Getting Started at the Academy


Scuba diving is often seen as a recreational sport, but it is actually much more than that. Diving is a medium that opens a new world of interaction with nature, history and science. So much of the world’s oceans are undiscovered and ecosystems are constantly evolving due to man’s interventions or because of the introduction of new predators. Now has never been so important to learn and appreciate the marine environment to the world.

Away from history and science, diving is a social sport, allowing all ages, races, nationalities and gender to partake in a common activity. Whether you are using sign language underwater or sharing a joke about the size of the fish in a foreign language during a surface interval, there are plenty of experiences to be gained and memories to share. This is after all a ‘recreational’ sport, where the ethos of competition is based purely on enthusiasm, teamwork, leadership and awareness.

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After reading through the intros to scuba diving and prospectus summary about each course, you can apply for one of our online scuba diving programmes or packages and start today! Should you have any questions please see our FAQ section or contact us directly for more advice about each course.


Once you have decided on your course you will need to make an online payment in order to access the e-learning and hard copy materials required for your relevant programme. Please note the following things prior to beginning your programme:

  • For all our e-learning programmes, divers will also receive hard copy versions of the online materials. Your dive materials can be posted to you or collected in person by you at your first confined water session.
  • All divers completing e-learning courses must complete the confined water sessions with the Sunken Dreams Scuba Diving Academy. It may seem an obvious statement, but we insist on this to make sure our divers are assimilating their knowledge and practical work correctly. Our e-learning facility is exclusively for Academy Members.

To make a purchase, please visit our e-shop, select the programme or plan you would like and make your payment through our e-Shop gateway. Should you require any assistance with this process please contact us at your convenience.

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Your theoretical work may include online videos, knowledge reviews, reading materials and final exams that you can complete at your own pace in your own time. Our students can complete their theoretical training in the classroom, at our practical training sessions, on Skype or via the Academy’s e-learning facility. One of the great strengths of having both the learning facility and hard copy materials is that students can re-test & re-examine their knowledge understanding which is especially useful if divers have not been diving in sometime or require a very high level understanding of each core programme for our professional diver courses.

The great part about their learning is that it can be done in a variety of ways to suit you. So if you are working in the city and struggle for time midweek or would prefer to work in person with your instructor or even combine both aspects, we will help you find a way to complete your knowledge development alongside your practical SCUBA training sessions.


Alongside your theoretical knowledge development, our goal is to get diver’s diving. Each course has a number of practical training sessions that will help you put your knowledge into practice and develop a high level of confidence for you to build on each time. We want you to get the very best out of this experience for you and enjoy diving with your friends and family or other alumni at the Academy. Our practical training sessions are held at a variety of locations on various days according to our training schedules available. Should you wish to organise private or private group sessions, please contact us and we will try to accommodate your wishes.

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Once you have completed your theoretical and practical training elements you are ready to put your skills to use in an open water diving environment. At this stage you have the option of completing your open water dives with the Academy in the UK, on our expeditions or should you have an upcoming holiday with friends and family, we will refer and recommend training centres overseas for you to complete your open water dives there.

Your diver information is retained in the Academy vault and can be accessed by you at any point to check your progress or validate to the referring dive centre. Completing your training is important to the Academy. As long as you have the enthusiasm we will help assist you to become confident and prudent divers, ready to tackle adventurous dive challenges around the world.

“To breathe underwater is one of the most fascinating and peculiar sensations imaginable. Breathing becomes a rhythmic melody of inhalations and exhalations. The cracks and pops of fish and crustaceans harmonize with the rhythmic chiming of the bubbles as you exhale. Soon, lungs act as bellows, controlling your buoyancy as you achieve weightlessness. And, as in your dreams, you are flying. Combine these otherworldly stimuli and you surrender completely to the sanctuary of the underwater world.” – TEC CLARK

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