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Frequently Asked Questions

SCUBA diving is expensive, isn't it?

Not here at 1.877.SCUBA.USA. Flat rate inclusive course fees.

What equipment do I need to purchase or rent for scuba lessons?

None, we will loan you all the required equipment..


How long does it take to get certified?

On average:
  3-4 pool sessions for you to master the skills needed for certification.
  Two Openwater Diving sessions


Is learning to dive difficult?
No, it's easier than you think, especially if you're already comfortable in the water.

How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?
10 Years Old (10-14 earn a Junior Diver Certification.)


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.


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Other FAQ's

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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