Remember that titillating scene where Laila escorts aquaphobic Arjun (in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) to explore underwater flora and fauna of Costa Brava (Spain) that finally left the latter so stumped that he started crying? That exotic experience can be yours too if you visit the bountiful Goa and make water your friend!
Scuba diving, as shown in that scene is indeed exhilarating and is also safe for non-swimmers. There are several scuba dive packages in Goa, which you can avail at economical rates. Scuba (abbreviated form of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving can be done by anyone, but when you zero in the scuba dive packages, experienced divers will give you scuba dive training that will help you glide through the waters and take maximum joy exploring the underwater flora and fauna.
Scuba diving prices range anywhere between Rs 4,000 and 6,000, depending on the watersports providers. The scuba dive training imparted by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified diver usually starts at 7 am. All scuba dive packages have the same itinerary – a coaching session in a swimming pool after a brief introduction, going to Grande Island onboard a boat, light snacks, etc.
It is when you reach Grande Island, the real fun starts. The experienced divers can venture anywhere, but the neophytes have to stay with the trainer. Do remember this can be a safe diving experience, only if you follow the rules and instructions. The scuba dive packages also comprise video and photo capturing of your trip – some offer for free and some charge you for a cheap price. After experiencing the maximum of the underwater flora and fauna, it is time to return and this will surely be a different one. Because you would have changed inside and this experience will stay with you the entire life.
Apart from this safe diving experience, you can also obtain a Scuba dive certificate given after a rigorous training for almost a week. Remember you should be of 10 years to apply for scuba dive training and should not have any health ailments, like a lung or heart disease.