AQUA AGE SCUBA DIVING CENTRE

Kemer – Antalya – Turkey

We are pleased to introduce you scuba .iving in Turkish Riviera. During your visit with us you will enjoy the Mediterranean’s warm crystal clear waters and be amazed by the fascinating marine life with the breathtaking natural and historical beauty above. Please just relax and enjoy the fabulous sport of scuba diving with our total expertise in scuba diving services and our stringent standarts on international rules. With Aqua Age while having “fun” live the absolute need “safety”, “comfort” and “perfection” in travel services.

Aqua Age Diving Center is a PADI Dive Center having two branches in Kemer and Side. We’re organizing daily diving trips for the beginners and qualified divers and giving all levels of PADI and CMAS courses.

In the high season we have as many as 5 large dive boats and over 50 multilingual staff handling more than 10,000 customers annually.
Established 1998
Location Kemer – side / Antalya / Turkey
Service Area Tekirova – Alanya
Season April – October
Boats Custom built dive boats with changing rooms, sundecks, wc, on board oxygen & first aid kits, rescue boat.
Insurance Insured by Anadolu Sigorta & DAN Europe
Dive services Daily diving tours, courses, private diving tours
Languages spoken English, Russian, German, French, Turkish

DISCOVER SCUBA 1 day, 2 dives (max. 6 m, 25 min) fun, safety and excitement. You have always wanted to discover diving before. In a very friendly environment you will have a short theoretical lesson on boat. With internationally recognized PADI Discover Scuba Program you will join the under-water world together with your instructor. You will hand-feed fish, stroke octopus and explore for yourself the majestic underwater world. Every healthy person 08-65 ages can attend this program without any international certificate.

BUBLEMAKER FOR KIDS 1 day, 2 dives Kids – Bring your parents diving! For young adventurers like you, the Bublemaker program is an introduction to the thrill of breathing underwater. If you’re 8 or 9 years of age, now is your chance to take the plunge with a PADI instructor and go diving.

CERTIFIED DIVERS 1 day, 2 dives There are plenty of dive sites situated around the nearby islands and along the coast line. You can discover the reefs, wrecks, walls, and caves that remain unspoiled and unknown by the masses. Please choose your dives from wreck, wall, cave, antique dives according to your certificate.

NON-DIVERS / SNORKELLING TOUR 1 day The ancient Lykian Peninsula offers you the distinguished feeling of touching the history and the beauty of pine trees in scenic bays during your tour. During the day you can use SNORKELLING EQUIPMENT and enjoy BUFFET LUNCH and all the facilities of Aqua Age Boats.

PADI Courses
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s biggest and well-known diver training association. In worlwide, PADI certifies more than 900,000 divers annually.

DISCOVER SCUBA DIVER COURSE – 1 Day
This one day course introduces you to learn philosophy of scuba diving during a short theory lesson and practice. In Discover Scuba Diving Program you will learn some of the theory and practice skills of the Open Water course. If you decide to continue your education you can transfer directly onto the Open Water course giving you the opportunity to complete it in two days instead of three.

Children between 8-10 ten years old may participate in Discover Scuba as bubblemakers.

Prerequisites:
Minimum Age: 10( 8 for Bublemaker)
SCUBA DIVER COURSE – 2 days
This course is the first step on the certification level of the PADI Open Water course. It is a two days course and allows you to enjoy underwater world while learning necessary skills to get the most out of your diver training and to gain a certification card.
When you take scuba Diver course you will be able to dive anywhere in the world to a maximum depth of 12 metres under Instructor supervision.

Prerequisites:
Minimum Age: 10

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE – 3 Days
If you want to learn to scuba dive, take a PADI Open Water Diver Course, the most widely recognized and respected diving certification in the world. Within a few days, you can be enjoying the underwater world.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundementals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques with up to date teaching materials. The practical lessons start off in the confined crystal waters where you will master all the basic diving skills in a safe and controlled environment and 4 open water deeper dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters. You will also earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification that is recognized worldwide.

