NEW TO DIVING
New to Diving? Enjoy guided dives in small groups on our beautiful reefs and be amazed. Choose from an array of dive packages, dive sites and special excursions based on your certification and experience level.
Explore the dive sites around Havelock and Neil Island with our experienced and friendly Instructors and Divemasters. It's magical, mystical, simply breathtaking and above all it's a lot of fun!

ALREADY CERTIFIED
We have a range of options for you to continue your education. Our expert staff and top of the line equipment are for you to take advantage of. While learning, experience the islands and explore the underwater world in a way only Barefoot Scuba can deliver. It might also interest you to know that Barefoot Scuba was the first Instructor Development Center in India, training the highest number of professionals and scuba divers alike.
Course Description
Dive Courses
  • DISCOVER DIVING
  • GET CERTIFIED
  • CONTINUE LEARNING
  • FUN DIVING
  • E-LEARNING
PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) and Bubblemaker (BBM)
The world's most popular introduction to diving, this entry-level program allows you to experience the magic of being and breathing underwater. A briefing of equipment and basic breathing skills, followed by a practice session in shallow water prepares you for the experience of a lifetime. You'll explore wonderful coral reef, feel the amazing weightlessness of diving, and see things you've never seen before. The constant supervision and guidance of our PADI certified divemasters and instructors make this the perfect first step towards satisfying your curiosity of the sea. You can chose to complete Discover Scuba at Beach 2 or in more exotic locations like Inglis island or Tamarind camp.
COURSE DURATION: 1 Day
PREREQUISITE COURSE: None
SWIMMING SKILLS: Not Required
MIN. AGE: 10 yrs (8 yrs for Bubblemaker)
MAX. DEPTH: 12m (2m for Bubblemaker)


PADI Open Water Diver (OWD)
The Open Water Diver certification is the most recognized certification valid worldwide and does not require renewal.
This course will teach you the fundamentals of diving through a perfect mixture of theory (5 modules), 5 sessions of confined water skills training, equipment orientation and troubleshooting techniques, and 4 open water dives.
Anybody with a basic level of comfort in the water & basic swimming skills can sign up : a 10 min float test and 200 metres swim (or 300 metres snorkelling) are required prior to certification.
COURSE DURATION: 4 days
PREREQUISITE COURSE: None
SWIMMING SKILLS: Required
MIN. AGE: 10 yrs
MAX. DEPTH: 18m (12m for children under 12 yrs)


PADI Scuba Diver (SD)
Ideal for those with limited time, the PADI Scuba Diver course provides you with the basics of Scuba Diving. After 3 theory modules, 3 sessions of confined water skills training and 2 open water dives up to 12 meters, you will receive a permanent license that allows you to dive to 12 meters under the supervision of a dive master or instructor. The Scuba Diver certification is valid worldwide and can be upgraded to the PADI Open Water certification at any time. If you have the desire to learn diving but don't have enough time for it, the Scuba Diver course is the best beginning.
COURSE DURATION: 2 - 3 days
PREREQUISITE COURSE: None
SWIMMING SKILLS: Ability to float for 10 min
MIN. AGE: 10 yrs
MAX. DEPTH: 12m


PADI Adventure Dives and PADI Advance Open Water Diver
If you've learnt the fundamentals of diving and are curious about what the big blue has to offer then start with the PADI Adventures in Diving program. Under the supervision of our instructors, the Adventure dives allow you to safely experience some of diving's most rewarding specialty activities, while helping you improve your dive skills.
Most importantly, you get to choose the dives that interest you. With Barefoot Scuba you can try deep diving, underwater navigation, wreck diving, night diving, search and recovery, drift diving, boat diving, underwater naturalist,Fish Identification, Nitrox/Enriched Air, Shark AWARE conservation multilevel and computer diving, peak performance buoyancy, underwater photography and videography.
Any dive of the Adventures in Diving program are credited towards the Advanced Open Water course or the Adventure diver certification. 3 Adventure dives are necessary to qualify for Adventure diver certification, and if you want to become an Advance Open Water diver, you will need 5 Adventure dives including deep and navigation dives.
Any Adventure dive can be credited to the same specialty diver course.
  • If the Night dive is chosen as one of the dives in the course, a minimum of 2 students are required for this dive.
  • If the underwater Photography or Videography dive is chosen as one of the dives in the course there will be an additional surcharge of Rs.2,000 per student.
COURSE DURATION: 2-3 days for Adventure Diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
PREREQUISITE COURSE: Open Water Diver certification
SWIMMING SKILLS: Required
MIN. AGE: 10/15 yrs depending of the adventure dive and 12 years for Advanced Open Water
MAX. DEPTH: 21m for Junior Adventure Diver / 30m for Adventure Diver


