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What is SCUBA?
What requirements must I meet in order to SCUBA dive?
All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. Please contact us with any questions in regards to this form, or to receive a copy of the document for your doctor. Although we are not medically trained doctors, nor can we or will we attempt to at any time replace a medically trained professional, we can sometimes offer basic advice as it may pertain to scuba diving and various ailments.
Before completing the Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water, including:
- Swim 200 meters/yards (or 300 meters/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you prefer.
- Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you prefer.
Each diver must have a personal set of the learning materials to use during the course and for reference after the course. There are several options available, depending on your learning style and technology preference, including:
- Open Water Diver Online (web-based)
- PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ (combines manual and video in tablet-based learning)
- Open Water Diver Manual, and watching the Open Water Diver Video on DVD either on your own or with your instructor.
How long does it take before I can SCUBA if I show up with no previous knowledge or experience?
Please note this is not a certification course; it merely gets you underwater with minimal training. Because of this, we suggest anyone with the available time to take the full certification course.
For more information on the Discover Scuba Diving option, please view this link.
How long will we be underwater?
How old do you need to be before you can take SCUBA classes?
How long does it take to get SCUBA certified?
Where will these classes take place?
Confined water portions of class will be mostly completed within our on-site private pool. This is especially important in Cozumel due to the prevailing currents which make Cozumel diving so special. As beneficial as the currents are for our reefs, they can be difficult for students attempting to complete skills on day one. By working the jitters out in a confined pool in a relaxed, stress-free environment, students are more prepared to face the currents on day two.
You must also complete a minimum of four open water dives. We go into the big pond for this 🙂 (the ocean). We usually like to split these up between shore diving and boat diving. This provides us the opportunity to teach both methods (shore/boat) for entry, exit, and navigation.
My ears hurt when I swim to the bottom of a pool. Does this mean I cannot SCUBA?
Will a history of ear trouble, asthma, allergies, diabetes, or smoking preclude me from SCUBA diving?
I have a disability. Can I still dive?
Can I dive wearing contact lens?
There are essentially two types of contact lenses: hard contacts and soft contacts. Hard (gas-permeable) contacts will often float off an open eyeball underwater. So if you flood your mask, ensure you keep your eyes closed. You will never find a contact lens after it has left the eye since they are essentially invisible under water.
I would not recommend any water sports with hard lenses.
Soft contact lenses contain their own percentage of salt water (same concentration as blood, which is much lower than seawater), so a flooded mask is much less of a problem. My advice is to dive with disposable soft contacts (not permanent ones) because, in the unlikely event of losing one, they’re cheap to replace.
All contacts can become irritating in a dive mask and you can’t rub your eyes to fix it. An alternative is prescription masks. We do rent prescription masks. If you know your prescription you can contact us to confirm we have your prescription mask on hand. Alternatively, optometrists regularly construct masks and you can have your own made for you. There are very reasonably-priced ones and very unreasonably-priced prescription masks; so do your homework first. The success of these is dependent upon your prescription, so consult your optometrist first.
Are there any special concerns in SCUBA diving for women?
How deep will we go?
I've heard SCUBA diving can cause claustrophobia. Is this true?
Will we see sharks?
I only have one (1) day on the island, can I SCUBA despite no prior experience?
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