Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ Many people have thought about learning to SCUBA dive, but might have been afraid that diving was too difficult, too expensive, or even too dangerous. In this section, we try to answer many commonly asked questions about diving.
- Is it hard to learn to SCUBA dive?
No. In fact, it’s probably easier than you imagine, especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. Our entry-level diving course is split into knowledge development, confined water training and four training checkout dives in open water. The course is ‘performance based,’ which means that you progress as you learn, and as you demonstrate knowledge and skill.
- How long does it take to become a certified diver?
The course is typically split into two weekends or 5 to 6 sessions, which may be scheduled in as few as 2 or 3 days, or over several weeks. Once the learning materials are complete, we the move into confined water training and finally into the open water dives – where you apply and demonstrate the knowledge and skills that you learned in the course which are conducted on at least 2 separate days.
- How old do I have to be to become a certified Open Water SCUBA diver?
The soonest anyone can become certified is 10 years of age for SDI . You will receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification, which means you are required to dive with a SCUBA-certified parent or a dive professional. At age 15, you can upgrade your Junior certification to a regular Open Water certification.
- Do I have to meet any special qualifications or considerations before I can participate in a SCUBA class?
Generally speaking, you’ll be asked to complete a routine medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates anything to be cautious about, you will be required check with your physician to make sure you are medically cleared to dive.
- Do I have to be a great swimmer to SCUBA dive?
Not necessarily, all you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification is a 200-yard nonstop swim (with no time limit) and a 10 minute tread/float. Swim lessons may be needed if you do not swim at all.
- Is SCUBA diving expensive?
Not really. Just like any hobby or recreation, you can invest a lot or a little, depending on your interest level. SCUBA equipment can be rented, until you’re ready to buy.
- What equipment do I need to have before the course?
Generally, you will need to provide or buy your own mask, fins, snorkel and boots. We have a variety of personal gear available to fit any and all current and future divers. We also have top of the line rental gear available for the confined and open water sessions of the course.
- Where will the teaching/training take place?
The confined water sessions for the Open Water class will take place either in a pool or a confined area with “pool like conditions”. All the other teaching/training will take place at either Lake Pleasant or any of our tropical destinations if you love to travel. More about that later!
- My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of the pool - wont they hurt when I SCUBA dive, too?
Your ears hurt because water pressure presses in on your eardrum. In the SCUBA course, you’ll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, and they won’t hurt at all
- This all sounds interesting, but I'm not sure if it's for me. Is there a way to try SCUBA without signing up for the whole course?
Yes, there is. We offer the ‘Discover SCUBA program, which is an easy introduction to diving conducted in the pool.. this is a way for you to experience the fun and excitement of diving before deciding to enroll in the Open Water course