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Frequently Asked Questions


It's not uncommon to be a little apprehensive about taking SCUBA classes.  As a matter of fact, potential divers have a myriad of good questions about diving.

We hope that the Q&A below will help you make an educated decision about learning to SCUBA dive, and that your next step will be to contact us for your passport to the underwater world.



Don't I have to be a really good swimmer to take SCUBA?


The best answer to this question is to say that a new student needs to be comfortable in the water.  Our training agency, PADI also requires that we evaluate the swimming abilities of new students.  The swimming evaluation consists of a 200 Meter untimed freestyle swim and a 10 minute water tread.  We have found over the years that most potential students do not have issues completing the evaluation.  If you have specific questions, please contact one of our instructors.

Do I need to be in really good shape to dive?

Recreational divers come in many shapes and sizes, and certification agencies have planned for this in the training process.  Divers need to have a basic level of fitness in order to participate.  One of the ways that our training agency, PADI screens this is through a standard medical waiver.  This waiver is a requirement to participate in a PADI dive course.  Students must be able to answer no to all of the questions listed on the form, or they must be examined by a physician, who must certify them medically fit for diving.  If you have questions about your fitness to dive, contact your physician, or a dive medic at the Divers Alert Network's information line at: 919-684-2948

Isn't SCUBA diving expensive?

It can be.  But what have you done in your life that was rewarding that came without a cost.
SCUBA training can be done affordably, and without major investments in dive gear.  Our advice would be to see if you like the lifestyle prior to making a large investment in equipment.  One of the best ways to do this is to take a Discover SCUBA experience.  This will allow you to try out SCUBA in the confined environment of a swimming pool to see if it is for you.  Another great way to see if the lifestyle fits you is to go on a dive trip (as a non-diver) and see what it is all about.  Talk to one of our instructors for a chance to "Audit" a dive trip.

What training agency do you teach through?

Are you a PADI Instructor?

Do you teach for any other SCUBA certification agencies (SSI, NAUI, etc.)?

All of our instructors, assistant instructors, and divemasters are members of the Professional Association of Scuba Instructors (PADI), and teach exclusively through PADI.  PADI is the largest and most respected training agency in the industry, training approximately 75% of divers.  With over 130,000 active professionals in 180 countries, PADI has an instructional design that has been validated around the world.  This is why PADI is "The Way the World Learns to Dive." 

For more information on PADI...

What does Surface Interval mean anyway?

Well, if you were a diver, you would know the answer to this. But since you're new we'll let you in on the secret.

In scuba diving, the term "surface interval" refers to the time you spend at the surface between dives.  So, since we focus on the social aspect of scuba diving, we thought that would be a good choice of name for our business.  After all, when you get out of the water is when the "Surface Interval" starts!