An ideal family or group activity is the half day guided snorkelling tour/PADI Skin Diver course that we offer at DMDC. Skin diving is snorkelling while making breath-hold dives; it’s a great way to observe aquatic life, as it allows you to get up close and personal. The marine life is unaware of your human presence due to the lack of bubbles, which you would emit if breathing from a scuba unit. Skin diving/snorkelling is also a really good way of exploring the underwater world if you are unable to scuba dive or if scuba diving just isn’t for you. The PADI Skin Diver course teaches you how to enjoy watching life below the surface and comfortably venture underwater for shorts visits at a time.
During the Skin Diver course you will learn about how to choose, adjust and use skin diving equipment. You will be wearing a full wetsuit, hood, booties and optional gloves to ensure that you are warm enough during the excursion, in addition to fins, mask, snorkel and buoyancy aid. We also cover the basic safety guidelines for being in and around the water. You will be taught snorkelling and skin diving techniques including checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing surface dives. You will then be taken on a guided snorkel tour at one of our local dive sites.
To enrol in a PADI Skin Diver course, you must be at least 8 years of age, comfortable in your swimming ability and in good physical health. No prior snorkelling experience is required.