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Learn-to-Dive FAQs

Frequently asked questions about learning to dive.

  • view faq  What is scuba diving?
    In short, scuba diving is being able to breathe underwater. This is made possible through the use of scuba equipment which includes a tank (cylinder) of compressed air that you wear on your back like a small backpack.
  • view faq  I have always wanted to learn to scuba dive. How do I get start?
    All of our courses and programs offer tremendous flexibility to your times. All you need to do is to arrange your schedules with us, over the phone or email us. But of course, the best way is to visit us directly at NZX Commercial Centre.
  • view faq  Is learning to dive difficult?
    No! It's probably easier than you imagine - especially if you're already comfortable in the water. PADI's entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
  • view faq  Do I have to be a good swimmer to learn to dive?
    PADI scuba certification program requires that you be reasonably comfortable in the water with basic swimming skills. You do not have to be an Olympic swimmer to learn to dive.
  • view faq  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. Because some learn faster than others, course duration varies. For example, the PADI Open Water Diver course can be split into five or six sessions over as little as three days to a much as six weeks.
  • view faq  If I want to get fully certified while on trip, how long will it take?
    It depends on how much work you do before going on trip. If you complete your classroom and pool sessions here in KL, you have only to complete four open water dives while on trip - about two or three days. Starting from scratch while on trip is also popular - expect to spend a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon for about 4 to 5 days.
  • view faq  What are the age requirements for enrolling In a scuba certification course?
    You must be at least 10 years old. (Does this ring a bell how safe diving really is?) Students between the ages of 10 and 15 receive a Junior Certification which basically means they can only dive with a certified adult and can be upgraded to a regular certification when they reach the age of 15. We certify many children who enjoy diving with their parents, locally and while on vacations. It is also a very positive experience that helps build self esteem and keeping them "on the right track".
  • view faq  Is scuba diving expensive?
    No! Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest however much you want, depending upon your interest level. Because most dive centers and resorts rent equipment, you can invest in equipment over time, renting what you don't have. There's probably good diving not far from where you live, so travel costs can be flexible enough to accommodate even the tightest budget. Most people find the costs of scuba diving similar to the cost associated with snow skiing or mountain biking and etc.
  • view faq  What do I need to buy?
    For your own comfort and hygiene, we highly recommend you to buy your personal basic dive equipment, such as a mask, snorkel and fins. They’ll last you for years of diving and snorkeling and you’ll feel happier in equipment that fits you properly. We can give you advice on choosing the right equipment and maintenance during the course induction. Special discounts are available for those who wish to purchase their own dive equipment. But if you do not wish to purchase any equipment during your course, you may rent.
  • view faq  How do I make sure I like diving before investing in the recreation?
    If you have never tried scuba diving or participated in a "Discover Diving" activity, you’re welcome to call us to schedule a "Discover Scuba" before enrolling in any dive certification. One of our friendly staff members will set up a time, usually 30 to 45 minutes in the pool, for you to try scuba diving to make sure this is something you want to pursue. Click here to read more about "Discover Scuba" in our Try Dive section.
  • view faq  I'll confess: One of the reasons I've never learned to dive is because I'm scared of sharks.
           Is my fear of sharks justified?
    Many people have been made to fear sharks and other marine animals because of the false image given them by movies and television. Fact is, most marine animals - including the shark, octopus, barracuda and moray eel - are shy and passive around humans. None are more misunderstood than sharks. Humans are not the natural prey of sharks. Almost all shark attacks happen by accident to swimmers and surfers. The shark mistakes them splashing on the surface for a seal or sea lion, and takes a bite. We taste pretty bad to them, so that's usually the end of it. And unless you're swimming with sea lions off the California coast or spearfishing in certain parts of Australia, you have virtually nothing to fear from the great white shark. Many photographers spend weeks at a time and thousands of dollars trying to get close to them - sometimes with no luck.
  • view faq  My ears hurt even when I swim to the bottom of a pool. What happens when I dive even deeper?
    The pain you feel is called a "squeeze" and is caused by the pressure of water pushing against your eardrum. One of the first things you'll learn in scuba class is a simple technique of equalizing - very similar to what you might do on an airplane. When done properly, you won't feel any pain in your ears.
  • view faq  What if I run out of air?
    These and other questions like this are covered during your scuba training. Our certification course is structured so that your questions are answered and you feel comfortable with your equipment before becoming "certified". About running out of "air", you will have instruments that tell you exactly how much air you have at all times. Finally, a few interesting statistics: recreational scuba diving has a lower incidence of injury than American football, baseball, water-skiing, soccer; snow skiing, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, swimming and bowling.

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