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Q: How long does it take to get certified?
A: It’s possible to complete our confined and open water dives in as few as three or four days by completing the classroom portion online via our PADI eLearning (home study option) offered by The Dive Shop.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that The Dive Shop can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.
Q: What’s required to take scuba lessons?
A: If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:
- You need to be at least 10 years old
- Students younger than 15 years, who successfully complete the course, qualify for the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water certification upon reaching 15. You must be at least 13 years old to take scuba lesson online with PADI eLearning, due to international internet laws. If you’re younger, you can still learn to dive – just have your parent or legal guardian contact your local PADI dive shop or resort.
Physical: For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.
Q: Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
A: Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person’s individual risk. Physician can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate. Download the PADI Medical Statement to take to your physician. You will find it under forms on our website.
Q: How deep do you go?
A: With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 60 feet. Although these are limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 40 feet where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.
Q: What happens if I use up all my air?
A: That’s not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you’ll learn in your scuba diving training course.