The Cayman Islands is well known for being one of the best dive destinations in the world due to our crystal clear waters as well as the abundance of colourful sea life, including tropical fish, stingrays and sea turtles. Cayman actually has more than 365 dives site: one for every day of the year. For those looking to explore the underwater world that surrounds Grand Cayman through a scuba diving experience, there are a few steps that you will need to take in order to do so.

If you are looking to try diving before committing a lot of time, many dive operators offer a ‘Discover Scuba’ course for those who are interested in trying out diving while on a short vacation in Cayman.  Although it does not provide you with a scuba diving qualifications, during this type of course you'll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world, either in a pool or other shallow body of water.

Once you’ve fallen in love with the experience, to get your full qualification you will need to complete the PADI Open Water Diver course. This consists of two parts: The PADI Open Water Diver Course Online, which teaches the background information you need to know, and the practical diving skills tests, as well as practice dives with a certified dive instructor.  

For those interested in completing either of these courses, there any many PADI certified instructors at dive companies that offer them. Living The Dream Divers, Deep Blue Divers, Don Foster’s Dive Cayman and Cayman Diving are just a few are all located no more than 15 minutes away from Plantana’s Seven Mile Beach location and many also offer complimentary transportation.

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