Love aquatic life? Want to touch them and feel for yourself, but cannot?
Here is an article for you to know everything about Netrani Island Scuba Diving.
Why Netrani Island?
Netrani Island in Murudeshwar is situated in the Arabian Sea, some 370 km from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. It is also called Pigeon Island because of the vast number of the birds seen residing there. Netrani Island rises above the quiet and sky-blue waters of the Arabian Sea, making it one of the best destinations for learning Scuba Diving in Karnataka. This island is a renowned place of interest and a famous tourist town with glistening sand and the western ghats as a background.
Why Scuba Diving?
Through Scuba Diving, your eyes are opened to a life beyond the one you see on land—in water, too, there are as many varieties of living things as on land and perhaps more. You will be wearing special equipment, so your safety and so you will be able to see without getting water in your eyes.
What Is Scuba Diving?
First of all, we need to know what Scuba Diving is?
Strictly, Scuba is written “SCUBA”, that is, it is short for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus”. It is essentially a water sport used for not just entertainment, but as well as by experts for underwater exploration and excavation. As a beginner, a professional will be guiding you, who is very experienced in this activity and knows how to solve any issues that you or they would face.
How to go about Scuba Diving?
Essentially, you do a course to learn the ins and outs of Scuba Diving. At Netrani, you may choose any one of the several qualified operators by whom you will do the course with, on a level you choose. Don’t know how to swim? No problem – you do not need to learn swimming in order to do Scuba Diving.
The duration of these courses are generally 3 days, but if you want, you can opt for diving just one day.
Cost of Scuba Diving
For a Scuba Diving course at Netrani Island Karnataka, you will be required to pay for a bundle for three days. It consists of a Scuba Diving course of your choice, stay, food, local sightseeing, boat-ride to and from Netrani Island, cost of photos and videos, first-aid, diving equipment, and a life jacket. The cost begins from INR 800 and goes right up to INR 8000, depending on the level that you choose.
Types of Scuba Diving Courses
There are 2 types of Scuba Diving available at Netrani Island: Single Scuba Dive and PADI/SSI course. You can opt for any depending on your requirements.
- Single Scuba Diving: Single Scuba dive can be attempted by any person with basic fitness and stamina to do the diving. An instructor will brief you about different hand gestures that should be used for communication when underwater, basic breathing principles, and how to use the scuba equipment given to you. The instructor stays right beside the learner, so you can be at ease and learn Scuba Diving without worries.
- PADI/SSI: People keen on performing solo-Scuba Diving can take on a certification course under PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) or SSI (Scuba School International). The duration of the course is usually 5-7 days and incorporate 3 modules via classroom sessions, confined dive sessions in swimming pools, and open water diving. After finishing the course, you should be able to do Scuba Diving without a guide to assist you, depending on your skill-level.
Things You Should Carry
You must carry the following things when going for Scuba Diving:
- A small bag of essentials
- A few water bottles
- A pair of towels
- An extra pair of shorts and shirts
- Light snacks
- Energy drinks
You will be taken on a ferry to a distance, then you will be guided on the diving.
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