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7 Day Beginners Diving: PADI Open Water Course in North East Trincomalee, Eastern Province

Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Diving Camp Sri Lanka

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

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, as 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

Ranga & Sahan
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Highlights

  • Free use of diving equipment
  • 4 dive lessons (45 minutes in the water)
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour and 4 tuk-tuk tours to mentioned tours
  • Dive boat rental and pickup - drop to the beach of the day
  • Free coffee, tea, and king coconut every day
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Sinhalese, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$120 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$150 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Hot spring
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in the villa / resorts or 3 and 4-star hotels in Uppuweli, Nilaweli Road, Trincomalee depending on your budget or needs.

  • 10 private rooms with AC and no AC
  • 10 luxury private 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: Check in at 12 p.m. - Koneswaram Hindu Temple - city tour - Uppuveli Beach

Once you arrive in Uppuveli, the guide will show you the village and beach around Uppuveli. You will check-in and meet the team.

In the spare time, you may relax on the beach, go snorkeling or whatever you like. You will start heading to Koneswaram Hindu Temple at 5:30 p.m. In the evening, after returning to the accommodation, you will enjoy a barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 2: Uppuveli - 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 three 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, go snorkeling, or practice surfing in the afternoon. If you like, you can go watch the 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: 2 diving lessons - Marble Beach tour

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). This will be day two of your diving career, so slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater, 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.

In the evening, you will have a tuk tuk tour to Marble Beach and you can have a snorkeling session at the beautiful beach. Then, head back to camp. You will enjoy barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 4: 2 diving lessons - hot water wells

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 equipment for free snorkeling today as well. Private lessons are available on this day.

In the afternoon at around 4 p.m., you will be heading to watch and bathe at the natural hot water wells located in Kinnia. You will return to the accommodations at around 6:30 p.m. and you will enjoy your evening with dinner while relaxing.

Day 5: Final exam - whale watching tour

Today, you will have an early bird tea with some fruits. At around 6:30 a.m., you will board the boat to start the whale watching tour. It will end before 9 a.m. Once you return to the accommodation, you will have your late breakfast.

After your breakfast, head to the dive school where you will have a final theory exam (1 hour). After this, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will dive on your own at a dive spot with the team.

You may explore Trincomalee, shop, relax at the beach, or go snorkeling. Tour Hub will have recommended optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons and enjoy the nightlife on the beach. Enjoy your own dinner and end the day with some well-deserved beers and rest as you wish.

Day 6: Snorkeling camp around Pigeon Island

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). At 9 a.m., you will start heading to Pigeon Island by boat with your snorkeling equipment along with a mobile tent. The 20-minute journey will take you to the island and you will set up your camp at the beach according to your selection. You will have a snorkeling guide and you can go snorkeling around the island as you like with support of the guide.

The hotel will deliver the pre-ordered lunch to the campsite and you are free to taste your lunch in the camp site. You will stay till 5 p.m. at the campsite and you can do as you wish (snorkeling or resting). You will return to the accommodations at around 6 p.m. and you will enjoy your evening with dinner while relaxing.

Day 7: Tour ends - check out

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). This will be the last day of your diving career with the team. Check out is by 11 a.m. Grab some photos in the surf 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

  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour
  • 4 tuk-tuk tours

Instructors

Ranga Shrimal

Sahan Damayantha

Location

Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course. 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 Trincomalee beach's diving center in Uppuveli, Sri Lanka. The camp is located near the beach that will give you easy access to the diving spots. It is also less crowded, giving you a hassle-free time to learn properly or enjoy the waves to the fullest. As well as sunrise dive, the sunset snorkeling is the most awesome experience to do. This is also one of the best places to go dolphin watching during the whale season: April to October.

Distances

  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI), 7 hours 17 minutes (370.5 kilometers) via Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Trincomalee Highway / Ambepussa - Trincomalee Highway / Kandy Road / A6
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), 5 hours 16 minutes (233.3 kilometers) via Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Trincomalee Highway / Ambepussa - Trincomalee Highway / Kandy Road / A6

Food

On this dive camp, you will be served daily breakfast (included in the price). For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as Western and Sri Lankan foods in the local restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

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
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour
  • 4 tuk-tuk tours to mentioned tours
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Free coffee, tea, and king coconut every day
  • High-speed Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airport pickup from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Airport transfers to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch and dinner for 7 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).

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$120 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer available: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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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