When is the Diving Season?
From mid April onwards the diving on the west- and south coast is influenced by the monsoon. The sea is sometimes rough and the underwater vision can be considerably less.
Due to these conditions our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE is closed from 11.April till 15. October. Usually the south-west monsoon blows continuously from the south-west and carries more humid air from the Indian continent. Sometimes there are strong winds and rain but on average never longer than an hour or two. Daily sunshine is even during the monsoon period 8 hours a day. Day temperatures are around 30 to 32 Celsius and night temperatures 26 to 28 Grad Celsius. Water temperature is the whole between 26 to 30 Celsius.
Bathing and swimming however is possible during the whole year due to the reefs protecting Unawatuna Beach and the Mihiripenna/Dalawella Beach from high waves.
From the beginning of April till the end of September we operate our NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE on the untouched north-east coast Sri Lanka's. Here the north-east monsoon ends beginning of April and the dive season here starts with a calm sea and excellent underwater vision.
Dive Centre-Info and Dive Centre-Equipment
The Diving Centre was re-opened in 1999 and since then managed by a international team of competent PADI-Instructors.
First class compressors (made by Bauer) speedily fill the 10 and 12 l diving bottles. 30 complete Scubapro diving gears can be rented. Each jacket has its own security buoy.
The spacious Diving Centre has a large locker room and a well sized training-room. We have a large cleaning basin for your equipment, and afterwards your suit can dry perfectly in the shade. Again you see that all is taken care of. At the diving base you have the possibility to practice land and boat diving tours (all grades of difficulty).
There are four diving boats available, which can bring you to the desired diving locations. Every boat contains a maximum of 8 divers. If you are willing to, you can attend guided underwater excursions (diving instructor/diving guide) in a group of at the most 4 people or explore the diving areas by yourself.
Since the beginning of the centre security is of greatest importance to us. First we introduce you to all details of the base and provide a briefing. In addition our base has a stationary oxygen supply and a Wenoll system installed on each of the boats. The boat guides, diving guides and instructors are all trained in first aid assistance. Regularly the crews practice rescue training - you can participate by request.
The diving base offers courses for beginners and advanced divers, e.g. "Discover Scuba Diving" (minimum age: 8), basic diving licence, PADI OWD - Divemaster. All other special licences/patents, like UW-orientation, night diving, diving security, diving rescue, wrack diving can be done under specialized guidance.
You can also prepare yourself intensively for your PADI diving instructor examination. After your preparation we can help you to find the right IDC/IE course.
After the diving activities or the instructive courses all divers and non-divers sit together, enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea and exchange their impressions and experiences. For recreation there are comfortable lounging chairs. An open air restaurant next to the base offers snacks and refreshments. In the evening we can sit together and chat while watching the beautiful sunset.
At the Unawatuna Dive Centre we speak English, German, Singalese and Tamil.
We are looking forward to welcome you at the UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE.
Important Customer Information
Be sure that you enter the real UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, “The Original” since 1999, PADI Resort S-36133, presented by Hans the owner. You will find a sign board and LED boards above the entrance at the street side and a blue dolphin in our Diving Centre Logo.
Ask for Hans the owner, or look for the PADI accredited Resort No. S-36133, then you will be definitely at our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE - the right place.
See the our original logo here:
UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE
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