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Take the plunge into a peaceful environment of spectacular landscapes, seaweed covered wrecks, amazing marine wildlife all in the clear, warm waters around our coast.

Diving in Northern Ireland allows you to explore the magnificent waters which boast spectacular landscapes that are teeming with marine life and dotted with amazing ship wrecks. The 400 wrecks include the HMS Drake, a torpedoed cruiser off Rathlin Island, the Alastor, a large motor yacht which sank in 1946 in Strangford Lough, the Sumatra, the largest sailing vessel wrecked on the Antrim Coast which rests of Islandmagee and even a World War II German submarine lying off the coast of Portstewart.

Diving will allow wildlife lovers to find luxurious growths of dead men's fingers and big sponges. Seals are a common sight as well as conger eels, dog fish, cuttlefish, lobsters, gunnels and gobies. Diving gives a feeling of weightlessness and freedom and the chance to explore this unique habitat first hand. All you need to do is take the plunge!

How to get started?
There are a number of dive centres in Northern Ireland who can introduce you to the sport - most of the centres offer a "try dive" experience before you would commit to doing a full course.

Diving Schools                                                                                                                                                                                                There are broadly two "schools" of diving in Northern Ireland: BSAC and PADI. PADI tends to be the more popular qualification and most divers will always check that the diving centre they go to is PADI qualified.  All PADI dive centres will include equipment hire and insurance as part of the instruction cost. Alternatively, there is also a good network of diving clubs to help you meet other divers and learn new skills. However you may be required to supply your own gear.

Is it easy?
To go diving you need to be able to swim 200m and to be able to swim or float for a further 10 minutes. You must be physically fit and be a minimum age of eight years to learn to dive in a pool, or 10 years for open water diving. After an hour's training, you can take your first dive, either in sheltered sea conditions or in a swimming pool.

Is it expensive?
The 'Discover Scuba Diving' course is a standard, worldwide course with PADI accreditation. It costs approximately £35 for around 1 hour's instruction/try dive, and contributes to the full PADI course. If you continue to study for the remainder of the PADI qualifications, most centres will deduct the cost of your introductory dive from a training course.

Just Some Ideas

Diveskool, Newtownabbey

Diveskool offer a range of PADI Recreational Courses in Northern Ireland ranging from Discover Scuba to Master Scuba Diver.

North Irish Diver Ltd, Islandmagee, Larne

Gobbins Cliff Path sea tours on board 10m fast passenger rib "North Irish Diver", the quietest in NI. Skipper with over 30 years seafaring and diving experience. Fully insured and MCA/YDSA Compliant. Covered seating for 12. Commercial survey charter.

Aquaholics Dive Centre and Sea Safari's, Portstewart

PADI FIVE STAR DIVE CENTRE with offices in Ballycastle and Portstewart.

White Heather Boat Trips, Bangor

Fishing trips and cruises around Bangor Bay and Belfast Lough from Pickie Family Fun Park (Bangor seafront). 30 mins.

Aquasports, Ballycastle

Discover the wildlife of the Causeway Coast and Rathlin Island on this fascinating boat trip.

Golf & Whiskey Tours to Scottish Isles.

Bird Watching, Giant's Causeway & Corporate tours/trips available from Ballycastle

North Irish Lodge Luxury Holiday Cottages and Dive Centre, Islandmagee, Larne

North Irish Lodge Dive Centre & Multi Award Winning Irish Cottages.

•Winner of 6 Awards for excellence
•Over 50 shipwrecks of our immediate coast
•Equipment hire/ air to 232 bar / dive shop on site
•Commercial RHIB skippered by qualified ...

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