How do you scuba dive?
The act of existing underwater while wearing a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus is known as Scuba diving (SCUBA). However, it feels more like the act of entering a completely different world, one in which you almost “fly” weightlessly while gliding through the water and joining the magnificent world of underwater life.
Simply put, scuba diving is a magical experience and is a highly recommended activity.
Who can dive underwater?
We all have access to the open waters because we live on a planet with oceans. Scuba diving also follows the natural order of things. Scuba diving has proven to be a very safe sport that enables people of different physical characteristics and abilities to dive safely and successfully, despite the fact that it may seem extremely complex and “not-for-everyone.”
Divers of all types can choose from three different types of dives offered by the Andaman scuba diving course:
- Diver Open Water:
go underwater to a depth of 18 meters
- Open-Water Advanced Diver:
Enjoy some night dives and dive to a depth of 30 meters.
- Nitrox Diver with Enriched Air:
Learn how to use a special air mixture that reduces the body’s nitrogen content so you can dive to 36 meters and stay down there for more time.
A “Scuba Diver Course,” which is a level beneath the Open Water Diver, is also offered by some dive shops. Only you and your dive instructor are allowed to dive deeper than 12 meters. You must schedule your travel in accordance with the varying lengths of the various courses.
1. Ship DSD
This one is strongly advised. This, in our opinion, is the ideal method for scuba diving in the Andaman. After finishing your paperwork, theory class, and skill practise session, you travel by boat (typically a 5–10 minute ride) to your dive site, which is farther out into the ocean and thus away from the crowd.
On the majority of Andaman dive boats, you enter the water by performing a “back-roll,” which is an exhilarating experience for beginners. The entire programme, which includes boat logistics as well as equipment wear, dive briefings, etc., lasts just over two hours.
2. Shoreline DSD
The underwater dive experience is identical to a boat DSD, with the exception that you enter the water from the shore to get to the dive site this time. As the water gradually gets deeper, you travel to your dive spot while diving, begin exploring the selected reef patch, and similarly exit the water by returning to the shore.
PADI DSDs and Additional First-Dive Types
An international organization for diver training, the professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), provides certified training courses for both recreational and technical diving. There are a few other organizations that offer diver certifications, but PADI credentials are now arguably the most reputable and widely accepted in the world of recreational diving.
When is the perfect time to dive in Andaman?
You should visit the Andaman during the non-monsoon season, which typically lasts from October to May, to understand why the best scuba diving in India takes place there. In particular during the winter months, the water has excellent visibility during these months and the weather is pleasant.
But keep in mind that rains during the off-season or unusual cyclonic weather nullify all diving plans. It is always advisable to check the weather before you decide to go diving, whether you do so independently or as part of an Andaman scuba diving course. In general, dive schools are busiest on weekends. If you want to meet other like-minded people, go on a weekend.
The popular diving in Andaman Islands
There are many dive locations on the planet. But the intriguing oceanic conditions, as well as Andaman’s breathtaking biome and the cultural uproar that surrounds it, have been drawing divers to go scuba diving there today.
Where To Dive In Andaman
1. In Havelock, diving
Havelock Island is essentially a synonym for diving in the Andaman Islands and is without a doubt the most well-liked (and for the right reasons) diving destination in the Andaman Islands. For boat DSDs, some of the most popular dive sites are Pilot Reef, Lighthouse, Peel, etc., which are teeming with vibrant reefs, abundant fish, and other marine life.
2. Neil’s Diving
With fewer divers, fewer boats, and more dive sites to discover than Havelock probably was decades ago, Neil Island is similar to Havelock today. Since Neil receives so little traffic from tourists overall and divers, it is an interesting getaway from Havelock.
Who do I dive with?
You’ll never forget your first underwater breath, so you probably want to make sure you do it properly. To find out which dive schools have positive reviews and a track record of ethical diving practices, do some online research or consult with friends who have experience diving.
Though PADI offers a single DSD course guideline, the people or dive school you choose to dive with will determine how it is taught to you. Some of the oldest brands in the business include Dive India and Barefoot, which have a stellar track record. Both Neil and Havelock are home to dive resorts run by Dive India and Scuba Love, respectively.