Discover Scuba Diving
With the aid of a flip chart, one of our qualified instructors will explain the most important rules of diving, along with the basic skills needed for your scuba dive. The lesson is concise and is designed to inform but not confuse. After a dry land lesson, you will suit up and enter the water into near pool-like conditions along the shore where you will practice the skills covered in the lesson with your instructor.
After gaining confidence by practice, you will simply submerge and begin your dive. Watch your instructor feed the fish as you begin your guided dive along a live coral reef, floating weightlessly. You will be visited by a variety of tropical fish, and just might encounter a turtle or stingray. During your dive, your air gauge will be carefully monitored by your instructor to ensure that you don't get low on air. The dive typically lasts about 40 minutes, with a maximum depth of 40 feet, depending on your comfort level. You will be surprised by how quickly you relax!
After completing your dive, we invite you to stay and snorkel at Coki Beach, the best snorkel spot on St. Thomas. If you don't have your own snorkel gear with you, you can use our rental gear for free or purchase some of our Retail.
If you are planning on getting Open Water Certified you can count this dive toward that goal.
Your scuba dive will be an experience you will remember the rest of your life. Over the years, thousands of our beginner divers have continued on to become PADI Open Water Certified Divers.
WHEN: 9:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M., or 1:30 P.M. daily, depending on space available and weather conditions.
FOR: Anyone wishing to experience the thrill of being underwater and visiting a live reef. A basic comfort of being in the water is helpful as well as being in relatively good health. This is also a great dive for rusty certified divers. You must be 10 years old and over.
DURATION: The PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course is about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish. The actual scuba dive is about 40 minutes.
COST: $79 - Includes a dry land lesson, shallow water practice of basic scuba skills and a scuba dive to a live coral reef at Coki Beach with your PADI instructor. Price also includes all scuba gear needed along with snorkel gear to use for the day. Wetsuit rental is only $5, and a 2nd dive is only $50.
NOTE: We don't allow more than 4 divers with an instructor to keep the groups small and safe.
Discover Scuba Diving at Coki Dive Center. Video by DiveHDV
MEDICAL CLEARANCE AND LIABILITY: Please read the medical form available on our website. You must bring a written release from your doctor if you answer YES to any of the questions. Before starting this program, we will ask you to complete the medical questionnaire, a Liability Release, and a Safe Diving Statement. We reserve the right to refuse any one dive or snorkel gear. A parent or guardian must sign for anyone under 18 years old.
RESERVATIONS: We take walk-ups, but it is better to make a reservation. E-mail ahead for reservations or call us at: 340-775-4220 or 1-800-474-2654.