Take the plunge into a mystical world of slow-dancing corals and busy sea creatures. Victoria’s oceans are alive with many vibrant little communities and a rich variety of marine life. In fact Victoria has some of the best temperate water diving in the world.
Snorkellers can observe this intriguing secret world with a relatively small amount of preparation, and they can see many beautiful sea creatures up close.
But SCUBA divers are treated to an extra dimension, venturing right in amongst the underwater action.
Scout Scuba Victoria
The State Scuba Activity Team (Scout Scuba Victoria) is a group of Leaders sharing a common passion for scuba diving with each other and any interested Scouting members.
We’ve arranged with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (“PADI”) to introduce Scouts to the exhilaration of scuba diving. This has led to more than a thousand inexpensive ‘Discover Scuba’ dives.
Members have also gone on to do Scuba Diver training courses. Plus there are qualified diver days, all run by fully qualified and externally insured ‘PADI’ Instructors, many of whom are also Scout Leaders.
Dive Courses are cheaper than normal through Scout Scuba, and boat dives with us are cheaper than commercial operations. We can also choose our own dive spots and check out new locations, all while enjoying the company of Scouting friends.
A Discover Scuba Dive is not a formal qualification. It’s a great opportunity to try out scuba diving in a controlled environment to see if you enjoy it and want to do more.
A 1½ day Snorkelling program has been developed as a group event. This concentrates on safe preparation for snorkelling and the skills you’ll need in and out of the water.
Scout Scuba Victoria offers various courses to become PADI qualified all the way from Open Water Scuba Diver to Dive Master. Plus there are specialty dive courses such as Wreck & Deep Diver or Underwater Digital Photographer.
SSV also offers Advanced Open Water divers who have current First Aid qualifications the chance to undertake a Rescue Diver Course. Those who have their Rescue Diver and 5 specialities can be recognised as Master Scuba Divers. And/or Rescue divers can take the first steps toward becoming a Dive professional by doing their Dive Master qualification. These courses are run on a regular, as needed, basis. All of these courses may be counted toward the various Award Schemes.
SSV is a PADI recognised Educational Facility and along with other State Activity Teams, SSV can offer competencies or units towards Certificate II and III in Outdoor Recreation (although the Scuba competencies have a small additional cost).
Dive shop discounts
Discounts have been negotiated for members of Scout Scuba Victoria through some Melbourne Dive Shops. The savings apply to courses and diving days, as well as equipment purchases. Contact the State Leader for details.
Youth members and their parents are advised that learning to Scuba Dive is NOT an activity being conducted by the Scout Association. Responsibility for supervision, control and legal liability does not rest with the Scout Association. That responsibility is carried by the PADI recognised provider. While they may sometimes use Scouting people, the PADI recognised provider uses PADI organised insurance.
However, snorkelling courses and qualified scuba divers, participating in a Scout Scuba Victoria organised event (who 1. have had their qualifications checked & 2. have a current, clear, PADI RSTC medical form) are covered by Scouts Victoria insurance.
The Leader-in-Charge must obtain a signed Special Activities Permission form [Form Y5] from the youth member’s Parent or Guardian.
State Leader – Scuba
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