West Side Scuba Centre

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If the awe-inspiring scenery that exists beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean is what you're after, then West Side Scuba Center is who to call. This eco-dive facility has been active for over 23 years, and are a Padi Golden Palm Resort. Between their numerous scuba certification courses and their daily wreck dives, this center has everything you need to create the scuba diving trip of your dreams.

West Side Scuba Centre

Dive West Side Scuba offers dive trips to four specific wreck sites each day. The most famous wreck that they visit is the Stavronikita which features a fascinating penetration dive, perfect for experienced divers. There are about 20 reef dives from the south to the north which you can join in on. In the summer, they dive on the east coast.

Each reef has a mooring buoy, so they do not drop anchor anywhere. Those requiring instruction and certification will find it through the on-site PADI Discover Scuba and Open Water Scuba courses.

Guests can enjoy 1 or 2 tank dives, night dives, and shallow reef dives. 1-10 tank packages are also available.

Getting There

Located in Bridgetown, a quarter mile southeast of downtown Bridgetown, West Side Scuba Centre happily welcomes local residents and travelers who are shopping in this part of the city or in the surrounding area. Even if you are not staying in the vicinity, you are free to drop by.

For a small fee, they will provide you with transportation. Bus route 11 (ZR Van) will get you to the boatyard complex for $2. Just get off at Copacabana and walk for 3 minutes.

What's Nearby

If you're inclined to browse in more than one store, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of other specialty shops in the same general area as West Side Scuba, like Roger's Scuba Shack, and Hazell's Water World. Be sure to read the table below to get a feel for some examples of shops that are fairly close to this one.

Other Shopping Nearby
Name Type Distance Direction
The Colonnade Mall Shopping Center 0.4 mi. Northwest
Roger's Scuba Shack Dive Shop -- --
Hazell's Water World Dive Shop 0.2 mi. Southeast
Art and Stage Art Gallery 0.4 mi. Northwest
On The Wall Art Gallery Champers Art Gallery 2.3 mi. Southeast

Once you finish shopping, there are various interesting attractions you could enjoy while you are in Bridgetown. If a museum is something you'll enjoy, allow yourself time to experience Tyrol Cot Heritage Village. However, if you'd rather visit a monument, then you may want to consider Emancipation Statue. Additionally, you'll find some other fun activities and places where you can enjoy a meal within a couple miles.

Hours

Each day, they run 5 dives. The 2-tank dive is available every morning, departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m. The Discover Scuba course departs at 12 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Their 1-tank dive departs at 2 p.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. Their night dive begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 7:30 p.m.

Cost

Certification courses with Dive West begin at $110 for the basic Discover Scuba resort course, and prices increase significantly from there as you move on to obtain Open Water Certification for $365-460. This depends on whether you choose the online or book option. Several other courses are available including Rescue Diver course and Master Diver course, which is $610. All prices are in USD.

1-tank dives cost $80. 5-tank dive packages cost $284. 10-tank dive packages cost $535. Night dives cost $99. If you have your own equipment, you are eligible for a 10% discount. If you need to rent equipment, it costs $40 with a boat trip included. Wet suits cost $10 and tanks with weights cost $25.

Contact Information

Location: Boatyard Complex, Bay Street, Bridgetown, Barbados

Phone: (246) 262-1029

Website: http://www.westsidescuba.com/

Email: westsidescuba@gmail.com

 

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