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.


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.

Provided 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.

We 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. 

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