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Short for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Scuba has been around as a recreational sport since the mid 1950’s.
Beats us ! There is no such thing. There are Scuba Divers or Recreational Divers or even Open Water Divers. Just like divers don’t breathe Oxygen, just regular Air, compressed and filtered through Breathing Air Compressors.
Because it takes you on a fascinating voyage of discovery into the Liquid world beneath the Oceans. Because you become part of a Global community with a recreational, non-competitive sport that takes you places, helps you discover your Oceans and meet like-minded people. Because we still know more about the moon than we do about the Oceans!
Besides, its amazingly simple to learn. And very few experiences will allow you Zero-gravity like freedom as well as the ability to not only breathe underwater but also see the citizens of that world up close.
All Sport Diving around the world is regulated by a handful of International Parent Federations. Like different schools, they may have a few basic differences in their approach. But they all teach the same thing – SCUBA DIVING! All syllabi are standardized, as are the methods of training and teaching. No deviations or modifications are allowed from these perfectly mixed and balanced programs. Know more on International Diving Federations.
A Course from any of these agencies is therefore the same, anywhere in the World. And certifications or Diving Licences from any of these Agencies are recognized and respected by all dive operators across the board.
Simply stated; your courses and licenses are valid worldwide no matter where and who you certify with. SCUBA India offers PADI and CMAS certifications presently.
We’ll say it loud, again. “YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A SWIMMER TO ENJOY SCUBA”. This hold true for all who want to experience Scuba. The Pool Splash and Discover Scuba Diving programs are meant to encourage people to possibly get into the water more. Swimming skills are not required for these.
However, those enrolling for Certification Courses must have the ability to freely swim for 200 meters with no time limit or stroke –restriction and float or tread water for 10 minutes. The rationale is simple: if you want to be a Diver, you need to be able to hold your own reasonably in the swimming department. Besides, it’ll only be a Plus during Training.
The Medical Form gives you all the parameters that one would need to keep in mind if diving. A pre-existing condition may not always interfere with diving but a Doctor’s clearance is required should one answer “yes” to any questions in the Statement.
Our Instructor is also qualified to help you with basic queries on Health and Diving, so feel free to check with him should you have questions.
A Diver’s C-card (or certification card) is a universally accepted License to Dive.. a passport to diving, if you will. It recognizes the level of Training a Diver has received as per the Parent Federation and also mentions the Instructor as well as the Dive Center where the certification took place.
C-cards from ALL Federations are respected by Operators through the World. And are usually accompanied by a Dive Log Book – a record of all one’s Diving Activities worldwide.
A fair question, we agree. After all, doesn’t most diving happen outside of a Pool?
Refer our last question and the Advantages of Pool Training are easy to explain. You get to start your Diving in your own City, at your own pace.
- You train at your pace and extra sessions are easy to accommodate. All courses are Performance based so your training will never be rushed or compromised with.
- You go fully prepared for the Open Water module and the days saved in the Pool can translate into extra days available for more Fun Dives to explore or cement your skills after Certification dives are over.
All equipment needed for the Training is included in the Course cost. We can also help you decide what gear to buy if you want to own your own after the Course. We consider the Mask, Fins and Snorkels as essential items to possess for personal use and practice and these are easily available. The rest is usually decided upon based on your preferences, budgets and usage.
The Blue is the limit, as we said earlier. SCUBA India has tie ups with various Dive Operators and Liveaboard operators (Diving yachts) in and out of India. These prove as perfect destinations to select and finish the Course dives and enjoy a memorable holiday as well.
Theory and Pool training takes 2 days but these can be extended if needed or even reduced, should the Student opt for the e-learning option and complete Theory before confined water training begins.
There is a fair bit of self-study involved with both the Manual or E-learning option and this needs to be done on the student’s own time. The students also spend time with the Instructor watching Instructional videos as well as fine-tuning their theoretical understanding. This will be finished by the Pool side before in-water sessions.
Each confined water session can last between 4-5 hours every day. The sessions progress at the pace of the student and extra sessions can easily be organized, if needed.
