Temple Divers

India's only

Dive Centre without off-season, 365 days! Scuba Diving Centre on the eastern coast Mainland PADI 5 Star IDC Instructor centre Tech, Sidemount & Deep Experts Scubapro-certified servicing workshop Place for having fun with our team :)
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Welcome

Dive in Pondy

Love your ocean, and she'll love you back in the depth of Pondicherry. There is a great range of corals, lion fish, grouper, kingfish, moray eels, eagle and manta rays, parrot fish, sea snakes, triggerfish, butterflys, angels, bannerfish, crustaceans... and if you're lucky, even sharks, whale sharks, turtles and dolphins!

5 star IDC Center

Here at Temple Adventures, India's only active mainland PADI IDC centre, we are ready to help you achieve your goal of a Professional Career in Scuba Diving! Whether you want to teach here in Pondy, Chennai, around India, or even internationally, we can tailor a career development package just for you.

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At Temple Adventures, India's only active mainland PADI 5 star IDC center, we are eager to help you achieve your goal and successfully start a Professional Career in Scuba Diving! From Divemaster training to Instructor training, from thorough theory courses to practical applications, gain experience with us in and out of the water, and start a new life!

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Get a life!

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Become a diving professional...

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... with Temple Divers!

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General info

All the information you need for scuba diving with us: how to book a course or simply reach the Dive Centre.

What? When? Where? How much?

All the prices for our dives, service and courses at a glance.

Duration Dives Price
Fun Diving for Certified Divers
Fun Diving (Certified Divers only) 1 Day 2 5000
Fun Diving Wall/Wreck 1 Day - +500
Refresher "On The Boat" (theory) 2 Hours 0 1500
Refresher Program (theory & pool) 3 Hours 0 2500
Adventure Dive Upgrade 2 Hours 1 1500
Equipment Hire (Fun Dive) 1 Day 2 1000
Nitrox Cylinder Hire 1 Day 1 500
Nitrox Refresher (theory) 2 hours 0 2000
Non-Swimmers Programs
Discover Scuba (pool only) 0.5 Day 1 3500
Discover Scuba Diving (pool and sea) 1 Day 1 6800
Discover Scuba Diving (Add. sea dive - same day) 1 Day 1 1500
Equipment Hire (DSD) Included
PADI Certification Courses
Scuba Diver Course 2/3 Days 2 16000
Scuba Diver Upgrade 2 Days 2 15000
Open Water Diver 4 Days 4 24500
Advanced Open Water Course 2/3 Days 5 18000
Rescue Diver 4 Days 4 25000
EFR First Aid 1 Day 0 9500
Equipment Hire (PADI Course) 1 Day Included
PADI Speciality Courses (includes certification)
EANx Nitrox Diver 1.5 Days 2 13000
Deep Diver 2 Days 4 15000
Sidemount Diver 3 Days 4 24500
Wreck Diver 2 Days 4 16000
Drift Diver 1.5 Days 2 12000
Digital Underwater Photography 1.5 Days 2 12000
Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) 1.5 Days 2 13000
Search & Recovery Diver 2 Days 4 15000
Boat Diver 1.5 Days 2 11000
Underwater Navigation 2 Days 3 15000
Peak Performance Buoyancy 1.5 Days 2 11000
Underwater Videography 2 Days 3 13000
Altitude Diver 1.5 Days 2 11000
Underwater Naturalist 1.5 Days 2 11000
Tec Rec Gas Blender 0.5 Days 0 9500
Oxygen Provider 0.5 Days 0 9000
Marine Conservationist 0.5 Days 0 5500
Project AWARE 0.5 Days 0 5500
Equipment Hire (PADI Course) 1 Day Included
Duration Dives Price
PADI Certification Courses - Packages
Open Water + Advanced OW 6 Days 9 39000
Rescue Diver + EFR 4 Days 4 33000
Rescue Diver + EFR + Nitrox 4 Days 4 44000
Open Water + Adv OW + Rescue + EFR + 6 fun dives 16 Days 20 75000
PADI Pro level Career Courses
Divemaster Certification Courses 10 Days 5 25000
Divemaster Training and Certification Course 1 month 20 45000
Assitant Instructor 5 Days 5 24000
EFR First Aid Instructor 2 Days 0 15000
Open Water Scuba Instructor 10 Days 10 900 Euros
NB
• Fun Diving prices already include a 12.36% government service tax
• Required equipment included in all Non-Pro PADI Courses
• For Fun Dives and Pro Courses, equipment hire is 1000 INR/day
• All "PADI Pro Level Courses" do not include materials (books) or PADI application fee
10% Fun Dives Discounts apply to:
- Groups of 5 or more -
- Diving Industry Professionals -
- Ex-Temple Adventures PADI Students -
- Pondy Diver's Club members -
- Chennai Dive Club members -
- Diving Pros working actively in India -
DSD Group discounts:
• 3+ Pax: 5%; 6+ Pax: 10%; 9+ Pax: 15%
Max total discount is 20%.
Discounts do not apply to PADI courses, Wreck/Wall fees, equipment rental or pictures.

