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Scuba Diving Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get certified?
If you are comfortable in the water it will take four pool sessions for you to master some of the skills you'll need before the certification dives in the open Water diver. The course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that we can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.
Our interest is in your learning to dive. So, progress is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a comfortable and confident scuba diver. w You can start learning to scuba dive online right now with our eLearning.

 

Is learning to dive difficult?
No, it's probably easier than you think, especially if you're already comfortable in the water. The entry level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you lean and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

Do I have to be a great swimmer to be a certified Open Water Diver?
No. All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water.

What equipment do I need before I take scuba lessons?
It's best to check with Us ahead of time but, generally speaking, you'll need your own mask, snorkel, fins, and booties, which are all pieces of equipment that are most comfortable when personally fitted. Our professional staff will help you select quality equipment that's reasonably priced, fits right, and lasts.
We also offer New Diver Specials on these items during each Open Water Class for current students.

How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?
You must be at least ten years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. Ten and eleven year old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or SCUBA Professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet. Twelve to Fourteen year olds must dive with a certified adult. At age fifteen, the Junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver Certification

 

How many dives are required for certification?

Four dives in an Openwater environment  over no less than two days

 

What is a CertiVication?

Come with us to a tropical destination and complete the Openwater dives there.

 

Why do they call it SCUBA?

SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

 

How long can you stay under with those oxygen bottles?

SCUBA tanks do not contain pure oxygen.  They are filled with pure, dry, filtered, compressed air.  How long you can stay underwater is determined by how deep you will be diving and how hard you are working.  The deeper you go, the less time you have.

 

Diving can only be done by good swimmers and people in top physical condition, right? 

You don't have to be an Olympic swimmer to become a recreational SCUBA diver but you do have to pass some basic swim tests.

 

SCUBA diving is dangerous isn't it?

It's probably about as dangerous as bowling if you are trained properly.

 

SCUBA diving is expensive, isn't it?

Would you take up skiing and not buy skis?  Why would you get into SCUBA diving and not expect to have to buy the equipment needed to dive safely?  Let's face it, many dive shops don't maintain their rental gear as good as they should.  Also, rental gear does not fit as well and is not as comfortable as your own gear.  Studies show that divers that own their own equipment dive more often and are far more likely to keep diving.  SCUBA diving is an equipment intensive sport and does require some significant purchases.  Properly maintained, your equipment may give you many years of enjoyment.  Don't just think about how much you are spending now, think about how much it will cost you over a period of 5 to 10 years.  Since SCUBA equipment is used for life support, you should buy the best performing gear you can afford.  

 

Can I dive with contact lenses?  What if I wear glasses?

You should be able to dive while wearing contacts.  If you wear hard contact lenses you will want the gas permeable type.  If you wear glasses, masks can have lenses bonded to them so you can see underwater.

 

How do I properly fit a mask to my face?
A trip to our dive shop in Paramus is your best bet to ensure that your SCUBA mask fits you properly. The first step to a proper fitting is to place several different masks on your face and check that the surrounding seal fits the contour of your face. Check all around the mask and under your nose to make sure it fits to your face without sucking in on the mask. Usually, you will find several brands and styles that fit, some better than others. Then, take each mask again and put it on your face without putting the strap on your head and lightly suck in through your nose. The mask should seal completely and stay on your face when you let go of it. Eliminate any that do not. From the masks that are left, pick the ones that provide the best field of view. Finally, choose the mask that you like the best based on style or preference out of what is left.

How do I properly fit a pair of SCUBA fins?

The fins you select for SCUBA diving will depend on the type of diving you will be doing. Divers that dive in warm water, such as the Caribbean, often opt for the full-foot style of fins. Divers that frequently SCUBA dive in colder areas like New England usually go for open back fins with wetsuit boots. To ensure that you have a properly fitting pair of fins your best bet is to take a trip to our dive shop in Paramus.  If you will be using open-back fins, bring your wetsuit boots. If you going to buy full-foot fins and are going to wear a neoprene sock, bring those with you. Once you get to the dive shop, you will probably have a number of different brands and styles of fins to choose from. When fitting open-back fins you want to be able to slide your foot up into the foot pocket without it being too tight or too loose. It should feel comfortable on your foot with your foot out straight. Don't gauge the fit while standing up on the fins, your foot will compress and change the fit! You won't be standing while you are swimming with them. Full-foot fins should fit snugly but not too tight. Both types of fins should not be able to twist on your foot, if they do the fins will rotate and become less efficient. You may find that several different brands and styles fit you. If this is the case, you can choose the fin that fits the type of diving you will be doing and the color you like.

 

 

 

 

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