Scuba Diving In Cartagena

Cartagena has some great diving at very reasonable prices. Just short boat trips away are the beautiful barrier reefs of Baru, Medina, and the Rosario Islands, with an abundance of colorful marine life and gorgeous soft and hard corals. There is also the exciting opportunity for wreck diving with several sunken ships, such as Atlas, Tolu, and the Pedro de Heredia among others, nearby.

Scuba diving in Cartagena is a great option when visiting the city. There are a variety of courses on offer for people of varying experience.

For those who are already dive certified, the most popular option is to do a DOUBLE DIVE TOUR; you will head out early morning around 08:00am on the boat and visit two different dive sites (usually one coral and one wreck), have lunch and be back to Cartagena by early afternoon. You can also choose to do a NIGHT DIVE, or mix it up with a 1 DAY DIVE, 1 NIGHT DIVE package.

For those first-timers, take your first step in exploring a fascinating and captivating underwater world and get certified with a PADI OPEN WATER course. Over several days, including 4 dives, you will learn and practice the basic theory and techniques necessary to safely dive with a buddy to a depth of 60ft. You can use this certificate to go diving anywhere else in the world, or take your diving experience further by continuing on with a specialized diving course.

If you don’t have the time to dedicate to doing a full course, you can have still have a taste of scuba with the option of doing a MINI COURSE which includes 1 confined water practical theory session one afternoon and and then 2 dives the next morning, or you can join on the boat and do a SNORKELLING trip.

You can take your diving experience to the next level and do your PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER, which is a practical course with 5 specialty dives up to 100ft, or do an ADVENTURE DIVER, EMERGENCY FIRST AID RESPONSE or RESCUE DIVER Certification Course.

Double Dive (certified divers only)

  • Duration: Half day (around 07:00am or 08:00am to 12.30pm approx)
  • Includes: Nautical transport, PADI certified instructor guide, diving equipment, 2 dives in 2 different sites and lunch.
  • Dive spots: Reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 220,000 pesos 

Half-Day Mini Dive Course

The mini-course is designed for everyone older than 10 years. Following theory and practical sessions in confined water you will be ready for the great adventure…diving down to 40 ft (just over 12m) and enjoying the corals and colourful fish we will find there. It is a great introduction before taking the next step with a PADI dive course.

  • Duration: Half day (around 7.00 am to 12.30 pm approx)
  • Includes:  Water transport, 1 confined water practical theory session, 1 ocean dive, diving equipment, PADI certified instructor guide and lunch
  • Dive spots: Reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 240,000 COP

Scuba Diver Certification Course

The first step to becoming PADI certified. The first day of the course you will learn the theoretical basics to be able to dive to a depth of 12m accompanied by a dive professional and the second day is all practical; you will learn scuba equipment assembly and how to use and manipulate buoyancy and displacement during your two dives.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Includes: Nautical transport, PADI certified instructor guide, diving equipment,  theory class, 1 practical pool or confined water session, 2 dives in different dive sites, lunch, PADI diving certificate-maximum depth 40ft (12m)
  • Dive spots: reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price:  from 550,000 pesos

OPEN WATER DIVER Certification Course

This is where it all begins! You will learn the basics of knowledge and techniques necessary to safely dive with a buddy at a depth of 60 feet. At the end of this course you will be able to go diving anywhere else in the world, and are ready to take the next step and continue with your diving adventure with an advanced or specialized course if you wish.

  • Duration: 3-5 days, depending on the time and enthusiasm of the participant!
  • Includes: Study book, theory classes, nautical transport, 1 pool or confined water session, 4 dives in different dive sites, PADI certified instructor guide, diving equipment, lunch, PADI diving certificate-maximum depth 60ft (18m)
  • Dive spots: reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 850,000 pesos

 

Advanced Open Water Dive Course

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is a practical course with 5 specialty dives. You will dive to 100 feet, do underwater navigation with compass and 3 adventure dives such as; photography, underwater filming, wreck dive, multilevel diving, currents, domination of buoyancy, search and rescue operation, night dive, etc…

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Includes: Study book, theory classes, nautical transport, , PADI certified instructor guide, diving equipment, 5 dives in different dive sites: 2 dives are compulsory depth and compass navigation dives, for the other dives options include wreck, currents, species classification, scooter etc; lunch and water, PADI diving certificate-maximum depth 100ft (33m)
  • Dive spots: reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 780,000 pesos

 

Adventure Diver Certification Course

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Includes: transport, theory sessions, 3 dives in different sites (sunken ship, currents and depth), diving equipment, PADI certified instructor guide, PADI certification, lunch and water.
  • Dive spots: reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 550,000 pesos 

Emergency First Aid Response Course

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Includes: Transport, theory sessions, workbook, practical sessions, PADI certified instructor guide, certificate and lunch
  • Dive spots: reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 220,000 pesos

 

Rescue Diver Certification Course

At the end of the course you will have the skills to act in whatever personal or diving buddy emergency; you will be trained in the search for missing divers, getting injured and impaired divers out of the water and preventing emergencies.

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Includes: Transport, study book, theory classes, rescue practice, diving equipment, PADI certified instructor guide, PADI certificate, lunch
  • Dive spots: reef zones, coral mountains and sunken ships close to Isla Baru, Medina or the Rosario Islands
  • Price: from 850,000 pesos

 

Night Dive

  • Includes: 1 dive, all diving equipment, PADI certified guide, torch
  • Price: from 140,000 pesos

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