Do you want a discount?
Sure thing, here is our fixed discount policy.

10% Discounts apply on Fun Dives to:
• Groups of 5 or more
• Diving Industry Professionals
• Ex Temple Adventures PADI Students
• Pondy Diver's Club members
• Chennai Dive Club members
• Diving Pros working actively in India
DSD Group Discounts:
• 3+ Pax: 5%; 6+ Pax: 10%; 9+ Pax: 15%
Max total discount is 20%.
Discounts do not apply to PADI courses, Wreck/Wall fees, equipment rental or pictures.

Special Discounts
• 30% off Fun Dive day within 1 week after Open Water Course
• Get 4 PADI Specialties for the price of 3 (cheapest of 4 is free)

Discounts on Equipment Sales
• 15% off RRP during Open Water or Advanced OW Course
• 10% off RRP after any PADI course (student discount)
Upgrade to the next course and get a discount:
Upgrade from: To: Within 1 months and get:
DSD Scuba Diver 15% off!
DSD Open Water 10% off!
Scuba Diver Open Water 15% off!
Open Water Advanced Open Water 10% off!
Advanced Open Water Rescue + EFR 10% off!
Any course Nitrox 10% off! (within 1 month, 2 dives)
33% off (during course, no dive)
Note on upgrade discounts: discounts apply on the course you're upgrading to, not the course you're upgrading from. A minimum of 50% deposit as to be paid for the course you're upgrading to.

Wanna talk about the weather? Here are some awesome forecast services!

Where are you guys? Here is your map to Fun - your map to Temple Adventures.

Our address:
9, A. Gandhi Road
Opposite Indira Gandhi Stadium
Pondicherry 605001
India

How to find us in 3 steps:
1. Go to the Indira Gandhi Stadium
2. Take the first road opposite to the stadium
3. Look for the big PADI flag

You know why it seems easy? Because it is!

Seriously, we are only:
• 5 minutes walk away from Pondicherry Railway station
• 10 minutes rickshaw drive away from Pondy Bus Stand
• 12 minutes walk away from the sea front
• 20 minutes rickshaw drive away from Pondy Airport
• 2 hours away from Chennai

Get a room! Here are some sweet hotels and guest houses in Pondy.

By order of price. Favourites in bold)

• Le Ocean on Canal st, 500m North- 900 inr to 1200 INR

Malar Guest House on Bharathi st, 2km West, a/c - 1000 INR – 1300 INR

• Dala Laksmi on Laporte st- 1200 inr for double with AC

Devaki on Bussy st, 500m North - 1300 INR for Double with AC

Le Pondicherry on Rue Dumas st, 750m away - 2300 INR

Dumas Guest House on Rue Dumas st, 750m away - 2500 INR

The Richmond on Labourdonnais st, 1km away – 3500+ INR

Kailash Beach Resort, 5km South – 4500+ INR

La Villa Shanti,1km North – 5500+ INR

Hit the road !! Go on a dive trip with your friends from Temple Adventures.



It's always been a pleasure to dive with you in Pondicherry, but how about
traveling with us to exciting, new destinations?


Some of you might remember that we've worked very hard to find the best deals on flights and dives, and befriended the team of a great dive centre in Cambodia to design an all-inclusive package for you and us to spend an unforgettable week diving together in a country offering an underwater scene few divers have been privileged enough to see...



The trip has been a success, with a whole group of our divers, students and friends
enjoying world-class dives
in Cambodia.

You can click following link to download the detailed poster about this amazing dive trip:



The Cambodian Trip was our most recent one, but we've already taken our friends to the Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka... and many other diving destinations.

Where would YOU like to go next?

We're looking forward to offering you new exciting dive trips very soon...

Your Temple Adventures Team
travel@templeadventures.com

Have a question? Here is the answer!

General questions about scuba diving
• I cannot swim. Can I scuba dive?
I cannot swim. Can I scuba dive?

Yes! For our introduction programs, no swimming skills are required. You can do a Discover Scuba Diving program, down to 12 meters, along with a qualified instructor, or even enroll for our Scuba Diver Program!

See here for details :)


• Is scuba diving safe?
Is scuba diving safe?

It is, actually, safer than driving to the dive centre in the morning :)

All courses and diving experiences include briefings on safety procedures. All our Instructors and Divemasters are professionals with international qualifications not only in Scuba Diving, but also in Emergency First Response. They will make sure you're having a fun time while staying 100% safe!


