Frequently Asked Questions
What pre-requisites must I meet to try scuba diving?
Meeting the criteria is easy.
be 10 years of age or older if booking in a group or private session.
be 14 years or older if booking as an individual on a regular public session.
complete the medical questionnaire.
demonstrate basic comfort in the water - expert swimming skills are not required.
My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Can I still learn to dive?
Yes, as long as you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the effect of water pressure on your ears. Your body is designed to adjust for pressure changes in your ears, you just need to learn how to achieve this. Once you learn the proper techniques, equalization will become a natural habit.
What if I feel claustrophobic?
People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.
I have a physical disability. Will this preclude me from trying diving?
Anyone who can successfully meet the medical requirements can try diving. Many of the skills are flexible in how they can be mastered and our qualified instructors will work with you using adaptive techniques to help you discover the fun of diving.
Does a history of asthma preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Because you will tick yes on the medical questionare you will need to obtain an RSTC medical from your doctor.
How deep do you go?
Our regular pool is 3 metres deep but we will only take you as deep as you are comfortable.
How long does a tank of air last?
This is a common question that unfortunately doesn't have a single easy answer. As an approximation, a diver sightseeing in calm, warm water in the 5 - 10 metre depth range can expect the average tank to last about an hour.