Fun underwater discovering Scuba with Blue Planet Dive Center | Dubrovnik Croatia
Come under the sea. The Adriatic Sea with my family and me as we discover Scuba Diving for the first time, all five of us together. What a perfect first experience for our two youngest. My husband and I have been certified for many years, it was kind of a requisite entry card to be part of my family at the time. My parents liked diving and took us many wonderful places in our young adulthood. I have wanted to share the mystery and amazement of the underwater world with my children for awhile. As lovers of snorkelling, they were ready and eager.
Two years ago, our eldest was certified in Roatán, in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Our middle son has been dying to try since we moved abroad. And he really wanted to dive in Croatia. Specifically. We’d seen pictures, read stories and investigated options. But visiting Croatia in October is a little late in the season for diving as we found many operators close up shop at the end of September when water seeking adventurers start tapering off.
Lucky for us, Blue Planet Dive Center down south in Dubrovnik was still going strong. Their PADI sanctioned facility sits right on the water at the beautiful Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. We were not guests of the hotel and were not staying in this part of town. No worries – Blue Planet will pick you up free of charge. We were scooped up from our apartment in the big Blue Planet van by Marko who would be diving with us later that day.
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING COURSE
Discover Scuba Diving is a PADI course aimed at teaching through experiencing. After about an hour of lessons on air pressure, buoyancy at different depths and safety underwater – the best way to learn diving is to do it. Your first dive will only be to a maximum of 6 meters. That’s 20 feet deep. This isn’t so deep. A perfect depth in fact to ensure everyone is comfortable with their equipment and able to maintain a buoyancy that will allow them to move smoothly through the water and not damage the fragile underwater ecosystem. This is especially important with slightly squirrely younger divers.
Included with your course is all the necessary equipment. We had our own masks, snorkels and fins, but ended up using Blue Planet’s as it was in better condition than ours. Full wetsuits with hoods and booties were recommended as the water temperatures were about 21 degrees Celsius. 71 degrees Fahrenheit. While this is warm enough for us Scandi conditioned swimmers to take a dip, it can be cold for diving any length of time.
We suited up and got an overview of our gear. Josko Bobanovic, our friendly and patient dive master showed the kids how to set up our BCD’s (buoyancy compensating devices), regulators and tanks. As beginners, this was done for the children. Safety checks secure, we’re ready to go. Above water, once geared, we felt heavy and cumbersome toddling to the stairs where we would step into the sea.
One by one – we make our way in, and feel the cool water fill up our suits. It doesn’t stay cold for long as the neoprene creates a nice barrier and our body heat warms the small layer of water to keep us insulated. Slowly and carefully, the dive masters instruct us to descend, right there near the shore. They make sure everyone’s equipment feels fine and that we can all easily dip beneath the surface.
We give the OK signal and we’re ready to really try this thing. Together. All of us! We head down and slowly follow our dive masters. Josko takes the two youngest rookies and keeps them close and safe. Marko, our morning escort, stays with the three certified divers so the newbies can have some space.
Because we don’t go very deep on the kids’ very first dive – we can stay down for nearly 45 minutes. The Adriatic is not known for is amazing corals or substantive fish life – but there was still so much to see. Little fish in swarms and octopus and sea cucumbers and brilliant fire worms. Don’t touch!
Round one complete. Smiles and high fives all around. We relax and lunch on the patio of the hotel. Delicious and quick with stunning sea views. The kids warm up in the resort hot tub as we process the progress. Soon, a second slightly deeper afternoon dive affords cuttlefish and many more octopus and more memories made.
With two dives under their belt and an official PADI Discover Scuba certification obtained, our youngest divers can now credit these dives towards their Junior Open Water Certification if completed within a year.
I can highly recommend Blue Planet Dive Center for a smooth and safe introduction to the beautiful world of Scuba Diving. Thank you to Josko Bobanovic and Marko Crnjak for their patience and education. All underwater photos and videos courtesy of them!
GOOD TO KNOW:
Blue Planet Dive Center
at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Masarykov put 20, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
+385 91 899 0973
Discover Scuba Diving Course
2 dives with full equipment included
720 Croatian Kuna per person (95 EUR) in cash.
You must be a minimum of 10 years old to dive.
Book your dives at least 1 – 2 days in advance via email.
Discovery scuba diving is a small one day course which includes two dives, first one to 6 m is performed from 9:30 AM to 12:00 and second done to 12 m from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. The course is registered in PADI database and credited towards OWD course. Your children can make remaining 7 dives in any PADI center in the world within one year.The course is performed from the shore, on our house reef. We can also offer your free of charge pick up and drop off after the second dive on Dubrovnik area.” – Blue Planet Dive Center