Prerequisites:
Minimum Age: 10
PADI ADVENTURE DIVER COURSE – 1 or 2 Days
Want to take you diving to the next level? Well look no further! Become a PADI Adventure Diver today and start experiencing the exciting adventures the world of diving has to offer.

The Adventure Diver Program is the perfect opportunity to gain additional experience and skills under the guidance of Aqua Age PADI professionals.

The Adventures in Diving program offers both the Adventure Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. If you complete any three adventure dives, you can earn your PADI Adventure Diver certification. If you complete your Deep Adventure Dive, Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive and three Adventure Dives for a total of five, you can earn your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

This certification includes three of the following Adventure Dives:

Adventure Dives available to divers 10 years old and older:
AWARE-Fish Identification
Underwater Naturalist
Boat Diver
Underwater Navigator
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Underwater Photography

Additional Adventure Dives available to divers 12 years old and older:
Altitude Diver
Multilevel Diver
Deep Diver
Night Diver
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Search and Recovery Diver
Drift Diver
Underwater Videography
Dry Suit Diver
Wreck Diver

Prerequisites
PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum Age: 15 years old (10 for PADI Junior Adventure Diver)

SPECIALITY COURSES – 1 or 2 days
How far will you take this diving thing? It’s up to you. Once you qualify as an Open Water Diver you can enroll on a number of Specialty. Aqua Age offers Night, Deep, Multi Level, Navigation, Wreck, Shore, Cave, Boat, Photography and many more.

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE COURSE – 1 day
The EFR course teaches both divers and nondivers how to deal with emergencies that are potentially life threatening. And also teaches you how to care for injuries or illnesses that are not life threatening or when local EMS is unavailable or delayed.

This comprehensive program is composed of two core modules that can be taught in tandem or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response – Primary Care and Emergency First Response – Secondary Care.

Prerequisites:
No dive certification required
No minimum age limit
RESCUE DIVER COURSE – 3 days
This course concentrates on problem recognition and prevention in realistic scenario conditions. You will learn everything you need to know – but hope that you’ll never need to use.

Prerequisites
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum Age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months
DIVE MASTER COURSE – 12 days
The PADI Divemaster course is designed to train qualified individuals as supervisory personnel.

PADI Divemaster course is a 12 day boat diving based extensive training program completing 36 dives.

During the Divemaster Course you’ll work closely with Aqua Age PADI Instructors to expand your diving skills and knowledge to the professional level. The role of the Divemaster may be to either supervise and assist general diving activities, serve as an underwater guide, an assistant to instructor, and many more.

Prerequisites
PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Successful completion of a sanctioned CPR program within the past 24 months
CMAS Courses
CMAS* DIVER COURSE – 3 days
Theoretical lessons with the latest up to date materials. 2 practical lessons start off in the confined crystal clear waters where you will master all the basic diving skills in a safe and controlled environment and 3 open water deeper dives to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

CMAS** DIVER COURSE – 2 days
During the course you will do 4 open water dives and you are introduced to both the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to conduct the DEEP (18+ meters), NIGHT, NAVIGATION, RESCUE dives.

Prerequisites
PADI Open Water Diver or CMAS* certificate
20 Logged dives

MORE INFO

These scripts and photographs are registered under © Copyright 2006, Aqua Age Scuba Diving Center / Kemer – Antalya – Turkey. All Rights Reserved.

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  2. Dave Freel says:

    To start the day off we were picked up from our hotel in a timely fashion. On arriving at the diving centre not a single word was spoken to us or anyone around, we were simply marched onto the boat following a silent guy with his hand in the air. Once on the boat health forms were handed out. One member of my party has an existing health condition requiring specialist attention before being allowed to dive. I can only assume the forms were never looked at as no-one picked up on this fact or attempted to communicate with us. Following this we were given an indtroductory briefing, which did cover the basics of scuba diving, hand signals, what to expect, etc. When we arrived at the diving spot we were then informed we were “Group 4” and should move to the back of the boat when our group number was called. We then sat for 2 hours waiting. When our number was finally called, we proceeded to the back of the boat where we were given a pair of fins, and told to swim to shore. We did as instructed, and were then given the necessary equipment by different members of staff in complete silence.

