When you are travelling one of the best feelings you can have is the sense of adventure from experiencing new things. Spending your gap year diving or learning to dive is one of the best ways to get the butterflies going. There are loads of exciting gap year diving programmes available to you, each have their own special hightlights:
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There are lots of different options open to you if you wanted to get involved with becoming a gap year diver and plenty of gap year diving destinations to choose from whether that be a Koh Tao Gap Year (one of the most popular gap year diving destinations) or placements in Africa, Australia, the pacific Caribbean and more.
So how do you decide where to go and what to do? There are various consideration that your might want to think about before choosing a gap year company to assist you with a course.
You can also check out our blog for loads of information on diving as well.
Choosing a diving agency
Firstly you need to decide which diving agency you want to learn to learn with. So to make this clearer there are several different diving organisations out there that run courses training you have to become a diver safely. The main ones are PADI and SSI although other agencies like BSAC are also popular. These training bodys all follow similar curriculum’s so do not worry too much about the course content.
To be clear the agency is not the same as the dive shop or dive school, as some are able to train people in several different agencies certifications. By far the most popular and well know agency is called PADI.
Deciding where to go
Next you need to decide where you want to go to do your dive training. It is a big world out there with thousands of unique and cool gap year diving destinations to choose from, some places have their advantages over others, so factors such as costs and personal interests will play a factor.
If you are just looking to learn to dive on your gap year and do a basic open water course, you may just choose to do this where ever is convenient along the way, but just allow yourself enough time (4 days) to do the course and make sure you are not flying within 24 hours of diving, so check your itinerary carefully.
If you wanted to spend a lot longer in one place mastering you diving skill, then you should consider doing the Divemaster course. The Divemaster course is the most popular gap year diver course for good reason. No other gap year diving programme allows you to spend so much time underwater, all included in the price.
Some places are cheaper than others with Thailand being one of the cheapest places to do your Divemaster, specifically the (Koh Tao Divemaster), however this does not necessarily make it the best although it is still extremely good.
Due to the popularity of diving in Thailand, the marine life does suffer as a consequence, so it is likely that you would see more marine life if you did your Divemaster in the Philippines, but this costs a touch more. You can also do your Divemaster in Australia, however this is again far more expensive that diving on an Asia gap year.
You can also complete your Divemaster in Africa; this is a great option if you are into shark diving, but bewared you can easily come up against tiger sharks and hammerheads. Whilst this is not dangerous if you know what to expect, it can make you panic if you are not prepared to see them! A softer way of seeing great white sharks is to go shark cage diving in South Africa
Xtreme Gap Year has a range of Gap year diver programmes and the in house expertise to be able to explain the intricacies of diving on your gap year before you set out. So if you are considering a gap year involving diving, give them a call.
There are several different options if you want to spend your gap year diving. There are several things you need to consider as well. Depending on how much time and to what level do you want to spend your gap year diving.
If you are looking to learn to dive on your gap year, then you can look at doing an Padi open water course. this qualifies you to 18 metres, however we strongly recommend doing your advanced open water as well, as this further improves your diving ability and also qualifies you to decend down to 30 metres. This gives you far more flexibility and freedom when diving on your gap year.
The next level of diving certification is the Rescue diver course. If you want to take your gap year diving further, consider a Divemaster programme.