Scuba Diving FAQ


  What are the types of certifications?

For fun and adventure PADI offers over 40 different courses. For starters try out the Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water Certification, and if you can manage time go for the Advanced Open Water certification. To know more, reach out to us – click here.


  What budget should I keep mind?

Discover Scuba Diving course usually costs between Rs 5,000 – Rs 10,000 and Open water costs between Rs 20,000 – Rs 30,000. To optimize your budget, we recommend obtaining the basic certifications in India, where you can learn the skill and practice (and save money!) and once you get the hang of it, dive into international waters for your advanced level certifications. But that’s not the only way to do it!


  Where can I learn scuba diving?

71% of the planet is ocean. So your options our many. Tell us your budget and we’ll find the right diving site for you.


  What are the risks when one dives?

Certification is all about getting you trained with all the skills required to do Scuba Diving and the nature of diving you wish to take up. The biggest risk we think is not doing it and then regretting it later!


  Is there an age restriction to diving?

If you have celebrated your 10th birthday, you can go for the Open Water certification and if you are over 12 years, you can go for the Advanced Open Water certification. You have to be fit for diving and able to swim to be able to go for practical training.


  What weather conditions would I face when I take up diving?

Diving is organized by a set of experts and we will never take you in the sea in unsuitable weather conditions.


  What is the time investment to take up certification?

Open Water certification takes about 3 to 5 days depending on dive clubs and whether you have completed the exam or no. If you need flexibility, tell us your requirements and we’ll try to make a plan that suits your schedule.


  Which school should I learn diving from (PADI/ SSI/NAUI/ BSAC or CMAS)

All schools are professionally sound, however PADI certified centers are spread across the globe and thus that certification is more universally acceptable. Unfortunately, one school doesnt accept certifications from other schools.


  Do I have to buy any equipment?

All equipment is available on rent at dive centers so we recommend taking the rental, knowing the gears that best fit you and then invest in the gear. If you wish to buy products from Scuba Pro we can guide you through that too.


  What happens in case of a medical emergency?

The Scuba instructors diving with you are trained to handle medical emergencies and certified by Padi.


  Do we have Dive Insurance in India?

We like people who are cautious. It’s available and we can guide you for it on the basis of the dive you decide to take.


  What health issues will prevent me from diving?

A medical form is provided before you are sent into the water. Based on your location, severity of the illness and diving level, restrictions are made.


  What should I do if I’m sea sick?

There is a pill for everything!


  Do these certifications have a validity or an expiry date?

Certifications do not have a validity but if you are planning to dive after a break, it is advisable to take up a refresher course.


  What is the role played by institutions PADI/ SSI etc?

Member business activities are independent, and are neither owned nor operated by PADI. While PADI establishes the standards for PADI diver training programs, it is not responsible for, nor does it have the right to control, the operation of the Members’ business activities and the day-to-day conduct of PADI programs and supervision of divers by the m embers or their associated staff.


  What if it rains when we plan to dive?

You will be getting wet anyway. Rain does not affect diving or snorkeling, however if the currents are too strong, we might face some disturbance.


  If the sea is rough, do we still go ahead with diving?

When you are on the sea, the captain is the deciding authority. Usually winds are studied in advance and only if it is safe, do we go ahead. However, nature is not in our control and if at any point the captain feels it’s unsafe to dive, he will cancel the tour.


  What dive time do I get?

Dive time is governed by individual’s consumption of gas and depth. You and your buddy both need to have enough gas to continue being underwater.


  Do we have dive centers in India and are they good and safe?

India has quite a few diving options (Chennai, Goa, Andaman’s, Lakshawadeep and more) with certified centers.


  What does the Open water diver course cover?

The most popular scuba certification course, the PADI Open Water Diver course acquaints one with both – the knowledge (facts, principles, concepts) and teaches dive skills (techniques, methods). It’s a combination of the online course that takes care of the theoretical knowledge you require, and practical training from a PADI instructor.


  What does the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course cover?

The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course’s online segment includes knowledge development for the two required topics; the Deep and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dives, along with five of the most popular elective dives. These include Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Wreck Diver, Boat Diver and Underwater Naturalist.


  How does the certification work?

After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning® system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.


  What else is required to complete the Open water diver course?

For certification as a PADI Open Water Diver, you’ll need to visit your PADI Dive Center or Resort to complete your training. There you need to take a short eLearning Quick Review to confirm your understanding of safety-related material from the course. Once you have successfully completed five confined water dives and four open water training dives with your PADI Instructor, and mastered the required skills, you will be a certified entry-level diver able to rent dive gear, get air fills and dive anywhere in the world in better or similar conditions to those you’ve trained in.


  What else is required to complete the Advanced Open Water Diver course?

Prior to certification as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, you must successfully complete at least five Adventure Dives. Two of these are mandatory; the Deep Adventure Dive and Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive. The other three dives that you complete can be chosen from a wide range of Adventure Dives and the decision as to which dives you complete will be based on what is available at your dive location and what your PADI Instructor is able to offer.


  How long do you have to complete the eLearning course?

The eLearning course will be available for one year from the time of course registration. Though you must finish the online portion of the course within that time frame, you will have perpetual access to an online version of the PADI Open Water Diver manual or PADI Adventures in Diving manual depending on the course you choose.


  What is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete this eLearning program?

The PADI Open Water Diver Course online takes approximately 12-15 hours to complete while the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course online will take approximately 8 hours to complete.


  How do you document that you’ve completed the eLearning segment?

Once you finish the eLearning course, your dive center is notified that you have completed it and that you are ready for the practical phase of the program. At the end of the eLearning program, you can print out your eRecord and bring a copy of it with you to your selected PADI Dive Center or Resort.


Disclaimer
Recommended Dive Centers are independent, and are neither owned nor operated by The Grand Vacationist. While The Grand Vacationist undertakes ample scrutiny to establish that the recommended Dive Center is PADI / SSI certified with certified staff for the diver training programs and leisure diving activities, The Grand Vacationist is not responsible for, nor does it have the right to control, the operation of the Dive Center’s business activities and the day-to-day conduct of PADI programs and supervision of divers by the Dive Center or their associated staff.

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