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WELCOME TO SİDE AZURA | PADI DİVE CENTER

We are a small but professional PADI dive center located in Side, Turkey. We’ve been rewarded with the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence, won the Project AWARE 2016 #MyDiveSite contest and have been featured in a few magazines and online articles. Since 2012 we're located at the beach between the beautiful hotels Voyage Sorgun Resort and Arcanus Side Resort. Don't wait any longer and come to visit us!

THE PLACE TO BE

For a great experience and feeling like a VIP. 

CERTIFICATE OF EXELLENCE

Our guests gave Side Azura the highest ratings.

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 WITH THE ADDITION OF THIS ACTIVITY TO YOUR HOLIDAY, YOU WILL HAVE AN UNPARALLELED EXPERIENCE 

Side Azura – PADI dive center

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ABOUT SIDE

Side is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical places of Turkey.
The city was founded on a peninsula around the 7th century B.C. and the ancient name of this port means pomegranate.

Side is primarily known for its beautiful ruins, beaches and shopping centers where you especially can shop for gold and leather. You also can enjoy your time here at the many fine cafes and restaurants that serve Turkish and other cuisine. Or immerse yourself in the nightlife until the early hours in one of the many bars.

The narrow side streets are bursting of the many typical Turkish handicraft shops. One of the most famous attractions is the ancient theater, and it is with its loggia, the oldest in the region. It has the seating capacity of 15.000 people so don't miss the view! Other monuments that are worth to visit are the Temple of Apollo which is located on the harbor, a fountain and an acropolis. The great Roman baths have been converted into museums where one of the finest archaeological collections is on display.

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SİDE AZURA BRİNGS SCUBA TO YOUR LİFE!

Scuba diving is a wonderful activity that can be done by experienced divers, but by newcomers and children as well. It’s a wonderful activity that can be done by the whole family! You can explore a world that others can’t see or only dream about. Unlike snorkeling, with diving you can really enter that other, almost magical world, which makes it a truly special thing to do.

BACK-UP SERVICE

We offer a one year photo & video back-up service, free of charge!

HIGH RESOLUTION

We edit each photo one by one to ensure you the best possible quality

TRANSFER SERVICE

Transfer from and to your hotel available for competitive prices

HAPPY GUESTS

A happy dive is a happy life. We strive to give each guest an unique experience

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YOU ARE IN GOOD COMPANY!

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Your scuba diving options & locations

Side Azura | dive center offers many opportunities for almost any age. It’s possible to dive from 8 years+ and we offer great options to give children their first experience in a safe environment. It is possible to book a single dive but perhaps one of our discount packages or complete courses might be interesting for you as well. Please contact us if you would like to receive a full options list and pricing information.

Bubble Maker

Bubble Maker is a great way to introduce children to scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in the pool. Kids must be comfortable in the water, but no prior experience is necessary. With the PADI Bubble Maker course and our experienced team your little ones will be swimming like fish and blowing bubbles in no time!

What you will learn

  • Kids get a chance to experience the fun world of scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of our PADI professionals.
  • Take their first breath underwater, blow bubbles!
  • Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults.
  • Have lots of fun with friends and family!

Seal Team

The PADI Seal Team is for young scuba divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by completing exciting AquaMissions.

What you will learn

  • Kids get a chance to experience scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of our PADI professionals.
  • Take their first breath underwater, blow bubbles!
  • Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults.
  • At 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver course.
  • Have lots of fun with friends and family! 

Discover Scuba Diving

This is by far the most chosen option by our guests.

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. We offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. While not an actual scuba certification, during the Discover Scuba Diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

What you will learn

  • You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of our PADI Professional.
  • If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure.
  • This great experience is divided in 3 parts: Theory: We will explain to you a certain amount of theory and we will make sure that you understand the important rules of diving. The lesson will be short and concise, designed to inform you but not to confuse you. Pool/beach: Our professional instructor will demonstrate the basic skills required to dive. Once you have had a chance to see how it all works in the water, it will be your turn to give it a go. Under the ever watchful eye of our instructor you will see your diving skill level develop in this safe learning environment. The pool/beach session will prepare you for the next step. Ocean dives: When you are comfortable with the skills, you will dive among marine life in shallow water.
  • The dive will last about 45 minutes, depending on your comfort level. You will be surprised by how quickly you will relax!

Scuba Diver

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you   ̶ particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that’s your ultimate goal.
PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving – just the first three of five sections of the Open Water Diver course.
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills – just the first three of five dives of the Open Water Diver course
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore – just two of four dives of the Open Water Diver course.

Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver course is a complete, carefully structured entry level scuba diving course designed to take you from a non-diver with little or no prior experience to a certified diver. The certification is recognized worldwide and is valid for life, to a maximum depth of 18 meters / 60 feet. The course uses videos, audio, graphics and reading to help you learn, plus short quizzes that let you gauge your progress, and then offers a review of anything you happen to miss. You develop dive skills during actual dives with our PADI Instructor.

What you will learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three distinct sections:

  • Theory: The theory portion of the open water course includes book work, videos, study questions, and quizzes, divided in 5 dive theory modules. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds!
  • Pool Work: During pool (or “confined water”) class, you practice basic diving skills in the pool. You will practice all the skills that you use on open water dives like ear equalization and mask removal and replacement in this controlled environment before entering the open water.
  • Open Water Dives: Under the watchful eye of our instructor, you will apply the knowledge and skills learned in the theory and pool sections of the course on real open water dives.

Scuba Review

If you have not dived for a while, then you will benefit from refreshing your diving knowledge & skills. PADI Scuba Review is designed to help you develop confidence & ensure you remember how to dive safely. Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should do a Refreshment. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in.

What you will learn

  • You go over scuba knowledge you learned during your initial training.
  • Then, practice fundamental skills in the pool or at the beach.
  • In the water, our Instructor will help you regain comfort and confidence in scuba diving.
  • You’ll practice a few safety-related skills and then go over anything you specifically want to review.

Advanced Open Water

Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. 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 our PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

What you will learn

  • The knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have, but include: Practical aspects of deep diving. Physiological effects of deeper scuba diving. More ways to use your underwater compass.
  • How to navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.
  • How to better use your dive computer and electronic Recreational Dive PlannerTM (eRDPTM)

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.

What you will learn

The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

Dive Master

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with our PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere. As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training.

What you will learn

  • The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities.

Prepare yourself for the upcoming dives with the following downloads.
Although we can offer all forms in different kind of languages at the dive center, you’ll find the most important forms here to download as well.

 General information about CMAS

CMAS 1* SCUBA Diver or just CMAS 1* is an entry level diving certification for recreational Scuba, issued by ‘Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques’ (CMAS). Its foundation in Monaco during January 1959 makes it one of the world’s oldest underwater diving organisations. One of the founding members of and a key proponent for CMAS was the French underwater pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau which was subsequently appointed the inaugural President with Luigi Ferraro, Italian underwater pioneer, being appointed Vice-President.

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Did the diving world grabbed your attention and you do not want to let go? Welcome to the club! We can help you with your needs by letting you participate in the CMAS 1* course program. The CMAS 1* Diver is a diver who has passed general knowledge development and skilled in usage of basic Scuba gear, well trained in main underwater skills and able to open water dive till a maximum depth of 18 meters / 60 feet.

Course program

The course covers the following theory topics:

  • The selection, purpose and function of diving equipment;
  • The purpose and use of diving signals; diving physics;
  • The function and use of scuba equipment;
  • The mechanisms of respiration and circulation;
  • The use of buoyancy devices;
  • Comparison and selection of diving suits and ancillary equipment;
  • Methods for care and maintenance of equipment;
  • Accident prevention, self-rescue and buddy rescue – including theory of emergency ascent and towing.
  • Diving procedures, the role of dive leader, importance of planning and preparation;
  • Selection of dive sites, the effect of weather and tides, importance of conservation;

Minimum age

The minimum age to participate is 14 years.

