FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Scuba Diving Questions

  • Does scuba diving involve danger?
  • Is it difficult to learn how to scuba dive?
  • What does a scuba tank contain and how long does it last?
  • What are the Bends?
  • My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down while snorkeling. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?
  • Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies, or smoking prevent me from diving?
  • What about sharks?
  • Do women have any special concerns while diving?
  • How deep do you go?
  • What happens if I use up all my air?
  • What if I feel claustrophobic?
  • Where can I find a dive buddy?
 

How old do I have to be to join scuba diving classes?

You need to be at least 10 years old to become a certified Junior Open Water Scuba Diver. When you reach the age of 15, the junior certification will upgrade to a regular Open Water Diver certification.

Kids who are 10 – 11 years old must dive with a certified guardian, parent, or a PADI professional. They can dive to a maximum depth of 40 feet. Those who are 12 – 14 years old must dive with a certified adult.

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Are there any physical requirements?

All students complete a brief medical questionnaire. They are asked about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you can sign the form and you’re ready to start your scuba diving classes. If any of the medical conditions apply, you need to consult your physician.

Your physician will assess the condition and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult a physician before joining a scuba diving course.

To which certification agency is Scuba Lessons Jax linked?

All scuba diving certifications offered through Scuba Lessons Jax are PADI Certifications. PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is the leading and most widely recognized scuba certification agency in the world. It has the widest global network of dive instructors, dive shops, and resorts.

Why is certification necessary for diving?

The scuba course will provide the knowledge and skills you need to dive safely. Your PADI scuba certification card proves that you have taken and passed the scuba course. Reputable dive shops and PADI instructors will not provide gear on rent, fill your tanks, or let you dive at their facilities if you are not a certified scuba diver.

For how long will my certification last? Will my cetification expire?

Although your PADI scuba certification will not expire, we recommended that you stay in practice and dive more than once a year. You can take a scuba tune up course from any PADI instructor. You can also consider taking PADI continuing education classes. Continuing your scuba education is a great way of keeping in practice and learning more about how to dive safely.

I have lost my PADI certification card. How can I get it replaced?
Please speak to your diving instructor to get your PADI certification card replaced. In case you forget your PADI certification card while you are on vacation, you can use the online PADI member check facility. You can also call 1-800 -729-7234 or 1-800-SAY-PADI.

How much will I have to learn?

You will be learning from the official PADI certified course. There is a bit of jargon to learn, but no worries, we will make it easy for you. We will begin with the basics and build from there. You will understand the basic principles of scuba diving, including: how to plan a dive, what to do in an emergency, and how pressure and water affect your body at depth.

There are a few quizzes but trust us when we say that you will know the material well before you take the tests. As always with any good instruction, we will review what you have learned. The key is for you to really understand the information, not just memorize it.

Where will we start?

Instruction will begin out of the water, but before you know it we will be in shallow water. We want you to feel good about what you’re doing and to have fun. After all, it’s all about diving, right? In the early stages of the PADI certified course, you will learn to set up and check your gear, scuba diving basics, and emergency procedures.

Once you get into the water, you won’t be able to stop scuba diving! You will be doing what’s called "confined dives", which are conducted in a controlled environment. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous one. Over the course of these five dives, you will acquire the skills you need to dive in open water.

After you have mastered your new skills in a confined environment, you will move to open water dives. For the first time you will really get to explore the underwater world and enjoy scuba diving.

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How long does it take to get PADI certified?

Unlike other diving programs, Scuba Lessons Jax can certify you in one weekend. We can also offer a course during the week or spread it out over several weeks to accommodate those that don’t have weekends off. Our well-planned course outline is performance based and will require a bit of homework.

We make the course material easy to understand and the lesson plans are executed efficiently. We will not waste any time but will make sure that you will learn everything you need to know. We want you to be able to go scuba diving on your own and to come home safely. As long as you demonstrate that you can scuba dive safely, the course will move along as planned.

During your scuba dive training, your instructor will give you plenty of time and personal attention. You can learn at your own pace until you are comfortable with each stage of the course. Your scuba instructor will help you to master each skill. We will help you to become a capable scuba diver who can dive independently.

How much does it cost to take scuba lessons?

Compared to other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. Once you get certified and buy the gear you need, all you have to do is get into the water.

For example, you can expect to pay about as much as you would for:

  • a full day of surfing lessons
  • a weekend of rock climbing lessons
  • a weekend of kayaking lessons
  • a weekend of fly fishing lessons
  • about 3 hours of private golf lessons
  • about 3 hours of private water skiing lessons
  • a night out at the pub!

