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
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
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
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
Come with us
to a tropical destination and complete the Openwater
Why do they
call it SCUBA?
SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater
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.
only be done by good swimmers and people in top physical
have to be an Olympic swimmer to become a recreational
SCUBA diver but you do have to pass some basic swim
SCUBA diving is dangerous isn't it?
probably about as dangerous as bowling if you are
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
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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