So, you’re ready to try scuba diving! You already know it is a fun, adventurous and relaxing activity that allows you to visit beautiful underwater worlds full of incredible marine species and unique plants. It is an experience you won’t be able to find anywhere else. But you likely have a few questions before you sign up for a certification course. Pursuing a scuba diving certification can be a bit intimidating at first. Unfortunately, not having the answers to many common questions can scare potential divers from ever even signing up for a class in the first place.
To help you get started, let’s tackle some of the most frequently asked questions about obtaining a scuba diving certification:
- Is scuba diving hard? Learning to dive is actually easier than you might think! Many people start their diving experience with very little knowledge. A professional scuba instructor will work with each diver during the certification process to ensure they receive the necessary training and information to be safe and comfortable in the water.
- What are the physical requirements? Students must complete a medical questionnaire before ever heading into the water for scuba diving school. A doctor’s clearance will be required if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Other than that, you should be more than physically fit for the activity as long as you can swim unaided for a minimum of 200 meters.
- Do I have to be certified to scuba dive? Yes! Scuba diving is like driving a car—you should never partake in the activity without the proper training to do so. Scuba diving can be incredibly dangerous without the necessary knowledge and skills that can only be obtained through the certification process.
- What if I run out of air? This is one of the most common questions we hear. You will learn to read the air gauge informing you just how much air is left during your training. You will become accustomed to closely monitoring the air levels.
- How long does it take to become certified? The certification is comprised of three components: academic instruction, confined water skills and open water dives. The academic sessions can be completed online and take about three hours to finish. During the confined water sessions, you’ll learn how the equipment works and prepare for open water dives. This is accompanied by the open water dives, where you’ll practice the skills you learned in the pool in a safe environment. This entire process can typically be completed in three to six days based on your schedule and the class calendar.
- Do I have to buy all the gear? No! Northeast Scuba offers rental equipment for all types of diving. We carry everything from beginner’s gear to high performance to outfit you along every step of your scuba adventure. You may want to invest in a mask, snorkel and fins prior to the class, as these items are fitted to you personally.
Don’t hesitate to reach out with any other questions you might have about scuba diving or the certification process. Contact Northeast Scuba today to schedule your scuba diving certification course!