Q: How long is the course?
The PADI Open Water Diver course can take as short as three days, but most schedules are 4 evenings and 2 half days of diving or 2 evenings, a day of pool sessions and two half days of diving.
Q: What's involved in learning to scuba dive?
Learning to scuba dive is a incredible adventure! With PADI as your training organization. your path to certification is accomplished in three exciting phases: (1) Knowledge Development, (2) Confined Water Training, (3) Open Water Dives.
Q: What equipment will I need?
When you start your scuba class you'll need your own;
Q: What is the minimum age to learn scuba?
The minimum age to take a PADI Open Water Diver course is 10 years old.
Students younger than 15 years old, who complete the course qualify for the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification.
You must ne 13 years old to take PADI's eLearning, due to international internet laws.
Q: Do I have to be able to swim?
Yes, swimming is a vary important part of scuba diving, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water comfort skills.
Q: Does having 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 or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person's individual risk. Physicians can consult with Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate. Download the PADI Medical Statement to take to your physician.
Q: What if I feel claustrophobic?
People find the "weightlessness" of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Diving in the wide
open crystal clear ocean or springs you may not feel the effects of claustrophobic.
Modern scuba mask are available in translucent models.
Q: How deep will we go?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 60 feet.
Q: How often do I need to get re-certified?
PADI diver certifications never expire. Some dive sites and charter boats ask for proof
of recent dives before diving with them, once you are certified. If you are little rusty after your scuba class, a ReActivate or Scuba Review are ways to refresh your diving skills.
Q: What about sharks?
When you're lucky you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare. Most divers spend many dives without ever seeing a shark.
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