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Click on this link to watch Emma from BBC ALBA GO! EXPLORE! TRY-A-DIVE


A new experience awaits you while travelling through inner space. A feeling of effortless, weightlessness and the exhilaration of breathing and moving underwater. It really is a whole new exciting world! A "Try A Dive" is an experience of being fully underwater and taking a shallow dive with the confidence of being with an experienced instructor guide with an absolute feeling of safety and enjoyment.

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You will escape to a new world with bright colours, unusual beauty and a myriad of fascinating aquatic creatures that will dart and move in the water and sunlight. You will swim with many varieties of fish, crabs, octopus and lots of varied and beautiful plant life. The time will simply fly past as you take your underwater journey. You will learn during a friendly and informative briefing and tutorial before the dive some simple rules about scuba diving that will inform and fascinate you in three very easy steps.


All participants must be in good health. If prescriptions or over the counter medications are regularly taken you should request a medical form at the time of the booking as your doctor may need to be consulted. Disabilities are not a barrier to diving however we do require a GP to approve first.


Ready To DiveProvided your health is good there is no upper age limit and SCUBA experiences can start from as young as 8. With some individuals we reserve the right to modify the experience to a more suitable level.

STEP 1 A short talk and discussion about the use of the equipment, some simple hand signals and methods of underwater communication. This will enable you to be familiar with all the things you will need to safely participate and enjoy your scuba dive.

STEP 2 In our extensive equipment store you will be prepared and kitted out in up to date equipment necessary for your first and most memorable dive. All our dives are done in dry suits and no matter if you are big or small , short or tall we have a suit to fit you . This includes a whole range of female sizes and specially designed suits for children.

STEP 3 Under the individual guidance of an experienced PADI Instructor you will be taken gently step by step into the shallow waters of Gallanach Bay and when you are comfortable and when you are ready you will take your first breath using a Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus or SCUBA . Your first underwater breath will be a truly memorable one. You will then with your instructor by your side start your incredible journey.


The price for your experience will include your equipment, air, Instructor, all tuition and finally your certificate of participation, together with a Puffin Dive Centre decal. In addition Puffin Dive Centre will refund £50.00 towards the cost of your Try A Dive fee when you book one of our Open Water courses (booking must be within one month of your initial Try A Dive) , junior or adult making your initial experience effectively very cheap! 


This is only a taste of what you can do when diving. The next optional step is to enrol on a PADI Open Water Diver Course which will certify you as a qualified diver, with an organisation which is recognised in over 120 countries worldwide and has over 6 million diving members. A Try A Dive is only a taste of what lies ahead in the world of diving. It is the start of a whole new range of areas underwater that you can get into, from underwater photography through to wreck, ice, search and recovery, boat, night and many more. The certification that you gain when you successfully pass the Open Water Diver Course is yours to keep for life.


Puffin Dive Centre is a PADI Career Development Centre and Gold Palm Five Star Instructor Development Centre. This rating is only awarded to a relatively few centres worldwide who have achieved excellence in educational and training proficiency. Puffin Dive Centre teaches courses from basic entry level right through to experienced instructor levels. We even have the largest range of specialty courses in the United Kingdom. These are courses covering a wide range of diving skills.


Getting InWe are situated approximately 1 mile south of Oban at Port Gallanach. On site we sell many types of diving equipment also souvenirs and refreshments. Puffin runs fast Rigid Inflatable Boats dive shuttle trips twice a day to various dive sites around the area. If you are an experienced diver you may like to enquire about our dive trips and further education courses. Once you are a qualified diver you can book seats on our regular dive boats which head out to the Sound Of Mull and the Garvellachs and other dive sites with abundant life, colour and good visibility. After diving you can fill your tanks at our self service air station. Puffin is open for business 7 days a week from 8am until late all year round. Phone 01631 566088  to open this underwater door now!


It is suggested although not essential to bring a tee shirt, shorts/leggings and spare socks. All of these items may get wet! A towel is a good idea.

This is what you get when you try this new experience and have a go at diving with Puffin:

Fully Qualified and Practiced instructors guiding you in a peaceful and uncrowded area.

