PADI Open Water scuba dive certification – Poseidon Dive Station Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

PADI Open Water scuba dive certification – Poseidon Dive Station Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

After years of awe at the magnificence that is the beautiful ocean, coupled with a fear of what might be lurking in there preventing me from jumping in and enjoying the great pool, I finally lady-sacked up and completed my PADI Open Water scuba dive certification.

Yup. Jess Hooper donned a mask and air tank, rolled backward off of a boat into the Indian Ocean and explored. Who is this person?! I like her better than the scared version of Hoop (Jess) who would hold her best friends hand, dip in a toe and run away as if there was a shark waiting right there at the end of her leg.

PADI Open Water scuba dive certification – Poseidon Dive Station Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

The confined dive in the shallows of Hikkaduwa Beach got me excited and hungry for a deeper dive. Breathing under water is so strange but so beautiful and had me chuckling to myself as I felt like a cross between a very awkward little mermaid and Darth Vader combined. The following day, I finally got into deeper water and boy, did I suck at diving.

Dive #1. “You kick your legs sort of like you’re riding a bike”. Well shit. I have a couple of friends who will love this as me on a bike of any kind is a logistical fail of epic proportions. “It’s okay, we can work on it, it will get better”.

The instructor Erin was a legend and just what I needed, the perfect combination of professional and calmingly casual. I couldn’t have asked for a better leader when it comes to learning how to literally jump out of my comfort zone and into the deep end. I semi-lost my buddy Nimantha but later found out he was holding my tank and guiding me along because the frog legs were getting me nowhere. Try, try and try again right?

Dive #2 was ever so slightly more successful and I almost had the leg coordination and not freaking out that I’m under water down. New mountain to climb…don’t over inflate your Buoyancy Control Device and float towards the surface like a derp. Grace never was my forte.

Dives #3 and 4 were so much better and I think (am almost sure anyway) that I had the legs, buoyancy and calm down. I loved it! It really is a whole other world down there, an indescribable world of peace, quiet, marine life, beautiful rock formations and conquered fears. I faced another scaredy too and jumped off the boat and swam on the surface. I won’t lie and say I was ready and willing, I had to pee and in the ocean is much better than in a wet-suit on a boat in fear of somebody seeing me pee in the ocean. After that first one, swimming became glorious, truly glorious and free compared to wearing the weight of equipment.

Being asked to get back in the boat so we could set off filled me with pride that not only was I in there bobbing around, I was enjoying myself.
I can’t wait to get back out there and explore more of the sea bed, Walt Disney’s’ “Under The Sea” rolling around in my head and am so grateful to be in picturesque Sri Lanka to keep practicing and experience more.

To the Poseidon Dive Station team, you’re the tits*. Truly great at what you do, awesome humans, professional and the best people to have started this underwater journey with. Thank you and I’ll forever have a place in my heart for the people who made me feel at ease in natures wonder – and on a high powered speed boat ?

*This has caused confusion before so to clarify; just as breasts are beautiful, functional, great fun and lovely overall, people who are ‘the tits’ are all of the above and more.

I found my lady balls and took a dive…Literally

Poseidon Diving Station Sri Lanka

Poseidon Diving Station is Sri Lanka’s longest established PADI dive centre. Since 1973 we have been discovering shipwrecks and dive sites around the island, taking divers to these spots and establishing Sri Lanka as a diving destination on the world map.

In 1998 we became a PADI centre and have trained thousands of students from almost every country, becoming the first PADI five star centre in 2004 Working with PADI to increase the quality of training and standards throughout Sri Lanka.

In 2012 we became Sri Lanka’s first IDC centre and have conducted the first ever IDC here in 2013.


Diving in Sri Lanka gives you a great opportunity to see our historic shipwrecks and colourful reefs, all in warm, clear water and easy to dive. Hikkaduwa’s home reef gives you a chance to do shallow water training in a marine environment renowned for its resident turtle population.

The island has a thriving dive industry with nearly 50 dive centres around the island, diving in the southwest from November until April and the northeast April until October. Our blue whale and sperm whale population are world famous.

The island also offers a large choice of fascinating temples, historic sites, rainforests and national parks and an incredibly friendly, welcoming local population. Travelling here is simple and living costs low, making it an enjoyable and economic choice.

Our IDC.

Poseidon Diving Station runs a small group, strongly supported IDC over 2 weeks. These two weeks include a special IDC preparation module, the IDC itself, marine resource management, EFR instructor and O2 provider training.