    On first doning the equipment an instructor came around and asked me to put my head under the water. I believed this to be his way of checking i was comfortable with breathing underwater, however, when I raised my head after a few seconds wondering where he had gone I was shouted at and pushed back underwater. My dive had begun.

    At this point i began to wonder what stage the rest of my family was at. We have a mixed amount of experience between us, my step-dad is PADI approved but joined us for the family experience, I myself have been on 5 dives, mum has been on 1, and my sister (with the aforementioned health concerns) was a first timer. My sister was no-where to be seen. I learnt afterwards that she had panicked when she went under the water, and, like me, had been roughly pushed to the bottom of the sea when she attempted to rise. This happened to her several times and each time she literally had the mouthpiece pushed into her mouth and then pushed under the water. This is undoubtedly due to the time not being taken to read her health form and there being no professionalism or compassion, or attempt at understanding her situation. For a trip that was supposedly catering to first-time-divers they showed a shocking attitude towards anyone who was not entirely competant the instant they touched the water.

    At this point we were lead by an instructor holding a camera along the bottom of the sea floor. However, since we had done a beach start and there was zero co-ordination between any staff members, other divers were still being ushered into the water to perform the swim to the beach. As one such person made there way to the beach, my mum got kicked fully in the face. As she has had a little experience before she managed to rectify herself, however no assistance was offered and it fell to myself and my step-dad to ensure she was OK. Whilst doing this the instructor in front of us began to bang rocks together to get our attention, and when we turned back to him he simply continued to point a camera. The dive was around 4meters deep and lasted around 10 minutes, a far cry from the 25 minutes advertised.

    The second dive was far worse. This time we begun the dive from the boat. My sister was so shaken by the earlier experience she unsurprsingly didn’t want to join in anymore, so we got added to another small group to bulk up the numbers and make it more cost and time efficient for the company. No pictures were taken this time, and with good reason, since there was literally nothing to see. The five of us were once again pushed to the sea floor and then begun to follow the instructor. We were not allowed to look in any direction other than straight ahead, doing so resulted in him banging rocks together once more, not an approved scuba diving signal so far as im aware. Since no time had been taken to correct anyones bouyancy, i found myself pulling myself along the sea floor, whilst my step-dad could barely keep himself from floating upwards. With five people following one instructor he was continually attempting to ‘herd’ us together, presumably so he could see us all at once. However, in doing so on at least 2 occasions a young girl we had been grouped with got hit in the face by other scuba divers attempting to group up as instructed, and had her mask dislodged both times. On both occasions the instructor did nothing to help the young girl, but instead attempted to reprimand the person who had caused the accident through what can only be described as aggresive hand gesturing. Due to the number of people on each dive and never being allowed off the sea-floor the sand was continually being kicked up and never got a chance to settle. The visibility was less than 1m and the dive was approximately 3 meters deep in an empty area circling the bottom of the boat. It lasted approximately 5 minutes.

    The facilities onboard the boat were non-existant. The changing room was a toilet in a cupboard. At one point we were stood at the back of the boat, attempting to discover what had happened to my sister after the first dive as we hadn’t seen her since. We were then told to “MOVE I AM WORKING HERE YOU CANNOT STAND HERE”.

    The entire experience was a glorified photo shoot. We had to pay for the privelage of being there and was then expected to pay for the photos. The staff were unprofessional and rude, the dives themselves were farsical. The second dive was described by my PADI approved step-dad with many years of diving experience under his belt as “the most pointless and worst experience of his diving career”. For a first-experience I wouldn’t be surprised if my sister never wanted to scuba-dive again, and based on how she was treated i wouldnt blame her.

    At the end of the day we were all given a certificate, congrulatulating us for completeing two 7 meter deep 25minute long dives. My sister recieved the same certificate.

    Despite the length of this review there are still many more things I could mention. This was simply the worst diving experience imagineable, and I feel sorry for anyone else who is tricked into paying for this by a travel represntative like we were.

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