PADI Enriched Air / Nitrox Course
Barefoot Scuba is happy to now announce the PADI Enriched Air Course commonly referred to as Nitrox.Make the most of your valuable underwater time with the PADI Nitrox course. As an "Enriched Air Diver" you have several benefits...
  • Stay underwater longer
  • Get back into the water sooner
  • Absorb less nitrogen during your dives.
Nitrox is becoming increasingly popular and is widely available in many popular dive destinations. A short video and small classroom sessions, learning all about enriched air and how to plan Nitrox dives using a dive computer .
2 optional Nitrox dives can be included in the course and you willexperience the advantages it has to offer! You may never want to dive on AIR again and will ask to dive with Nitrox from here on at every dive destination you visit. You could even combine your Open Water Course with the Nitrox Course now. Check out our fantastic course packages for details.
Stay down longer, be a step ahead of the rest and take the plunge now.
COURSE DURATION: 1 day
PREREQUISITE COURSE: Open Water Diver


Emergency First Response (EFR)
Have you ever wondered how you might help somebody in a first aid emergency situation? Take a step toward emergency preparedness with Emergency First Response.
EFR meets PADI Rescue Diver prerequisites, but teaches you the skills to assist people both on land and in the water. As one of the foremost international CPR and first aid training companies, Emergency First Response gives you the confidence to respond to medical emergencies in your every day world with your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers too.
The Emergency First Response course encompasses
  • CPR, primary care and secondary care for adults, (children and infants is optional)/li>
  • Automated External Defibrillator Use (AED)/li>
  • Basic Oxygen administration and handling.
Be the person who makes a difference in a life threatening situation; get certified as an Emergence First Responder now.
COURSE DURATION: 1 day
PREREQUISITE COURSE: None


PADI Rescue Diver (RD)
The PADI Rescue Diver course is probably the most challenging and rewarding course in recreational diving.
In this course, which many claim is the best they have taken; you will cover topics like Self-rescue and diver stress, Emergency management and equipment, Panicked diver response, In-water rescue breathing protocols, Egress (exits) and Dive accident scenarios.
A combination of theory, confined water skills training, and the final real-life scenario practice in open water will expand your knowledge and help you increase safety for yourself and those diving with you. Most importantly, rescue training can help you save a life.
Be a dependable buddy, make a difference - get the Rescue Diver certification today.
COURSE DURATION: 3 - 4 days
PREREQUISITE COURSE: Advanced Open Water Diver certification + EFR
SWIMMING SKILLS: Required
MIN. AGE: 12 yrs


PADI Specialties/Master Scuba Diver (MSD)
We can offer you the following specialties at Barefoot Scuba : deep diving, underwater navigation, wreck diving, night diving, search and recovery, drift diving, underwater naturalist,Fish Identification, Nitrox/Enriched Air, Shark AWARE conservation, multilevel and computer diving, peak performance buoyancy, digital underwater photography.
The number of dives included in the specialty depend on the certification you choose, check with us at the time of booking.
Reach for the top of your sport, become the best of the best in recreational diving. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating denotes superior achievement and proficiency in dive skills, experience and underwater activities.
After logging 50 dives and completing the PADI Rescue Diver course, choose 5 Specialty courses to earn your Master Scuba Diver certification.
The specialized training combined with the range of activities involved makes this course a challenging and intensely educative adventure.
Our knowledgeable and experienced staff will help you reach the highest non-professional level in the PADI system of diver education.
PREREQUISITE COURSE: Open Water Divers (some specialties can be for non divers like digital Underwater Photo and Project AWARE)
SWIMMING SKILLS: Required
MIN. AGE: 10 to 15 yrs depending on the specialty
Daily Diving Program
Despite being on Indian Standard Time, the sun rises over the Andaman Islands at 5 a.m. For certified divers, our daily dive-trips leave from Barefoot Scuba Dive Resort on Beach No.3 between 7.30 and 8.00 a.m, They proceed to preplanned destinations that have been planned ahead of time based on the interests and skill of our guests as well as the conditions of the sea.
Our day trips are 2-tank outings to the selection of dive sites in Ritchie's Archipelago. Thorough dive-briefings involving safety measures, site conditions and fauna of the area are provided by our Instructors and Divemasters just prior to entering the water. Upon surfacing, we have a minimum interval of 1 hour between dives. The dive boats return to the Barefoot Scuba Dive Resort between 1.00 and 3.30 p.m. Upon reaching the dive centre we log the dives, discuss the animals that were spotted and share photographs from the outing. Water and snacks are provided on all 2-tank outings.
For students of diving, the schedule of activities can vary and it is decided by the course instructor. Discover Scuba Diving participants, Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver students doing their confined water sessions usually leave for Beach 2, our confined water training area, by 8.30 a.m.
BEGIN YOUR COURSE TODAY. JOIN E-LEARNING NOW
Why spend a day in the classroom doing the theory segment of your diving course, when you can be lazing on our beautiful beach? Enrol now in Barefoot Scuba's E Learning program and complete the theory online at your convenience in the comfort of your home. Through E -Learning, we offer you the opportunity to do the following courses:
  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Enriched Air/ Nitrox Course
  • Instructor Development Course
Medical Form
Please download the medical form and go through it. If you have a YES answer to any question, you will need to bring with you a certificate signed by a physician. A YES without physician’s written approval will disallow you from diving.

