PADI Courses

Get certified with Sri Lanka Diving Tours!

Sri Lankan Diving Tours offers PADI courses for beginners as well as already certified divers who want to experience a new level of diving. Feli Fernando as the only TEC Dive instructor  in Sri Lanka can guide  you to  a  new world with Technical Diving!

Open Water Diver

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI® Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Advanced Open Water Diver

That’s what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Rescue Diver

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

Assistant Instructor Professional

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. 

Open Water Scuba Instructor - IDC PART 2

The IDC duration is 12 days .- IDC part one the AI course, OWDI course idc part two  &  the EFR instructor course. Most days are split between class room and in water training sessions.  Commence at 0800 hrs and continue till 1600 hrs.

COST – US$ – 1650 including the crew pack (excluding crew pack US$ 1100) 

The IE and the EFRI and OWSI application will cost AUD 1491 to be paid direct to PADI- 


Source: PADI Course Catalog (

17 – 25 m
Wreck We Ling   The FAKE NAME USED BY TERRORISTS-  known as A-522 was sunk  on the 26th March 2018 to from an artificial  reef  and a dive site.  8 VIP Bullet Proof Cars (Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes, defender  etc used by the Ex-Presidents of Sri Lanka were sunk having the hubs of the cars welded to the hatch. 

Letgth 62 m Width 8 m weight 850 tons, Sand bottom depth is 25 m into the cars 26 m top of the wreck is 18. Ideal for enriched air nitrox. An excellent fish breeding ground  

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Wreck Chief Dragon
32 m
Boat elapse time 1 hour and 20 min in smooth seas

Taprobane Wreck
36 m
Boat elapse time 1 hour and 20 mins. Ship had transported auto spare parts. Many items like hubs differentials and other stuff can be seen. 

Ula Gala (Barracuda Reef)
3 – 12 m
Good for snorkelers and for the open water training dive no 1. Situated at a distance of 5 km from the dive centre. Large groupers, oriental sweet lips, travelly, yellow jack and loads of other fish can be seen. A part of the wreckage of the ship Asia carrier which ran a ground in 1980 can be seen.

Musgraf  Ship Wreck
14 m
Just 15 mins from the dive centre, the wreck has been resting since 60 years. She has transported charcoal before she sank. A part of the cargo can still be found in the hatch. Full of marine life. An excellent fish breeding site. Often found fish nets right round the wreck. Need some dives to do a good clean up.

Derana Gala
25 m
The reef is situated 13 km from the dive centre. Need 20 min in smooth seas. A narrow reef patch which is about 10-15 m wide and 150 m in length. Excellent marine life. Schools of barracuda, travelly, fusiliers, blue stripe snappers, honey comb moray, Lion fish can be seen. One of the finest dive sites in Sri Lanka. The best marine life!

Mutian Gala
10 – 12 m
A very good site for the open water training dive no 1. Two oval shape reefs situated on the sandy bottom with a very rich marine life. Loads of lion fish, honey comb moray, blue stripe snappers, fusiliers, many other colourful fish to be observed. More often marble rays nest in a small cave.

Leopard Rock
12 m
A small rock located a few hundred meters from the Mutian Gala. The sandy bottom is a breeding ground for blue spotted sting rays. More often North wards of the rock large Leopard rays with wing span of 2- 3 m can be seen. Dive ten times this reef see Leopard Rays about 4 to 5 times. 50% successful. Before the commencement of the dive get a thorough briefing from your instructor. Main thing if you see them partially buried in sand with a long white tail visible from a distance. Stay calm, sink to the bottom, avoid eye contact, get closer like a floating object!

Maha Gala
14 – 16 m
Good site for various levels of training dives. A very large reef with a lots of exotic fish including, Lobsters, groupers, snappers, lion fish and loads of many other stuff. Large whip type black coral growth is found on top of the reef along with anemones. Need more than one dive to fully explore.

Mora Wala (Shark pit)
1-3 m
An excellent spot for snorkeling! A small coral bed with staghorn coral, blue corals etc. Situated adjoining a small ridge of a reef where small black tips reef sharks can be observed. Everything is dictated by the weather.

Uravi Gala (Grouper Rock)
16 m
Situated just a few km from the Maha Gala. Groupers of various sizes can been seen along with snappers, fussliers, Rays and many other types of fish. Drop anchore and descend along the rope to observe the exotic marine life in and around the reef.

