Dive Into Adventure With PADI Scuba Courses on Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International is now the only cruise line in the world with onboard PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Five Star Dive Centres - meaning adventurous Australians can become certified scuba divers while they cruise. The award-winning cruise line has teamed up with PADI - the largest, most trusted diver training organisation in the world – to offer a range of courses on 10 ships across its international fleet; including Explorer of the Seas, the 3,800-guest megaliner dedicated to South Pacific itineraries out of Sydney this summer.
“Royal is renowned for one-of-a-kind onboard offerings and PADI’s Five Star Dive Centres and programs are no exception,” says Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia and New Zealand.
“No other cruise line offers these unique onboard qualifications – our guests can return home with a newfound passion and skill-set, adding a whole new level of adventure to their holiday,” Armstrong added.
Royal Caribbean’s PADI Five Star Dive Centres boast world-class educational programs, professional instructors and top of the range diving equipment for hire. Featuring exclusively onboard a selection of Royal’s Quantum, Oasis, Freedom and Voyager class ships, they offer a range of programs for all levels; from a 30-minute Try Dive program for beginners just earning their fins (from US$29), through to PADI’s Reactivate Program for certified divers looking to refresh their skills (from US$59).
Those seeking the ultimate scuba dive cruise can enrol in PADI’s Open Water Diver course^ to earn their complete scuba diving certification, starting at US$599 per person. The premier scuba course begins at home with the online course using either the PADI Touch app for mobile devices or PADI eLearning® online for computers - leaving more time for scuba diving while on holiday. Once on the high seas, divers will test the waters in the ship’s pool before heading out to complete the four mandatory, open-water training dives in some of the world’s most spectacular underwater havens. The training dives are split among two different ports of call, allowing for maximum sightseeing throughout the cruise. Upon returning home, guests will be certified scuba divers, able to plan and execute dives on their own.
Experienced divers, meanwhile, can hire their dive gear from onboard and plunge straight in to exploring hundreds of otherworldly destinations like Vanuatu’s famous Twin Bommies, a fabulous coral reef teeming with marine life, and the Caribbean’s Belize Barrier Reef - the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Courses available on locally-based Explorer of the Seas this season include the Try Dive program, Reactivate Program as well as the PADI Scuba Diver program. This course includes all the materials required for pre-cruise knowledge development, a confined water session in the ship’s pool, equipment hire and two dives in picturesque Vila, Vanuatu.
Discover a love of diving on Explorer of the Seas’ 10-night roundtrip voyage on Explorer of the Seas. Guests can take advantage of the onboard PADI Five Star Dive Centre while they cruise to the enticing waters of Noumea, Mare and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, and Mystery Island and Vila in Vanuatu.