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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to learn about scuba diving.

     

I want to learn about PADI.

     

I'm already a scuba diver.

I want to learn about scuba diving.

I've always wanted to learn to scuba dive. How do I get started?
The best way to start is to contact us now. Drop us an e-mail or call us . You can also gather a friend to make a buddy team. To know more about the course go to our Open Water Diver Course and click .

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Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?
No, in fact, it's probably easier than you imagine -- especially if you're already comfortable in the water. PADI's entry-level diver course is split into knowledge development, confined water (pool) skill training and four scuba sea dives. The course is "performance based," which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

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How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver?
PADI courses are "performance based," which means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you've mastered the required skills and knowledge. Some people learn faster than others, so how long it takes you may vary. Our PADI Open Water Diver course (beginning course) is typically split into three parts ( 2 academic, 2 pool training and 2 sessions of scuba sea dives) with tremendous flexibility. The course is usually schedule for two weeks beginning on Tuesday with the academic discussion on modules 1 and 2 and the following Thursday - confined skill training on modules 1 and 2. The week after Tuesday - Academic Discussion 2, Thursdays - Confined Skill Training 2 and the weekend or following for the final sea dives of sessions 1 & 2. Generally, participants take up to one or two weeks to complete their course and become certified.

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How old do you have to be to become a certified diver?
Ten years old. If you're between 10 and 15, you receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification, which means you should dive with a certified adult. When you turn 15, you can upgrade your Junior certification to a regular Open Water Diver certification. Ages 18 and below requires parental or guardian consent in our registration forms for all courses.

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Do I have to meet any special qualifications or considerations before I can participate in a scuba class?
No. Generally speaking, anyone in good average health and at least 10 years old can participate. As a precaution and administrative procedures, you are to complete a routine medical questionaire. If anything on the questionaire indicates something to be cautious about, you'll have to check with your physician to make sure it's acceptable to dive.

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Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver?
No, you don't have to have the standards of a competitive swimmer and you do not need to show proof of formal swimming education. All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification is an easy 183 meter/200 yard swim (with no time or specific stroke requirement) and 10 minute tread/float.

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Is scuba diving expensive?
Not really. Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest a lot or a little, depending upon your interest level. Because we can arrange and offers equipment rental, you can invest in equipment over time, renting what you don't have until you make the investment. Besides distant dive destinations, we have good diving not too far from Singapore, so even travel costs are flexible enough to accommodate even the tightest budget.

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Why some centres charge so much cheaper?
There are always hidden cost not published, but only communicated to student after the stage of diver signning up the course. Some do not include certification. Others do not include use of wetsuit or basic gears like mask, snorkel, fins and weight-belt. And a few may need you to hire BCD and Regulator during trip. While doing the open sea dives, it's always the case of rushing the divers through the dive. Dives are always less than the usual 50 minutes each dive. Student can only remember doing the skills during dives but not enjoying the underwater tours at all. Classes could be very big such as ten students to one instructor. And it's usually the scheduled lessons had been fixed. Student cannot changed the dates once they had sign-on. Usually young, new and inexperienced instructor on the job gaining experience at your expense!

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What equipment do I need before I take scuba lessons?
In all Scuba activities, Basic Equipment, as it is commonly known, consist of the following items: 1.Mask 2. Snorkel 3. Fins 4. Wetsuit 5. Weight Belt and if you are wearing non-full foot fins 7. Booties. We would strongly encourage students and divers to own their own set of Basic Equipment to give you the optimum comfort and they are generally inexpensive to purchase.

Scuba Equipment is another category of equipment for all Scuba activities. They consist of : Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), Regulator System (Reg). Which are provided in all courses offered and available for rental for recreational dives.

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What's in a scuba tank? Oxygen?
Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. It's filtered to remove impurities, but otherwise, it's air like you're breathing now.

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How long does a tank of air last?
This is a common question that, unfortunately, doesn't have a single answer. People breathe at different rates, and you breathe faster when you're swimming than when you're resting. Also, the deeper you go, the faster you use your air, and, you can get different size tanks. So, the answer is "it depends;" this is why divers have a gauge that tell them how much air they have at all times.

As an approximation, though, a diver sightseeing in calm, warm water in the 5 meter/15 foot to 10 meter/30 foot range can expect the average tank to last about an hour.

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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 ear drum. In your scuba course, you'll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, much like you do when you land in an airplane, and they won't hurt at all. To know more on how you can equalizing your ears, click here.

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In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Are marine animals really much of a concern?
Virtually all aquatic animals are passive or timid. There are a few that can bite or sting defensively, but you can avoid these simply by watching where you put your hands and feet, and by not touching any animal you don't recognize. Divers aren't natural prey for sharks, so shark attacks are very rare -- more people are injured each year from bee stings than shark attacks. In fact, we human are more of a threat to the shark species because of the demand for their fins ....

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Is scuba diving dangerous?
Not really. Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is about as safe as swimming. Certainly there are potential hazards -- which is why you need training and certification -- but like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it's pretty safe. There are more cases of Lightning fatalities than scuba diving in a year!

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I need vision correction. Is that a problem?
Not at all. If you wear soft contact lenses, you shouldn't have problems wearing them when you dive. If you wear hard lenses, you'll want the gas permeable type for diving. Seek advise from your eye doctor about these if you don't have them now. Another option is to have prescription lenses put into your mask.

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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 Program allows you to try scuba in a swimming pool . The program will familiarize you with the equipment and some techniques. You can usually do this in a hour. Just drop an e-mail to enquire about Discover Scuba Program which usually cost $80 each.

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I want to learn about PADI.

What is PADI?
PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructor, the largest scuba training organization in the world. PADI develops scuba programs and diver training products, monitors the scuba training conducted by more than 67,000 PADI professionals worldwide, maintains diver certification records and issues your diver certification credentials. In addition, PADI maintains various support services for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. Founded in 1966, today you'll find PADI professionals in more than 170 countries and territories, and international service offices in nine countries. Approximately seven out of ten North American divers are certified by PADI, and approximately 55% of all divers worldwide are certified by PADI.

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What is Project AWARE?
Project AWARE stands for Aquatic World Awareness, Responsibility and Education, and is the environmental-educational umbrella for PADI and PADI professionals worldwide. Project AWARE programs have included beach cleanups, environmental presentations, research and other efforts to help preserve and protect the underwater world.

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I'm already a scuba diver.

I lost my PADI certification card. Can I get another one? How long does it take?
We can help you in getting a replacement card for you. Just send us an e-mail . To facilitate us in completing your re-application. Please provide your Name, Instructor Name (if possible), Date of Birth, Dive Center Certified (if you signed up in one), Student No (if possible) and Certification Level

Each re-applications fee is SGD$120 and must be paid before your re-application is send.

Applications normally take about 6-8 weeks to process and certification cards issued.

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I'm a certified diver through another training organization. How can I become a PADI diver?
It's easy. Visit us and present your certification card. After an initial assessment of your skills and diving knowledge, We will guide you into the course you're most qualified for.

Basic entry level certification from NAUI, SSI, CMAS, BSAC and YMCA are accepted as meeting the prerequisite of a diver who "is certified PADI Open Water Diver Or an Equivalent Certification".

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