Best answer: Do you need special training to scuba dive?

What training do you need for scuba diving?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you: Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel).

Can you scuba dive with no experience?

You must be at least 10 years old, in order to take part in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving activity. While physical fitness is essential, no prior experience in diving is required. Scuba dive exercise will be performed either in a swimming pool, shore dive or even boat dives in the sea.

How much does scuba certification cost?

How much does a scuba certification cost? The costs to get scuba certified will differ per location and country, but you should expect to pay anything between $350 and $500 USD per person to get scuba certified. This price should include all course materials and rental scuba gear.

Why you should not scuba dive?

Diving does entail some risk. Not to frighten you, but these risks include decompression sickness (DCS, the “bends”), arterial air embolism, and of course drowning. There are also effects of diving, such as nitrogen narcosis, that can contribute to the cause of these problems.

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Can I dive without my PADI card?

Do I Need My PADI Card To Dive? Technically, you do not need your physical card to scuba dive. Dive centers will need to verify and check that you are a certified diver, but most dive centers can do this online within the PADI system.

Is diving an expensive hobby?

Yes, scuba diving is an expensive hobby. You can expect to spend roughly $300 to receive your diving certification, anywhere from $200 – $2,000 on scuba diving gear, and anywhere between $75 – $150 per dive. Renting your gear instead of buying can let you scuba dive on a budget.

Is it worth getting scuba certified?

But, before you strap on your air tanks and mask, you definitely need to be scuba certified. There are many reasons why it’s worth getting scuba certified, from overcoming scuba gear rental barriers to ensuring you have a safe dive, every time. You’ll also learn tips to help you better enjoy the dive experience.

How fast can I get scuba certified?

Overall, the process to get certified can take anywhere from 4 days to several weeks, depending on how the course logistics are organized.

Does scuba certification expire?

While PADI certification doesn’t actually expire, if you haven’t been diving in the last 12 months (or don’t remember how long it’s been!), it’s highly recommended that you re-certify via the PADI ReActivate program.