Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a NAUI or PAD

Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a NAUI or PADI open water diver?
No, not at all. There are some minor swimming skills required but in general if you can float or tread water and hold your breath for 15 seconds underwater you should have no problem with the swimming skills.

Do I have to meet any special qualifications or considerations b

Do I have to meet any special qualifications or considerations before I can participate in a scuba class?
You must be at least 10 years old and in good average health to enroll. As a safety precaution you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates there is something to be cautious about you will need to check with your physician to make sure it’s ok to dive.

How deep can scuba divers descend?

How deep can scuba divers descend?
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. Your maximum dive depth depends on a variety of factors, such as the experience level, breathing gas used, as well as physical fitness and personal tolerance for high partial pressures of inert gasses. The suggested depth limit for experienced recreational divers breathing air is 130 feet (40 meters).

How long does a tank of air last?

How long does a tank of air last?
This is a common question that doesn’t have an easy answer. People breathe at different rates, you also breath faster when swimming than when resting. Additionally, the deeper you go the faster you use your air. Finally, tanks come in different sizes. So, it depends is the only answer. This is why divers have gauges to tell them how much air they have at all times.

How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver?

How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver?
Scuba diving courses are “performance-based” which means that you earn your certification when you’ve mastered the required knowledge and water skills. Some people learn faster than others. You can take the “private lessons” and move very quickly depending on your availability. Or you can take group lessons which typically take between three to six weeks. It all depends on what you need. Dip ‘N Dive has so many options we can custom design a course that fits your busy schedule and your time frame.

How old do you have to be to become a certified scuba diver?

How old do you have to be to become a certified scuba diver?
The minimum age for NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) or PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is ten years old. Between 10 and 15 years old you receive a junior certification which means you must dive with a certified adult. At 15 you can upgrade to a regular open water certification.

I need vision correction. Is that a problem?

I need vision correction. Is that a problem?
Not at all. If you wear soft contact lenses you can wear them when you dive. Another popular option is to buy a mask with prescription lenses. See our staff for details.

In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks o

In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Are marine animals really much of concern?
For most divers, marine animal encounters are actually highly coveted experiences. Virtually all aquatic animals are passive and even timid. There are a few that can bite or sting defensively, but you can avoid these by simply watching where you put your hands and feet and by not touching any animals. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks, so shark attacks are extremely rare and very much blown out of proportion by Hollywood.

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?
No, it’s very easy to learn as long as you are comfortable in the water. Scuba diving certification is split into three sections. Academics, pool skills training and open water testing. Each student moves at their own speed under the supervision of their instructor.

Is scuba diving dangerous?

Is scuba diving dangerous?
With proper training scuba diving is very safe. As with any recreation it has its inherent risks just as skiing or hiking would. But like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it is very safe.

Is scuba diving expensive?

Is scuba diving expensive?
Not really. Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest an amount that you are comfortable with depending on your level of interest. Dip ‘N Dive and most dive resorts also rent equipment, so you can rent or invest over time. Most people find the cost of scuba diving similar to the costs of snow skiing.

I’ve always wanted to learn to scuba dive (or snorkel). How do I

I’ve always wanted to learn to scuba dive (or snorkel). How do I get started?
It’s easy! Just call or stop by our store and tell any of our staff members you want to learn how to scuba dive. You can also go to the "Dive Center" section of our website for more info. Your life will change forever!

My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hur

My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive?
Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your eardrum. In your scuba course, you will learn a very simple technique to eliminate pressure in your ears much like you do when you land in an airplane. Once you learn this technique your ears won’t hurt at all.

Snorkeling seems easy. Do I really need lessons?

Snorkeling seems easy. Do I really need lessons?
Even professional athletes need to be coached. Our instructors and divemasters can improve anyone’s snorkeling skill whether it’s your first time in the water, or you’ve been snorkeling for years.

What are NAUI and PADI?

What are NAUI and PADI?
NAUI stands for (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and PADI stands for (Professional Association of Dive Instructors). These are the two largest certification agencies in the world. These agencies developed Scuba training programs and monitor scuba training for millions of diver’s worldwide.

What are the different types of scuba diving?

What are the different types of scuba diving?

Beyond the regular open water scuba diving, there exist many different types of scuba diving you can enjoy, including night, drift, deep, cave and wreck diving.

Drift Diving takes into account natural currents and allows the diver to move through the dive site quickly and with less energy used. Because during this type of diving the diver is being carried along by the current and, thus, may not always control his/her direction, it is crucial to have great buoyancy skills and sufficient experience level.

Night Diving adds even more mystery to the already exciting and exotic underwater world. This type of diving often allows encountering the specific type of marine creatures that only appear in dark waters or are attracted to light sources. Don't forget to take a bright underwater flashlight when going night diving, as it is paramount for your safety.

Deep Diving by definition is any dive deeper than 18 meters. Most deep dive trips, however, take place 30 meters or more below the surface. While this type of diving allows divers to explore more rare species of marine life and various special environments, it also requires additional preparation, planning and skills.

Cave Diving, as the name suggests, happens when a diver chooses to explore different water passageways and submerged caves. There is a great number of unique and interesting cave diving destinations all over the world, therefore, this type of diving remains among the favorite ones for many divers.

Wreck Diving, similarly to cave diving, is a very addictive activity, as there are hundreds of wrecks in different bodies of water, and each one has a whole different story to tell. However, when wreck diving you shouldn’t let yourself get distracted by the fascinating sights. Due to the environment associated with this type of diving, you must carefully follow all necessary safety procedures.

What does scuba stand for?

What does scuba stand for?

The word “scuba” is an acronym that stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines scuba as an apparatus utilizing a portable supply of compressed gas (as air) supplied at a regulated pressure and used for breathing while swimming underwater.

What equipment do I need to learn how to scuba dive?

What equipment do I need to learn how to scuba dive?

It is true, that scuba diving is a rather equipment-intensive activity that can involve a huge amount of different accessories and add-ons. However, the beginner diver generally needs only 7 basic pieces of gear. Here is the list arranged in our suggested order of purchase:

1. Mask and snorkel

2. Fins

3. Dive computer

4. Wetsuit / drysuit

5. Regulator

6. Buoyancy compensator

7. Weights

You can read more about each piece of equipment in our Buyer's Guides.

What is a certification card?

What is a certification card?
A diving certification card, also called a C-card, serves to vouch for a diver’s qualifications. Recreational certifications are issued by numerous different diver training agencies and may differ slightly, however, all of them represent a defined level of ability and knowledge in underwater diving. The certification card may be required to prove the diver’s qualifications when booking a dive trip, hiring scuba equipment or filling diving cylinders.

Who invented scuba diving?

Who invented scuba diving?
The origins of underwater diving go all the way back to the ancient times, however, the invention of scuba diving as we know it today is most often attributed to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan. In 1942, Cousteau and Gagnan co-invented a demand valve system that was able to send air at the right pressure to the divers when they breathed. The pair named their invention Aqua-Lung, and it was precisely this apparatus that eventually opened the door to diving for anyone interested.