FAQs

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Do I have to renew my certification?

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The Open Water certification is forever and never needs to be renewed. However, it is highly recommended that if you haven’t dove for twelve months our more that you take a Scuba Refresher course.

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What do I have to do to complete the basic scuba course?

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Academic Training

You will be given a text book and will either study independently in your own time, through an instructor facilitated class, online with guided e-learning, and sometimes all the above. Even though diving is a physical sport, there are many physiological and environment considerations that need to be learned by the diver to ensure safety and enjoyment.

Confined Water Training

It’s in the safety of confined water (i.e. pool, shallow clear lagoon, etc) where you will get to know your scuba equipment and learn to breath and move underwater. Lessons start out in the shallow end progressively moving you deeper as you learn and master your basic scuba skill sets.

Open Water Training

This is what you’ve been waiting for – the open water! Over four or more dives you’ll practice all the skills you’ve already learned in confined water, but out in open water, which means the open ocean or another large body of water that is used for diving. No matter how many dive classes we teach the enjoyment of seeing the excitement on someone’s face when diving in the open water for the first time is second to none.

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What does the Basic Scuba course qualify you to do?

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Technically you are only certified to dive under the same conditions in which you were trained. So if you did all your checkout dives in fresh water lakes, you are really only certified to dive fresh water lakes. However, it does not say that anywhere on your card nor will any Dive Boat Captain keep you from participating in an ocean dive. We can only recommend that any dive environments that you dive after your class that is different than what you were trained in, you should be accompanied by an instructor or at the very least a dive master. The only exception is if you are a Junior Scuba Diver (between the age of 10 and 14), then you must limit your depth to 60 feet and always dive with a certified adult.

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When should I buy my own scuba gear?

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Obviously wait until you finish your scuba class. After class, if you know diving is going to be for you we suggest either buying all your gear as a Scuba Gear Package, if you have the available finances, or piecemeal is fine too. If you are going the piecemeal route the first thing you should have in your collection, if you don’t already is a Mask, Fins, Snorkel, and Booties. Next would definitely be a good wetsuit. What we do suggest even before your scuba equipment is a dive computer. Today’s dive computers do amazing things and can really help keep you out of trouble. After the computer we recommend your BC and Regulator. Very last is your scuba tank. We would only suggest buying a scuba tank if you are doing 15 dives or more a year. Do you absolutely need to buy scuba gear after your class, the answer is No. It can all be rented. The advantage however to buying your own gear is that you will have equipment that you have chosen based on proper fit and comfort and after several dives you will know your equipment like the back of your hand. Every time you rent, you never know if it’s going to be a good fit and you may be unfamiliar with the setup.

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How good of a swimmer do I have to be?

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You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer, but you will need to be comfortable in the water. Generally as long as you can swim 50 yards using any stroke, and float or tread water well enough you should be ok.

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I have lost my Certification card can i still Scuba Dive

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Now days there are ways of getting a new card issued to you, you can normal do this by contacting your certification agency and provide some minor details to them.

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Do I need Scuba Diver insurance?

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Scuba Diver insurance is not mandatory but it is highly recommended, contact www.diveralertnetwork.com for more information regarding Diver insurance.

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Who can scuba dive?

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Anyone in good health and willing to learn, who has reached the minimum age of 12 to dive!

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What is the minimum age to be a scuba diver?

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From the age of 12 years to 14 years old children can be certified as Junior Scuba Diver. Those 15 years and older can be certified as (Adult) Basic Scuba Divers.

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How fit do I need to be to learn scuba diving?

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You need to be in general good health. You don’t have to be an athlete but your cardiovascular system and nervous systems must be functioning normally. You’ll answer a medical questionnaire at the beginning of your course and if you or your instructor has any concerns you will be referred to a medical doctor for assessment.

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Try Scuba Experience

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The Try Scuba Experience are for individuals who are not quite sure if scuba diving is for them. It’s a two hour course where our instructor will let you try on scuba gear and experience breathing underwater in the closely controlled conditions of your swimming pool or ours.

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What equipment do I need?

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You won’t need to purchase any equipment prior to your scuba class because it can all be loaned for the duration of the course, but we do encourage you to buy your own mask, snorkel, and fins which can be purchased individually or as a Skin Diver kit. Our dive course includes a lesson on how to choose the right equipment for yourself so please do not purchase any scuba or skin diving gear until you’ve spoken with one of our instructors. Once you’re certified there are all kinds of gadgets you can buy which can some times be just as much fun as the actual diving.