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Frequently Asked Questions

Here we've tried to answer some of your most frequently asked questions. We hope this page helps you to find the answers... Alternatively, please don't hesitate to contact us for more details or anything else you want to find out about.
How does a dive course run during the COVID Pandemic?

At alert level 2, like with most sporting and social activities these take place largely as usual with some extra precautions in place. It’s accepted at level 2 that at times you’ll not be able to wear a mask or maintain the social distancing required in our Retail facility.  All participants need to accept this when signing on a dive course.

Do I need to be able to Swim before taking a Scuba course?

Yes.  You must be able to swim 200 metres non stop and also be able to swim or float without touching the bottom for at least 10 minutes.

How often do dive courses run?

All our dive courses are on offer year round.  Core courses are scheduled on our Dive Calendar along with Special events.  Courses not listed can be requested and run as needed.  We pride ourselves on being flexible enough to fit any schedule.

Do I need a Medical from my doctor before diving?

Not always..  There is a Medical Screening System that has a form called the “Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire” that tells you if a visit to your doctor is needed before any Recreational Diving Courses.  It is required that you check the form every 12 months or if you have been sick.

Divers taking Professional Level courses however do require a visit to their doctor before the course.

When do I need to comlete my eLearning course?

When taking Learning to SCUBA dive you must complete your PADI Open Water Diver eLearning course in full before the first weekend.  This includes the RDP Quiz and Exam required for certification.

This is the same for PADI Rescue Diver and Professional PADI courses.  Although it is recommended to complete your eLearning for all other courses before the diving begins.

What dives are in the Advanced Open Water course?

The Advanced Open Water course has a number of options for the dives.  Our most popular are Peak Performance Buoyancy, Naturalist, Wreck, Search and Recovery, a Nitrox dive is possible and Fish ID are common.  Others are available.  You choose 3 of the optional dives.  The Underwater Navigation and Deep dives are compulsory.

What is the difference between Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster?

Very similar in their description, both using “master”.  One is a professional level diving leadership course called the Divemaster course while the other is a recreational diver rating or sometime referred to as a reward called the Master Scuba Diver rating.

Both have similar prerequisites but neither precedes the other.

do I need special skills to take the Divemaster course?

There are prerequisites for the PADI Divemaster course which is the first level of Diving Leadership and a professional education.  You must have completed Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water and PADI Rescue Diver courses along with having 40 logged dives. 

Candidates learn and develop the special skills required of a Divemaster during the course.

Are Divemaster and Master SCUBA Diver different?

Yes.  PADI Divemaster is the beginning of professional level and leadership training in diving.  Involves honing your core dive skills and further developing your dive knowledge.  Teaches you key diver supervision techniques for guiding and diving operations.

PADI Master SCUBA Diver is a high level Recreational Diver rating, or sometimes referred to as an Award.  The rating recongnises a significant level of Recreational diver training and experience.  As much as this is not a professional level diver rating or required of a dive professional, it’s often a step divers take on their path to Professional levels and Technical Diving.

Is there an age limit for SCUBA diving?

We recommend 12 years and older but 10 and 11 year olds may take the PADI Open Water Diver course.  There is no maximum age but divers over the age of 45 must meet extra criteria.  Important aspects to do with age include cardiovascular health and physical ability.