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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do people want to Scuba dive?

Two thirds of the surface of our planet is covered by water. The best way of experiencing this incredible environment at first hand is to equip ourselves with SCUBA gear. Scuba diving also attracts a wide range of warm friendly people, of all ages and from all walks of life. This enables Scuba divers to meet and share their own wonderful experiences and adventures of, quite literally, new worlds.

What do Scuba divers breathe?

It is a common misconception that Scuba divers' tanks are filled with pure oxygen, not so! In fact most Scuba divers' tanks are actually filled with compressed air - the very same that you and I are breathing right now.

What does SCUBA mean?

SCUBA is an acronym that stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.

How old do I have to be to learn to Scuba dive?

The minimum age is 10, and there is no maximum age! The whole family can share the experience as there are activities for younger children such as Snorkeling or PADI Bubblemakers. .

Isn't Scuba diving dangerous?

No. Statistics show that Scuba diving is one of the safest sports, providing you remain within the PADI guidelines taught to you.

Do I have to be a strong swimmer to learn to Scuba dive?

No, as long as you can swim 200 yards comfortably and tread water you will be able to learn to Scuba dive safely.

Is Scuba diving expensive?

Initially Scuba diving may appear relatively expensive. However, when compared to a life long adventure that is different every time and enables you to visit parts of the world you would never normally see, then it really isn't. 

Do I need to have my own Scuba Diving equipment?

No. Dive Goa will provide all course materials and equipment you will require to learn to Scuba dive.

Can I Scuba dive on my own?

NO! As a PADI diver you will be taught the SAFE diving practices, this means you will NEVER dive solo. During your dives you should always be paired with a buddy, or a dive guide.

Do I need a medical checkup before I learn to dive?

As long as your are reasonably fit and have no major medical problems you should be able to dive. Please go through the Medical Statement before you register for diving. If the answer to any of the questions is a YES, you should seek advice from a diving doctor before commencing a course. If your doctor gives written consent you will be able to take up diving. We can recommend a doctor specializing in dive medicine if you need one.

Will I be able to dive worldwide with my certification?

Yes, PADI is the largest diver training organisation in the world, so your card is recognized anywhere in the world.

What do I get at the end of my Scuba Diving course?

Along with the PADI manual, dive tables and log book; you will also receive a temporary certificate of successful completion. We register you with PADI as a qualified diver and your certification card will be mailed to your home address. This PADI certification card and your logbook is the proof of your dive qualification.

Can I go straight from PADI Open Water Diver to the PADI Advanced Course?

Yes, PADI encourage the new diver to acquire further dive skills and experience under the supervision of a PADI professional, and the Advanced Course is specifically designed for this.