Since our first IDC we have had a 100% pass rate, due to the small group structure, individual attention from the course director and knowledgeable IDC staff. The course is friendly and open, encouraging students to become confident, able instructors.

To encourage a strong group atmosphere and truly experience life in a dive centre we offer free accommodation in the dive centre for candidates during the IDC and IE.

As the students stay in the dive centre they have constant access to the water and tanks, and are support by the staff instructors to spend as much extra time in the water as they wish.

Divemaster Training in Sri Lanka

Poseidon Diving Station runs divemaster training year round. You can train on an individual basis or as part of a group.
As a dive master you will lead others on dives and assist in diver training. It opens the doors to work all over the world.
To train as a PADI Dive master you need to be 18 and a rescue diver with at least 40 logged dives to start the course and 60 on completion. You will also need an EFR qualification within the last 24 months and a medical statement signed by a doctor.
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs


International Dive School Hikkaduwa Trincomalee Sri Lanka Somey and Sachi

International Dive School Hikkaduwa Trincomalee Sri Lanka – Somey and Sachi

Come diving with International Dive School Hikkaduwa Trincomalee Sri Lanka Somey and Sachi. Somey or as he is formally known, “R.K. Somadasa De Silva”, is the founder of the International Diving School in Hikkaduwa. This started off as his Marine Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa “down south” on the south western shores of Sri Lanka.

The school is now in it’s second generation and is managed by Somey’s beloved son Sachin. “Sachi” has an infectious friendly character – he is another devoted diver and takes after his father in many things – especially his love of the sea – above and below !

Sachi has implemented some great plans keeping the school and marine sanctuary inline with international standards to improve your diving experience.

Diving with Somey, Sachi and his well trained crew of more than 20 years experience give you a guarantee for fun adventure and friendly atmosphere. All staff are well trained dive masters and assistant instructors. They organize daily dive trips with our speed boats. On these boats they have Oxygen, GPS and other first aid equipment.

The IDS boat captains have been trained by Coastal Safety International and additionally hold RYA Qualifications.

International Dive School Hikkaduwa Trincomalee Sri Lanka Somey and Sachi

At International Dive School (IDS) you dive with qualified, experienced and friendly divemaster instructors, all fully certified with: PADI, CMAS & UDI

PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors

The PADI System of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages. PADI courses are student-centered and provide maximum practice and realistic application.

PADI Professionals make underwater exploration and scuba diving adventures possible while maintaining the highest standards for diver training, safety and customer service.

PADI’s “Four E’s Philosophy” is that the dive lifestyle requires four elements:

Education: Beyond simply learning to scuba dive, you expand your capabilities as a diver through continued education. PADI’s full range of diver courses introduces you to new underwater activities and can even help you make a career move to become a PADI Professional.
Experience: PADI dive shops offer a variety of experiences from local dive tours to exotic dive travel. Diving is a social activity and, by affiliating with a PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can explore dive sites nearby or visit vacation destinations around the world with others who share your interests. Logging in to ScubaEarth® also provides opportunities to interact with other divers.

Equipment: Scuba gear makes diving possible. The best place to learn about all the fun gadgets and new scuba equipment available to you is at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort.

Environmental Conservation: A healthy underwater environment is essential to good diving and divers are great advocates for protecting our water resources. Throughout PADI courses, divers learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved in local and global conservation efforts. For more than two decades, PADI has partnered with Project AWARE® – a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting our ocean planet – one dive at a time.


CMAS: Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques

CMAS enables divers to undertake accompanied no-decompression dives to a maximum depth of twenty meters. CMAS describes that a One Star Diver shall be deemed “to have sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to procure air, equipment, and other diving services and to plan, conduct, and log open-water dives that do not require mandatory in-water decompression stops, without the supervision of a CMAS Instructor or CMAS Dive Leader, when properly equipped and accompanied by another certified diver of at least the same level, provided the diving activities undertaken, the diving conditions and the diving area are similar, equal or better to those in which training was received”.

