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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Much Does it Cost?
Compared with getting started in other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities learning to dive isn�t expensive, especially when you consider that your instructor is a highly trained and experienced professional.

What Gear do I Need to get Started ?
As a minimum, you want your own mask, fins and snorkel when you start diving in the PADI Open Water Diver course. The staff in the dive centre will be happy to help you choose the right equipment for you.

Where Can I Dive?
You can dive practically anywhere there�s water � from a swimming pool to the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers and springs. We conduct your confined water training in an indoor heated swimming pool and your first open water dives will normally be conducted at an inland dive site. AFter you are certified we run regular dive trips to a variety of dive sites both at home and abroad.

What�s Involved with Learning to Dive?
Learning to dive isn�t difficult, but like any activity worth doing, it requires some time and effort. There are four phases to becoming a certified diver: Knowledge Development, Induction, Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives.

1. Knowledge Development � This develops your familiarity with basic principles and procedures. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives.

You complete Knowledge Development on your own, using the PADI eLearning system. At the end of the course, you take an exam that makes sure you�ve got all the key concepts and ideas down.

2. Induction � nothing like as bad as it sounds! This is where you and your fellow students come together at the dive centre to meet your instructor and each other. We'll make a simple, multiple choice, review of the knowledge you learned on the eLearning course before we show you the kit you will be using in the pool and getting you sized up for suits and BCD's. It's an opportunity for you to ask questions and to purchase any personal dive gear you need before we go to the swimming pool for your first dive.

3. Confined Water Dives � This is what it�s all about � diving. You develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in a body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you�ll learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing. You�ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air � just in case. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time.

There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.

4. Open Water Dives � After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you�ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure � at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives near where you live or at a more exotic destination on holiday.

How Soon Can I become a Certified Diver?
You�ll be diving in less time than you think. Typically, you complete the PADI Open Water Diver course over anywhere from three or four days to four weeks, depending upon how frequently you meet with your instructor.

What�s Required?
If you�re in good average health and comfortable in the water, chances are you qualify for the PADI Open Water Diver course.

What�s to Fear?
Scuba diving gives you a unique way to face your challenges and transform your life in new ways. Becoming a diver can give you confidence that spills over into the way you face life every day.

My ears hurt when I go to bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkelling.
Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?
 

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears � you just need to learn how.

Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function, heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person�s individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate.

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What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?
Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

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 attempts at 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.

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

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