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.
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