Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you.
While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to SCUBA diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised environment.
The PADI Discover SCUBA Diving program begins in the classroom with a short theory lesson (approx. 20 minutes), followed by a pool session (approx. 60-90 minutes) where divers are introduced to several skills before progressing into the open water for their final dive(s).
What will you learn?
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure.
Get ready to:
- Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
- Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
- Have fun swimming around and exploring.
East Africa is very much subject to the trade winds that blow along the coast. This does mean that the team can predict, with some degree of accuracy, the diving conditions that you can expect throughout the year. Generally, the best times for diving are October through to December and February through to late March / April with visibility up to 30 metres. The diving in August and September can be good in Zanzibar and if the weather conditions do get rough there are a number of very good lagoon dives on offer.
Zanzibar is on the equator so you can expect tropical water temperatures, these vary between a minimum of 23 degrees Celsius to around 28 degrees Celsius depending on depth and season. The average water temperature is 26 degrees Celsius.
Common marine life
The coral gardens around Zanzibar offer a huge variety of both soft and hard corals, anemones and sea cucumbers. Some other marine life you can expect to see at all of the dive sites are varieties of wrasses, angelfish, pipefish, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, leaf fish, stingrays, snake eels, trumpet fish, ribbon eels, groupers, trevallies, crocodile fish and many more. On the outside reefs you can also see larger fish such as kingfish, yellow fin and dog tooth tuna, barracudas, turtles, napoleon wrasse, eagle rays and from time to time, dolphins and humpback whales when in-season.
The base and equipment
Buccaneer Diving runs three boats that go for daily double dives. All three are fibreglass speed boats and are equipped with twin outboard motors and all safety requirements such as oxygen, cell phones, first aid kits and a GPS. All of the guides are PADI professionals (Divemaster or above) and are trained in first aid, and all dives are led by a guide with a permanent surface marker buoy.
They use Mares and Scubapro equipment which is serviced regularly by their certified technicians. They also use steel 7,12 & 15 litre tanks for DIN or Yoke fittings. The Buccaneer Diving centre offers a top training facility with a training pool, restaurant and an air conditioned classroom.
You will complete 1 confined dive and 1 open water dive.
Please note you are not allowed to fly for up to 24 hours after your last dive.