Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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.
Gear do I Need to get Started ?
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
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.
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,
Confined Water Dives and Open Water Dives.
Knowledge Development �
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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
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.
history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies
or smoking preclude someone from diving?
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.
Divers Alert Network web site
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?
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?
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.