Scuba FAQs

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How do I learn to scuba dive?

We used the internationally-recognized PADI diving certification system, which comes in three distinct phases: knowledge development; confined water training; open water dive and skills review. Take a look at our beginner courses to find out more!

How long does certification take?

You can actually complete your dive time certification in as little as four days if you use PADI’s eLearning tools to study at your own pace. The Open Water Diver course is flexible and based on your performance, meaning that we will help you learn at a speed that is right for you. We’re not interested in having you spend a lot of time in the classroom; we want you to learn how to scuba dive!

Are scuba lessons expensive?

Compared to many other outdoor activities scuba lessons are very affordable. The cost of getting your open water certification is about the same as three hours of private golf lessons or a weekend of rock climbing instruction. It’s also a great value because you’ll learn from a qualified professional and you can build on your initial lessons.

What gear do I need in order to dive?

When you start, you’ll need your own mask, fins, boots, gloves, and snorkel — and we can help find the right ones for you! While we do offer rental equipment for your training time, we recommend that you invest in the right gear. After all, you’ll be more comfortable learning to dive in gear you’ve chosen and find it more convenient overall.

Where can I dive?

Where you can scuba dive is determined by your experience, accessibility to the site, conditions and interests. Beginners, for example, can’t dive in the arctic, but you’ll be surprised at what’s available near you. Ask us about new sites and familiar places the next time you’re in our shop!

How deep do you go?

The limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 meters/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than 18 meters/60 feet and because of the bright colors and warm water, the most popular diving stays above 12 meters/40 feet.

I’m worried about sharks! Should I worry about sharks?

You should not worry about sharks. Incidents involving sharks are extremely rare and generally involve spear fishing or active feeding of sharks, both of which can trigger their feeding instinct. In general, if you see a shark, it’s a rare sight that you should take the time to enjoy.