Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?
The necessary skills are not tough for most people to master.
During scuba certification class, you’re taught the effects of increased water pressure and safe diving practices. You rehearse equipment-related skills in a controlled water setting until you feel comfortable, as well as practice what to do if things don’t go as planned. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer or an athlete to scuba dive, but some degree of comfort in the water certainly helps.
Can the dive spots change if the weather is bad?
The captain can only judge if it is safe to be in any dive spot in case of bad weather. In case the guests are in the water and the visibility is bad or the sea current strong, the dive guides will decide if the dive will be continued or not, for the safety of the quests.
What happens when someones doesn't wish to follow on a dive?
No one will force the guest to follow on any dive. He/she can stay on board relaxing until the rest of the quests finish their dives.
When there are children on board how they get entertained?
If the children cannot follow the dives, they can do snorkeling, watch movies, swim, make water sports. The crew will make sure that they stay in safe.
Can someone drink alcohol on board?
The boat can only provide beer or wine to the guests with extra charge of that. The guests can brink any kind of alcohol they wish.
When the boat navigates between the dive spots?
If the dive spots have hours of distance between them, the navigation happens during night. For small distances it can happen during the day not for too long.
What happens when someone gets sick on board?
There must be no worry if someone gets sick on board. The dive guides as much as the crew, are certified in emergency response. The boat is always equipped with first aid kits and there is also the choice of transferring the guest to the hospital in safety if needed.
Doesn’t it hurt your ears?
On the contrary, the problem is due to a lack of knowledge about the effects of pressure and is easily prevented. Increasing water pressure pressing inward on your eardrums as you descend, compressing the surface-pressure air within your middle ear,causes the pain. The remedy is to equalize the pressure on both sides of the eardrums This is done by pinching your nostrils shut, lifting your chin and gently trying to blow out through your nose.
Why do you need to wear weights?
Believe it or not, the human body is quite buoyant. With your lungs full of air, you’d be hard pressed to sink, especially in salt water. That’s why most people have no trouble snorkeling — when you lie flat on the surface with your head in the water, your weight is easily supported, whether you weigh 100 pounds or 300 (45 kg or 136). Divers strive to wear as little weight as necessary to allow them to descend from the surface without struggling, and remain slightly negatively buoyant throughout the dive.
How long does it take to get certified?
The basic scuba certification course, commonly called Open Water Diver, is divided into three sections: academics, confined water and open water. The academics portion develops the knowledge base necessary to understand the principles behind diving rules and procedures. Traditionally, this involved several classroom sessions spread over days or weeks. The technology now used by scuba instructors has allowed academic training to fit just about anyone’s busy schedule.
What is the minimum age that someone can take scuba courses?
There have recently been lowered by some scuba certification agencies with the development of non certification programs for children
as young as 8 years old. In general, children must be 10-12 years old, depending on the agency, to be certified as “Junior” divers, who may dive only under restricted conditions (i.e., limited depths and supervision by a scuba professional or certified adult diver).
At 15 or 16 years old, students receive the same certification as adult divers.
Is there an upper age limit to learn scuba?
Prospective scuba students are asked to have a standard medical questionnaire completed by a doctor — preferably one knowledgeable in hyperbaric, i.e., pressure-related, medicine. Certain conditions may preclude those of any age from diving, temporarily or permanently, especially conditions associated with lung functions or anything that may impair your ability to perform effectively underwater. As long as you maintain relatively good physical and mental conditioning, it’s never too late to learn scuba. Many divers continue into their 70s and 80s .