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Guide To Scuba Diving In The Best Spots In Cebu

One of the popular destinations that has become synonymous with world-class scuba diving is the Philippines. Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, these group of islands is home to the highest concentration of marine life in the world living very close to its coast. Among its top scuba diving sites is Cebu. With thousands of sharks, crustaceans, fish, and other sea-dwelling creatures calling its shores home, you should make it your goal to visit this destination. Whether you are a first-time diver or a professional one, here are the top diving sites is Cebu.

Capitancillo Island

Located at Bogo in the northern part of Cebu is Capitancillo Island. Accessing this scuba diving paradise is fast and easy. You can either reach Capitancillo from the Marangig Cove by a 20 minute boat ride, or by bus from Cebu City which will take you about 2 to 3 hours. The normal visibility in this island’s diving site ranges from 20 to 30 meters and it’s maximum diving depth is around 50 feet. When you visit this diving spot, you’ll get to see grey reef and white top sharks, many kinds of reef fish, small and large shoals of pelagic species, and colorful corals.

Mactan Island

Another must-visit site for any diver regardless of experience is Mactan Island. This spot is nestled just a few kilometers from Cebu’s main island and you can reach it by crossing the Mactan Channel via the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge. You’ll find sites to dive in the main island as well as the nearby islets of this destination. These sites include Amboucuan, Nalusuan, and Ooango among just to name a few. One of the things you’ll love about Mactan as a diver are it’s waters visibility and depth. For instance, you’ll have a visibility of 100 meters while diving in most of its spots whose depths go as deep as 180 feet. Other than several astonishing drop-offs and caves, also expect to see a wide variety of marine life in these areas, such as lionfish, Moorish idols, squirrelfish, batfiish, Tubastrea cup corals, dendrophyllia hard tree corals, surgeon fish, barracuda, tuna, and more.

Kansantik

For experienced divers, the best destination in Cebu is Kansantik. Located in the center of Olango Channel, this destination features an underwater mountain dive spot with a current that is quite strong, which is the main reason why the most seasoned divers are allowed to dive here and only in small. The maximum visibility at Kansantik is around 130 feet and the depth more than 165 feet. Marine life found here include snappers, huge sponges, Moorish fish, schools of fishes, and stony, soft and whip corals.

Pescador Island

Located in the Tañon Strait in the western coast of Cebu is Pescador Island. The maximum visibility of the waters here is 30 to 40 meters and the depth in some areas, especially along the Tañon Strait is extreme at nearly 600 meters deep! Expect to see a wide variety of beautiful corals, sweet lips, frogfish, turtles, lionfish, anemones, sardines, and other sea creatures when you scuba dive at this spot.

The Lowdown On Dive Instructor Courses

The process you have to go through to qualify as a dive instructor courses varies considerably, based on your location. In most countries, certification is mandatory, however the organizations that handle this and the particular steps required to become certified are different. Prior to becoming a diving teacher, you will probably have to get a SCUBA qualification. SCUBA is an acronym for ‘Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus’. All aspiring instructors must know how to operate this equipment, by attending dive instructor courses and spending long periods of time rehearsing SCUBA maneuvers.

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is an established global scuba diving accreditation organization. The Open Water Course for Divers is the basic qualification offered by PADI. This is open to anyone over the age of ten, who is healthy and who can complete a swimming exam. This course teaches students the technical elements of diving — online or in a classroom – along with practical training in open water, like in the ocean or a lake, and in closed water, like in a swimming pool. After students complete this training, they tend to be given a ‘C card’, or diver’s certification card, which enables them to dive to sixty foot depths alone — with no qualified instructor being present.

After you have satisfied the prerequisite criteria, you will have to register for a training course to get ready to become an instructor. These courses can be fairly rigorous, so expect to commit a substantial amount of cash, effort and time to them. Initially, you might have to spend some time in a lecture room, then in a swimming pool, then in the ocean. All stages of the course will be supervised by an accredited instructor, who will make sure that you are mastering the correct techniques. During the course, you will have to devise your own presentations that teach diving to others, then show your work to the instructor privately, or to all the other students.

When they finally qualify, many diving instructors are still not ready to hold instruction lessons on their own. As new instructors, they will usually shadow an established instructor for a while, to receive hands on, practical training. As already stated, particular requirements differ, based on where the instructor works. After they are fully trained and certified, diving instructors direct groups of students in the water and in the classroom, to teach them how to navigate various diving scenarios safely.