Scuba Diving on the Aran Islands

  • Dive Academy are based in Kilronan, Inishmore
  • Scuba Dive into the world famous Wormhole
  • Dive Academy also offer Kayaking and Snorkeling trips
Scuba Diving with Dive Academy on Inishmore

The Aran Islands are an amazing destination for scuba divers of all levels. With clear, blue waters, romantic cliffs, pristine coves and shallow caves, they offer something truly unique – an opportunity to explore a vast array of beautiful marine life. From seals and dolphins, to sea urchins, crabs, lobsters, crayfish and starfish, there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to what you can discover under the surface. There’s plenty of scope for more adventurous dives too. Whatever your preferences, a visit to the Dive Academy on Inishmore is sure to provide you with endless hours of unforgettable scuba diving.

Scuba Diving Adventures

Scuba diving in the Aran Islands is an experience you won’t forget. There are so many different dive sites around the islands, from the wormhole, to the wreck of the Village Queen, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. The best time to go diving is in the summer when the water is warmest, but diving is possible year-round. You need to have a PADI certification to dive around the Aran Islands and there is a Dive Academy onsite if you need to get certified. If you’re looking for an adventure, SCUBA diving in the Aran Islands is definitely a great place to start!

Discover Scuba Diving

The Discover Scuba Diving program is designed for those that have no experience with scuba diving but want to know what it’s like to breathe underwater and explore the clear waters of the Aran Islands. In this program, you’ll learn the basics of how to snorkel and scuba dive under the direct supervision of PADI Professionals. PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program could be your first step to getting PADI certified.

  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Minimum Age: 12

Learn to Dive – PADI Open Water Diver Certification

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Becoming certified gives you the assurance that you have been trained in the classic and necessary underwater safety measures. Experienced instructors from The Dive Academy, on Inishmore will teach and guide you through the course, providing you with all the knowledge and skills for a comfortable and safe time underwater. You’ll get to witness vibrant sea life, ancient wrecks bathing in marine life, and in general, immerse yourself into one of Earth’s most remarkable environments. Start your PADI course today at The Dive Academy!
PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases: Knowledge Development eLearning – study online to understand basic principles of scuba diving, Confined Water to learn basic scuba skills, and Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore.
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Minimum Age: 12

Scuba Diving Trips

The Aran Islands has amassed a reputation for being one of the best places to dive in Europe with its crystal clear water and vibrant underwater life.
Dive Academy offers guided boat dives, Family Diving, Wormhole Diving, Far West Diving or even night dives to the best dive sites in the Atlantic Ocean around the Aran Islands. Your guide will tailor a guided dive plan for you to go scuba diving. The boat departs from the ferry terminal beside the dive centre, and heads out for one dive at a time (except Far West Diving).
Generally, Dive Academy ask that the divers have at least an Open Water Diver qualification for the Daily Dive Trips.

The Wormhole Scuba Diving

The Worm Hole or “Poll na bpeist” has become a very popular attraction on Inishmore since the Red Bull Cliff Diving was held there in 2015 and 2017. The Worm Hole is a naturally formed rectangular shaped pool located on the South side of the island. Dive Academy offer diving trips where you can Scuba dive into the wormhole.

Scuba Reactivate

Scuba Reactivate with Dive Academy

Brush up on your scuba knowledge and skills. Improve your diving ability, and get your scuba gear ready for your next scuba vacation or diving holiday.

Has it been a while since you’ve been scuba diving? Do you feel like your scuba skills and knowledge are a bit rusty? The Scuba Review Tune-up is just the refresher you need. It reacquaints you with diving so that you’re back to feeling comfortable underwater in the less than a day.

Advanced Open Water Diver

By earning the PADI Advanced certification your new maximum depth will be 30m. This increased depth rating allows us to take you to some of the best dive sites
You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills in deeper waters. This is a great way to log more dives while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.

Kayak Rental

Rent a kayak and explore the Inishmore coastline at your own pace. No prior kayak experience is needed.
Our friendly staff introduce you to basic paddling techniques and set you up with the necessary kayak skills as well as provide you with all the equipment you need for safe kayaking. We show you a map of our area of operation, and when you are ready, off you go on your kayak adventure.
  • Duration: 2hrs
  • Minimum Age: 10

Snorkelling Boat Tour

Snorkelling requires no certification and is great for all ages, children, parents and even grandparents! 
Taking the boat offshore allows you to experience the crystal clear water surrounding the island. If you’ve always wanted to discover underwater wonders snorkelling might be your next favourite hobby. Snorkelling is great for the whole family and a good place to start before learning to scuba dive.
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Minimum Age: 10

Dive Academy Location

The Dive Academy is located on the waterfront in Kilronan, the main village on Inishmore.

Scuba Diving Costs

Dive Academy offer a wide variety of different trips for more information on the cost of each trip click here.