Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Scuba Diving?

A: Scuba Diving is the blissful enterprise of spending time under water, using equipment known as Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus to allow you to breathe, and wearing mask and fins to explore the amazing underwater world which makes up over 70% of our planet.

Q. Why train with PADI?

A: PADI is the most recognised and most respected dive organisation in the world. PADI opens doors for you on every continent, and your PADI certification will be accepted in virtually every country on the planet. If you want to be taken seriously as a scuba diver, then become a PADI scuba diver from the outset. PADI also offer cross over courses from other dive organisations and we train many of these every year.

Q. How Much Does it Cost?

A: 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.

Q. What Gear do I Need to get Started?

A. As a minimum, you want your own mask, fins, snorkel and boots 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.

Q. What do I need to know about Scuba Diving before signing up?

A. Scuba Diving is a sport, and as such a certain level of fitness is required. We will need you to complete a medical questionnaire upon registration for the course. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you will need to obtain written confirmation from you doctor, on the form provided, that they are happy that you are fit to dive, before we can allow you to get into the water with us for your Scuba Diver training.

Q. Do you offer training for snorkelling?

A. Yes! Whilst we specialise in Scuba Diving, PADI courses and diving with Scuba Divers, we are expert in all things watery and as such our PADI Instructors are well trained to teach skin diving courses and snorkelling courses from beginners to advanced.

Q. Can I hire equipment for snorkelling?

A. Yes, we hire snorkelling equipment, including masks, fins, snorkels, weights and weight belts.

Q. Where Can I Dive?

A. 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 in the UK and abroad.

Q. Where Can I Dive in the UK?

A. We go scuba diving all over the UK, from the numerous inland quarries and lakes such as Vobster, Chepstow and Wraysbury, to the incredible sea dives accessible from Swanage, Plymouth, Weymouth, Portland, Porthkerris, Pembrokeshire, Scapa Flow and Southern Ireland. We have a trip running to each of these destinations this year so check out the trips calendar on this website for more information, and to sign yourself up. We use many of these sites to conduct out PADI scuba diving training courses.

Q. How can I find people to Dive with?

A. Through our PADI scuba diving training courses, our extensive social network, numerous Dive Club events and organised club trips both home and abroad you are bound to find many divers to buddy with should you chose to arrange your own bimbles. We have even set up a special facebook group called Ocean Turtle – Find a Buddy, for that exact purpose and it’s already being well used by our active scuba divers.

Q. What's Involved with Learning to Dive?

A. 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. Most of our courses are spaced over 5 weeks to allow plenty of time for absorption of skills in-between sessions.

Q. Where are you located?

A. We are based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Please visit our Contact Us page for further details.

Q. I am a BSAC Diver, can I join you for dives?

A. Yes of course you can! We love divers – all scuba divers – and we have fantastic relationships with several of our local BSAC clubs who regularly visit us for air fills, to buy kit, to have equipment serviced and to join us on our UK and foreign dive holidays.