Training FAQ

Q: How long does it take to get certified?

A: Our training typically takes 4 weeks, but we can do a custom, abbreviated version in as little as 2-3 days if your budget allows. We prefer to take the full 4 weeks for the safety of our divers. The abbreviated version adheres to the same standards as the 4-week training, but slower is always better when it comes to learning apprehension and safety.

Q: How much does it cost to take scuba lessons?

A: Training starts at $399 for a referral and $699 for open water. To give you a frame of reference, our pricing is similar to that of jet skiing lessons.

Q: What scuba gear do I need to learn to scuba dive?

A: You may want your own snorkel and fins. If you already have your own, great! If not, we have a full selection of options that are available to you. We will provide you with everything else.

Q: How do I know what’s the best scuba gear?

A: It all depends on what you are comfortable in–what fits you and your budget. No single brand is better than the others.

Q: What’s required to take scuba lessons?

A: You need basic water skills to scuba dive, but you don’t have to be a good swimmer. We do require that you do not have any medical conditions that disqualify you from scuba diving as per the PADI medical questionnaire.

Q: Where can I scuba dive?

A: Everywhere! You are only limited by your creativity. We dive across Alaska and around the world, not only in reefs and bays but also in places like rivers and quarries!

Q: My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?

A: The ear is a muscle that can be trained. We use techniques to relieve ear pressure and we always go at a pace at which everyone is comfortable.

Q: Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?

A: Please see the PADI medical questionnaire for a list of the conditions that impact someone’s ability to dive and the risks associated.

Q: What about sharks?

A: The rate of shark attack during an encounter is very low. Although you may see a shark while you are diving, you are more likely to hurt yourself or someone else while the shark is not present.

Q: Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?

A: Women should not dive while pregnant.

Q: How deep do you go?

A: The limit for recreational open water diving is 60 feet, and the limit for scuba diving is 130 feet in general.

Q: What happens if I use up all my air?

A: We teach gas management during our training, so this does not happen. That said, your dive buddy will have an alternative air source.

Q: What if I feel claustrophobic?

A: Some of our staff struggle with claustrophobia, but they are not triggered by scuba diving. Diving produces a floating sensation rather than one of water pressure as some might guess.