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Discover Scuba Diving

This program is designed as an introduction to the sport of scuba diving. Start off with a brief lecture followed by time in the pool getting familiar with the dive equipment for approximately 1½ hours. Once everyone is comfortable, make your way out of the pool and straight into the Caribbean Sea for a guided scuba dive over Casuarina Reef Marine Park. While experiencing the sensation of weightlessness in the underwater world, expect to encounter some amazing tropical fish, corals and creatures such as sergeant majors, angelfish, parrot fish, damsels, trumpet fish and maybe even a lobster or an eel.Notes:Dive lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Wear your swimsuit; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Guests with heart problems, epilepsy, diabetes or asthma are not allowed to participate. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Minimum age is 12 years. Maximum age is 65 years.
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Customer Reviews for Discover Scuba Diving
Review 1 for Discover Scuba Diving
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Loved it! Now considering getting fully certified

Date:May 14, 2016
Location:Stuttgart, Germany
Cruise Date Year:2016
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Very friendly knowledgeable guide Seth (looks kind of like a young Aquaman himself) at Foster'S Diving School.
He was very calm, and did great explaining everything.
Glad I wore a full bathing suit instead a bikini- I imagine the weight belt or bcd (buoyancy control device/ diving vest) might compromise the bikini position. For men, it might be more comfortable to wear an undershirt/ t-shirt to avoid chafing from the bcd - so my husband recommends.
We absolutely loved it! We saw a pufferfish, some cuttlefish, and many many reef fish. It was awesome! I think we are both considering getting fully certified, and we'd definitely go back.
I also preferred this tour over the previous tour we did of Gran Cayman. I think the reef is a must see.
The diving school btw is walking distance from the pier.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 2 for Discover Scuba Diving
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Absolutely amazing! Greatest exc. ever!

Date:January 14, 2016
Location:Dallas, TX USA
Cruise Date Year:2015
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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We dove with Don Foster's and it was fantastic! Our instructor Keith was awesome and there was a British lady instructor who was great as well (Leslie maybe?). Transportation was quick and easy and the small gift shop was fun too. My wife actually did not go into the ocean (did pool instruction portion only) sadly because she did not feel comfortable/confident enough which was a real shame because it was amazing. We enjoyed it so much though we are both currently getting certified to dive now! Be prepared to pay close attention to everything and it's best if you are able to learn quickly. Great job HAL & Don Foster's!!!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 3 for Discover Scuba Diving
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Best excursion of the four we booked on our cruise

Date:January 8, 2016
Location:New York City
Cruise Date Year:2015
Cruise Date Month:December
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There are plenty of excellent ratings and glowing comments in this thread. I am happy to report that they are completely on target. My three children and I (ages 14 and up) enjoyed the Discover Scuba excursion very much. The Dive School is about 5 minutes from the pier, the staff at were friendly and great teachers - especially with the kids and novices. We were all first time divers, and after the pool session, we felt comfortable as we swam around the clear beautiful waters looking at the reef and colorful fish. If you are comfortable in the water, you will absolutely enjoy this excursion - probably more than any other you sign up for. Our kids are still gushing about it weeks later. As with many swim activities, you buddy up with another person for safety during the reef dive, and each small group is escorted by an instructor. If you own an underwater camera or waterproof case for your smartphone bring it! The underwater video and photos will be outstanding. This was the high point of our cruise!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 4 for Discover Scuba Diving
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An excellent opportunity for people to try diving

Date:January 24, 2014
Location:Vancouver, BC
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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This excursion is everything they say and more. The proximity to the area where the tender drops you off is perfect. It is maybe a 5-7 minute drive to the dive shop. Upon arriving at the dive shop everyone sits through a short "in-class" briefing that covers off the safety challenges of scuba diving. Everyone is then suited up with a BCD, mask and weight belt; and ushered into the pool. The time spent in the pool is what you would expect, the essential skills are all covered: clearing your mask, recovering your regulator, and clearing your regulator. After everyone is comfortable with the skills and with breathing underwater, you climb out of the pool, get your fins and get into the ocean. We wore only our bathing suits under the BCD and the temperature was fine. We went on January 10, 2014; and the ocean was 82 degrees. There was a lot to see, we saw a giant crab, it was huge! I was watching my depth gauge and topped out at 50ft. I would like to point out that the guides do not spend a lot of time ensuring everyone is ok with equalizing their ears, this was not an issue for us as we had both been diving before. However, if it is your first time, take your time and do not descend if your ears are hurting, stop and equalize before you go any deeper.
If you have ever thought of scuba diving, you should sign up for this! The visibility is great, the location is super close to the ship(s) and the crew is very good. This was our first dive in the Caribbean and as a result we will now dive every time we visit!!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 5 for Discover Scuba Diving
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Date:January 5, 2014
Location:Pelham, AL
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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We had a great time with our dive instructor Jessica. She was very professional and patient! We didn't go into the ocean until everyone was comfortable in the pool. The dive lasted ~30 min., went down to 40ft, and we saw colorful fish, sponges, sea fans, and a sea turtle! It was a wonderful experience, and well worth the price.
As for practical concerns, there are restrooms on site as the dive school is just behind the dive shop. The shop is maybe a mile or less from where the tender drops you off, but transportation there is provided. Also, they have little wetsuit "shorties" you can wear for protection -or in case you're worried you might get chilled diving- that you DO NOT have to pay to rent...it's included! You can buy Aquafina bottled water cheaper than onboard the ship, chips, even candy bars from the dive shop. You can rent a locker super cheap ~2-5, but there is a minimum purchase amount ~15 if you want to use a credit card.
Finally, it depends on when your session is scheduled and how long you have in-port, but there is a nice shopping area right where you meet your tender, so be sure to take clothes/cover-ups that you feel comfortable walking around a cute little town wearing...for before or after your excursion.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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