Frequently Asked Questions @ Learning to Dive

Dive Course

 


Where do I start?
You can start to Scuba Diving Lessons here and you can start today. Simply go to our booking page and sign up. With the eLearning approach you can be started today. So why not start now.
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But isn't learning to dive difficult?
Here's a test to see if you've got what it takes: Fill your bathtub with water, pinch your nose, close your eyes and duck your head under. No panic? You'll do fine. Fact is, learning to dive is a lot easier than you may think. All it takes is good overall health, a basic level of comfort around the water and the desire to explore the water world. Every year, thousands of plain folks, from teenagers to senior citizens, Scuba Diving Lessons.
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What are the age requirements for enrolling in a learn to dive course?
You must be at least 12 years old. Students between the ages of 12 and 15 receive a junior certification (can only dive with a certified adult) that can be upgraded to a regular certification after age 15. Because of equipment restaints we set the mininum weight of students at 45 kg..
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How long does it take to get certified?
The standard learn to dive course is two days of in water training. Added to this it takes 8-10 hours to complete the eLearning. There is a manual option which will take you 6-8 hours to do the manual and video work plus another 6 hours in the class room prior to your in water training..

I've never been a very strong swimmer. Does that matter?
Scuba certification requires only that you be a reasonably proficient swimmer able to swim about 200 meters (using any stroke or you can even snorkel for 300m if you wish) and to float on water (or tread to stay afloat) for 10 minutes or so.
How can 1 do my course in 2 days when dive centres want 3 or 4 days?
With eLerarning it saves you comming into the class room for a day and we find our students now come in much better prepared as they learn at their own pace. With the in-water training we only have a maximum of 3 students for each of our instructors and that way we do not waste you time while you just sit there watching up to 10 other people learning their skills. We believe your time is important.
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What about the pool portion?
This is where the fun begins: putting on the equipment and getting wet! Few things in life compare to the thrill of your first Breaths under water on a scuba regulator. The pool is also where you begin mastering basic skills: Breathing from a regulator, safe descent and ascent procedures, proper buoyancy and so on. We belive the pool teaches you a good foundation on which you wuill build.
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I've heard that scuba diving is very expensive.
What about those of us on a budget? No problem. The price of certification is less than $200 per day which is less than you would spend for dinner and a night on the town for two. Once you are certified we offer FREE divemaster led dives every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although owning all your equipment is ideal, we do centers rent it, allowing you to take your time investing in the sport. Even the price of dive travel varies with great diving in Sydney, to inexpensive Pacific Island vacations, to exotic getaways in far-flung corners of the globe. Take your pick.
I'll confess: one of the reasons I've never learned to dive is because I'm scared of sharks.
Is my fear justified? Many people have been made to fear sharks and other marine animals because of the false image given them by movies and television. Fact is, most marine animals including the shark, octopus, barracuda and moray eels are shy and passive around humans. None are more misunderstood than sharks. Humans are not the natural prey of sharks. Almost all shark attacks happen by accident to swimmers and surfers. The shark mistakes them splashing on the surface for a seal or sea lion, and takes a bite. We taste pretty bad to them, so that's usually the end of it. Many photographers spend weeks at a time and thousands of dollars trying to get close to them sometimes with no luck. At Abyss Scuba Diving , we have been conducting regular shark dives without a single incident and once you've knelt on the sandy bottom and felt reef sharks cruising by your head, you realize they're not a threatïng they're just a fish.
To make you feel more comfortable we teach our courses with the added security of Shark Shields.
 

My ears hurt even when I swim to the bottom of a pool.
What happens when I dive even deeper? The pain you feel is called a "squeeze" and is caused by the pressure of water pushing against your eardrum. One of the first things you'll learn in scuba class is a simple technique of equalizing very similar to what you might do on an airplane. When done properly, you won't feel any pain in your ears.
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Will I be required to buy equipment?
At Abysss Scuba Diving we provide all your equipment during training. You will be most comfortable if you have your own mask, snorkel and fins items that must be fitted to you personally with the help of a dive professional. In most cases, the purchase of diving's life support equipment, regulators, BCs, dive computer is best left until you've earned your certification and have a better idea of what diving is all about and what your individual needs might be. See "Dive Equipment."
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OK, so I'm a victim of Hollywood propaganda about sharks. But I've still heard diving can be dangerous. What if I run out of air?
You are right to have questions and concerns before beginning any new activity, especially one that involves the use of life-support equipment. Your learn to dive course is structured so that your questions are answered and you feel comfortable with your equipment, its proper function and what to do in the unlikely event that something doesn't work as planned. About running out of air: you are less likely to run out of air than you are to run out of petrol while driving a car. You will have a gauge that tells you exactly how much air you have left at all times. Besides, during your training dives you'll always be at a shallow depth. Finally, a few statistics: recreational scuba diving has a lower incidence of injury than football, baseball, waterskiing, soccer, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, swimming and bowling.