This program is right for you if you like to discover the feeling of flying in zero gravity, you want to get amazed by the beauty of the tropical underwater world, you are curious about exploring new worlds, you want to combine Spanish classroom experience with language practice, and if you like to meet people from around the world.
THE COURSE PLACE
Due to its central location on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, Sosua is the ideal place for all nature and sports enthusiasts who like to discover the country’s nature diversity and wish to combine studying Spanish with leisure activities. The small coastal town, home to 12,000 inhabitants, is located only 10 min driving from Puerto Plata Airport.
THE DIVE AREA
Two reefs shape the bay of Sosua creating ideal diving conditions. Beginners can enjoy the colorful Caribbean and discover the feeling of zero gravity at 6 to 12 meters of depth. At depths of up to 40 meters, experienced divers will find countless possibilities for exploring breath-taking deep walls, coral gardens, a sunken ship wreck or a nearby fresh water cave. After the dive, the beautiful beach of Sosua invites you to relax lazily in the sun.
Sosua hosts 23 different dive sites, all only 5 to 20 minutes by boat away from the beach. Crystal-clear, turquoise waters with visibility ranging from 18 to 35 meters and underwater temperatures between 26˚C and 29˚C can be expected all year long. The dive sites are home to groupers, king crabs, sepias, and countless small tropical fishes. You might encounter morays, sting-rays, barracudas, or, sometimes, even a gigantic humpback whale.
Our partner: Scuba Dive Center Merlin
The scuba center under German leadership is one of the most renowned and experienced dive bases in the Dominican Republic. Before starting his dive school in the Dominican Republic in 1994, the owner ran a school in Germany.
The team consists of professionals only: all dive guides are certified Dive Master or Dive Instructor and have known the dive sites for years. Classes and briefings are multilingual. Individual care for every diver and the diver’s safety is the top priority. Group sizes are up max. 4 participants per guide in the practical trainings and on the dives. The base itself takes care of the maintenance of the high-class equipment and has an own filling-station.
The scuba dive center is located directly at the beach, only five minutes walking distance from the language school.
The program has a modular structure: Every regular 20 lesson-Spanish course can be mixed with any scuba diving package. So you can create your individual program, if you like as well with lodging and/or airport pick-up.
IIC Sosua is located in the district of El Batey, surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden just 5 min walking from city center, beach and the dive center. Classes consist of 20 45-minute-lessons per week (4 les/day). Students can choose between group courses and private lessons. Classes are 5 days a week, Monday till Friday, usually from 9:00am till 12:30pm.
The course concept combines grammar with conversation: on one side the grammatical basis of the language, the Castellano, is taught – the linguistic differences between the Spanish spoken in Latin-America are pointed out during the course. On the other side the institute focuses greatly on providing students with the opportunity to practice speaking. For this reason, group courses are limited to a maximum of 7 students.
Package A: PADI Open Water
This course conveys all theoretical knowledge and practical skills for safe and fun scuba diving. It follows the course concept of PADI, the largest international organization for scuba diving. PADI-Brevets are accepted worldwide.
Theory and practical skills are trained in parallel. This includes the secure handling and the correct maintenance of the equipment. During the practical lessons the students at first practice all exercises intensively in the pool before they continue their trainings in open water.
Depending on the student’s progress, this course usually takes min. 6 half-days.
Package B-1 and B-2:
These two packages are for certified divers only. They consist of either 3 or 5 regular fun dives. Special dives like night, deep, wreck, navigation, nitrox, cave or a one-day dive trip are possible at an extra cost and on demand.
Diving is possible Monday to Sunday. Health first: If you have any concerns about your diving fitness, we recommend contacting a doctor before booking.
For rates, please see our price list. “Spanish & Scuba Diving” can be booked with accommodation through IIC as well.
For further information about IIC courses, accomodation choices, and special programs, please drop us a line by email email@example.com or Whatsapp +1.849.630.1052 or contact us directly by phone.
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