1 I want to learn how to scuba dive. Now what?

1.1 Is scuba diving safe?

Because the media tends to portray diving as high adventure or dangerous, many people believe that diving is an extreme sport. Fortunately, it is not so. Because of the strict training standards found in our scuba courses, the reliability of scuba equipment, and the strict adherence to safe diving practiced by most trained divers, very few people are injured while diving.

1.2 How long does it take?

The entire program consists of one week in the pool and classroom, and then one weekend to complete your four certification dives. After that you are certified for life! We can also provide private classes where you can learn at your own pace.

1.3 What equipment do I need to purchase?

You will need to purchase your own mask, fins, snorkel, booties, mouthpieces, and mesh bag. We also suggest purchasing a properly fitted wetsuit. This will make you a more comfortable and confident diver.

1.4 How old do you have to be to learn to scuba dive?

8 years old for our Scuba Rangers courses and 10 years old for the Open Water certification.

1.5 Do I have to be a strong swimmer to scuba dive?

No, scuba diving is about relaxed movements in the water and with the support of the scuba diving equipment, you will be able to move effortlessly through the water without great swimming skills. General comfort in the water is highly recommended.

1.6 Are there any health restrictions?

Almost anyone who is in good health can participate in scuba. Refer to the the Recreational Scuba Training Council medical form linked here.

1.7 My ears hurt if I swim to the bottom of a pool, is that bad?

Part of learning how to scuba dive is learning how to equalize the pressure in your ears. It is perfectly normal to have never done this prior to scuba diving, but we will take the time to teach how it is done safely.

1.8 What about scuba diving with sharks?

Sharks are some of the most beautiful and graceful creatures in the ocean and if you manage to see one, count yourself lucky. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very rare and, with respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behavior. If you see a shark under the water, it’s just passing through and it’s a rare sight to enjoy. And by the way, they are afraid of our bubbles.

1.9 What if I don't have a buddy to dive with?

Yes, divers need buddies. For safety reasons, you should never dive alone no matter how many scuba classes you’ve taken or how many dives you’ve done. Although it is nice to have a friend or family member join you in your training, it is certainly not necessary. Your scuba training will provide you an opportunity to meet many other people who are interested in diving. Many of those new divers will be looking for buddies as well. So, if you have a friend who’s interested in learning to dive, bring your friend along. If not, you’re sure to meet someone in class.