Is it possible to visit the Museo Atlántico if you have never dived before?
Yes, if you’ve never dived, there is a special program to visit the Museo Atlántico.
How do I get to your dive centre?
We offer a free pick-up service to all hotels and villas in Playa Blanca for our divers and their family and/or friends.
What’s involved in learning to scuba dive?
All PADI beginner courses to learn scuba diving consist of three parts:
1. Knowledge Development, with the options of self-study using the manual and the DVD or learning online.
2. Confined Water Dives – Scuba Skills Training in the pool
3. Open Water Dives in the sea
How long does it take to get certified?
It’s possible to complete your course in as few as three or four days. You progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver.
How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?
You must be at least ten years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. Ten and 11-year-old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet. 12 to 14-year-olds must dive with a certified adult. At age 15, the Junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver certification.
Are there any special qualifications or considerations to participate in a scuba class?
No. Generally speaking, anyone in good average health and at least 10 years old can participate. You will, however, complete a medical questionnaire. If you can answer all questions with NO, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If you have a YES, 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.
My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkelling. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how.
Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
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. Download Medical statement
How deep do you go?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet.
What happens if I use up all my air?
That’s not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. However, if you do 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 course.
What’s in a scuba tank? Oxygen?
Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. The air in a scuba tank is like the air you’re breathing but is also filtered to remove impurities.
How long does a tank of air last?
Since people breathe at different rates and as you go deeper you consume air faster, there isn’t anyone answer. Because of this, divers carry a gauge that lets them know how much air is in the tank. However, divers in calm, warm water from 5-10 metres/15-30 feet can spend about one hour underwater with an average tank.
In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Should I be concerned about marine animals?
Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. A few do bite or sting, but you can avoid these by not touching them. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks and therefore shark attacks are rare.
Scuba diving sounds exciting, but I’m not sure if it’s for me. Can I try it without signing up for a course?
Absolutely. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience allows you to make a shallow scuba dive together with one of our instructors. This program takes 2 hours.
Is scuba diving dangerous?
No, but there are potential hazards, which is why you need proper training and certification.