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Scuba FAQ

It is common to have questions about scuba diving if you haven't ever tried it in the past, or even if the last time you dived was decades ago. The purpose of this article is to help answer common questions about scuba diving that might be preventing you from taking the first step into an exciting new experience. 

Is learning to scuba dive difficult?
Learning to scuba dive is probably easier than you would imagine, especially if you are already comfortable in the water. The entry-level diving courses we offer is split into knowledge development, confined water (or pool) training, and open diving exercises. The scuba courses are "performance based," which means you progress as you learn and as you demonstrate knowledge and skill.

How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver?
Our scuba diving courses are split into multiple days and multiple sessions, which may be scheduled across just a few days. After your coursework is complete then the open water diving sessions are completed across at least two separate days. 

How old does someone need to be in order to become a certified Open Water Diver?
Atleast 15 years old.

What are the health prerequisite to participating in a scuba diving class?
In most cases, you must be in average to good health and able to accurately and completely complete a routine medical questionnaire. If you answer anything on the questionnaire that raises a flag then you should check with your physician before participating in scuba diving classes.

Do I have to a great swimmer to go scuba diving?
Not at all! You should be a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification is a 200 yard non-stop swim and a 10 minute tread/float.

Is it expensive to learn and participate in scuba diving?
It is no more or less expensive than most hobbies. The cost depends on your interest level, meaning the amount and type of gear you decide to purchase rather than rent.

What equipment do I need to purchase before learning to scuba dive?
Most people decide to purchase their own mask, snorkel and fins due to precautionary health concerns. However, we can generally provide loaner items when necessary - please check with us first though.

How long will my tank of air last while under water?
This will depend on a number of factors which we will discuss during your scuba diving courses. However, it is typical for a tank of air to last between 20 to 60 minutes.

Will my ear drums hurt when I go scuba diving?
In the scuba diving courses, you will learn a simple technique to equalize the pressure on your ears to the surrounding environment.

Will I encounter sharks and eels while scuba diving?
Nearly all aquatic animals are passive and timid. There are a few that can bite or sting when felt threatened, but you can avoid this by watching where you put your hands and feet, and by not touching things that you don't recognize. Since divers aren't natural prey for sharks the possibility of being attacked is very rare.

Is scuba diving dangerous or life-threatening? 
Overall, when looking at the statistics you will find that scuba diving is about as safe as swimming. There are potential hazards, but that is partly why you need training and certification before scuba diving. As long as you follow the rules and use common sense you will be safe.

Will I be able to see underwater if I have corrective lenses or contacts?
If you wear soft contact lenses you shouldn't have any problems. However, if you have hard lenses you will need the gas permeable type to scuba dive. It is also an option to have prescription lenses put into your mask.

Is it possible to try scuba diving before signing up for a course?
Yes, you can try scuba diving in an open pool before committing to scuba training courses in the open water. Feel free to contact us for more information, just dial 808 927-2086