Frequently Asked Questions
Is Scuba Diving Safe?
There are risks of injury in all sporting activities. Recreational scuba diving is not an extreme sport and is not dangerous compared to many other activities. It is highly recommended that you begin by taking an Open Water Diver Course where you will receive the correct training and as long as you listen to the instructor and follow all of the rules, then you will be fine.
What if I ain out of air?
Running out of air is unlikely as your scuba apparatus contains an air gauge so that you and your Instructor can monitor each other’s remaining air. In the unlikely event that you do run out of air, there are still other options so that you can safely return to the surface with your Instructor. During your PADI Open Water course you will practice several out of air scenarios along with other dive skills so that you will have the ability to deal with an emergency situation should it occur.
How deep can I go as a first-time scuba diver?
The maximum depth of your very first Discover Scuba Dive will be 6 meters. You will begin your first training dive in a shallow water environment usually no deeper than 2 meters. This is so your Instructor can help you to relax in a controlled environment, breathe underwater and practice some basic scuba diving skills. On completion of your PADI Open Water course, you will be certified to dive to 18m/56ft.
How long do the scuba dives last?
Generally for complete beginners on a one day try dive experience, each dive will last around 45 minutes. Recreational scuba diving for certified divers lasts from 40-60 minutes, but the dive time also depends on other factors such as how deep you will be diving and the breathing rate of the divers.
Are there any sharks out there?
Yes, there are sharks in all of the world’s oceans but here in the Gulf of Thailand, we do not see them very often. The local shark species are mainly Brown-banded Bamboo sharks which are small and harmless, Blacktip reef sharks are native to Thai waters but they are rarely seen. Shark attacks are incredibly rare, in fact, a shark is more likely to be afraid of you and will quickly scurry away in an encounter with a scuba diver.
Can I wear my glasses whilst Scuba Diving?
No, because the glasses will not be able to fit inside the dive mask, However, you can wear contact lenses or your dive center can arrange a scuba diving mask with corrective lenses for you.
How long does the PADI course take?
The PADI Open Water Course can be completed in just 3 days, although there will be some self-study work in the evenings. The first day will usually consist of dive theory and pool training followed by 2 days diving in the ocean. Nowadays you can begin your Dive theory online so that you will already be ahead of schedule when you arrive at your PADI Dive Center.
What equipment will we be using?
The Scuba equipment that you will be using includes, Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Regulator and a Buoyancy control device.
Will my ears hurt whilst Scuba Diving?
Your Instructor will teach you how to equalize the air space in your ears by pinching your nose and blowing gently. The technique is called the Valsalva maneuver which is like popping your ears when you are descending in an aircraft. As soon as you descend at the start of your dive you can begin to gently equalize your air spaces in your ears and sinuses. If you feel discomfort in your ears whilst diving you only need to ascend a few meters and try again. Remember to blow gently and never force it.
Can i scuba dive if i can’t swim?
For complete beginners taking a one day try dive experience you do not have to be a strong swimmer but obviously any swimming experience will make you feel more comfortable in the water. For non-swimmers, it is still possible to scuba dive as long as you are not afraid. The Instructor will be at an arm’s length away from you for the duration of the dive. if you are planning to take your PADI Open Water course and gain a scuba certification then you must be able to swim at least 200 meters and be able to tread water for a further 10 minutes.
What is the water temperature?
Here in Pattaya, Thailand the water temperature is usually 28 or 29 Celcius or about 83 Fahrenheit. During the Thai winter the water temperature rarely drops below 25 celcius/77 Fahrenheit.
Do you have Insurance?
You will find that your holiday travel insurance policy usually covers you to dive to 30 meters with an Instructor. Here at Seafari Dive Center in Pattaya, we do have a local insurance policy that is required by Thai law.
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