinations for the course include Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, and Pondicherry.

  • Q. 6 : How much does PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course cost in India?

    The cost of the course varies depending on the dive center or resort. It usually ranges from INR 4,000 to INR 7,000. The price may include equipment rental, training materials, and certification fees.

  • Q. 7 : What equipment do I need for PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?
    You don’t need to purchase any scuba diving equipment for PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course. The dive center or resort will provide all the necessary equipment, including a wetsuit, fins, mask, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), and tanks.
  • Q. 8 : What is the maximum depth I can dive during PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?
    The maximum depth for PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is 12 meters (40 feet). This depth is shallow enough for beginners to enjoy the underwater scenery while also being safe.
  • Q. 9 : Will I receive a certification after completing PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?
    No, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course does not result in a certification. It is a program designed to introduce non-divers to scuba diving. However, if you decide to pursue scuba diving further, the open water dive from the course can be credited towards your PADI Open Water Diver certification.
  • Q. 10 : Is PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course safe?
    Yes, PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is safe when conducted by a certified PADI instructor and followed by proper safety guidelines. The instructor will be involved in scuba diving and provide you with the necessary training and equipment to ensure your safety. However, it is important, to be honest about your health and fitness level and follow the instructor's instructions at all times to minimize any potential risks. What is the minimum age to participate in PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course? The minimum age to participate in PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is 10 years old. However, some dive centers may have their own minimum age requirements and may require parental consent for participants under 18 years old.
  • Q. 11 : Can I participate in PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course if I have a medical condition?
    It depends on the medical condition. Some medical conditions may make scuba diving unsafe, while others may require a doctor’s clearance before participating in the course. It is important to fill out the medical questionnaire honestly and discuss any medical conditions with your instructor beforehand.
  • Q. 12 : Do I need to know how to swim to participate in PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?
    While knowing how to swim is beneficial, it is not a requirement to participate in PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course. You will be wearing scuba gear that will help you float and move underwater, and your instructor will provide you with the necessary training to ensure your safety.
  • Q. 13 : Can I eat before the course?
    Yes, you can eat before the course, but it is recommended to avoid heavy meals and alcohol before scuba diving. It is best to eat light, non-greasy meals at least two hours before the course to prevent any discomfort while diving.
  • Q. 14 : What should I wear for PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course?
    You should wear comfortable swimwear for the pool session and the open-water dive. The dive center or resort will provide you with a wetsuit, so you don’t need to bring one. It is also recommended to bring a change of clothes, sunscreen, and a towel.
  • Q. 15 : What if I am afraid of water?
    If you are afraid of water, it is important to communicate with your instructor beforehand. They will provide you with the necessary support and training to help you overcome your fear and enjoy the experience. You can also consider taking a private course or a course with a smaller group size to help you feel more comfortable.
  • Q. 16 : What is the difference between PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course and PADI Open Water Diver Course?
    PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is a program designed to introduce non-divers to scuba diving, while PADI Open Water Diver Course is a certification course that allows you to dive independently with a dive buddy up to 18 meters (60 feet) deep. PADI Open Water Diver Course involves more in-depth theory sessions and training in skills such as navigation and buoyancy control.

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