SCUBA - Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do they call it SCUBA?
SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

SCUBA diving is dangerous isn't it?
With the correct training, common sense and a healthy respect for the environment and water scuba diving is safe,  fun, exciting and introduces you to a whole new world.

Is it Difficult to learn to SCUBA dive?
It is probably easier than you think. You will be supported throughout the course both in and out of the water by our Instructors. Your course is knowledge based with some theory work from a book and skills based by learning skills in a swimming. The courses are performance based and we work at your speed to ensure you are confident in your ability.

What about sharks?
When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare and with respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behaviour. Most of the time, if you see a shark it’s passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.

What's in a scuba tank? Oxygen?
Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. The air in a scuba tank is like the air you're breathing but is also filtered to remove impurities.

How long does it take to become a certified diver?
Typically it takes between  5 to 6 sessions to complete the confined water section of the course and then four dives are required in open water to complete your certification as an open water diver. These dives may be done on your holiday at a destination of your choice.

How old do I have to be to become a certified SCUBA diver?
The minimum age is10 years for PADI. You receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification, which means you should dive with a SCUBA-certified adult. At the age of 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 start a SCUBA course?
All students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.

Do I have to be a great swimmer to SCUBA dive?
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 water.

How deep do you go?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba divers with special training is 40 metres. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than 12 metres. Although these are the limits, some of the best  diving is no deeper than 12 metres where the water’s warmer and the colours are brighter and Marine life is plentiful.

Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?
Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

Is SCUBA diving expensive?
Not really. Like any hobby, 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 want to buy your own mask, snorkel and fins. We provide the SCUBA gear during the pool sessions of the course.

How long does a tank of air last?
That depends on several factors, which you will learn about during your course. 

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 is applying pressure  on your ear drum, much like being on aeroplane or on an underground train except then it is air pressure.  During the SCUBA course, you'll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, and they won't hurt at all
I Wear Glasses to see,  Is that a problem?
You should be able to dive while wearing contacts.  If you wear hard contact lenses you will want the gas permeable type.  If you wear glasses, masks can have lenses bonded to them so you can see underwater.

Is there a way to try SCUBA without signing up for the whole course?
Yes, there is. We offer the  PADI 'Discover SCUBA program, which is an easy introduction to diving conducted in the pool. You can experience the fun and excitement of diving before deciding to start in the Open Water course

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PADI Enriched Air

The 2011 PADI Speclaity of the year is Enriched Air Diver. This specialty can extend your bottom time and shorten your surface intervals giving more time to enjoy the wonders of the underwater world.

Equipment Servicing

We offer regulator Servicing from fully qualified technicians in our fully equipped Workshop and Cylinder Testing.

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