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Discover the incredible underwater world around the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Known as Scotland in miniature our island truly is an unforgettable location to begin or continue your scuba diving adventure. 

As the islands first and only PADI scuba diving provider (we're now officially a PADI Dive Resort!) we offer a vast range of courses to anyone visiting our beautiful island. Want a sneak peak at what it's like to learn with us here on this magical island? Head over to our 'Virtual Discovery' section or dive right in to your next scuba adventure below:

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Discover

...your first breath underwater

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Open Water

...dive around the world to 18m

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Advanced

...hone your skills down to 30m

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Specialities

...master new skills underwater

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Rescue

...be the best diver you can be

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Divemaster

...lead and assist on courses

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Theory

...keep my feet on terra firma

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1st Aid

...learn to provide immediate care

First
breath?

You'll be amazed by just how much you can pack into a week or two when you visit the Isle of Arran. If you've never dived before why not take your first breath underwater on our PADI Discover Scuba Diving session. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. Check out the video below which provides a short insight into what you can expect...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to get certified to dive to 18m anywhere in the world with the most recognised diving qualification on the planet? The PADI Open Water Diver course is here for you. By the end of the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to dive at home or abroad and be an ambassador for the underwater world. This course is run over a minimum of 4 days but we'll customise your training plan to match your schedule. 

Ready
for
more?

Already certified but up for a new adventure whilst you're here? We have you covered with one of the biggest line up's of PADI Speciality courses you can find. Whether you want to 'Explore New Depths' with us on the PADI Deep Diver course (go to 40m!), check out lost vessels on our PADI Wreck Diver course, get skilled up on our incredible RNLI Sea Survival course or maybe something else from our vast menu:

PADI Adaptive Support Diver | PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques (Pros) | PADI Dry Suit Diver | PADI Deep Diver | PADI Underwater Navigator | PADI Night Diver | PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy | PADI Search and Recovery Diver | PADI Wreck Diver | PADI Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) | PADI/RNLI Diver Sea Survival | Project AWARE | AWARE Dive Against Debris | AWARE Coral Reef Conservation 

We specialise in training but can offer supported dives if you're looking to grow after Open Water. Get in-touch to see how we can help. 

old 
salt?

Been away from the water for a while? The PADI ReActivate session could be perfect for you. if you haven't been diving in a while, it's better to be over-prepared than risk a problem because you forget something important. Dive shops also appreciate seeing a recent ReActivated date on your certification card.

 

We have you all the way through the PADI Core course range up to Divemaster. With e-learning as standard on all our courses there has never been a better time to start your next diving adventure; from Specialities to Core Courses we have you covered. 

PADI Open Water | PADI Advanced Open Water | PADI Speciality Diver | PADI Rescue Diver | PADI Master Scuba Diver Prep | PADI Divemaster

If you're ready to go beyond Divemaster then get in touch with our professional training partner: ProDive UK

Check out the course chart below to discover your next PADI adventure (click to open in a pop-up)

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What's it like to dive in the UK?

If you've never scuba dived (ever) or maybe just not in the UK it's easy to look out over the sea on a cold windy day and assume that not much is happening under the surface. Let us tell you - that's 100% not the case. We've dived around the world and some of our favourite dives can be found right back here on our incredible shores. We have a vast array of wildlife just under the waves waiting to be discovered. 

But what about a small Scottish Island we hear you cry? We'll the Isle of Arran is home to some incredible scuba diving. We have a 2.67sq.km No Take Zone (NTZ) in Lamlash (the first community led NTZ to be setup) which has a complete ban on any form of fishing. If that wasn't enough we also have a 300sq.km Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the south of the island and our depth range for shore diving means we can go from a shallow 2m to our recreational limit of 40m before you know it. With pretty much every substrate around the island it's fair to say we're not just 'Scotland in miniature' above the waterline! 

If you want to see some wildlife we're blessed to have large numbers of seals and otters around the island, as well as seasonal visitors in the form of bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise and basking sharks. 

Why we teach padi courses

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognised and accepted. In fact, on most scuba diving adventures, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI Divers who made the same certification choice you did – to train with the world’s largest and most respected scuba diving training organization.

The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile.

 

We believe in Performance Based Learning – You progress at your own pace as you demonstrate mastery of specific performance requirements essential to becoming a scuba diver. You must earn your PADI certification, but you do so in an encouraging and well-supported learning environment.

At Dive Arran we train to small group ratio's and often 1:1 so you can be sure your dive experience will not only be personal but also matched to your learning needs. 

Join us on your holiday

So with so many things to do on the Isle of Arran why not add Scuba Diving to your holiday plans? But if you need some more convincing just check out our customer feedback on TripAdvisor...