The end of the Certification is the Beginning of continued Adventures and Experiences in the liquid World. A c-card changes the way you can plan your holidays… Diving destinations also offer fantastic top-side attractions too. So there’s many places to visit underwater.
There’s also further certifications and specialties to pursue… Most divers decide on advancing to higher levels of diving once comfortable with their level of diving.
A range of specialties exists to choose from: Deep, Night, Wrecks, Cave, Enriched Air, Underwater photography are just some of them.
Then there’s the challenges and rewards of PADI’s Continuing Education courses like Rescue Diver & Dive Master, if not Pro level courses like Scuba Instructor!!
If you have limited time but you still want to try scuba on your next vacation, the PADI Scuba Diver course may be the perfect choice for you. The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the Open Water Diver course. Instead of completing 5 classroom sessions, 5 pool dives, and 4 open water dives, Scuba Divers complete 3 classroom sessions, 3 pool dives, and just 2 open water dives. Although Scuba Divers are allowed to dive only under the supervision of a PADI professional and only to depths above 40 feet, most students can complete the course in as little as 2 or 3 days.
Absolutely! The PADI Discover Scuba experience that lets you try scuba in a swimming pool allows you to make a shallow scuba dive supervised by a PADI Professional. This usually takes a few hours.
No. Wearing soft contact lenses shouldn’t be a problem while you dive. However, if you wear hard contacts, you’ll want to dive with different lenses. Speak to us for more information. Another option is to use prescription masks (yes, powered masks !) We have a few at our centre and we can help you get yours too.
This is a common question that, unfortunately, doesn't have a single answer. People breathe at different rates, and you breathe faster when you're swimming than when you're resting. Also, the deeper you go, the more you use your air, and, you can get different size tanks. All our sessions from the basic Try Dives to the Courses answer this question through theoretical understanding and practical experience.
You have 12 months following the last completed segment of your training to complete your PADI open water dives for your certification. We strongly recommend keeping your PADI Open water course completion dives as close to you Theoretical & Pool Training sessions for continuity. Should you end up not diving in open water after a gap of 4-6 months, we suggest going through a short Refresher before attempting Open Water dives. On Absolute SCUBA trips, this refresher is a must and is included in your trip.
Yes! SCUBA India arranges escorted and arranged dive trips all over the world. Our trips are always well researched, planned and streamlined. We include so much to make our experiences “Absolute” ! You can speak to us about your requirements and we’ll work it all out for you; whether you are on one of our trips or simply want us to arrange an all-inclusive holiday for you.
We normally do NOT. As folks travel from everywhere to join our trips, we request them to book their own flights. However, we provide a detailed itinerary and always provide the best flight options to members in the group and almost always end up traveling together mostly. All pick up and drop arrangements cater to individual bookings and there will always be an Absolute SCUBA placard to welcome you when you book with us.
We feel that PADI Open Water Diver course Training Dives should be focussed on Training and Course
completion rather than sightseeing underwater mostly. This is why we choose destinations that are equipped,
suited and relevant to Course completions.
Destinations like Netrani island, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives are our usual suspects. Then for those who have the time and ability to extend to a larger chunk of days, destinations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Fiji etc open up; all allowing one to certify in the first couple of days and enjoy the rest of the trip either diving for fun or attempting the PADI Advanced Open water diver course should they like.
Yes, you can. Every destination we go to understands our need to dine before we dive ! SCUBA India are foodies at heart and we will NEVER ignore food preferences. We have even taken masala’s and provisions
from Home on certain trips that we felt required us to do so; just for the VEGETARIANS.
All you need to do is ask.
Not at All ! All our Training and Trips include mandatory SCUBA equipment. Extras like Dive Computers can be
rented at all our destinations. Technically, you don’t need to own anything of your own.
However, like any good Instructor will tell you, it is best for you if you start at some point with your own mask, fins and snorkel. Maybe, your own wetsuit. These small investments add immeasurable comfort to your diving trips and you never have to worry about these essential elementals again.
SCUBA India encourages the use of personal gear for a Certified Diver and can assist with finding you your perfect pair of Fins or Diving BCDs even !