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West Side Scuba Centre

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Address: Hastings Main Road | Mowbray, Bridgetown, Barbados
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1 (246) 262-1029
08:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30

West Side Scuba Centre established in 1993 is situated by the Historical...

West Side Scuba Centre established in 1993 is situated by the Historical Garrison Savannah. Located close to some of the most beautiful reefs on the South and West Coast of Barbados, this makes for ideal diving and exciting adventures.

With high safety standards, our attention to detail, and small dive groups, you are sure to enjoy our underwater world. All dives are led either by a P.A.D.I Instructor or a P.A.D.I. certified dive master. Our staff is trained in E.F.R and are there to assist should the need arise. Associations represented are PADI/NAUI/BSAC.

We are open year round for diving with some of the best conditions from November through September with daily trips offered seven days a week. You are sure to enjoy or varying water temperatures from 78 degrees to 84 degrees Farenheight. There are in excess of 20 prime dive sights, which can be reached within a 10-20 minute boat ride from the dive centre with depths ranging from 30-130 feet (10-40 meters). Barbados’ reefs offer some of the richest variety of fish and colourful coral found in the Caribbean. Shallow reefs and wrecks are ideal for the novice, while deeper reefs and wrecks will be sure to tantalize and challenge the experienced diver. Unforgettable night dives are available with 24hrs notice.

West Side Scuba Centre is equipped with some of the most modern Sherwood equipment, BCD’s (with inflator hose) and regulators (with depth gauges and octopus). Torches, masks, snorkels, fins, weight belts and wet suits (3mm) are also available. Should you wish to take home a lasting memory of your dive, we have under water cameras for rent.

For those wishing something a little less challenging, but is still mesmerized by the underwater world, we take snorkeling trips (complete with rental gear) to Carlisle Bay by a sunken ship wreck where there is a beautiful reef abundant with marine life including schools of fish which are friendly enough to be fed by hand.

A unique snorkel and dive trip that features a close up look at sea turtles which can be fed by hand with sprats (small fish) is yours for the asking.

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What a Beauty Scuba Experience

I originally began my scuba diving journey in April 2012. After seeing many beautiful photos of Barbados, I asked a family friend (who actually was a dive master once upon a time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Cassandra M
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I originally began my scuba diving journey in April 2012. After seeing many beautiful photos of Barbados, I asked a family friend (who actually was a dive master once upon a time in Barbados); "where is the best spot in Barbados to get my open water certification?". Without hesitation, the recommendation was West Side Scuba (also known as WSSC), and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I dived with my son Tom. We were picked up from the hotel and taken to the dive centre in Hastings. There we were kitted up and taken to Brownes Beach to join the dive boat. The group consisted of Swiss, Russian, American and English divers. We were briefed by the dive centre owner, Peter, sporting his Let's Make America... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

There are several dive shops but some just do it better. It's the people that make it so. Peter and Heather are professionals who made our dives a-great experience. They even picked us up from our hotel. If you are diving in Barbados, West Side SCUBA Centre is the best choice.

Thank Davis R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

My wife and I are experienced divers having over 125 dives between us mostly in the Caribbean so we have seen many dive shops. Peter and team were first class and very professional. The dive gear was in excellent shape and new condition. The water was superb and rivaled the Caymans in temp and clarity. Dove several reefs/wrecks that were... More 

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Thank you very much for diving with us and we hope to see you all soon again. Noted about float in Carlisle Bay. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

My friend and I completed our advanced course while down in Barbados. The water was beautiful, we hung out with turtles while we had our surface interval, and Peter spent extra time with us to complete our navi test. This is the second time I've gone diving with Peter and it's always been great. His staff is also awesome. I... More 

Thank Kay780
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

My daughter and I took our scuba lessons in Calgary, Alberta. We completed our 4 certification dives in Barbados with the West Side Scuba Centre a couple weeks later. We found our West Side Scuba instructor, Heather to be friendly, professional, knowledgeable and willing assist both my daughter and I in every aspect of being a new diver. The experience... More 

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Had a great time diving with west side,very professional ,many thanks to Peter, Roy and Heather for some great dives, hope to come back again soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We last visited Barbados, and West Side Scuba Centre a few years ago. We found them then to be a fantastic combination of professional organization, and friendly personal service. They are still hitting the mark. This was true even though we caught them on a day when some staff was off-island, so they were running short-handed. This didn’t show up... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Booked a trip to Barbados for the purpose of scuba diving, very happy that I booked with West Side Scuba!! Peter and his entire crew were all awesome! They did everything to make sure each dive was a success! Book with them and you won't be disappointed! I booked accommodations at the Coconut Court Beach Hotel which was clean, comfortable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Dived 6 times with the west side crew. I did an Open Water referral with them, my wife had more experience and found the dives she did interesting. Heather and the team were fantastic. We Dived on 3 separate days with them and of the 6 dives did 5 different sites which were all fantastic. On the last Diving day... More 

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