DIVE SITES HAVELOCK
The underwater world around Havelock has plenty to offer divers of all skill levels. In fact, much of the areas better diving spots is in water no deeper than 20 meters. Of late, however, newer and deeper sites are being discovered, and some of these locations are highly recommended. The dive sites are between 30 minutes and 2 hours by boat and vary quite a bit in what the individual sites offer, with regards to topography and fish life. At Barefoot Scuba the safety of our divers is our foremost concern, and we adhere to the prescribed depth limits of diver certification. If you find that you wish to dive a site which is deeper than your experience and certification allows then please let us know. We will be happy to take you to these sites following the necessary procedures and under the supervision of our instructors.

DIVE SITES Covelong
Beat the heat of Chennai city! Come and chill at Covelong Point. Be one of the scuba diving pioneers exploring these reefs on the East Coast with amazing corals and fish life!

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
Barefoot Scuba owns a fleet of dive vessels, all equipped with First aid kit, emergency oxygen and flotation devices. Our boat crew are well trained in handling emergency situations and first aid. With our state of the art equipment supplied by leading brands such as Beuchat, Scubapro & Aqualung, there is something to fit everyone, even children!
Our scuba cylinders are 12-liter, aluminium cylinders fitted with K-valves for standard yoke regulators (we also have 15L and 6L tanks for special requests).We do have adapters for DIN regulator use. Our cylinders are hydrostatically tested as per international regulations. They are filled to 200 bar using Bauer Mariner breathing air compressors under strict adherence to operating standards. We are the only dive facility in Andamans with a state of the art Bauer Membrane System for safe filling of Nitrox/Enriched Air.
We provide Suunto Zoop computers to all our guests doing deep dives. 3mm short wetsuits in all sizes are given to all divers. Incase this does not meet your requirement, we can provide you with 3mm full wetsuits. We have a variety of masks, single-lens and twin-lens, with a range of prescription lenses from -2 to -8. Our fins come in full-foot and open-heel models.
Our experienced staff usually assembles the equipment of our certified divers every morning, before loading the dive boats. If you wish to assemble your own equipment, or if you wish to change a piece of equipment that you are not comfortable with, please let us know. We are happy to oblige.
Yulutang, our large comfortable boat is about 12m in length and travels between 8 and 10 knots. She is equipped with a dive platform for easy access, tank racks for storage of tanks and a ladder to help you enter and exit the water.

She has a wheel house, a nice small seating area, an open sun area at the bow of the boat and toilets. Yulutang can take up to 12 divers and offers a relaxed ride to our dive sites.
Valsa, has been rebuilt into a custom made dive boat and no effort has been spared in providing her with the best facilities. Made completely in timber she is about 14 meters in length and is equipped with a powerful engine. Complete with a tank rack, an equipment area, a swim step, a sun deck for divers to relax, a toilet on board and a wheel house,she is a great boat to be on. She travels at about 10 knots and can comfortably accommodate about 12 divers at a time.
Manta Ray and Devil Ray, are 2 twin catamaran speedboats designed exclusively for diving. They can get you to the best diving spots like Barren Island and Invisible Banks within 3 hours from Havelock. Built in Thailand by Austhai Marine and equipped with 2 Yamaha engines, back tank racks, rear platform and ladder, they are ideal for deep water entries and exits, they each can accommodate 12 divers.
Dunghis, are traditional Burmese fishing boats used extensively throughout the Andaman Islands and their unique design makes them suitable for our waters. These boats are modified to suit diving needs and are the most common boats used to transport equipment and beach dives.