Why are some scuba courses priced so low?

The prices quoted may not include all the costs. If you feel that the offer seems to be too good to be true, you may be right! Before you sign up for a course, ask about what is included in the price. Check to see if you will have to spend on anything else. Speak to the scuba instructor and find out about his / her certifications and experience. See if you are comfortable with the scuba instructor.

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What scuba gear do I need to learn to scuba dive?

There’s no need to rush out and buy all your gear yet. Scuba Lessons Jax will provide everything you need during training. In the class, we will inform you about the gear that we recommend you buy and where it is available. If you really want to, you can buy a mask, snorkel, and fins, but again, this is not a must.

Do I have to be a great swimmer?

There’s no need to be an expert swimmer to learn how to scuba dive. Before becoming PADI certified, your instructor will ask you to demonstrate basic water skills. You may be asked to:

  • Swim 300 yards with a mask, snorkel, and fins. There’s no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you like.
  • Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any method that you like.

What materials do I have to buy?

None, we will provide everything. It’s all included in the course fee.

Does scuba diving involve danger?

Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is around as safe as swimming. There are certain potential hazards involved, but that’s why every diver requires training and certification. As long as you follow the guidelines and use common sense, you will be safe. Keep in mind that scuba diving is safer than driving your car.

Is it difficult to learn how to scuba dive?

Learning to dive is quite easy, especially if you are comfortable in the water. PADI’s beginner’s-level diver course is divided into knowledge development, confined water skill training, and four scuba training dives.

Your progress in the course depends on your performance. This means that you will progress as you learn and show that you have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills.

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What does a scuba tank contain and how long does it last?

Scuba tanks used by recreational divers contain air, not pure oxygen. Air tanks of different sizes are available. People breathe at different rates and they breathe faster when they are swimming as compared to when they are resting. Besides, the deeper divers go, the more air they will use, so how long a tank will last depends on several factors. You can look at the gauge to keep track of how much air is left in your tank.

What are the Bends?

In the past, workers breathing compressed air while working below the surface sometimes got decompression sickness, known as "the bends". This condition is caused by staying underwater for too long and coming to the surface too quickly. In the present day, all the new technology has made the bends very rare. We will teach you how to dive safely within the limits so you will never have to worry about the bends.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down while snorkeling. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?

No, that is assuming you have no medical conditions in your ears and sinuses. This is quite a common problem, and most people feel that it will hinder them. It happens because you’ve never learned how to "decompress".

The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust to pressure changes in our ears. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure while flying, you’ll probably have no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies, or smoking prevent me from diving?

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function, heart function, or alters consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person’s individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN), if necessary, while assessing a scuba candidate. This is why it is important to provide accurate information on your medical form.

What are the most common injuries or ailments associated with diving?

  • Sunburn
  • Seasickness
  • Having too much fun!
  • In rare cases, some injuries are caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings.
  • We will cover a few others in class

What about sharks?

Seeing marine life is a part of diving. If you’re lucky, you will get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare. They mostly involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time, if you see a shark, it’s just passing through and is a relatively rare sight to enjoy.

Do women have any special concerns while diving?

Excluding pregnancy, there are no special concerns for women. Since physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women should avoid diving while they are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

How deep do you go?

Well, that depends on the level of certification. With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 meters/130 feet. Within this limit, you can dive as deep as you feel comfortable.

Beginning scuba divers will not dive deeper than about 18 meters/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular dives are no deeper than 12 meters/40 feet, where the water is warmer and the colors are brighter.

What happens if I use up all my air?

That’s not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. If you apply the knowledge we provide, your dives should be planned well enough to ensure that this will never happen. In the rare event that it does happen, you will be prepared to deal with it. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to have a buddy with a second mouthpiece close by.

What if I feel claustrophobic?

You may prefer to use a translucent scuba diving mask if a regular mask makes you feel closed in. People find the weightlessness of scuba diving to be extremely liberating.

Where can I find a dive buddy?

One of the first rules of open water diving is to never dive alone. Besides the fact that it isn’t safe, it’s not as much fun. Divers enjoy what they do and love sharing the adventure with others.

CharterHunt.ning.com* is a great place to look for dive buddies from all over Florida who love to dive as much as you do. It’s also a great place to share your photos and videos, learn about new dive spots, and talk about your dives.

Scuba Lessons Jax offers the best dive courses in Jacksonville, Florida, at economical, all-inclusive prices. For more information about our scuba diving classes, please contact us now.

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