I googled for scuba diving for almost 1 month, but unfortunately there is no big source of information for scuba diving in india. So , I am sharing my scuba diving beginning with you all so that it will help you to try for this adventure sport. It's fun sport and if you how to swim you can go for scuba diving very easily. It is most underrated sport activity in India, but believe me when you see a turtle swimming with or a stingray swim above you, it feel very amazing.
First and foremost, there are steps to be a certified scuba diver. I am going to explain how I started. I divide my course in three parts :
1. Confined water training
2. Open water Training
3 Advanced Open water Training
There are basically two major companies which rule indian scuba industry ie Barefoot Scuba and Diveindia. I chose diveindia as they have one plus point for me ie they let you to start the course (confined water training ) in Delhi only. This flexibility encouraged me to try myself whether it excites me for further training on not. So I started to enquire at diveindia site by droping an email to them. I got a reply from the delhi trainer named Prafull. he explained me many things in mail (they prefer mail for every conversation. i don't know why? May be availability or professionalism, Anyway ) .
There are prerequists for scuba diving which are , you are able to swim 200m. Yes 200 mtr which too much . But, relaxation is that you can stop in between (as per padi standard you should not) but they somehow allow you to stop and breathe :) .
Confined water training is for one day which include a pool training of scuba for almost 6-7 hours. It costs 12500 inr to me . Before that training, you need to go through the academic study of scuba diving material which is theoretical and in the form of videos (prefer videos always). You get familiar with the equipments and assembling and dismantling of the cylinder, BCD device and checking all hoses. Believe me guys it was wonderful experience for me to breathe underwater for the first time in my life. :) . I evaluated that it is not tough to dive underwater. I must say Prafull is a very good trainer. They will provide you a reference letter which you can show to any scuba school and you are not supposed to repeat/pay for confined water training again.
Then I started to plan to complete my rest of the training in Andamans. So I again in a mail trail with diveindia and they shared a price quote of 13500 inr and 17500 inr for open water and advanced openwater training. I took a “A hut” to stay which costs 300 inr per day (which is cheap). I was preplanned so I got cheap air tickets for about 12000 (to and fro) from delhi to port blair. So after waiting few weeks, day came and i started my journey to Port Blair from Delhi.