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Learn to Scuba Dive in Adelaide

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published July 16th 2011
There are heaps of reasons people have for not going scuba diving, but there is one very important reason why you should consider it: it could be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Humans are always looking for ways of stretching boundaries, we have countless ways to fly, we can replace organs in the body after they start to die, and through scuba diving we can breath under water.

You don't have to travel to the warm water of Fiji or Hawaii, there are plenty of scuba diving opportunities all around SA. Earn your PADI certificate and you'll be able to dive anywhere on the globe, exploring countless underwater worlds. It isn't just the amazing creatures and things that you see that make this experience unforgettable, to be able to freely swim underwater while being able to breath is something that just can't be beat. So check out some of SA's best diving schools and start to scuba.

Adelaide Scuba
Head to Glenelg to rendezvous with Adelaide Scuba, one of Adelaide's top diving schools. These guys can teach you how to dive, and find you some great places to do it. Consider joining the Glenelg Scuba Diving Club, which is supported and hosted by Adelaide Scuba. This would be a great place to meet fellow divers, and find more fun and exciting dives to do.
Adelaide Scuba
Patawalonga Frontage
Glenelg North SA 5045
Ph: 61 8 82947744

EX-HMAS Hobart
For an interesting experience, dive the ex-HMAS Hobart, an Australian naval destroyer that was scuttled in 2002. You can dive through and explore the ship, as well as the marine life that now calls it home. Underwater Sports Diving Centre will be able to charter a diving tour, and they are the only ones who can access this site. This is a historical artefact as well as a great diving site.
Underwater Sports Diving Centre
Shop 4, 1048 Grand Junction Road
Holden Hill SA 5088
Ph: 61 8 8263 3337

Elite Dive Academy
Another diving group that will get you wearing flippers in no time are the Elite Diving Academy. People of all levels can either learn to scuba, improve their skills, or just go on some fun dives. You can take their specialised Leafy Sea Dragon tour, with no experience necessary. This means you can experience diving without having to commit to days of training beforehand. These tours are set up to spot Leady Sea Dragons, one of SA's most famous marine creatures.
Elite Dive Academy
88a Esplanade
Port Noarlunga SA 5167
Ph: 61 8 8382 7524

Freshwater Diving
You don't have to visit the ocean to go scuba diving, South Australia has some brilliant fresh water dive spots that offer their own unique experience. Mount Gambier might seem like the least likely place in the world to go diving, but their unique caves and sink holes are something not to be missed. Check out Cave Divers Australia, where you can find out a bit more about specific cave diving training, to discover these hidden worlds.

This just skims the surface of what is available for diving in SA, Australia, and around the world. The most important thing is to get out there at give it a go, chances are you'll love it and you'll want to go back for more. You might decide you want to dive with the great predators of the ocean, or just marvel at the smaller creatures, there are so many different experiences for you to have. For more information get in contact with one of your local diving schools.
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Why? Explore underwater worlds
When: All year round
Where: SA
Cost: Usually around $350pp
I have been diving for nearly two years now and can happily say we have so much to offer here that can be found nowhere else! The Weedy and Leafy Sea Dragons to start with, plus the Giant Australian Cuttefish, various macroalgae (ie. seaweeds) and sponges and more... Sharks aren't much of a worry, and it's safer than most imagine. I can't recommend it enough.
By Alicia Strous - senior reviewer
Friday, 15th of February @ 01:53 am
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