Yulutang
Yulutang, our large comfortable boat is about 12m in length and travels between 8 and 10 knots. She is equipped with a dive platform for easy access, tank racks for storage of tanks and a ladder to help you enter and exit the water.

She has a wheel house, a nice small seating area, an open sun area at the bow of the boat and toilets. Yulutang can take up to 12 divers and offers a relaxed ride to our dive sites.

Valsa
Valsa, has been rebuilt into a custom made dive boat and no effort has been spared in providing her with the best facilities. Made completely in timber she is about 14 meters in length and is equipped with a powerful engine. Complete with a tank rack, an equipment area, a swim step, a sun deck for divers to relax, a toilet on board and a wheel house,she is a great boat to be on. She travels at about 10 knots and can comfortably accommodate about 12 divers at a time.

Manta Ray and Devil Ray
Manta Ray and Devil Ray, are 2 twin catamaran speedboat designed exclusively for diving. They can get you to the best diving spots like Barren Island and Invisible Banks within 3 hours from Havelock. Built in Thailand by Austhai Marine and equipped with 2 Yamaha engines, back tank racks, rear platform and ladder, they are ideal for deep water entries and exits, they each can accommodate 12 divers.

Dunghis
Dunghis, are traditional Burmese fishing boats used extensively throughout the Andaman Islands and their unique design makes them suitable for our waters. These boats are modified to suit diving needs and are the most common boats used to transport equipment and beach dives.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Speedboat Trips
Our speedboat trip will take you where no other dive centre in the Andamans will. The fastest boats in the Andamans, these trips promise to change the face of diving in the Andaman Islands forever. Dive the unexplored waters around 'India's only' active volcano "Barren Island" and be blown away by the undived waters of Invisible Banks. These trips are exclusive to Barefoot Scuba and can be done as single day safaris. Departing early in the morning from Havelock and returning in the evening, these trips will involve 3 stunning dives on pristine reefs. It's an opportunity that you should not miss for the world- its mystical, magical and simply breathtaking!
DIVE SAFARIS
Apart from its speedboat fleet, Barefoot Scuba diving has 3 large (60 feet) and comfortable wooden boats, "Yulutang" and "Valsa" . Divers looking for a more economical and yet comfortable option to go off the beaten the track can now join us on our special dive safaris. Our wooden boat fleet can also take you to the unexplored waters around 'India's only' active volcano "Barren Island". This trip is exclusive to Barefoot Scuba and can be done as an overnight safari. Departing late evening from Havelock and returning in the wee hours of the following night, these trips will involve 3 stunning dives on pristine reefs.

DIVING IN ANDAMANS
"Journey to the Bay of Bengal in Asia and explore the magical Andaman Islands - a wondrous realm of stunning marine and coral reefs, swimming elephants, pristine beaches and mysterious tribes who exist beyond the reach of time. Pass through shimmering gates of coral and discover volcanic gardens of an underwater paradise. Here lions, unicorns and butterflies masquerade as fish. Dugongs play in the sea-grasses of shallow reefs that fringe the outer islands and every dive trip brings the promise of exploration and new discoveries" - Jacques Yves Cousteau
Although dive pioneer Jacques Cousteau dived the waters around the Andaman Islands quite some time ago- it's only now that they are becoming one of the world's newest diving destinations which have yet to be explored properly for diving.
Weather and Diving during different times of the Year:
The best time to dive in the Andaman Islands is February and March. Our peak season is from November to Mid April. The second week of May brings in the monsoon season.
June to September are wet months as well. Although the boat rides may be a bit more challenging diving, we still get spectacular conditions underwater often while diving.
With water temperatures not dropping below 26°C and averaging 28°C, diving here is extremely comfortable and enjoyable to learn. Visibility in our surrounding waters can vary from 5m-40m depending on the site and the day. Currents can range from minimal to strong and depend completely on the dive site and the tides.
Dive Sites:
We have dive sites suited for all levels of divers; however some of the best dive sites require an advanced level of certification.
In 2010, Andaman Sea got affected by global warming and sadly most of the corals of shallow waters (0 to 16m) got damaged. Recovery is on its way but you will find our most amazing dive sites below 18M.
Marine Life:
There is always a chance for an exciting dives with Manta Rays, Devil Rays, White-Tip Reef Sharks, a variety of Groupers, Turtles, Octopus and so on. Existing dive sites have proven to amaze and thrill divers of all levels; however there are areas of undiscovered and un-dived waters which hold much more to be explored, which is something we enjoy doing when we get the time.
At Barefoot Scuba we believe in taking things a step further. We are the only dive facility in Andamans with a state of the art Bauer Membrane System for safe filling of Nitrox/Enriched Air.