Scuba Diving

The Great Feeling of Discovering a New World

The program Spanish & Scuba Diving 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,
  • 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

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

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.

Spanish course

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.
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.

Scuba Diving

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 before they continue their trainings in open water.

Depending on the student’s progress, this course usually takes 6 half-days. The theoretical oart of the course cal 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 info@iic-spanish.com or Whatsapp +1.849.630.1052 or contact us directly by phone.

You are always welcome!

Pictures: Courtesy of Bill Passmore Underwater Photographer