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Scuba diving is a learning sport, meaning no matter what certification we have, it is a license to learn!


Sit back, relax, & soak up some information in our frequently asked questions & answers sections.  And as always, any questions…just ask!



Q:   How long is scuba certification good for?


A:   It never actually expires, but you should dive at least twice a year to stay active.



Q:  Does it matter if I got certified in a freshwater spring or in the ocean?


A:  Your certification card is exactly the same regardless of where your checkout dives took place.  The


 difference is your own personal experience on the trips, which is why we offer both as options.



Q:  Where is my NAUI scuba certification accepted?


A:   NAUI is accepted worldwide!  Any legitimate dive operation in the world will accept your card.



Q:  What is NAUI?


A:   NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) is the oldest scuba diving agency in the US.


They have the highest minimum standards which are set forth in the development of the course material


(such as your textbook), they print and issue the certification cards, and regulate the instructors and dive


professionals within the agency.  NAUI is also the exclusive agency used by Disney’s Dive Team, Dept. Of Defense, FDNY & many others.



Q:  What if I lose my card, can I still dive?


A:   In most cases, yes.  Your record of certification can be checked online at www.naui.org


You can also replace a lost or stolen card through iDive Florida:  www.idiveflorida.org/contact


Q:  What is the cost to get Scuba Certified?  Other classes?


A:  The cost changes with the season, and special promotions may run from time to time.  Please be familiar with what


items are included wit the course, and what items you are required to pay for.  We try to include as much as possible

with the cost of your course.


We make every effort to keep the cost as low as possible for Spring Checkout Dives.  We hold State Park permits


which keep the entry fees as low as possible.  When State Parks are closed, have a shut down, are occupied with


migrating manatees, etc. we may have to use a private facility which can run between $26 and $40 for he day.

   


Divers are, however, required to provide the basic gear (mask, fins/booties, snorkel, appropriate amount of soft


weights).  We offer all of those


tems here, with a great selection, quality brands & products, with even a discount for new divers.


Special group pricing is also available, the best thing to do is tell us how many are in your party, your availability an when you want to do it.  From there we can find something that works specifically for you.

We also strive to keep our prices competitive, fair, and reasonable.  See current prices & rates here.



Q:  What is MINIMUM AGE to get certified?


A:   As of January 2013, the minimum age is 10.  The diver will be considered a “Junior” Scuba Diver, which


allows all the same privileges, but requires them to dive with an adult 18 or older.  Once the Jr Diver


turns 15, he or she may request a new card by contacting their instructor.  They may also bring their ID


with them as proof they meet the standard age of regular diver if they still have their old card.  The


transition is automatic.



Q:  I am an elderly person, but in reasonably good shape.  Can I learn to scuba dive?


A:  Yes.  While basic levels of fitness and medical health must be met, there is no age limit on diving.  We have


had many divers come through beyond their 60's!  Scuba diving can be a very relaxing, tranquil, even


    therapeutic recreational experience for people of all ages.


Q:  What does it mean, “Open Water” certification?


A:   Open Water certification is the standard scuba certification issued through all major certifying agencies.


     It allows you to dive in similar conditions to those you were trained.  It is the generally accepted level for


     typical scuba diving conditions.  To dive beyond 60 ft, at night, in shipwrecks, low visibility or other


     specialized conditions, seek further certifications through education:  See our other courses here.



Q:  What does a certification card allow me to do?


A:   It allows you dive worldwide on charters, excursions, dive resorts, etc.  It also allows you to rent gear,


    tanks, equipment and so on.  Many marine-related jobs require scuba certification before or during


    employment, or may require it to advanced to elevated positions.  Sea World, Disney, Georgia Aquarium,


    Marineland, Fire and Marine Rescue Departments, Underwater Engineering Firms all have positions


    that make scuba certification a prerequisite.



Q:  Is it illegal to dive without a certification card?


A:   No.  Scuba certification is regulated by industry standards and liabilities.  However, many parks or nature


    preserves may require proof of certification to enter, or may restrict diving in certain areas or times.


    Remember, there is also no law against jumping out of a plane!



Q:  What does the scuba c-card (certification card) look like?


A:   It has your color photo, as well your name and certification date on it.  It also has the facility who certified


    you, your instructor’s name and member number, and level of certification.  The agency issuing the card


    will also have their specific graphic and info clearly labeled.  (I.E. NAUI, PADI, SSI, etc.)



Q:  What are some common medical issues that prevent people from diving?


A:   Insulin-dependent Diabetes, Pregnancy, Seizures, Heart Conditions, current diagnosis of Asthma, and other


     issues.  The only way to be sure is discuss this issue with your instructor.  In some cases, certain


     medical conditions can be accommodated with written approval from a Doctor.  However, not all


     conditions approved by doctors will guarantee you will be permitted to enter a training course.


     The simplest solution starts by contacting your instructor.  All information will remain private


     and confidential.



Q:  Will the Scuba Certification course be physically demanding?


A:   In some instances, yes.  While most diving activities can be relatively low-stress and even relaxing, a


     certain degree of physical ability may be required in an emergency situation, or on specific dive locations.



Q:  Is there a swim test?


A:  Yes.  There are a few different styles of swim tests, including an underwater breath hold and tread-water


    activity.  While basic swim skills are required, most consider these tests relatively easy.



