EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCUBA DIVING

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How to start Scuba Diving ?

To be a scuba diver, you need to be certified first. PADI Open Water is the first certification for you to enrolled in. Once pass, you are a certified scuba diver and will be given a physical/digital PADI Open Water certified card by PADI.

What is the expectation for PADI Open Water Course?

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! PADI Open Water certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

  • What to consider when planning dives.
  • How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
  • Underwater signals and other diving procedures.

You’ll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by using the tablet version – PADI Open Water Diver Touch™, or online with PADI eLearning®. At the end of each chapter, you’ll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don’t understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.

You’ll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you’ll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You’ll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water  – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

  • Setting up your scuba gear.
  • How to get water out of your mask.
  • Entering and exiting the water.
  • Buoyancy control.
  • Basic underwater navigation.
  • Safety procedures.

You’ll practice these skills with an instructor until you’re comfortable. When you’re ready, it’s time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you’ll head to “open water,” where you and your instructor will bring you for boat dives, usually over two days. On these dives you’ll get to explore the underwater world. You’ll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer.

Is scuba diving for everyone and anyone?

Yes it is for everyone. As long as you are healthy, you are good to go. To those who have medical history do consult your doctor. As long as the doctor gives you a green light, then you are most welcome to join the scuba diver family.

What are the requirements for learning to Scuba Dive?

If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register.

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. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course. Download the scuba medical questionnaire.

Before completing the PADI 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 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
  • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to us for further information.

How scuba diving works?

Scuba diving is an activity where you will be needed to put on a scuba diving equipment with tank consist of compress air and dive into the ocean/lake/pool etc. The equipments such as regulator, BCD, tanks, weights, fin, mask and such will assist you to breath and move around underwater.

For PADI Open Water your maximum depth to dive is only at 18 meters. For PADI Advance Open Water it will be 30 meters.

Through out the diving session you will breath through your mouth using the regulator that connects to the tank. You can’t breath using your nose. All the basic skills will be teach during the PADI Open Water Course.

Do I need to be a good swimmer to learn Scuba Dive?

Nope. You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to be a scuba diver but some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you:

  • Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
  • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to us for further information.

What if I am scared or just want to try first?

Breathing underwater is a new thing for everybody before they turned to be a scuba diver. So it is normal to feel panic, insecure, out of control and fear. Why ? Because you never know the techniques and basics. Even if you already knew, the first time is always the scariest moment. By just imagine makes you not wanting to take the course.

No worries. IF you have doubts it is always better to try it our first. Try our PVDIVE Scuba Try Out or better known as Discovery Scuba Diving. It is an introduction class before anything else. Just to let you have the experience breathing underwater in swimming pool or ocean environment.

PVSCUBA TRY OUT is conducted in Swimming Pool. For 3 hours what will you learn?

  • Brief Theory of Scuba Diving
  • Brief Skills practice
  • Breath underwater and skills practice

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What do I need to prepare for the course?

What all you need is yourself.  Be fit physically and mentally. For PVDive PADI Course package everything is included as per described. (Refer to course package)

Do I need my own Scuba Diving equipment?

As a first timer you don’t need to purchase any scuba equipment yet. During PADI Open Water course you will be explained about scuba diving gears. Once you have the knowledge you can purchase your own with all the information given. You can contact us for consultation as well.

But if you really want to purchase these basic items will be sufficient for your first course.

  1. Mask
  2. Snorkel
  3. Fin

For those who are wearing spectacles, please consult us before hand. We will suggest.

What kind of attire do I need to wear for scuba diving?

In general, we are living in a Tropical weather. Water temperature is around 28C – 31C. Wet suit with 3mm maximum can be used during the dive (If you need, request from us) . As a first timer what you need to prepare is swimming attire.

Men

  1. Board short
  2. Rashguard
  3. Drifit Tshirt
  4. Any fast dry materials / swimming attire is okay.

Women

  1. Fast Dry tights or legging (Yoga tights is good)
  2. Rashguard
  3. Drifit Tshirt
  4. Swim Cap (For Muslim Women)
  5. Any fast dry materials / swimming attire is okay.

Can I learn scuba dive if I have medical history such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, physical disabilities and related ?

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

What about sharks?

If you are lucky, you will see one. Usually sharks will just pass by you. If you don’t disturb them, they won’t disturb you. They are scared of you as much as you are to them. Whatever you watch in TV about sharks is not true. Follow your PADI Instructor they will tell more stories about sharks.

Can I fail this course?

Yes you can if and only if you give up on yourself. 99% who enrolled passed with flying colours. 1% of them is either gave up, individual is putting themselves in dangerous situation or due to medical reasons. As a PADI Pro we will guide and teach until the end. This is not school exam where we have quota to for pass/fail students. Our mission is to educate you to be a safe diver.

What more after PADI Open Water ?

Scuba dive benefits you in all expects in life. They make you smarter, aware of the nature, appreciate and understand more about life. Now you can travel the world and scuba dive. PADI Certification is recognize world wide. After became a certified scuba diver you can:

  1. Travel and dive
  2. Further education in PADI Specialities
  3. Turn into PADI Pro
  4. Become an Underwater Photographer/ Videographer

You could do anything related to diving. The least it will your stress reliever activity.

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