Frequently asked questions
Do I have to be a good swimmer?
Since swimming underwater requires different techniques and movements than swimming on the surface, it is not necessary to be a great swimmer. Underwater, your buoyancy control device and fins do most of the work for you. It is necessary, however, to know how to swim (or snorkel) and how to stay afloat in the water. You have to be able to swim freestyle for 200 yards with no time limit and be able to float or tread water for 10 minutes.
How long does it take to learn scuba diving?
After an elearning and classroom session, it usually takes 3 days of training in the water to complete your certification.
How much does it cost to get certified?
Most scuba centers require you to buy your mask, fins, and snorkel prior to beginning your Open Water course. We have found that many new divers, once certified, wish that they had bought something different after gaining some experience diving. Therefore, we include a mask, fin, and snorkel set with the rest of your scuba gear for your Open Water course so that you have the opportunity to try this equipment. This will give you the chance to make a more informed judgment when purchasing your own gear.