diving in Taormina

PADI course and diving in Taormina

Sicily is a land rich in history, traditions, archaeological finds, culinary delights and seabeds to discover. Immersed in the middle of the Mediterranean and surrounded by crystal clear blue waters, Sicily offers an underwater world to discover and which cannot be missed if you go on holiday.

One of the most famous and tourist areas is without a doubt Taormina which thanks to its strategic position on the mountain overlooking the sea and with a breathtaking view of Etna, which if lucky is erupting, has been called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” and in which historical archaeological tours can alternate with scuba diving during which you can discover the typical marine fauna of the Mediterranean.

For those who want to dive and therefore already have a certification or for those who want to start right here and get the certificate P.A.D.I. Advanced open water, Open water diver, PADI Rescue diver etc. an excellent school with local instructors who know the seabed very well, specialized in the subject and with years of experience is the school Blue Sea Diving Center to the beach of Mazzaro easily reachable by funicular from the center of the country and 2 minutes walking from Isola Bella.

Paolo and Cristina are two experienced instructors who have obtained the PADI instructor license in one of the most beautiful seabeds in the world: Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt and who after a few years spent away from home decided to return to Sicily to re-evaluate the natural beauty of this land and to let tourists discover an underwater reality that is little talked about and which, thanks to recovery and protection actions, today offers a unique spectacle compared to that of the other Italian coasts.

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diving in Taormina

For those interested in taking lessons or getting certified, below are the costs for PADI diving courses at Blue Sea Diving:
PADI Bubble Maker – Course dedicated to children aged 8 and up. A half-day course for children at 2 meters depth. The first discovery of the sea and the seabed.
Discover Scuba Diving (€60) – Course for children aged 10 and over. The course includes a theoretical introduction to diving and the first exercises in the water to get to know the equipment and become familiar with the sea. The second dive takes place at 12 meters depth. Course duration 1 day.
Scuba Diver (€230) – Course designed for those who don’t have much time but want to obtain the certification valid worldwide. In 3/4 days you can obtain the PADI certification for diving up to 12 metres. The course includes: 3 theory lessons, 3 shallow water dives and 2 open water dives.
Open Water(€350) – The course includes 5 theoretical lessons, 5 dives in shallow and confined water, 4 dives in open water at 18 m. The course lasts 6 days. At the end of the Blue Sea Diving course you will be treated to an immersion in the beautiful seabed of Isola Bella, a natural park in the area.
Adavnced Open Water(€260) – Course to obtain the certification for diving up to 30 meters and compass navigation dives. The course lasts from 2 to 5 days.
Emergency First Response (€110) – This course does not involve immersion but is aimed at teaching basic first aid techniques. A course for divers and non-divers.
Rescue Diver(€300) – Course suitable for those who want to learn to guide themselves and others considering safety and foreseeing any problems related to diving.
Minimum age of 15 years. Course duration 5 days
Divemaster(€750) – This course is aimed at those who want to make scuba diving their profession. Minimum age to take part in the course is 18 years. Duration 15 days.

I found the prices honest and in line with the average for the area, I inquired and found no differences but my choice went to Blue Sea Diving for a number of reasons.
First of all, Paolo and Cristina inspired me with confidence, they are cheerful, tireless and were able to help me overcome the fears I had at the beginning and the initial reluctance due to the fear of the sea. Secondly because the school has some special offers which come in handy if, once certified, you can’t help but dive. For those who do more than two dives and book online there is a 10% discount and for those who dive 3, 5,7, or 9 odd dives are free.

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