The United Diving Instructors (UDI)

UDI is the diver training organization founded in 1983 by Z. Fisher and H. G. Golzing in California, United States. United Diving Instructors, the professional partner for diving training on a high level. With commitment, dynamism and competence, we provide practice – oriented diving through flexible teaching and learning methods. Safety and nature conservation are our top priorities. The training is carried out according to the standards of the United Diving Instructors and CMAS Germany

UDI provide a range of specialty diving courses:

  • Orientation and Compass Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Dry-Suit Diver
  • Drift Diver
  • Mountain Lake Diver
  • Cave Cavern Diver
  • Ice Diver
  • Diving Technician
  • Compress Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Mixed Gas Diver
  • Apnea Diver

UDI Professional certifications

  • Open Water Instructor
  • International Instructor
  • Staff Instructor
  • Honorary Master Instructor

The unique IDS Diving experience

Diving with Somey and Sachi with their properly trained crew more than 20 years experience give you a guarantee for fun adventure and friendly atmosphere. All our staff are well trained dive masters and assistant instructors. We organize daily dive trips with our speed boats. On these boats we have Oxygen, GPS and other first aid equipment. Continue reading “International Dive School Hikkaduwa Trincomalee Sri Lanka Somey and Sachi”

Dive for You – Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Dive for You – Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Situated at Hikka Tranz, Hikkaduwa, we have the most ideal location for diving. Right in front of the Walduwa, Rock outcrops, and Coral gardens, which provide plenty of snorkelling, and free diving areas for the enthusiast. It also provides us with several Safe sites, for the beginner scuba diver to discover and truly appreciate the underwater experience. One can also relax in between dives, feeding, and swimming with the several large friendly green sea turtles that come right up to the shore, at the foot of our dive center.

Dive For You have several programs, and several dive sites, to educate, and share, our long abiding love for our Ocean world, and concerns for its environment, with the enthusiast. Providing, a safe, service oriented, and a friendly, but professional service, is our hallmark.

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Blue Deep Diving Centre – Hikkauwa – Trincomalee – Sri Lanka

Blue Deep Diving

Blue Deep Diving Centre was established in November 1995.

The founder is Captain Kalu Mavil Priyantha a Dive Master with many years experience in the PADI Learning program and Sri Lanka’s Diving Tourism.

Blue Deep Diving Centre is offering the full range of recreational diving courses by PADI, from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master – available in two location on the beautiful tropical island that is Sri Lanka.

Blue Deep Diving classes are available in English, Russian, French and Sinhala.

  •  Bubble Maker
  •  Discover Scuba Diving
  •  Open Water Diver
  •  Advanced Open Water Diver
  •  Rescue Diver
  •  EFR
  •  Dive Master

Blue Deep Diving

Blue Deep staff are all certified PADI Dive Masters and Instructors and have many years of diving and teaching experience from all over the world.

Scuba equipment used for courses and fun diving is of the highest quality and regularly  serviced and even replaced if required. This maintains the high level of safety.

When you are looking for the best scuba diving facility, the highest standards and the friendliest staff in Sri Lanka, then look no further!

Go deep – go blue deep 🙂

Blue Deep Diving

Blue Deep Diving

Blue Deep Diving Centre is located on Sri Lanka`s tranquil west coast in Dodanduwa a typical small lankan fishing village with gorgeous sand beaches. The town office is in Hikkaduwa, where coral reef protect the small bay from the surfing waves.

Fortunately, the best dive sites of Indian Ocean are on our front doorstep.

Blue deep makes your SCUBA diving holiday special, enjoyable and as safe as possible.

For the best experience, Blue Deep offer dives in small groups (maximum 4 divers per Dive Master or Diving Instructor). This is all done for a very reasonable price.

Blue Deep Diving Boats

Blue deep’s main craft is a catamaran with a capacity of 15 people but we only allow a maximum 8 divers on-board to allow greater comfort and safety. The boat has a large dive platform for easy entry and exit from the water.

The diving season runs from October to April in Hikkaduwa , west side of island, and from April to October in Trincomalee – north-east part.

Diving takes place seven days a week. Our professional Dive Masters take you on a two-dive day trip or single dives in the morning and afternoon.

Each day the schedule is posted at the diving centre. All dives have a guide who will brief you and show the highlights of each site.

Most dives are multilevel to extend your bottom time safely. Sri Lanka’s reefs are amongst the richest in the world and are home to amazing hard and soft coral, sea fans and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.

Blue Deep Dive Sites offer a wide variety of underwater environments. From deep diving at Kirala Gala and Black Coral Point, drift diving at Hikkaduwa Gala and Diyamba, the famous Conch ship wreck and the Little Cave, Indian Ocean has something for every diver and diving certification level.

