Royal Caribbean has announced it will begin offering guests the chance to do scuba dive training and receive official certification.
Guests can become a certified scuba diver thanks to a new program being introduced in partnership with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Five Star Dive Centers. The new program will give passengers a chance to get professional training while in port.
Roberta Jacoby, managing director, Global Tour Operations at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd, said:
“For the past 16 years Royal Caribbean has worked closely with PADI to develop our onboard dive program.” “No other cruise line offers the opportunity for guests to become PADI certified scuba divers as part of the cruise, making it an ultimate dive trip as well. When guests sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course, they receive first-rate training and diver certification, performing their own scuba dives amidst the beautiful and serene waters of multiple Caribbean destinations and the South Pacific.”
A range of 30-minute programs will be offered for newbies and more experienced divers. The range of programs start as low as $29 and go all the way up to $599 per person. Don;t let the high price scare you as it is a full fledge program which begins online before even boarding the cruise ship. Guests can also take advantage of training in the ship’s pool before going out in the crystal clear blue waters in the ports of call.
The PADI courses can be booked online or at one of the PADI Five Star Dive Centers found on 10 ships across the fleet.