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Frequently ask questions about Scuba Diving Certification:
Sure you can! We have the PADI Discover Scuba program which allows you to familiarize the equipments and some basic diving skills, in a swimming pool.
It is not at all, especially if you are comfortable being in the water. The PADI Open Water Diver couse is split into 3 sessions – the knowledge development of which you would be tested on basic knowledge theoretically, the confined water/pool skill training and 4 scuba training dives. The course is “performance based”, which means you progress as you learn.
PADI courses are “performance based”. You will be certified once you are able to demonstrate that you have mastered the required skills and knowledge. Everyone’s learning curve differs from one another, so how long it takes to certify may vary. PADI Open Water Diver course (beginner course) schedule is flexible. It may take from 3-4 days, or as much as 5 or 6 weeks. As mentioned above, it depends on one’s learning curve. Generally, most students complete their certification in 3-4 days.
It depends on how long you take to master the skills and also depending on your needs, time and logistics. We have students who stay for a long period of time at one go and some who opt to break it up into a few weekends.
It is advisable to be able to swim before you can take up scuba diving.
It depends on each individual’s perception actually. Like any other hobby or recreation, the investment depends on your interest level. Most dive centers and resorts rent equipment, so you may start off renting and invest in equipment over time. Besides distant dive destinations, you probably have good diving not too far from where you live, so even travel costs are flexible enough to accommodate even the tightest budget.
Not really. Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is about as safe as swimming. It is undeniable that there are potential hazards, which is why you need training and certification. As long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it's pretty safe.
Water pressure pushes in on your ear drum, which is why your ears hurt. In your scuba course, you'll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane, and they won't hurt at all.
Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. There are a few that can bite or sting defensively. You can avoid these simply by being careful - watch where you put your hands and feet and do not touch any animal you don't recognize. Divers aren't natural prey for sharks, so shark attacks are very rare. Basically, aquatic animals will not attack unless provoked.
Not at all. If you wear soft contact lenses, you may wear them when you dive. If you wear hard lenses, you may want the gas permeable type for diving. See your eye doctor about these if you don't have them now. Another option is to have prescription lenses.
If you have asthma or any other medical condition, please consult your doctor and have them to sign a release for you to dive.