What Is Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is an activity or sport that allows people the opportunity to explore what lies beneath the surface of the ocean. SCUBA is an acronym for self contained underwater breathing apparatus, by using scuba we are able to move freely underwater with more time that if we just hold our breath. Originally the first Scuba Divers wore much bigger suits and pieces of equipment than we use today now its as simple as packing a bag and going diving. Some of the more common words used to describe diving are peaceful, relaxing and exciting. In order to safely go diving, you need to take an entry level scuba certification course or go on a discover scuba diving experience (try out dive) with a diving professional. Underwater Vision is a PADI Career Development Center located on Utila in the Bay Islands of Honduras.This means we offer PADI courses for anyone from entry level (never having dived before) to PADI Staff Instructor (someone who can help teach Instructors).  PADI Stands for the Professional Association of Diving Instructors they are the certification organization that creates courses and standards that comply with the International standards organization for teaching recreational scuba diving. PADI certifications are valid for life and recognized all over the world!  Below is a chart showing the course options and possible paths into scuba diving and who knows, maybe you will fall in love and decide to pursue a career in scuba diving.

Scuba diving in Utila
PADI Courses Flow Chart

Become a PADI Certified Diver

Looking to start your adventure and become a PADI certified Open Water diver? Already certified and looking to GoPro? Start your dive career with us! Eager to begin your training? Start learning from home today with PADI eLearning!

Scuba diving can become your next passion! We can offer you fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling adventures on the Mezoamerican Reef, the second largest reef system on the planet. Utila has a lot to offer everyone – great food, great scenery, accommodation to suit every budget and of course, amazing scuba diving on some of the planet’s most outstanding tropical reefs.

Learn to dive by getting your Open Water certification, or just chilling out snorkeling on the ocean reef for a day could not be done in a more beautiful and relaxing location.

At Underwater Vision we offer a unique environment for you to learn how to dive or become a dive professional all with some of the most experienced staff in the Bay Islands! We even offer package deals to make it possible for backpackers or those traveling on a budget to get the best instruction on one of the nicest ocean front properties on Utila.

How Long Does it Take To Become A Certified Diver?

Becoming a certified Open Water Diver takes three to four days depending on the schedule. During this time you will spend time in the classroom watching videos and learning about the equipment and theory used for recreational scuba diving. You will spend time in confined water right off the Underwater Vision dock where you will first see and practice the skills in a calm and clear environment making it easy and fun. Then you will go on two separate boat trips to one of the many dives sites surrounding Utila where you will apply what you learned in the classroom and confined water on four separate open water dives. During your open water dives you will be able to see the reef and the many creatures that call it home!

Scuba Diving in Utila

Utila, sitting in the Caribbean Sea 29 kilometers (18 miles) from the coast of Honduras only 11 km long and 4 km at its widest point is one of the most unique and affordable diving destinations in the Caribbean.  Surrounded by the Mesoamerican reef system filled with sea life lies Utils, the smallest of the Bay Islands. The island is one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world. One of its many attributes is that it is affordable to vacationers and backpackers alike.

The waters around Utila are 28-29 degrees Celsius most of the year, with pristine 30 meter visibility, calm water conditions and some of the most beautiful reefs making it the perfect place to become a certified diver or a Dive Professional! Utila and Underwater Vision have an excellent record for training divers to be confident and comfortable at any certification level, we also pride our self on making sure the course in not only thorough and safe but also fun!

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Diving During COVID-19

Scuba Diving and COVID-19

Currently there is little knowledge about the permanent effects of COVID-19, this means there is little knowledge about how being diagnosed with COVID-19 affects you as a scuba diver. We do know that if you have been diagnosed with the virus you will need to see a medical doctor prior to any in water activities to clear you for scuba diving. If you would like to view the midccl questionnaire please don't hesitate to contact us. Here at Underwater Vision we are doing all that we can not ensure the health and safety of our staff and diving guests. This includes following the recommendations put forth by PADI, the Divers Alert Network and the Honduran government. We will be administering daily temperature checks and health questionnaires to our divers prior to boarding the dive boat, boat capacity is now 50% to allow plenty of space for social distancing. Each customer is assigned their own set of gear for the duration of their visit. All gear and equipment will be sanitized directly after use in accordance with industry standard for this time. Boat set up will be broken up into two groups as to allow space for each diver. All dive staff have been trained to minimize the risk of spreading the virus while teaching to ensure that you our guests will be as safe as possible. If you have any other questions about what we are doing to keep you safe and get you back diving please don't hesitate to contact us!

 

Can you travel to Utila right now?

Yes! Utila and Honduras are now open for tourism! There are a few requirements to enter Honduras and then Utila. In order to come to Honduras you need to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours. To travel to Utila you can either take a charter flight from San Pedro Sula or La Ceiba or take the Utila Dream Ferry from La Ceiba. If your flight is into roatan you can easily get from roatan to utila by boat or charter flight. The ferry is currently running 3 three times a week and does not require any rapid or PCR tests. However Underwater Vision is asking our guests to have a negative test rapid or PCR test and a reservation prior to arrival.