Beginner and experienced scuba divers can learn to scuba dive or update their certification with PADI on a Royal Caribbean cruise, with the line expanding its partnership with the association to encompass its entire range of qualifications through its onboard dive centres.
Cruisers can combine their holiday on top of the waves with an adventure under them as well, learning and honing their skills in the South Pacific and the Caribbean.
In addition to the opportunity to explore shipwrecks and coral reefs during the cruise, the certification is globally recognised and allows the bearer to then independently organise their own scuba dives after their holiday comes to an end.
A series of programs and certifications are available onboard ten different Royal Caribbean ships. For first-timers and those just looking to see if they like it, the ‘Try Dive’ program offers a single 30-minute lesson. Already certified divers looking to refresh their qualification can opt for either a $29 or $59 program to bring their skills back up to scratch.
Depending on the length of your cruise, travellers keen to earn their first PADI certification can opt for the entire PADI Open Water Dive course, which starts at US$599 per person. Enrolments in this course must be registered well in advance, as students need to complete an online eLearning course through the PADI smartphone app or through their computer. This must be completed to ensure the best opportunity to take part in all dives during a cruise.
After beginning with an exploratory dive in the ship’s swimming pool, guests then head out on their four open-water training dives with the benefit of being able to do so in some of the most picturesque and blue waters that the South Pacific can offer. Two dives will take place across two different days to allow divers to explore the undersea in two different ports of call.
Ships featuring the PADI course include Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas, both of which are cruising waters in, around and near to Australia. Farther afield, other ships offering PADI programs include Anthem of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas.
The PADI dive certification can be booked prior to embarking on your eligible Royal Caribbean cruise and should be booked with enough notice to ensure you allow enough time to complete the online and pre-diving eLearning components.