Mutu Paraya (pearl reef)
16 m
A very good site for the open water training dive no 3 or 4. One of the most beautiful reefs full of marine life. Teddy bear coral and over hundreds of different kinds of fish of various sizes to be observed. Time to time anglers can be seen fishing near the reef. Discarded fishing nets as well as fishing hooks are found on the reef.

Air craft wreck
Wreckage of a British twin engine air craft which crashed in the year 1945. The pilots were rescued by a fisherman who was on a Teppama. A kind of a traditional fishing craft made out of wooden logs. Small sails can be used to cover a long distance. A dual purpose dive. Wreck and a reef. Wreck is situated about 10 m away from the reef. A good site to test your navigational skills.

Drop anchor on top of the reef and swim to the top most point of the reef which looks like the cock pit and turn to a heading of 130 degrees on your compass. Reach the edge of the reef and turn to a heading of 060 degrees which will bring you straight to the wreck. This is a good dive site to test the navigational skills. A fish/sea cucumber collector fisherman diver had accidentally come across the air craft wreck and removed the Ribs part of the wings, the battery, the air cleaner of the wreck and sold those items as scrap iron.

Lots of different parts of the air craft is scattered around the fuselage and the two engines. Parts of the wing a petrol tank and many other parts as well as the engines can be identified.

Kammala coral reef
22 m
Large loud speaker look like corals (therbineria) with full of exotic fish can be seen. More often large marble rays, fussliers, snappers travelly and loads of other kinds of fish to be seen. One of the many breeding grounds for cuttle fish. Pairs can be seen.

Kammala coral patch
Just a few kms away from the Kammala coral reef, traditionally known as the 9 fathoms reef. (nava bambe gala). Similar in size of the kammala coral reef.

Diyamba Gala
22 – 26 m
Another very good site for a deep dive. Bottom of the sea bed is 26m. Top of the rock is about 22m. More than four rocks with small caves can be seen. More often Honey comb moray and a giant green or black moray can be seen in one hole together sharing one spot.

Hipolis pits
26 m
Reef looks like pits are full of cleaner shrimps, fussliers, rubber lips, sweet lips and loads of other fish can be seen. A very good site to test your navigational skills.

Diyamba Suda
17 – 30 m
Mistakenly named as the 3rd reef by some divers. The last frontier before the depth of the Indian Ocean is reached. Actually the 10th reef if the reefs are counted on a straight line. About 15 to 20 different rocks and reefs are found enroute to the site.

The reef has a lots of LOBBED PORE corals on which Christmas tree worms can be seen with different colours. Usually excellent visibility. The shallowest is about 17 m and goes down to about 25 – 30 m. Strong currents can be encountered. A few pet fish collectors have gone missing. Need reliable boats more than one.

Maha Kabaru Gala (Giant Travelly Reef) in Katuneriay Wennapuwa
18 m
One of the richest reefs, full of exotic fish, loads of blue stripe snappers, marble rays, fussliers, Travelly, lobsters, cuttle fish and much more to see. Reef is situated 5 mins away from the air craft wreck. Good for macro photography. Plenty of nudies to be seen. Vis – 10 – 15 m.

Eleven Fathoms Reefs
21 m
Off Katunriay – Wennapuwa (45 mins by boat). Loads of blue stripe snappers, lobsters, travelly black corals, Honey comb morays and much more to be seen. Visibility 10 – 15 m. Current moderate. Occasional visitors like black tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, Marble rays, and other stuff to be seen.

Wellamankarai diyamba gala
6 – 16 m
Boat time 30 min. Very long reef bed. 20 m in width and a few hundred metres in length. Reef is very rich from marine life and an anglers paradise.

Wade sitham pruwa
16 m
20 min boat drive from Negombo. The only reef on which divers have seen sea horses. Lobsters, snappers, nudies and much more to be seen.

Dakune Gala
18 m
Situated south of maha gala. Loads of lobsters, travelly, rubber lips, and much more to be seen.

Kantiri Gala
14 – 16 m
A reef where you find different varieties of Nudibranchs. 20 min boat drive.

Leena Gala
28 – 34 m
The deep site. Ideal for deep diver training. Plenty of fish. Barracuda, Travelly, fussliers and other s