Blue Deep Diving


Coral Reef Hotel, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

+94 (0) 77 3150726 (Kalu)

+94 (0) 77 9811070 (Feroz)


Alles Garden, Uppuweli, Sri Lanka.

+94 (0) 77 3150726

+94 (0) 77 9811070


Tour packages arranged by Sri Lanka Island Tours

Sri Lanka

Bathed in warm Indian Ocean currents, and with nearly 1600 kilometres/1000 miles of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination. This island nation has for millennia been a crossroads of historic shipping lanes, the Silk Road and other trade routes have shaped its unique culture. The landscape is as vibrant and varied above the water as it is below.

The waters of Sri Lanka are home to an incredible range of marine creatures from massive blue whales all the way through to tiny nudibranch. Sri Lanka has an abundance of great sites to discover including great wreck dives which are scattered off the coast. Local divers are still discovering new wrecks as they explore the waters of this island nation. Many of the wrecks are covered in marine life, soft corals, macro critters and large aggregations of schooling fish. Above the surface, Sri Lanka also boasts wildlife reserves, which protect native species such as leopards, porcupines and anteaters. It is also famous for its unique foods and amazing teas, which should be sampled as part of any dive trip.

Where you dive in Sri Lanka depends on when you plan to visit because the monsoon seasons vary from one end of the island to the other. October to May is the high season for diving the west and south-west coast, and May to October is the best time to dive the north-east coast. With incredible diving, friendly locals, amazing food.


Great Dives

  • Barracuda Reef – This is a great dive site waiting to be explored and it never disappoints. The reef provides shelter for a wide variety of aquatic creatures including lionfish, rays and nudibranch. Located off the coast of Mount Lavinia near Colombo, this is a popular dive site.
  • Cargo Wreck – A 90 metre/295 feet wreck, which was a cargo carrier named Pecheur Breton, offers certified divers a massive wreck to explore. It sits at around 20 metres/65 feet at its shallowest point however the starboard side sits deeper than this. It is a haven for a wide variety of marine life, both big and small.
  • Panadura Wreck – Sitting in around 12 metres/40 feet of water, this is a popular wreck for certified divers, which is also known as the Panadura Nilkete Wreck. The dive site is accessible by a short boat ride from Panadura. This is a great site to get a taste of the wreck diving available in Sri Lanka.
  • Taprobane Reefs – Well offshore, some of the most pristine diving in Sri Lanka can be found on these reefs immortalized by Authur C. Clarke in his book The Reefs of Taprobane. Large patch reefs punctuated with massive coral domes are typical here. Marine life is abundant including large rays and schooling fish.
  • Goda Gala Diyamba – This underwater rock formation, about 10 minutes by boat from the resort town of Unawatuna on the south side of Sri Lanka, lets divers explore reef systems loaded with large fish such as trevally and Napoleon wrasse. Discovering the dive site’s real charm requires shifting focus and trying to spot some of the many types of nudibranchs.
  • HMS Hermes – Near Batticaloa, in the north-east, divers can descend on a rare World War II artifact: HMS Hermes. The ship was the world’s first purpose-built aircraft carrier. It sank off the coast after 1942 and is one of only a handful of carrier wrecks accessible to divers anywhere. Because it’s very deep, you will require PADI TecRec training to dive this wreck.
  • British Sergeant – Sunk under fire along with HMS Hermes, but lying in shallower water, the British Sergeant is another WWII wreck that lies upside down and broken into two halves sitting at right angles to each other. Many features are still easily identifiable on this popular wreck.
  • Boiler Wrecks – Lying in shallower waters at around 9 metres/30 feet, this site is made up of both the SS Brennus and SS Sir John Jackson which both met the same fate of running aground. Both wrecks are still largely intact with many of the propellers visible.

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Dive Summary

Visibility – Visibility ranges from around 10-25 metres/30-80 feet between high and low seasons.

Water Temperature – Water temperatures are usually around 27° C/80° F for most of the year.

Weather – Seasonal averages: 22°C/72°F in winter and 33°C/93°F in summer.West coast diving is best from around October to May, and the east coast is best from around May through to October.

Featured Creatures – Blue and sperm whales, whale sharks. Green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Parrot fish, Napoleon wrasse and barracuda. Macro invertebrates, including nudibranchs.

Recommended Training – Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Divercourse. The PADI Advanced Open Water DiverPADI Enriched Air DiverPADI Deep Diver and PADI Wreck Diver courses are popular to dive many of the sites and wrecks off the coastline of Sri Lanka. You can also become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor from this island paradise.

