Scuba Diving Holidays

Scuba Diving Holidays are an amazing adventure experience available to anyone aged 10 or above. The most popular and globally recognised diving organisation is PADI, providing an extensive range of qualifications and diving. BSAC offer an alternative programme of diving qualifications which are also well respected in many countries. Whilst there are other diving institutions in operation, Active Adventures works with dive centres offering PADI & BSAC training programmes.

While the entire diving community shares a common love for the underwater world, we all dive for different reasons. That’s why our diving holidays have been carefully selected for all tastes, whether you want to see historical wrecks, spectacular topographies and geology or observe amazing marine life. We have selected fantastic destinations and itineraries to suit all. We have qualified instructors on our team to create the perfect diving holidays for you which is just one of the reasons why we class ourselves as experts in diving holidays.

You can use the menus below to learn more about what’s available from PADI and BSAC or simply click on one of the diving destinations to discover what’s in store for you diving in that location. Please be aware though that nature can be a fickle thing and also quite seasonal, so while we’ll point you to destinations offering the best chance to see specific marine life, we can’t guarantee that it will be present during your diving holiday – for guarantees you’re best to visit a zoo! (PS: diving holidays at any of our destinations promise you warmer water than you’ll find in the UK!)

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LANZAROTE CYPRUS   MALTA DAHAB SHARM El GOUNA  SAFAGAMARSA ALAMWADI LAHAMI

To download a copy of the PADI self-certification medical form then click the PADI image:

 

Important Information


For PADI diving holidays click the image to the right to display the PADI course curriculum.  For more detail on each PADI programme then visit PADI.com (opens in new window)

Ever thought of becoming a diving professional? Qualify as a PADI Divemaster and you could be earning money during your diving holidays! Ask us what this involves.

Click on the toggles below to learn more about diving holidays with BSAC:

BSAC Overview

About the British Sub-Aqua Club
Join BSAC and you join a worldwide group of people who share a real passion for scuba diving.

We are the UK’s leading dive club and the sport’s National Governing Body, providing an internationally-recognised diver training and development programme via a network of clubs and centres across the country and overseas.

Scuba diving is an adventure open to anyone aged 12 or over – and with our worldwide network of clubs and centres providing accessible, affordable scuba diving lessons, it’s never been easier to learn to dive.

BSAC has long been in on the secret of how exciting our seas are to scuba dive – our members have been taking scuba diving lessons and safely diving, exploring and enjoying Britain’s seas (and many other places around the world) for more than 55 years. Join us!

We have 1,000+ friendly dive clubs all around the UK (and some overseas) just waiting to get you started – with the right training and support, you could be very soon enjoying your own scuba diving adventure! If you don’t fancy joining a club but want to learn you could learn at a BSAC centre (dive shop).

For more information visit BSAC.com (opens in new window)

Membership Benefits

World-class training, amazing diving and great company – there’s so much more to being a member of BSAC
Dive and train with friends – anywhere! BSAC has more than 1,000+ clubs and 300 centres around the world

  • Access to our internationally-recognised Diver Training Programme
  • FREE Worldwide Third-Party Liability insurance*, up to the value of £15m*
  • FREE monthly subscription to SCUBA (BSAC’s official magazine), worth £47.88**
  • Save £££s on your diving holidays through BSAC Travel Partners
  • Affordable diver life cover, critical illness and income protection cover
  • Have your say – as a member of the UK’s Governing Body for diving
  • Ongoing support and training with the BSAC Regional Coaching system
  • 10% or more off BSAC Shop items
  • Unlimited access to expert advice from our experienced and friendly BSAC Team
  • Unique access to members only areas of bsac.com
  • Divers’ events, including shows and conferences

For more information visit BSAC.com (opens in new window)

Diver Grades

All diver training courses are delivered through BSAC clubs, by qualified instructors over a series of weekly evening sessions and weekend open water training, with the opportunity for regular diving to hone your skills. You can also complete your training over a shorter period of time through a BSAC centre.

Ocean Diver
You will learn to dive on this entry level course. Max depth 20m.

Sports Diver
Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 35m after qualfying. Sports Divers can embark on the first stage of the route of instruction

Dive Leader
Dive Leader training covers responsibilities and safety of leading other divers. Depth can be built progressively to a maximum of 50m after qualfying. Dive Leaders are eligible to progress to Open Water Instructor.

Advanced Diver
Divers gain experience in planning dives at different sites and different circumstances. Additional experience will be gained in using small boats, chartwork. navigation and many other related skills. Advanced Divers are eligible to progress to Advanced Instructor.
More information on the Advanced Diver course

First Class Diver
BSAC’s highest diving grade which requires a higher than average level of theoretical knowledge, organisational and personal diving skills.

For more information visit BSAC.com (opens in new window)

diving holidays

Some useful tips when considering diving holidays:

  • Regardless of your experience level you will be required to present a medical certificate from a doctor OR complete a PADI self-certification questionnaire prior to diving with a reputable dive centre. For a copy of this form click the link on this page
  • You don’t need to be superman but a reasonable level of fitness is required, ie. you need to carry the weight of fairly heavy equipment to/from the dive site (it weighs nothing underwater!) and be able swim. Advanced courses will require extra levels of fitness.
  • All of our dive centres provide the necessary equipment if you don’t have your own and for initial training courses this is provided free of charge
  • All PADI certification modules carry an additional fee payable locally for the PADI certification card
  • Course manuals (where applicable) are charged extra to the course costs and are payable locally – you can pre-purchase your own if preferred and take with you
  • Certain destinations may require you to dive with a computer – these are usually available to hire if you don’t own one
  • Most destinations offer guided diving – if you want un-guided diving then check with us
  • Certain dive programmes will require a minimum level of experience and/or qualification – check with us

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