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1. Why do I have to get certified to dive?
In the scuba class, you will learn how to dive safely and correctly. Your SCUBA certification card is proof that you have taken and passed the SCUBA course. No reputable Dive Centre will rent you gear, fill your tank , or let you dive at their facilities unless you are a certified SCUBA diver.
2. For how long will I be certified?
Most SCUBA certifications do not expire. It is highly recommended that you keep in practice. You should dive more than once a year. You may take a Scuba Review ( refresher dive ) from any instructor. Most dive centres offer continuation education classes which are very informative. Continuing with your SCUBA education is an excellent way to keep in practice and learn more safe diving skills.
3. How deep may I go?
The maximum depth for a recreational SCUBA diver is 40 meters. You should not dive deeper than 18 meters without proper training. In the Advanced Open Water course, divers are shown the correct and safe way to make a deep dive.
4. Will the fish bother me?
Most fish will ignore you. It is very exciting to see fish. The larger the better. The prettiest and most abundant fish are in the ocean. Some fish will let you get close to them but will stay out of your reach. Some fish are curious and will follow you around.
5. How expensive is SCUBA diving?
Once you are certified, SCUBA diving costs about as much as 18 holes of golf, or a good ski-lift ticket. Starting out you should have your own mask, fins, and snorkel for the class. Ask for our offers in the shop.
During your Open Water Diver Course the rental equipment is included this also applies to the Discover Scuba Course.
6. 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. Entry-level diver course is split into knowledge development, confined water (pool) skill training and four scuba training dives. The course is "performance based," which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
7. Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as an Open Water Diver?
No. All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification is an easy 183 meter/200 yard nonstop swim (with no time or specific stroke requirement) and 10 minute tread/float.
8. What's in a scuba tank? Oxygen?
Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. It's filtered to remove impurities, but otherwise, it's air like you're breathing now.
9. How long does a tank of air last?
This is a common question that, unfortunately, doesn't have a single answer. People breathe at different rates, and you breathe faster when you're swimming than when you're resting. Also, the deeper you go, the more you use your air, and, you can get different size tanks. So, the answer is "it depends;" this is why divers have a gauge that tell them how much air they have at all times. As an approximation, though, a diver sightseeing in calm, warm water in the 5 meter/15 foot to 10 meter/30 foot range can expect the average tank to last about an hour.
10. My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive?
Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your ear drum. 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.
11. Is scuba diving dangerous?
Not really. Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is about as safe as swimming. Certainly there are potential hazards -- which is why you need training and certification -- but like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it's pretty safe.
12. Do I have to buy SCUBA gear
No you don't have to buy SCUBA gear. You can hire Scuba tanks, buoyancy compensator jackets, regulator, and weight belts etc .... It is normal to own your mask, fins and snorkel.