Where is the coldest commercial diving site?

Asked by on 2012-11-02T15:58:19-04:00
When I did my diving course, I was told that it was much easier diving in warm waters so if you finish your course in colder seas, you don't have to have a diving skill check before your recreational dive with a new diving operator. On the other hand, if you finished your courses in warm waters, they test your basic skills before they let you underwater.

If I understood correctly, cold waters are considered those that are not in tropical seas so not that chilly to start with but I would like to know where the coldest place that offers http://www.padi.com/ diving courses is? That diving school should not be specializing in cold-water diving but should have all the courses, starting with Open Water Diver course.

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Answered by on 2012-11-02T21:31:59-04:00
The http://www.scapascuba.co.uk/ in Orkney is the coldest in the UK, and at a latitude of 59 degrees north it has to be a contender.

It would certainly qualify as a cold water dive centre, and as a bonus you can see the German High Seas Fleet that was scuttled there on 21st June 1919.

From their website, they have the following courses:

  • Try a dive
  • Open Water Diver 4 day course
  • Advanced Open Water diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Emergency First Response
  • Divemaster
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Answered by on 2012-12-20T03:13:55-05:00
When I did my diving course, I was told that it was much easier diving in warm waters so if you finish your course in colder seas, you don't have to have a diving skill check before your recreational dive with a new diving operator. On the other hand, if you finished your courses in warm waters, they test your basic skills before they let you underwater.

It is up to every dive center to ask you for a diving skill check before they let you dive. They normally much rather take a look at your divelog or make you take a "welcome dive" than asking you what temperature your first dives were in.