• How deep will/can we go when scuba diving?
How deep will/can we go when scuba diving?

This depends on your instructor:)

ADULTS
Course Max. depth
DSD 12m
Open Water 18m
Advanced 30m
Deep Cert. 40m
CHIDLREN
Age Max. depth
8-9 4m
10-11 12m
12-14 18m (OW)
21m (AOW)


• How long can I stay underwater when scuba diving?
How long can I stay underwater when scuba diving?

Well, that depends on you, your breathing rate, and the depth you are diving to. If you are taking up your PADI Open Water course you will learn all about it ☺

Having said so, we're trying to have all DSDs spend between 20-30 minutes under water, and certified divers can stay longer depending on their experience and the conditions of the dive.


Diving in Pondicherry
• Where do you go scuba diving in Pondicherry?
Where do you go scuba diving in Pondicherry?

In the sea! We leave from the harbor and head out to between 3 and 15km from shore. Some of our sites feature sand bottom and artificial reef, some deeper sites a rocky bottom and gorgonian landscape. For those who want to train in fresh water, we also offer awesome quarry dives!

Click here to discover our dive sites :)


• What is the best season to scuba dive in Pondicherry?
What is the best season to scuba dive in Pondicherry?

We are open 365 days a year! There is always fun to be had and great underwater experiences to enjoy! Having said so, February - April and September - November are the best months of Scuba Diving in Pondy. Changes in currents produces calm and still waters and 20m-30m visibility. But really, anytime you come you will see great marine life and have good fun with other divers!


• What is marine life is there to see while diving in Pondicherry?
What is marine life is there to see while diving in Pondicherry?

There is a great range of corals, lion fish, grouper, kingfish, moray eels, torpedo rays, parrot fish, sea snakes, triggerfish, butterfly, angels, banner fish, crustaceans... and if you're lucky, even sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and dolphins!

Click here to see pictures of local marine life!


• Is there any snorkelling possibility in Pondicherry?
Is there any snorkelling possibility in Pondicherry?

Not at this stage - all our dive sites are a few kilometers away from the shore, and at depths that make them available only to scuba divers.

But stay tuned! We might be able to answer the numerous requests for a snorkeling site in the near future...


Scuba Diving Courses & Programs
• What is the price of my course/program?
What is the price of my course/program?

Each course and diving experience has a fixed price, and this price have been defined to offer the possibility of diving to the largest amount of people, while not accepting any compromise on the quality of service and equipment.

Click here to see all our prices at a glance!


• What are the timings of my course/program?
• I have [insert] x days to spend with you guys. What can you offer?
I have [insert] x days to spend with you guys. What can you offer?

From half a day to half a year, we have experiences, courses and programs for everyone. Our complete price list also contains the duration of each program. Have a look!

Click here to see all programs' durations!


• How do I book my spot?
How do I book my spot?

Simple! Write us an e-mail, and pay a 50% deposit to book your spot.

How can you make the 50% deposit? E-mail us and we'll give you our bank details.

Click here to send a mail to dive@templeadventures.com


• What is your deposit refund policy?
What is your deposit refund policy?

• Up till 1 month ahead, deposits are fully-refundable
• Up till 2 weeks ahead, deposits are 50%-refundable
• After 2 weeks ahead, deposits are non-refundable
• Up till 1 week ahead, booking dates can be altered


• What is your cancellation policy?
What is your cancellation policy?

• If we cancel a sea dive day due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances, you can:
- Re-schedule to another date of your convenience within 6 months, at no additional cost.
- Dive our fresh water Quarry instead with a discount of 1500 INR.
- Get a full refund of the entire program (minus the booklet charge of 1000 INR for DSD programs).

• If the diver cancels their DSD sea dive after the pool section, because of their inability to perform the necessary skills comfortably after committed efforts in the pool for at least one hour, then the diver will only be charged for the theory intro, the pool session, the certification, the booklet, hence getting a 2,500 INR discount.

• If you are seasick, or physically ill and unable to take part in a day's diving, you can:
- Reschedule your Sea Dive (no pool) for another time within 1 month at 50% of the usual DSD price.

• If you show up in the morning late (7am cut-off for the boat) inebriated, hungover, or other similar state determined by Temple Adventures staff to be unsafe to dive, you will not be allowed on the boat, and will forfeit your funds already paid, plus any amount owing to the full value of that days program.


• Which languages do you offer scuba instruction in?
Which languages do you offer scuba instruction in?

We can teach any course and lead any dive in English, Tamil, French, Hindi, German, Dutch, Spanish Danish, Hebrew, Malayalam, Kannada, Manipuri...

Click here to meet our international team :)


• I am SSI/CMAS/BSAC/NAUI certified. Can I still dive/learn with you?
I am SSI/CMAS/BSAC/NAUI certified. Can I still dive/learn with you??

