FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Is it easy to learn to SCUBA dive?

How long will it take to learn to SCUBA dive?

Is SCUBA diving safe?

How much does SCUBA training cost?

How old do you have to be to begin SCUBA training?

Do you have to be a good swimmer to be a SCUBA diver?

What about sharks?

 

King Mackeral

A school of King Mackeral

 

Q: Is it easy to learn to SCUBA dive?

A: Yes! Like any sport, there are things to learn and skills to acquire. But everything moves at your pace, and we don’t go on to the next skill until you are comfortable.

Q: How long will it take to learn to SCUBA dive?

A: Typically the course consists of twelve sessions of two hours each, ending things off with four “checkout” dives in the ocean over the course of two days. But who has a “typical” schedule these days?! We will make the course fit YOUR schedule. With eLearning/Study at home and different learning rates, the amount of time each student spends in training could vary greatly.

Q: Is SCUBA diving safe?

A: Your safety is our number one priority! SCUBA diving is an exciting sport that offers rewarding challenges. By gaining the appropriate knowledge and skills, people of all ages and walks of life can learn to enjoy SCUBA diving safely.

Q: How much does SCUBA training cost?

A: Depending on the program you choose, you can experience SCUBA diving for as little as $25.00! Since every course will be completely tailored to your needs, the cost will vary depending on a number of factors. Call today to discuss the program that is right for you!

Q: How old do you have to be to begin SCUBA training?

A: The minimum age for a SCUBA program is 10 years old. There is no maximum age.

Q: Do you have to be a good swimmer to be a SCUBA diver?

A: You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer to SCUBA dive, but a level of comfort in the water will greatly enhance your SCUBA experience. If you would like to take a SCUBA diver certification course, you should be able to demonstrate a modest level of swimming skill. (p.s. we teach “Learn to Swim” classes too!)

Q: What about sharks?

A: This is actually one of the most frequent questions I get about SCUBA diving. The fact is, here in Nova Scotia, Canada, it is EXTREMELY rare to encounter a shark, and the vast majority of divers in our waters will never see one. I have personally never seen a shark while diving in our local waters. There are far more accessible and palatable things for sharks to eat, and they would rather just stay away from divers. One source states that “during a 423 year period, extending from 1580 to 2003 there were a reported 1 909 shark attacks. That gives the calculated odds of any particular person being attacked by a shark at 1 in 11.5 million!” (Divetime.com) In fact, fellow diving instructor David Harmon did some math and calculated that you are more likely to win a Nobel Prize or an Oscar than you are to be attacked by a shark!

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