Clear water with abundant sea life viewed from within a warm dry suit.

All equipment is provided within the excellent price.

Always a one to one ratio. You have your own male or female instructor throughout your experience.

You get to keep a participation certificate on completion of your dive and a cost reduction in any further courses or experiences you choose to do. 

There are souvenirs in the shop. Snorkelling tuition is also available. 

Here are the Try-A-Dive details:




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Was the Try-A-Dive better than you thought? How about part 2?

Then try something more......You?ve just completed a successful Try-A-Dive at Puffin Dive Centre and are craving for more? Do you want to delve deeper into the world of scuba diving? Is time an issue? Unsure whether to go through with an Open Water course? Are your finances trying to talk you out of it? Fret not, for now you CAN expand your underwater experience and expand your underwater horizons with our world first Advanced Try-A-Dive experience!

NOTE: This is a Puffin Dive Centre advanced "addictive" experience.

This will give you further log(able) time underwater. The escorted Advanced Try-A-Dive will give you an option to use the experience gained as a valuable addition towards your Open Water Course. Although you will NOT yet be certified to dive, the experience will count towards achieving the level of Open Water Diver. This is the ultimate certification you could gain if you choose to enroll on a Puffin Dive Centre Open Water Course with us. This will prove very beneficial in terms of your preparation for your Open Water Course.

Different - You will get an enjoyable, Instructor led Scuba experience with a difference. This time you will dive down to 40ft/12 meters in a dry suit with an Instructor on a 1 to 1 basis. Don?t forget that when you did your standard Try-A-Dive, you were only limited to 15 feet/5 meters! This Advanced Try-A-Dive is in a dry suit and you will continue to develop your buoyancy (skills). You can log the additional time as experience of up to a 45 minute dive! You will be given a Puffin Advanced Try-A-Dive participation certificate.

The Fun Part
The Puffin Advanced Try-A-Dive builds on your previous Try-A-Dive experience. You will be reintroduced to the feeling of weightlessness underwater, effortlessly gliding through the water. As you go deeper, you will see more abundant sea life. Your Instructor will point out many interesting inhabitants of the bay at Puffin Dive Centre. By the end, you will have a grand total of one hour logged underwater, including one hour logged with a dry suit.

What You Learn
Your instructor will go over the basic dive theory again with you, but this time more in depth, answering more of the ?how?s? and ?why?s?, as well as introducing some new concepts for you. You will practice your dive skills under direct supervision from your instructor as well, which will build your confidence underwater.

During the course you?ll cover material and practice skills related to topics such as:
Buoyancy skills including comfortable ascents, descents, and breathing underwater.
Staying warm underwater, streamlining your swimming skills and buddy diving techniques.
You will also continue to learn how to prevent common problems underwater, and practice mask clearing and regulator recovery.

The Scuba Gear You Use
All of the basic scuba gear is included with your Advanced Try-A-Dive. You may want to invest in your own mask, snorkel and fins since these personal items are a lot more fun to use when they fit properly. A buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD) that holds your scuba tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply will also be used. You will also complete all your training in a Puffin Standard dry suit.
The Prerequisites for This Course

A candidate for the Advanced Try-A-Dive experience must: Be at least 10 years old.
Be in good health.
Have completed a Puffin Dive Center Try-A-Dive recently


If you decide to take on the Advanced Try-A-Dive and book one within 7 days of your initial Try-a-Dive, you will receive a £50 gift voucher to use in our shop. If, after this, you are smitten to decide to book an Open Water course with us within 7 days of completing your Advanced Try-A-Dive, you will receive a £100 gift voucher towards your Dry Suit Diver Specialty certification!

Your Next Adventure

You may want to step up to PADI Scuba Diver certification at your first opportunity, or even go directly through to you PADI Open Water Course, which upon completion, will allow you to dive virtually anywhere in the world!

All for the Price of £120 (Discount of £30 when taken after a TRY-A-DIVE

£120 - Give it a Go - You will love it!

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