Scuba Diving Open Water and AOW Course Bali
Although I am not the sporty type, I have always been curious about what diving in the sea world is like. I thought it would be adventurous and go ahead to try out diving since I have been postponing this thought for many years now 🙂 I am rather afraid of water and not exactly an outdoor type of person. I am really glad I went ahead and did it because I had such an great experience diving in Bali this time.
I thought it would be good to try out something new and give myself some challenges to take up the PADI Scuba diving open water and advance open water course at the same time. All the equipment and gears are actually provided. But I prefer having my own wet suit with a touch of pink 🙂 Paid about $150+ for the wet suit, not too expensive if you decide to get your own too as there are many dive shops around in Bali.
Upon completing PADI Scuba diving open water course allows diver to dive up to 18 metres and upon completing PADI advance open water course allows diver to dive up to 40 metres deep.
PADI Open water course is for 3 days with a theory exam on the 3rd day which you must study for. First day being in confined water to train in the swimming pool.
To be honest I really didn’t like it on the first day and a small part of me started to doubt myself as it seems so difficult and tiring to learn 26 techniques and skills in the confined water swimming pool.
I took my PADI open water and advance open water course with Neptune Scuba Diving. They just moved to a brand new place located in Sanur, Bali. Their facilities were very nice, clean and with the help of very friendly staffs and trainers, I pressed on, pulled through and completed my first day of training to be ready to go to the sea.
On Day 2, I am all ready to go out to the sea for my first dive at Padangbai! The transportation are also provided by the diving company so about 7.30am every morning the car will be waiting to drive us to the diving site at Padangbai which is about 1 hour away from the apartment which I am staying at Sanur arranged by Neptune Scuba Diving.
The feeling of being in undersea water is so weird to me for the first time but then it just gets better and better after every dive. I am now really beginning to love it the more I do it.
This also reflects that sometimes in life it seems really scary and uncomfortable doing something new or things out of the normal way. But when you push yourself over the edge and start doing it, you might feel weird at first but then end up enjoying it, loving it more and more. At the end of the day, you will be rewarded with a great sense of achievement and success. So don’t be afraid or give up on challenges!
I am so proud of myself for completing the 2 courses and can now dive well to enjoy looking and swimming with the sea life.
Love these pictures of me below unknowingly striking pretty cool poses in water while the trainer took snap shots of me without me knowing. Hahaha 🙂 🙂 🙂
The diving site I went to is at Padangbai where I spent 5 days exploring at different points out at sea. OK divers Residences Hotel is where we hang out at right by the beach. You might want to pay extra $50-60 USD a night to stay at OK Divers hotel if you find it more convenient since trial diving experience and fun dives doesn’t include free transportation from the city centre of Bali.
But for me, I felt the apartment provided in Sanur by the Neptune Scuba Diving was pretty good since it comes with free transportation so it doesn’t really bother me to nap 1 hour in the car to go to Padangbai every morining since it is convenient like that too.
Bali has one of the best diving sites in Asia with so many things to see. Many of the divers told me Bali is one of their favorite places to dive because of the extensive sea life and corals around.
During my dive, I just felt so exited swimming with the sharks, sea turtles, rays and fishes. We also went to see ship wreck.
I manage to see 3 sharks diving at the shark point. The rays are sooo huge too! Simply amazing. I didn’t thought I could fall in love with diving like that as when ever I visit any aquariums I would be quickly bored in no time. The feeling and the experience being under the sea is really better than I expected by far.
I have done 9 dives so far. 4 dives for PADI open water course and 5 dives for the PADI Advance open water.
Diving is a whole new experience for me and also a great way to make a lot of new friends by meeting other divers too. Those staying at the apartments provided, we had dinner and hang out in the evenings.
The apartment provided by Neptune Scuba Diving is a studio apartment with a basic small kitchen which we can make our own food too. The apartment is really homely and clean with transportation pickup included to and from the diving site everyday. The rooms are cleaned everyday with ridiculously cheap laundry service too. 🙂
If you are interested to try out fun diving in Bali or take up PADI courses with Neptune Scuba Diving you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with them as I find that their prices and hospitality of their people is good. They also have both instructors that can speak english and chinese so you can choose the language you prefer to be taught in as well.
Here are their prices which include lodging, transportation to and fro diving site to hotel/apartment, dive lunch, rental of equipment/gears and course fees:
PADI open water course 3 days (4 dives) – $700 SGD
PADI advance open water 2 days (5 dives)- $650 SGD
For scuba diving trial experience and fun dives prices with dive lunch, rental of equipment/gears included are as below:
Trial Scuba diving Experience (2 Dives) – $220 SGD + $60 SGD (optional if want photography during dive)
Fun Dive (2 Dives) – $160 SGD + $60 SGD (optional if want photography during dive)
You can also arrange for your own place to stay as well if you prefer that. I would definitely book with Neptune Scuba Diving again to explore other sites of diving in Bali next time. Looking forward to more dives in the future and to meet more divers from all over the world. 🙂