Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be, to be certified?
You must be at least 10 years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. Ten and 11 year old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian, or PADI Professional to a maximum depth 12 metres/40 feet. 12 to 14 year olds must dive with a certified adult. At age 15, the junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver Certification. However,we have "Bubble maker" classes for kids as young as eight years old.
What if I'm not sure if this is for me?
No problem, we offer the "Discover Scuba" program to allow you to experience what it's like for yourself.
Is learning to dive difficult?
No, it's probably easier than you imagine --especially if you're already comfortable in the water. PADI's entry level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development, and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
Are there any special qualifications or considerations to participate in a scuba class?
No. Generally speaking, anyone in good average health and at least 10 years old can participate. You will, however, complete a medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates a reason to be cautious about diving, you'll need to check with a physician to make sure you can dive.
Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver?
No. You need to be a reasonably proficient swimmer and comfortable in the water. You must swim 200 metres/200 yards nonstop, with out a time or specific stroke requirement or a 300 metre/yard swim with mask, fins and snorkel. You'll also perform a 10 minute tread/float.
Is scuba diving expensive?
No. Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest however much you want, depending on your interest level. Because most dive centers and resorts rent equipment, you can invest in equipment over time, renting what you don't have. Most people find the costs of scuba diving similar to the cost associated with snow skiing or mountain biking.
Okay, How do I get started?