Scuba Diving FAQ
Q: Do I have to be certified to go?
A: No! You can do a beginner dive and it will be just as good! They will give you all the instruction you need to get through it safe and sound (and happy).
Q: If I’m already certified, can I dive with people who aren’t certified?
A: Yes! Sometimes they will even give you a discount. You won’t have to do the training before and often times they won’t have people checking your air tank while you are under water because they assume you can do all of it by yourself. That being said, if it has been a long time since you have gone and you feel a bit rusty on your skills, let them know!
Q: My ears are bad. Can I still go scuba diving?
A: In most cases, yes! I have chronically bad ears and I’m really sensitive to pressure under the water. But if you hold your nose and blow (do the Valsalva Maneuver) FREQUENTLY all the way down and on the way up you should be fine. I am almost constantly doing it at first because I would rather be safe then sorry and I have successfully scuba dived 4 times. Always talk with your doctor first if you are worried!
Q: What about sharks?
A: Don’t worry! Sharks are terrified of scuba divers… the bubbles sound like a million screeching cats to them.
Q: Will I run out of air?
A: If you are doing a beginner diver’s course then you will never be under long enough to run out of air. You have people checking your air gage every so often to make sure you are safe!
Q: If I don’t like it can I stop?
A: Yes! This is a common fear among potential scuba divers. They think once they are down in the water they are stuck. Let me assure you that you are not! If you have any issues at all you can simply point to the surface and swim up to the boat. There will be people there to help you. On a beginner dive you will never go so deep that you can’t easily reach the surface if you have a problem.
Q: How do I find a reliable company to go with?
A: The internet is your best friend! Don’t trust just any scuba diving company. Many will be too expensive, still go when the weather and visibility is less than optimal, and make the groups too big. Read some personal reviews to get a good feel for the company and then choose the one that you feel most confident with.
I hope that helps. If you have any other questions- feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll find the answer for you.
Happy Scuba Diving!!!