Depending in which hotel you’re staying we’re using the pool from Arcanus Side Resort or Voyage Sorgun. The standard depth of 140 cm is perfect for young divers, trainings, try-outs, and for beginners who want to give it a try despite fears or nervousness. For the children pool games are offered with full diving equipment. A bladefish (underwater scooter) may also be used. 
For children and adults who don’t like to do deeper dives, we offer dives from the beach or pier. Especially for novice divers it’s a good start if you think the pool is too dull. You just need to suit up and walk into the sea. This dive goes to a depth of 2,5 to 3 meters and you will be surprised how much fish and other marine life you can see in summer. 
Our most popular location is ‘Turtle Reef’ and you can already guess why! On this location you’re not only able to see a lot of fish, but in summer season we give almost a 100% guarantee that you will see the beautiful Caretta Caretta. Almost, because we are handed over to the will of nature. If the turtles let us, we can make awesome pictures from you with them. Many examples can be found on our facebook page. What else to see? You’re also able to see the so called ‘sea rabbits’, octopuses, moray eels, rays, grouper fishes and barracudas. The depth is between 5 and 7 meters and the transfer time is about 3 minutes by boat.
This location is at the opposite of the dive center. The transfer time is about 3 minutes by boat and the depth goes to 10 to 12 meters. What can you see? Perhaps you’ll see turtles, moray eels, barracudas, grouper fish and rays but of course we can’t give a guarantee. The name is borrowed from the bike that you can find since many years on this location.
When you go to Ralphs Reef, you’ll descent to 18 – 20 mt. That’s why this location is only for certified divers. When you dive at this location you’re likely to see Ralph, our big Grouper friend. The location is very near to our center so the transfer time is about 5 minutes by boat.
This is a wonderful location that can be entered by novice and certified divers. This location is near Side, about 3 km from shore so the transfer time is about 10 to 15 minutes by boat. The visibility is most of the time excellent. The dive starts at 6 to 7 meters and slowly descends to 12 mt. when you go to the cave. Because of the possibilities we can go here with both newcomers and certified divers but if we go with newcomers we’ll not go deeper than 7 mt. What to see? Here you can see turtles, barracudas in bigger groups, a larger  diversity of fish, sea rabbits, rays, tuna fish, and special fishes that only live in the cave and remnants of a wooden wreck. Since June 2015 it’s also possible to see a part of the Side Underwater Museum.
The Side | Underwater Museum is a new dive location for Scuba divers. It is the second underwater museum in the world and the first in Europe. The museum is divided in 5 parts with a depth varying between 7 and 25 meters. The site has various dioramas including ‘Whirling Dervish’, ‘War of Independence’, ‘the Temple of Poseidon’, ‘caravan of camels’ and ‘Flower Garden’ and contains a total of 110 sculptures.
Camel Road is a brand new location nearby Side. The travel time by boat is approx. 10 to 15 minutes and the dive goes to a maximum depth of 20 meters. What you can see? Like the name says, you can see real-sized statues of camels. This location is a part of the Side Underwater Museum.
 For our advanced divers it’s possible to wreck dive. The name of the wreck is TCSG-117 (Turkish Sea Guard). The wreck is moored in 2008. The last rest-place lays 3 km in front of the coast of Side.  The length of the wreck is 30 meters and the maximum depth is 25 meters. The transfer time is about 10 to 15 minutes by boat.

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IMPRESSION OF OUR DIVES

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SOME OF THE COMPANIES WE WORK WITH

We always try to find companies to expand our services. As a result we deliver a better experience.

  • PADI
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  • Sidev
  • Side Express Transfer
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AN ACTIVITY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

We offer try-outs in the pool, theory and practical training, beach, sea, wreck + cave dives, PADI and CMAS courses, single dives and several great discount packages for beginners, advanced divers and children from 8 years and up. Our dive locations are between 2-25m. deep. With a personal approach we will make sure that you get an unforgettable scuba dive experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

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OUR PHOTO & VIDEO SERVICE

We understand our guests when they say that they want to have their Scuba experience captured on photos and videos. For themselves but also to show back home to their loved ones.

Our instructors are very skilled in underwater photography. Partly we depend on the weather conditions, but in general the team know how to create the best experience. We work together to get the best out of each picture.

We have a skilled photo editor in the house that knows what to do to bring back the beautiful colors. Even if the visibility wasn’t that good, the editor know’s how to take away the ‘milky haze’ in a picture. Each photo will be checked and edited to be sure that you get the best possible quality.

We can say with confidence, that this is an unique service that can’t be found at other dive centers in the area. And even with this service, it’s all without obligation. Prior to your decision, you can enjoy your time by watching your slideshow -yes, we take it to the next level and make a great remembrance that you’ll love to show to your family and friends.

If you would like to purchase the photos and videos (and not to forget the slideshow) we’ll note down your e-mail address and send them the day before you go home via OneDrive or we add them on a memory-stick, provided by us or your own memory-stick /  sd-card. And last but not least: We have a one year back-up service, free of charge! Did you somehow lose your data? Don’t worry, just contact us! We will find your pictures and will re-send them.

 


 

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A DIFFERENT WAY OF WORKING

The main goal is to ensure that you, as valued guest, get an unforgettable Scuba dive experience. You are on a well deserved vacation and time is precious. This is why the staff try to accommodate to the best time that fits you. When you decide to go diving or follow a course with Side Azura, you will not lose a whole day. The daily schedule is highly flexible, so we adapt our schedule to your wishes.

We keep it personal and do not participate in the ‘mass production’ as other centers might do. We created our diving options especially for you so that you still have plenty of time for other activities. Possibly you’ll dive with other vacationers, but the group will always remain small. In this way we guarantee the service we’d like to provide and we can ensure that you receive the attention that you deserve. In the end, we want you to have a great dive whilst sticking to all the safety requirements.

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