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5 Day Beginners Diving - PADI Open Water Course in Weligama, Southern Province

Weligama Bay Dive Center, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, No.126, Kapparatota, Weligama 81700, Sri Lanka

Diving Camp Sri Lanka

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, offers a myriad of diving adventures, from vibrant coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, to countless sunken wrecks waiting to be explored! Sri Lankan Tour Hub is here to offer you the best level of service to make your diving holiday perfect. If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure, and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course!

Meet the instructors

Sahan
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Highlights

  • *PADI Open Water Certificate
  • *All the diving equipment
  • *4 open water dives in the ocean
  • *Service of a skillful diving instructor
  • *Small group sizes (between 1 - 6 students per instructor / guide)
  • *1 interesting tuk tuk tour to Mirissa
  • *4 nights accommodation
  • *Daily delicious breakfast
  • *Airport pick up

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
Airport transfer included: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in the villa or hostels in Weligama, depending on your budget or needs.

Hostels

  • 20 Dorm Beds in 2 hostels A/c and none A/c
  • 4 Private Rooms A/ and none A/c

Villas

  • 10 Luxury Privet Rooms in Villas

Included facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Program

This four-day course includes theoretical learning, skills in the swimming pool, and four open water dives in the ocean. You will be given all the skills and knowledge to become a competent diver at a slow and relaxed pace that suits you. You will be provided all equipment and materials needed to complete the course, and you can even choose which language you’d like to learn in to make your experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

What you get

  • You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.

Requirements

  • Age: 10 years or older
  • Time commitment: Approximately 8 - 15 hours course prerequisites
  • Able to swim
  • Medically fit for diving

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development

Knowledge development (online / independent study / in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving.

Confined Water Dives

Confined water dives are to learn basic scuba skills.

Open Water Dives

Open water dives are to use your skills and explore.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo Airport - Weligama Bay

Once you arrive at Colombo International Airport (CMB), Lankan Tour Hub (Pvt) Ltd.’s guides will pick you up from the airport. Then, you will directly be transferred to the surf camp in Weligama, Sri Lanka via E01 Sothern Express Highway.

This day, the guides will be going to show you the city and beach around Weligama. You will check-in and meet the team. There, you will enjoy seafood beach barbecue local foods and Sri Lankan style cocktails. Afterward, you can visit a beach or take a rest as you wish.

Day 2 - Weligama Bay - Open Water Diving and Theory Lessons

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. You will have a beginners diving lessons or professional dive guiding at a diving school near the beach for almost two hours, then you can collect your basic equipment and start your practice with the diving teacher.

What you will do?

  • 3 hours video annalists education
  • Shallow water dive practice
  • Learn safety and how to use equipment

You will have buffet for lunch. In the spare time, you may relax on the beach, snorkeling, or free to practice surfing in the afternoon. As you like, you can go watch evening sunset locations on the beach and do yoga with a yoga teacher till the sun goes down. In the evening, you will enjoy barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 3 - Two Times Diving Lessons (2 dives)

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish. This will be your day two of your diving career, so slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater (the theory is every day and can be before or after the dive session), jump in a tuk-tuk, and head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided dive. The afternoon is yours for the taking.

You may explore Weligama, shop, relax at the beach, or grab a board and jump in for a free surf. The dive camp will have recommended optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons if you don’t feel like surfing again.

At the end of the day, head back to camp, enjoy your free yoga session at sunset, The My Surf Camp team hosts you at a dive camp villa to show and teach you how to make Sri Lankan food by yourself; such as rice and curry with coconut and coconut milk too. Enjoy your own dinner and end the day with some well-deserved beers and as you wish.

Day 4 - Two Times Diving Lessons (2 dives)

After your breakfast, you will have a diving lesson or professional dive guiding at the campsite. After this two dives and lunch time, Lankan Tour Hub (Pvt) Ltd. will provide you with surfboards for free surfing today as well. Private lessons are available on this day.

In the evening, you will have a Midigama city tour by tuk-tuk and then you will move to watch other beaches and surf spots. You will also have a chance to see an evening sunset at the same point as well as practice yoga and being alone with meditation. You will have your dinner at the Mirissa Beach under the night fire on the beach and come back to your accommodation.

Day 5 - PADI - Open Water Final Exam - Theory

After your breakfast, jump in a tuk-tuk, and head to the dive school where you will have a final theory exam about how to use equipment, the names, and safety.

After this, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will dive on your own at a dive spot with the team. Check out is by 11:00 a.m. Grab some photos in the dive camp to show off to your friends. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and say goodbye to your surf camp family. They miss you already.

Included excursions

  • Tuk tuk tour to Mirissa

Instructors

Sahan Damayantha

Location

Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Divercourse. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Enriched Air Diver, PADI Deep Diver, and PADI Wreck Diver courses are popular to dive many of the sites and wrecks off the coastline of Sri Lanka. You can also become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor from this island paradise.

This dive camp will take place at Weligama Bay Diving Center in Weligama, Sri Lanka. The camp is located near the beach that will give you easy access to the surfing spots. It is also less crowded, giving you a hassle-free time to learn surfing properly or enjoy the waves to the fullest. As well as sunrise surf, the sunset surf is the most awesome experience to do.

Here is also one of the best places to go dolphin watching during the whale season: November - April.

Distances

  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) - 2 hours and 18 minutes / 110 kilometers
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 2 hours and 19 minutes / 171.4 kilometers via Southern Expy/E01

Food

On this camp, you will be served with daily breakfast and one dinner included in the price. For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as the western foods in the surf Weligama restaurants. Sri Lankan Tour Hub would like also to show you how to make Sri Lankan Food in a cooking class for free.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Surfing lessons for beginners / intermediate and advanced
  • Whale watching tour
  • Spa and body massage

Spa treatments

Not Included

What's included

  • 4 dive lessons (45 minutes in the water)
  • Dive boat rental and pickup - drop to the beach of the day
  • Professional local and foreign internationally qualified instructors
  • Professional dive photographer joining you with some lessons
  • Free use of diving equipment
  • 2 free yoga session at the ocean view yoga rooftop and on the beach
  • 1 day Sri Lankan cooking class
  • 1 tuk-tuk tour to Mirissa
  • Airport pickup
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner feast of Sri Lankan food, including vegetarian and vegan options
  • Free coffee, tea, and king coconut every day
  • 30 minute video annalist to share via social media
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Yoga mat every day

What's not included

  • Airport transfers to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch and dinner for 4 days
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI). Transfer from either of these airports is included. Sri Lankan Tour Hub will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer included: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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