Sure you can! We recognize all training agencies and their relevant certification levels.


• Can I have a discount?
Can I have a discount?

Sure thing! We have a very clear discount policy for a variety of cases. So clear that you don't even need to ask for a discount if your case is not in the list :)

Click here to see our discount policy!


• I’m a certified diver, but haven’t been diving in a long time. What shall I do?
I’m a certified diver, but haven’t been diving in a while. What shall I do?

If you haven't been diving for a while, you should probably consider taking a "refresher" course to go over the standard skills and procedures again. How long is "a while"? It depends on your previous diving experience and certification level.

Have a chat with our instructors and get a tailor-made refresher!

Scuba diving equipment
• Which equipment do you use?
Which equipment do you use?

ScubaPro (Deep down you want the best ☺)

We're also certified ScubaPro technicians, which means that the excellent quality of the equipment we buy is getting maintained to guarantee that you'll only dive with state-of-the-art gear.


• I have my own equipment. Can I use it when diving with you?
I have my own equipment. Can I use it when diving with you?

Sure – And you can then save 600 INR for every day you're diving with us :)


• I’d like to buy my own equipment. Do you sell any?
I’d like to buy my own equipment. Do you sell any?

Of course we do! Check it out in our shop while you are diving with us!

You can also download our equipment price list here


• I’d like to buy a dive computer. Can I try it first?
I’d like to buy a dive computer. Can I try it first?

A dive computer is an essential piece of equipment, and we have a large selection of ScubaPro and SubGear computers for you to choose from.

You can rent one of these computers from us for only 600 INR per day - and if you decide to purchase a new computer at the end of the diving day, you'll get your rental money back for that day.


Temple Adventures' Facilities
• What is the location of your dive centre?
What is the location of your dive centre?

The address of the Temple Adventures Dive shop is:

5, Veeramunivar street
Colas Nagar
605001 Pondicherry

Click here to see our location map!


• Do you offer accommodation?
Do you offer accommodation?

Not at the moment, unfortunately - Our divers accommodation was destroyed in the recent cyclone, so we are recommending people to surrounding hotels.

Click here to see recommended hotels & guest houses!


• What accommodation do you recommend in Pondicherry?
What accommodation options are there in Pondicherry which you recommend?

Pondicherry offers numerous and nice possibilities in terms of accommodations, in all price ranges and for all tastes.

Click here to see recommended hotels & guest houses!


• Can I pay with a card at your office?
Can I pay with a card at your office?

Yes, you can! :)

We are, however, charging an additional fee of 3% for credit card payment, because our poor bank manager has to eat too.

You hate policies? We do too! So let's get it out of the way.

When you cancel your dive at the last moment, you don't only reduce the income we use to feed our staff and ourselves, you also take away the seat of someone else who could have dived that day. That would not be fair for anyone - and since we're sure you're all for fairness, we've drafted this fair and square deposit and cancellation policy.

• If you cancel your dive •
1 - Before the day of your program:
- Up till 1 month ahead, deposits are fully-refundable
- Up till 2 weeks ahead, deposits are 50%-refundable
- After 2 weeks ahead, deposits are non-refundable
- Up till 1 week ahead, booking dates can be altered
- After 1 week ahead, deposits are non-refundable and booking dates cannot be altered.

2 - On the day of your program, because you're unwell or seasick, and can not complete a dive:
You can either:
- Get a refund of 500 INR per missed dive.
- Reschedule your dive for another time within 1 month for an additional 50% of the DSD program fees for DSDs, or 50% of the price of 1 day of Fun Diving for other programs.

3 - On the day of your DSD program, after the pool section, because of your inability to perform the necessary skills comfortably after committed efforts in the pool for at least one hour, then you will only be charged for the theory intro, the pool session, the certification, the booklet, hence getting a 2,500 INR discount on the full program charges.
• If we cancel your dive •
1 - Because of unforeseen circumstances (weather, logistical problem, etc.), you can either:
- Reschedule your dive at any available date of your convenience for free
- If applicable, dive our fresh water Quarry instead with a discount of 1500 INR on your program (not applicable for courses)
- Get a full refund for 1 day-programs (including DSDs), or a refund of 1 day of Fun Diving for multi-days courses.

2. Because you don't show up, are late (7am cut-off for the boat), drunk, hung-over, or other similar state deemed by our staff to be unsafe to dive:
- You lose your deposit, and owe Temple Adventures any unpaid funds as well, as you took away the seat for another paying customer.

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Contact

You want to go diving with us? Of course you do! You're only one click away !

Temple Adventures

9, A.Gandhi Road
Opposite Indira Gandhi Stadium
Pondicherry, India

dive@templeadventures.com