Travel Info

Note – Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

Language – Sinhala and Tamil. English is widely spoken.

Currency – Rupee (LKR). Credit cards are widely accepted.

Major Airports – Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB), Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Electricity and Internet – 230V/50 HZ. Internet is available is many of the tourist areas.

Topside Attractions – Sigiriya is an ancient palace in the Matale District featuring a massive rock column some 200 metres/660 feet tall. The Royal Palace of Kandy, which now accommodates the National Museum of Kandy. Yala National Park, which has the highest density of leopards on earth. The leopards share the park with herds of elephants. Alternatively, relax on one of the many beaches near many of the PADI Dive Shops or enjoy the nightlife in Colombo or other lively towns.

Check out a new beach location Dodanduwa


Good Dive Centers Sri Lanka

There are some great places to learn to dive in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL ISLAND.  Which means you can dive almost every where!

Sri Lanka – the beautiful tropical island conveniently situated near the airline hubs of the world. Just over four hours from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The beautiful paradise island with hundreds of fabulous dive sites. Come dive the dozens of famous ship wrecks dating back to the colonial era and also visit coral reefs, under sea caves & rock formations all around our island.



There are some well reputed dive centers offer certifications up to Instructor. The Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver courses may take about 3 to 4 days each

Blue Deep Diving Centre

Blue Deep Dive

International Dive School – Hikkduwa & Trinco

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Poseiden Dive Centre – Hikkaduwa & Trinco
Poseidon Dive


Here are just some of the popular areas for diving.

Kalpitiya – Rocky/Coral Reefs including the Bar Reef Marine Sanctuary (Snorkel)
Negombo – Rocky/Coral Reefs and great marine life
Colombo – Rocky/Coral Reefs and Ship Wrecks (Best wreck diving in the island)
Beruwala -Deep rocky outcrops and Coral
Bentota – Rocky outcrops and Coral
Hikkaduwa – Rocky outcrops, Coral Reefs and Ship Wrecks. Can Snorkel in Lagoon
Unawatuna,- Rocky reefs and Ship Wrecks
Weligama, Shallow Rocky/Coral Reefs
Tangalla – Not explored and documented by us yet.
Basses – Fantastic limestone reef with ship wrecks and amazing fish life
Trincomalee – Rocky/Coral Reefs
Batticaloa – Rocky/Coral Reefs and shallow & deep Ship Wrecks

The good news is that because we have two main seasons each side of the island has a “Best to dive” season.

West Coast Season is November-April

East Coast Season is May-October

Diving in Hikkaduwa

Site Depth Boat Travel Information
The Conch 20M 45 Min A great dive for wreck enthusiasts
Kiralagala 39.4M 25 Min On the edge of the recreational diving limit… a beautiful rock complex raining with fish!

This dive is accessible only for divers with PADI Advanced Open Water certification or PADI Deep Diver specialty course experience.

Deep Rock (Diyamba Gala) 22M 20 Min A multilevel rock complex with lots of underground caves.

Proceed with caution into the caves as entrapment is a possibility on the low overhanging.

For experienced divers only.

Earl of Shaftesbury 12-14M 35 Min An old British iron sail ship.

A real wreck withsome components still recognizable and a fun dive experience on a sandy bottom.

Off Coral Gardens 13M 10 Min Very close to the Coral Gardens hotel. Can observe varied fauna from little Moray Eels, Pufferfish, Porcupinefish, Sea Slugs and the usual suspects.

A few underground caves and valleys which are awesome.

Special mention is the beautiful coral. Mostly red and orange. There is this one rock full of beautiful coral.

Black Coral Point 30M 10M A deeper dive site closer to the shore.

Covered with beautiful black coral and quite abundant with small creatures for the macro enthusiast.

Goda Gala 22M 20 Min A multi level rock complex with interesting places harbouring various kinds of fish life including Honeycomb Moray Eels.
Sunil Gala 18M 20 Min A dive site south of the Coral Garden rock formation and closer to shore than Goda Gala.

A multi-level rock complex sometimes subject to wave surge because of the proximity to shore.

Tunatta 13M 15 Min Situated south of Coral Gardens rock formation, this is a very shallow dive site and because its closer to the shore subjected to some surge.

The rock formation in itself is very interesting and there are some swim through’s.

Lobsters, Pufferfish, Boxfish, Porcupinefish can be found here.