Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Dive Bora Bora: Beginner One-Tank Dive
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Approximately 2 Hours
Beginning scuba diving is available, fun and consistent all year round in the Society Islands. The water is warm (79°F to 84°F) and thanks to the amazing visibility (usually from 70 feet to 150 feet), a great number of large species can be observed around most of the islands: turtles, sting rays, eagle rays, jackfish, barracudas, sharks, eels, Napoleon wrasses, dolphins, tunas, schools of snappers, numerous species of shells and nudibranchs. Most of the dives in the Society Islands are classified Open Water/Advanced Open Water (PADI) or Level I, II (CMAS). Note that it all happens within 30 - 80 feet below the surface, for the enjoyment of everyone.
Minimum age is 12 years. Wear your swimsuit; bring a towel. Waiver release form must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. You must fill out a medical questionnaire 24 hours prior to the dive, which will be reviewed by the tour operator. Whether or not the operator allows you to participate will depend upon the information provided. To avoid possible disappointment, you may wish to review the medical requirements for diving in advance, so that you can ask your physician about clearing any medical issues in writing. Samples of typical medical questionnaires can be found on the websites of the major dive associations, such as PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). A valid medical certificate is recommended. This initiation dive is offered for those not meeting the Certified Dive criteria. Should a diver be refused or not able to dive on the spot for any reason, the dive will not be refunded. Please check with DAN (Divers Alert Network) or specific travel insurance companies to ensure full coverage before diving and for recommendations about dive fitness. Each diver should know and control his/her personal limits. Divers should have a reasonable level of physical fitness to cope with the environmental stresses of being underwater. Participants must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water, and be able to cope with occasional currents. Do not touch or step on the coral reef, or touch any underwater animals for safety and environmental reasons. As a general rule, please note that no diving is allowed within the 12 to 24 hours prior to a domestic or international flight. Equipment (tank, weight, weight belt, BCD, regulators with gauges, mask, snorkel, fins) is provided. Dive computers are usually available to rent. Light wetsuits or skin suits are sufficient for thermal protection and can be provided by the dive operators upon request. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 12 years. Nitrox diving (special enriched air fill with more than the usual 21% Oxygen: EAN I = 32% Oxygen, EAN II = 36% Oxygen; 35m - 110/120ft maximum depth) is available on Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora and Rangiroa. Nitrox divers must show a proof of certification and are required to dive on computer (not provided).
Special rules apply for guests over the age of 75 years:
1. The diver must provide a medical certificate (less than one year old) indicating that the diver can practice diving.
2. The diver must have his/her own diving insurance and must provide a certificate. Please note that the demand for diving insurance by DAN for divers over 75 years must be accompanied by a medical certificate. The analysis of this medical certificate by DAN may take up to a month. Therefore, divers over the age of 75 cannot purchase this insurance on the spot at Topdive. They must be insured before their arrival at Topdive.
3. The number of dives per day is limited to two.