Q:  Will the water be cold?


A:  It depends on many factors, but we always provide wet suits of appropriate lengths and thickness.  Most of


    the year water is warm everywhere, and springs stay a constant 72 degrees F year round.  We also use


    a heated pool when needed.  Instructors don’t like to be cold either, so we avoid getting chilly as much


    as possible!



Q:  I feel pressure in my ears when I go to the bottom of the pool or freedive, is that normal?


A:  Yes.  It is perfectly normal to fee pressure build up on your ears as you descend, and very easy


    fix.  You can even try the technique in your own pool or sitting right there reading this sentence:


    You have an airspace called an eustachian tube that connects your throat to the back side of your ear.


    The deeper you dive down, the greater the pressure on the outside of your eardrum.  To counter


    that increased pressure on the outside, you need to increase it on the inside.  All you have to do is


    gently force a little air into your eustachian tubes.  You can do this right now by closing your mouth,


    pinching your nose closed, and exhaling GENTLY until you feel your ears sort of pop.  Imagine trying


    to force air into your nose but since you’re pinching your nose it can only go out your ears.


    this is the same technique you will be taught to do in the water as you descend.  It will allow you to


    comfortably go as deep as your certification allows!  Before you even feel the pressure, you can do this


    trick early and often to continue your descent.  Repeat as necessary.


     *Be sure never to force it.  If you cannot equalize, ascend and try again by doing it more frequent.  If you


       still cannot, ascend slowly and seek assistance with your professional dive leader.



Q:   I wear glasses or contacts, can I still dive...and actually see anything?


A:   Yes!  There are many simple remedies for this very common issue.  For one, your vision will improve


     drastically underwater just from looking through the mask.  The refractive properties of water when viewed


     through a mask actually cause everything underwater to be magnified, thus producing a larger, sharper and


     greatly enhanced image.  However, you can also add prescription lenses to many scuba masks, or simply


     wear your contact lenses with a regular mask.  As a bonus, prescription lenses are considered to be very


     inexpensive.



Q:  What if my mask comes off while I’m deep down underwater?


A:  No problem at all!  We learn a simple skill while in the safety of the pool that allows us to quickly and easily


    remove and replace a mask while continuing to breath underwater.  We also learn how to clear that pesky


    water that sneaks into the bottom from time to time.  This skill will become second nature by the time you


    complete the course.



Q:  What if my gear stops working while I’m deep down underwater?


A:  Although it is rare for gear to malfunction while diving, you will be taught how to handle such a situation


    during the scuba course.  You will also learn how to properly care for and maintain your gear to reduce the


    chance of such an incident.  Always diving with a buddy is essential to reducing this risk, therefore the skills


    of sharing air and using contingency gear will be emphasized throughout the course.  You will also learn


    how to swim to the surface in the event you found yourself alone and out of air.



Q:  What about SHARKS?!


A:   Unless you have gills, you are not on the menu.  Sharks only bite when they confuse people with food.


     This usually happens in water with low visibility & noisy, turbulent conditions where a lot of splashing takes


     place.  Those conditions are found primarily in the surf zone of the beach, where they are extremely


     rare.  As a Scuba Diver, you’ll be immersed in the environment wearing a large metal tank on your back.


     Big metal tanks are not part of a shark’s normal diet.  In addition, you are the only thing blowing strange,


     noisy bubbles.  This is why you will almost never hear of a Scuba Diver getting attacked by a shark.  In


     the rare instances this has happened, someone was usually chumming the water (such as on a shark dive)


     and they lured the shark too close to their hand, or they were spear fishing in shark infested waters.


     Most divers, after their first ocean dive, feel so comfortable when diving that they actually want to see a


     shark on the second dive they make!   Sharks are probably the most overblown fear of all when it comes to


     Scuba diving.



Q:  How long does a scuba tank of air last?


A:  That depends on your depth, water temperature, your experience level, physical fitness, exertion during


    the dive, size of your tank, and other factors.  However, the most common size aluminum scuba tank


    (80 cubic feet of volume filled to 3000 PSI), in comfortable water temperature, on average will last a


    diver 30-45 minutes on a typical 40’ dive.  The more you dive, the lower your air consumption rate and


    better you will become at predicting bottom time.



Q:  What other courses are offered through iDive Florida?


A:  We offer everything from Try Scuba through Leadership courses.  Open Water Scuba Certification is the


    first and most common level of certification.  Many also bundle Nitrox Certification into their initial


    Open Water course, or take it soon after.  The next level is Advanced Scuba Diver Certification.  This


    is essentially a “fun” course because all of our learning primarily takes place on-site, and we simply do


    number of different dives with the guidance and help of an instructor.  Courses following this are Rescue


    Scuba Diver, Master Scuba Diver, and Divemaster.  We also can provide many divers with the path


    to becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor.  Finally, we offer Technical Diver courses from Cavern to Cave


    Diver.  These courses, such as Cave Diving, require that you become a proficient recreational diver prior


    to entering the course.  A minimum of Advanced Scuba Diver is recommended.




Q:  How do I meet other people to dive with?


A:  Easy.  GO DIVING!  Go our trips, go on your own trips, or join our Facebook Page!