There is a lot of information about Scuba diving out there, some interesting, some not so interesting. This is an attempt to try and answer the most common questions that come up when discussing scuba diving. If there is anything you wonder about that isn’t brought up below please don’t hesitate to write us and we will do all we can in order to answer your questions. For a fun and interesting presentation about the history of diving click on the link. At the bottom of this page you have the option of getting redirected for more information about frequently asked medical questions.


What does Scuba stand for?

“SCUBA” originally stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, now widely considered a word in its own right. Scuba Diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a “scuba set” to breathe under the water.


What is Scuba Diving?

Basically scuba diving is going underwater and being able to breathe, it’s that simple. You have a tank of compressed air on your back and you breath the air in through a regulator. A BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) is used to help you stay neutrally buoyant.


What type of equipment do i need in order to Scuba Dive?

All scuba divers wear and use the same equipment, though some divers in colder areas will add equipment as well. The primary equipment pieces are: fins, a mask, a tank, gauges, and a watch. Depending on the water’s temperature, divers use a wet or dry suit, a hood and gloves. The tank worn on a scuba diver’s back supplies air to the diver while the diver is in the water. Depth and pressure gauges provide scuba divers with vital information about their whereabouts and their condition. A watch and compass will also assist the diver while he is under water.


Who invented the Scuba gear?

The invention of the modern scuba gear system is credited to Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnan. Their invention allows divers to breathe from a tank of air on their back and exhale it into the water.


How deep can Scuba Divers Go?

The max limit for recreational scuba divers is 130 ft. However, that doesn’t mean you should go that deep. Once you approach the 100 ft. mark, you run the risk of nitrogen narcosis. You should have additional training and experience to dive deeper than 100 ft. Beginner divers are probably best advised to stay at 60 ft. or above until they become more comfortable and gain more experience. Technical divers can dive much deeper than 100 ft. but that requires both experience and lots of training.


How many people Scuba Dive?

Currently no record is publicly available that indicates the actual number of people who are into scuba diving. However, most experts believe that more than 2 million people are currently engaged in some way to Scuba Diving.


What is the cost of Scuba Diving?

Depending on what island you go to and what dive operator you use, the cost can be very different. In the Philippines the cost for Scuba Diving is usually around P1,500.00 per dive. This amount is usually not including the cost for rental of dive gear and accommodation.


Is it hard to learn how to Scuba Dive?

No. In fact, it’s probably easier than you imagine, especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. Our entry-level diving course is divided into knowledge development, confined water (pool) training, and 4 Scuba Training Dives in open water. The course is “performance based”, which means that you progress as you learn, and as you demonstrate knowledge and skill.


How long does it take to become a certified diver?

Our Open Water Diver course is typically split into 5 to 6 sessions, which may be scheduled in as few as 2 or 3 days (a long weekend), or over several weeks depending on your schedule. The open water dives – where you apply and demonstrate the knowledge and skills that you learned in the course – are conducted on at least 2 separate days.


How old do I have to be to become a certified Scuba Diver?

You have to be at least 10 years old for PADI. Ones you have completed your training you will receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification, which means you should dive with a SCUBA-certified adult. When you turn 15, you can upgrade your Junior certification to a regular Open Water certification.


Do I have to meet any special qualifications or considerations before I can participate in a Scuba class?

No. Generally speaking, anyone in average good health can join our Scuba Diver Courses. As a precaution, you will be asked to complete a routine medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates anything to be cautious about, you will be required check with your physician to make sure it’s OK for you to dive.


Do I have to be a great swimmer to Scuba dive?

Not at all. All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for a Scuba Diver Certification is a 200 meter nonstop swim (with no time limit) and a 10 minute float.


Is Scuba Diving expensive?

Not really. Like any hobby or recreation, you can invest a lot or a little, depending on your interest level. SCUBA equipment can be rented, until you’re ready to buy your own equipment.


What equipment do I need to have before the course?

Generally, you will want to buy your own mask, snorkel and fins (though we have these items to loan you during your course, if you want, at no extra charge). You can get a good mask for less than two thousand pesos. Depending on where you are we are happy to advice where to get your Scuba gear.


What kind of tanks do you use?

We use the standard 12 liters (80 cubic-foot) aluminum tanks fitted with K-valves, compatible with the standard regulator yoke screw. For divers who are heavy on air consumption or would like to make longer dives twin tanks are available on request. For the smaller or younger divers we also have small compact 8 liters (50 cubic-foot) tanks.


How deep are the dive sites?

The diving in Subic Bay is diverse and plentiful with about 17 different dive sites to suit both beginners and experienced divers. With our weekly schedule you can choose the type of diving you prefer (and are qualified for), whether it be deep or shallow. For those in to technical scuba diving depths are pretty much endless. Most wrecks in Subic Bay are located at a depth of between 5-32 meters.


How long does a tank of air last?

This depends on several factors, which we will discuss during your course. In general, actual SCUBA dives last between 20-60 minutes.


My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of the pool, will they hurt when I Scuba Dive?

Your ears hurt because water pressure presses onto your eardrum. In the SCUBA course, you’ll learn a simple technique to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure, and they won’t hurt at all.


In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks. Are marine animals really much of a concern?

Virtually all aquatic animals are passive and timid. There are a few that can bite or sting defensively, but you can avoid these by watching where you put your hands and feet, and by not touching things that you don’t recognize. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks, so shark attacks are very rare. In Subic Bay we have a few fairly dangerous species of fish but as long as you follow our instructions you wont get hurt!


Is diving dangerous?

Not really. Statistics show that diving is about as safe as swimming. Certainly, there are potential risks involved when diving, that’s why you need training and certification, but like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it’s pretty safe.


I need vision correction. Is that a problem?

Not at all. If you wear contact lenses, you shouldn’t have problems wearing them when you dive. If you wear hard lenses, you’ll need the gas permeable type to dive. Another option is to have prescription lenses put into your mask.


This all sounds interesting, but I’m not sure if it’s for me. Is there a way to try Scuba Diving without signing up for the whole beginners course?

Yes, there is! We offer the Scuba Diver program, which is an easy introduction to diving, conducted in the pool. This is a way for you to experience the fun and excitement of diving before deciding to enroll in the Open Water Diver Course.


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