How deep will I go?

Introductory resort dives can go to a maximum depth of twelve metres (forty feet). Depending on where you are diving in the world the first dive you do may be much shallower than that. You can check this with your dive organiser when planning your scuba dive.

How long will a scuba dive last?

This varies depending on the time allowances given by the dive operation and the dive leader, and from person to person. Most first time resort dives can last anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. Generally speaking the more relaxed you are underwater, the longer your air supply will last.

Can anyone try a scuba dive?

The minimum age for trying scuba diving varies around the world. In most places the minimum age is 10 years old, however in some places such as Australia the minimum age for trying a scuba dive is 12 years old.

There is no maximum age limit and many scuba diving lovers enjoy diving all their lives. It is recommended that if you are over 60 years old you are checked by a dive doctor to ensure you are physically fit to scuba dive before booking a first-time resort dive.

Some medical conditions and medications may prevent you from scuba diving – always check with licensed dive doctor if you have any medical issues or medications.

You may be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities (see ‘Can I try diving if I am sick’).

Scuba diving is undertaken recreationally for pleasure, not as a strenuous workout. It is a physical activity that should be undertaken by people in good health, and is a fun and safe sport that is accessible to all abilities.

Can I try diving if I am sick?

It is best never to scuba dive when you are sick. Diving with things such as a cold or flu can and should be avoided. Some medical conditions or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

For example: heart disease, asthma, epilepsy or diabetes.

If you are unsure of a particular medical condition or medication, please check with the dive organisation before booking your dive. You may be required to complete a medical questionnaire before participating in any scuba activities.

Can I take a camera on my first scuba dive?

Usually, YES! Cameras are a great way to capture your diving experiences and the beauty of the underwater world.

However, some Scuba Instructors prefer that you do not bring a camera for the first few dives or until you are comfortable in the water – this is their decision and you must abide by all directions given to you by your Instructor.

If your scuba Instructor is happy for you to bring a camera along you must ensure that it doesn’t distract you from following their instructions.

If a Scuba Instructor takes your camera away during a dive then don’t get upset, they are simply doing their job of keeping everyone safe underwater.

Some scuba trips have professional underwater photographers who dive along with you, which is a great opportunity for you get a beautiful record your memories.

Please ensure that your camera is made to go underwater.

Check with your scuba Instructor if you are not sure of your cameras depth limits.

Cameras that are ‘water resistant’ are not ‘water proof’ and should not be used when scuba diving. All camera equipment taken into water is done so at your own risk.

When can I fly after diving?

You should not travel to a high altitude (fly or visit a mountain area etc) within 18 hours of completing a scuba dive. It is recommended to wait 24 hours, if possible, before doing so.

What does ‘SCUBA’ stand for?

‘SCUBA’ is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

How can I become a Certified Diver?

To become a certified scuba diver you must complete an entry level Open Water Course, which is the first official step in scuba diving training.

You can do this most places in the world, and there are many different courses that are offered.

For example, you may do your scuba diving course all in the ocean or you may do half locally in a swimming pool and then the last qualifying dives on a dive trip.

Modern courses can be structured around busy life so whether you are looking for weekend or evening classes, or are going on a holiday and wish to learn to scuba dive, there is the right course out there for you.

An international Open Water Scuba Diving licence is for life, and can be used anywhere around the world. Our beautiful planet is covered by around 70% water …if you’re not exploring it, you’re missing out!

If you do not wish to take a scuba diving course but you are interested in trying scuba diving, introductory resort dives with a qualified dive leader are a fantastic opportunity to experience the amazing underwater environment in a safe and fun way.

What’s the difference between an SSI Dive Course and PADI Dive Course?

At a recreational level, there is not a great deal of difference between the training offered by SSI or the training offered by PADI.

Both schools are widely recognised, reputable scuba training institutions. A course you complete with SSI or any other international training agency is recognised worldwide and can be used wherever you wish to scuba dive across the globe.

It is also acceptable to do different levels of training with different agencies at the recreational level.

For example you may complete an entry level Open Water Dive Course with SSI, do your Advanced Scuba Diving Course with PADI, your Rescue Course with SSI etc, in much the same way you may do a degree at one university and a masters at another.

Indeed, learning this way may help students to see which schools method of teaching they prefer.

It is worth noting however that no matter what Scuba Diving Agency you choose to go diving with, make sure that you are comfortable with your Scuba Instructor.

Everybody learns in different ways and where one dive leader’s style of teaching may work well for some students it may not work well for you.

It is important to feel comfortable with your Scuba Instructor and the dive centre running the trip.

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