Barbados: Scuba Diving Activity Holiday
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A diving or snorkeling holiday provides an unforgettable experience for everyone who takes part. Barbados has great under water treasures to explore such as shipwrecks dating back to WWI and WWII off the west coast and thousands of colourful reef fish and turtles to swim alongside. The Blue Water Dive Company which is part of the Hilton on the west coast is a great place to go as they dive three or four times a day and Barbados, with its ideal weather conditions, allows for diving every day of the year. The opportunity to dive reef and wreck, deep and shallow and even at night is possible with Blue Waters. However there are other great dive centres offering super packages and qualified instructors. Snorkeling with turtles is an amazing experience which can be enjoyed in groups of friends or families.
Barbados is frequented by 4 species of endangered sea turtle: Greens, Hawksbill, Loggerheads and Leatherbacks. There are speed boat cruises up the west coast to Payne’s Bay where swimming with Green Sea Turtles takes place. Divers enjoy warm water temperatures all year round varying from 29°C (84°F) in the summer months of July to September to 27°C (77°F) in the winter months January to March. There are diving courses available in Barbados as well. There is the PADI Scuba Diver course (1-2 days) and this is the intermediate course and gets divers down to 40 ft. This diving course is a good option for the annual holiday maker who likes to dive along their travels. As long as the diver keeps diving this and every PADI certification never expires. The most common certification course in Barbados is the PADI Open Water Course (3-4 days) which requires dive students to complete the PADI Open Water manual and have four open water dives.
Once certified, open water divers can dive anywhere in the world up to 60 ft provided they dive with a certified dive buddy. Blue Waters in a great place to do a Dive Course but there are other very good dive centres on the Island so it’s best to go with a centre that suits you.