Frequently asked Questions and Answers
Do I need to be extremely fit and be able to swim really well?
For the Try scuba Diving Programme the answer is NO, the dive professional will assist as needed.
For the Scuba Diver/ Open Water course you only need to be able to swim 200 metres in any style, there is NO time limit. If you wish to use fins and mask then it is 300 metres, without a time limit.
Do people get worried/ scared and is it dark?
It is natural to feel a little apprehensive, that is why initial training is done at a depth of 1metre/ 3.3 feet- Usually within 5 minutes people are relaxed. The light penetration in water is excellent, students are generally pleasantly surprised.
Do I need to purchase expensive equipment?
No, all equipment is supplied for the duration of the course.
Is SCUBA diving dangerous?
We have never witnessed any of our students receive an injury from aquatic animals or suffer from a dive related illness. If you follow the rules there is no reason for anything to go wrong, as with all activities there is always an element of risk.
Does qualifying take a lot of time and effort?
It is standard for students to complete the Open Water course in 4 days. This includes viewing the DVD, academic sessions, Confined and Open water sections. The DVD can be viewed and the academics (online) can be completed at your own leisure if you so wish. The Confined (swimming pool) session takes about 3- 5 hours .Diving in the sea takes an additional 2 days.
Is my qualification valid outside India?
Your certification is valid in any dive centre in the world. You will be qualified to dive to 18 metres/ 60 feet (Open Water qualification for example). It is valid for life and you will receive a photo ID/ licence. It meets or exceeds the requirements of the WRSTC, EUF, ISO Standards and RSTC.
Is SCUBA diving something that will isolate me from the family?
This is one of the great aspects of diving- there is no age limit, children as young as 10 can qualify as JUNIOR OPEN WATER DIVERS (12 metres/ 40 feet.). In fact there is nothing more impressive in the eyes of children than a parent who SCUBA dives and then also involving them in this activity. It brings the family together for a common purpose including gong on SCUBA diving trips together.
Is SCUBA diving good value for money?
It is an incredible, unique experience for the money. Do not take my word for it please read past students comments. Everybody leaves the water amazed!
IS LEARNING TO DIVE EASY?
Learning to dive is not hard, but like learning any new skill, there are procedures and techniques that must be mastered. Your course will comprise classroom and pool sessions, and what you learn in both will progress in parallel. You will learn the "why" and "how" in class, and put what you've learned into practice in the water. In class you'll learn such things as the effects of pressure changes, how to read and use the dive tables, underwater communication and navigation, dive trip planning, how the equipment works and much more. At the end of each "surface" session you'll probably be given sample test questions to help make sure you understand the material.
Next you'll head to a pool where you'll be taught how to adapt to the underwater world. You'll use the equipment and gain practical experience in buddy-system procedures, problem management, equalization techniques and the many other components that make you a safe and confident diver. You'll conclude your training with several open-water dives. In effect, these dives are your final exam. Under you instructor's supervision, you'll put all that you've learned into real-world practice.
At first it may seem there's too much to learn. But learning to dive can be a gratifying experience, so remember you're not going to learn it all at once. By devoting a little effort, you will become a safe and competent diver.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN TO DIVE?
It depends, but generally speaking, you'll receive 20 to 30 hours of instruction. (Add some more time for the required open-water dives.) Some dive courses meet once a week for five or six weeks. Other training programs take a couple of weekends. And private lessons can provide an alternative way of learning at you own convenience.
IS DIVING SAFE?
Modern dive training uses methods and techniques that have been developed over decades to make sure the educational systems produce safe recreational divers. Because of this, scuba diving is one of the safer recreational activities in which you can participate. The equipment, training, and instructors all work together to make sure diving is as safe as possible, and diving's safety record shows they've done their homework well.
SHOULD I OWN MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
Many divers do, but some wait until basic certification training is completed before buying the majority of their equipment. Your dive center will guide you and as you begin to dive regularly, gain experience and become interested in some facet of diving – such as wreck diving or underwater photography – they'll continue to advise what equipment best suits your particular diving needs.
Of course you'll need a mask, fins, and snorkel from the beginning, since these items are personal and often required for training. And many people buy all the other equipment right away.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO DIVE?
A student must be at least 15 years old to qualify for a full, adult certification card (C-card). Youngsters between 12-14 can be certified as Junior Open-Water divers, which means they must dive with a certified adult diver. There is no upper age limit.
HOW WELL DO I HAVE TO SWIM?
Students have to know how to swim, and feel comfortable in the water, but expert swimming skills are not required. Typically, before starting a dive class students complete a short 200-yard swim and a 10-minute survival water tread to demonstrate basic swimming ability.
ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS THAT WILL KEEP ME FROM DIVING?
Each student must complete a medical history form prior to training. This form informs instructors of a student's medical condition, and there are several items that would prohibit a diver of any age from participating in the activity if not fit.
DAN publishes a chart entitled FITNESS FOR DIVING that lists medical problems for divers. Some of the more serious conditions include: epilepsy, chronic ear infections, diabetes, active asthma, emphysema, heart disease, hemophilia, claustrophobia, depression, and addictive drug or alcohol abuse.
There are other conditions which preclude scuba diving, and some temporary conditions that could delay dive training. For more information contact your physician or call the Divers Alert Network, (919) 684-2948.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH DIVING AFTER I'M CERTIFIED?
A lot. Almost three-quarters of the earth's surface is covered by water, and this means diving opportunities exist in every part of the world. The c-card is a passport to adventure in any blue-water area of the world,
But you don't have to go far from home to enjoy diving. Local lakes and quarries offer lots of freshwater diving opportunities. And ocean diving is available from coast to coast.
So diving is a global activity. There are dive stores throughout the world, and they are great resources for discovering the opportunities available to a newly certified diver. All dive stores have a ready list of local dive sites, many of them organize special dive trips to exotic locations, and most offer advanced or specialized training for additional diving adventures.
WHAT POSSIBILITIES EXIST FOR ADDITIONAL DIVE TRAINING?
Diving is a multi-level activity, and the initial certification is just a beginning. Realistically, your initial certification is a "license to learn." Much of diving's appeal is the opportunity it offers for learning more about, and becoming more a part of, this new environment.
For the newly certified diver, the next level of training and certification goes by different names, depending on the certification agency, but it's most commonly called Advanced Diver. This training builds upon what you've learned in initial training and gives you open-water dive experience under the supervision of qualified instructors. Depending on the course, you'll be introduced to several diving "specialties," such as underwater navigation, night diving, deep diving and search and recovery.
Advanced diving certification is often a prerequisite for many of the special dive training courses. Which courses you take depend on your interest, but some of the course offerings are: deep diving, night diving, under-water photography, wreck diving, CPR and first aid, search and recovery, rescue diver, underwater navigation and marine ecology.
Your advanced training need not stop with these and other specialty courses. The educational ladder leads directly towards becoming a certified dive instructor. The first rung is divemaster training. Once certified, divemasters can help instructors teach, guide dives and work as a dive leaders.
Divemasters may also enroll in an instructor training course. Although this course is rigorous and educationally demanding, it represents the pinnacle in dive certification. But the challenge is amply rewarded by the satisfaction it can provide through introducing newcomers to the underwater world and teaching them to be safe, competent divers.