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Frequently asked questions - Diving (in Santa Marta with Sony Dive Center)

Do you have a course for a beginner?

Yes as a beginner you have two options, you can do a PADI open water diver certificate or a discovery scuba diving - a mini-course.

1. A minicourse, discovery scuba diving is a one time experience, half a day, 2 dives of approximately 40 minutes depending on your air consumption, it’s costs 260,000 COP and comes with all included, instructor, equipment, fotos, snacks, refrigerios.

2. PADI open water diver is 5 dives, 2-3 days, the first dive is confined water in the swimming pool or of the beach depending on your preferences. The other 2 days is going out by boat, each day 2 dives, half a day. This costs 1,200,000 COP, all included, instructor, equipment, certificación, fotos, snacks, refrigerios. The certificación is valid all your life all over the world. You will receive an e-book and e-learning with all the theoretical material from PADI. You learn how to survive underwater, you go until 18 meters. With discovery scuba diving you go until 12 meters.

How does the PADI certificate work?

You will receive your PADI certificate online and in physical form at the address you put in. It is enough to display the certificate online before diving to the dive center where you'll be doing the diving or they can always look you up in the PADI online database based on your name and birth date.

The certificate is valid all your life and in all the countries around the world.

How does PADI e-learning work?

You will be asked to provide your details: name, birth date, and email address, and your dive center will assign to you a code. You will receive an email with a link where you can sign in and start your e-learning. First, you will be asked to fill in the medical forms. For example for the PADI Open Water Diver you need to complete a knowledge review after each chapter and a test at the end, your instructor will watch your progress online. For the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course it is just the knowledge review with no test, and so on for the rest of the courses where you will get more detailed information before the course itself. After you fill in your forms, successfully complete your e-learning, and upload your id-like photo, your dive center/instructor can certify you. First, you will receive a temporary e-card in form of a PDF in your email and soon you will receive your permanent electronic and physical certificate alias license.

Is the PADI Open Water Diver e-learning difficult?

No, it is made in a way that everybody passes without any big trouble. Plus thinking it is made mostly for people that are on holiday, it is not difficult nor very time-consuming. If it seems like a lot it is an easy read and most of the information gets stuck to you in the water already.

Do I need to know how to swim?

No, the BCD (buoyancy control device) jacket serves as a floating device so you do not need to know how to swim.

Where do we go dive?

We go dive at the Tayrona National Natural Park by an island called Isla Aguja.

What time is the dive?

We have two half a day going-outs in a day, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon. The morning is from 8:30 am to 12 pm and the afternoon one is from 1:30 - 5 pm.

What does the half-a-day going out look like?

We drive around 20 min from Taganga bay to the Tayrona National Natural Park. We carefully chose the two dive spots depending on the weather and the sea conditions and the experience level of our onboard divers. We drive to the first dive spot, get ready, dive, and drive slowly to the second dive spot while relaxing and enjoying the snacks on board in the surface interval, prepare the equipment for the second dive, dive the second time, and drive back to Taganga.

What do I need to bring with me?

Just a swimsuit, hat, sunscreen, or some sun protector.

Will I get something to eat?

Yes, it comes with snacks and refreshments included. You will get between your dives during the surface interval a tasty sandwich, natural juice, and water.

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