The program mix of Spanish and Scuba Diving is right for you if you
- like to discover the feeling of flying in zero gravity,
- want to get amazed by the beauty of the tropical underwater world,
- are curious about exploring new worlds,
- want to combine Spanish classroom experience with language practice,
- like to meet people from around the world.
THE COURSE PLACE
Sosua is the ideal place for all nature and sports enthusiasts. If you like to discover the Dominican Republic’s stunning nature and wish to add some fun watersports activities to your Spanish course, that’s where you should go. 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. It’s the perfect place for your scuba diving adventure: Crystal-clear, turquoise waters, visibility ranging from 18 to 35 meters, underwater temperatures between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius 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.
We work with a certified scuba dive center under European leadership. Superior Dive Sosua is an authorizzed 5-star SDI Dive Center. The 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.
The dive center is located directly at the main beach, Playa Sosua, only 15 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 centrally located in the district of El Batey, surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. 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.
IIC’s course concept combines grammar teaching with conversational training from day 1 on. Your class is based on the grammatical structure of Standard Spanish, the “Castellano”. You will also learn what the differences are to the Spanish spoken in Latin America and get to know typical Dominican expressions.
During the conversation sessions, you will apply and practice what you just learned in theory. The school focuses greatly on providing students with the opportunity to practice speaking. For this reason, group courses are limited to a maximum of 7 students.
Add-on A: Discover Scuba Diving
This is a one-day experience which you can do on a Saturday as an add-on to your regular Spanish course. You will get a sneak preview of the underwater world and find out how much you love scuba diving.
Add-on B: SDI Beginner Course (certification)
This course conveys all theoretical knowledge and practical skills for safe and fun scuba diving. It follows the course concept of SDI, one of the largest international organization for scuba diving. SDI-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. Then they continue their trainings in open water.
Depending on the student’s progress, this course usually takes 6 half-days. The theoretical part of the course can also be done online.
Add-on C: Diver
This package is for certified divers only. It consists of 3 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.
In all 3 packages, complete diving equipment is provided including masks and fins.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp +1.849.630.1052 or contact us directly by phone.
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Pictures: Courtesy of Bill Passmore Underwater Photographer