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.
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.
Is there an age limit for scuba diving?
The minimum age to get your scuba certification is 10 years old. We also have programs for kids as young as 8 who want to learn how to dive.
Are there any health restrictions?
Almost anyone who is in good health can participate in scuba.
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 your a more comfortable and confident diver.
What if I’m not a strong swimmer?
While you do not need to be an Olympic athlete, some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water.
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.
What about 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.
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.