Scuba Dive Kenya. What’s the big deal and why do I want to do it? When people visit Kenya for their holiday of a lifetime, in addition to seeing the awe-inspiring wildlife of the Kenyan national parks and game reserves, most take time to spend a few days or more on the white powder beaches at the coast. This is also true of people living in Kenya, many of whom regular visit the paradise resorts of Watamu, Diani, Kilfi, Malindi and Mombasa.
In addition to the fabulous array of wildlife on land, Kenya also has a plentiful underwater eco-system with protected coral reefs and marine life in its National Marine Parks. All of these are located within short boat rides from the resorts located on the Kenyan coasts. As well as coral reef diving, there is also the opportunity to cavern dive at Vuma near Kilifi and wreck dive on the purpose-sunk MV Dania and MV Fish Eagle.
So when you are at the coast it is an ideal opportunity to learn to scuba dive or at least go snorkeling to sample the underwater world. But scuba diving offers you the opportunity to go even deeper than just seeing the life from the surface. You are in a weightless environment like an astronaut in space and can enjoy the underwater world to the full.
Learning to dive on a PADI Open Water Diver course can be done at any one of Ocean Tribe partner bases located on the north and south coasts. The course can be done in 3-4 days and includes a session in the classroom, pool training and then 4 dives in the ocean actually seeing the life. After this you have a licence to dive with a buddy anywhere in the world, independent of a dive professional.
The best part is that for guys who are based in Nairobi you can get all of the pool and classroom training completed before travelling to the coast at Ocean Tribe’s dive base in Nairobi and at pools located around the Kenyan capital.
If you are worried about wasting time in the classroom on your holiday during your time at the coast then you can do the majority of the dive theory online before you even come to Kenya or if you are from Nairobi, via PADI eLearning. This means that you can spend the bulk of your time doing what you really want to and that is actually scuba diving. Also the ocean dives do not take up the whole day as they do in other countries due to the fact the coral reefs are located so close to the main shore in Kenya. So yo can do whatever you want in the afternoons following the dives in the morning.
Just to note if you have done a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience within the last year or earned a PADI Scuba Diver rating or referral, then this can be counted towards the Open Water training and save you more time and money. So what are you waiting for? Get certified on your vacation at the Kenyan coast. You will not regret it.
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