FAQs

Q?DO YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM TO SCUBA DIVE?
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STUDENTS HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM, AND FEEL COMFORTABLE IN THE WATER, BUT EXPERT SWIMMING SKILLS ARE NOT REQUIRED. TYPICALLY, BEFORE STARTING A DIVE CLASS STUDENTS COMPLETE A SHORT 200-YARD SWIM AND A 10-MINUTE SURVIVAL WATER TREAD TO DEMONSTRATE BASIC SWIMMING ABILITY.

Q?WHAT DOES SCUBA STAND FOR?
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THE TERM “SCUBA” WAS ORIGINALLY A CAPITALIZED ACRONYM : SCUBA. THESE DAYS, THE TERM IS USUALLY WRITTEN JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WORD.
“SCUBA” STANDS FOR SELF CONTAINED UNDERWATER BREATHING APPARATUS.

Q?IS LEARNING TO DIVE EASY?
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LEARNING TO DIVE IS NOT HARD, BUT LIKE LEARNING ANY NEW SKILL, THERE ARE PROCEDURES AND TECHNIQUES THAT MUST BE MASTERED. YOUR COURSE WILL COMPRISE CLASSROOM AND POOL SESSIONS, AND WHAT YOU LEARN IN BOTH WILL PROGRESS IN PARALLEL. YOU WILL LEARN THE “WHY” AND “HOW” IN CLASS, AND PUT WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED INTO PRACTICE IN THE WATER. IN CLASS YOU’LL LEARN SUCH THINGS AS THE EFFECTS OF PRESSURE CHANGES, HOW TO READ AND USE THE DIVE TABLES, UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION AND NAVIGATION, DIVE TRIP PLANNING, HOW THE EQUIPMENT WORKS AND MUCH MORE. AT THE END OF EACH “SURFACE” SESSION YOU’LL PROBABLY BE GIVEN SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS TO HELP MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL.
NEXT YOU’LL HEAD TO A POOL WHERE YOU’LL BE TAUGHT HOW TO ADAPT TO THE UNDERWATER WORLD. YOU’LL USE THE EQUIPMENT AND GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN BUDDY-SYSTEM PROCEDURES, PROBLEM MANAGEMENT, EQUALIZATION TECHNIQUES AND THE MANY OTHER COMPONENTS THAT MAKE YOU A SAFE AND CONFIDENT DIVER. YOU’LL CONCLUDE YOUR TRAINING WITH SEVERAL OPEN-WATER DIVES. IN EFFECT, THESE DIVES ARE YOUR FINAL EXAM. UNDER YOU INSTRUCTOR’S SUPERVISION, YOU’LL PUT ALL THAT YOU’VE LEARNED INTO REAL-WORLD PRACTICE.
AT FIRST IT MAY SEEM THERE’S TOO MUCH TO LEARN. BUT LEARNING TO DIVE CAN BE A GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE, SO REMEMBER YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN IT ALL AT ONCE. BY DEVOTING A LITTLE EFFORT, YOU WILL BECOME A SAFE AND COMPETENT DIVER.

Q?IS DIVING SAFE?
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MODERN DIVE TRAINING USES METHODS AND TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED OVER DECADES TO MAKE SURE THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS PRODUCE SAFE RECREATIONAL DIVERS. BECAUSE OF THIS, SCUBA DIVING IS ONE OF THE SAFER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN WHICH YOU CAN PARTICIPATE. THE EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, AND INSTRUCTORS ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE DIVING IS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE, AND DIVING’S SAFETY RECORD SHOWS THEY’VE DONE THEIR HOMEWORK WELL.

Q?SHOULD I OWN MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
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MANY DIVERS DO, BUT SOME WAIT UNTIL BASIC CERTIFICATION TRAINING IS COMPLETED BEFORE BUYING THE MAJORITY OF THEIR EQUIPMENT. YOUR DIVE CENTER WILL GUIDE YOU AND AS YOU BEGIN TO DIVE REGULARLY, GAIN EXPERIENCE AND BECOME INTERESTED IN SOME FACET OF DIVING – SUCH AS WRECK DIVING OR UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY – THEY’LL CONTINUE TO ADVISE WHAT EQUIPMENT BEST SUITS YOUR PARTICULAR DIVING NEEDS.
OF COURSE YOU’LL NEED A MASK, FINS, AND SNORKEL FROM THE BEGINNING, SINCE THESE ITEMS ARE PERSONAL AND OFTEN REQUIRED FOR TRAINING. AND MANY PEOPLE BUY ALL THE OTHER EQUIPMENT RIGHT AWAY.

Q?HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO DIVE?
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A STUDENT MUST BE AT LEAST 15 YEARS OLD TO QUALIFY FOR A FULL, ADULT CERTIFICATION CARD (C-CARD). YOUNGSTERS BETWEEN 12-14 CAN BE CERTIFIED AS JUNIOR OPEN-WATER DIVERS, WHICH MEANS THEY MUST DIVE WITH A CERTIFIED ADULT DIVER. THERE IS NO UPPER AGE LIMIT.

Q?WHAT ABOUT SHARKS?
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THEY’VE BEEN CALLED NATURE’S UNDER-WATER GARBAGE DISPOSAL, BUT FROM THE SHARKS’ PERSPECTIVE, THERE ARE A LOT OF SMALLER CREATURES THAT ARE EASIER TO CATCH AND CONSUME, SO HUMANS DON’T LOOK THAT APPETIZING. AND BESIDES, SOMETIMES SHARKS ARE EVEN HARD TO FIND, AND WHEN YOU DO, THEY MUST BE PROVOKED BEFORE THEY’LL BOTHER DIVERS.