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Scuba Certification F.A.Q

Here is the Frequently asked questions about Scuba Diving. If you do not see any questions you're seeking for, please contact us for more information or questions. 


What is SCUBA?

Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (an air tank and 2 stage regulator system) to allow you to breathe air underwater.While it may not sound exciting – where you can go and what you can see using necessary scuba equipment is extremely exciting! You can see incredibly diverse and colorful marine life, dramatic rock formations, beautiful seascapes, and maybe even discover a mysterious sunken shipwreck or treasure.You are in a whole new world where you are virtually weightless, flying through the peaceful silence of a secret, mysterious realm. And the undersea world is amazing!


Scuba Classes: Local or in Florida?

Either, if you and your friends want to have SCUBA classes in your local city. DIVE ARMY can come to your city with understandably a minimum of 8 students required for DIVE ARMY staff to come and teach you and your friends. DIVE ARMY have schedules where we will be at, you can check on our Facebook.


Open Water Dives—Local or on Vacation?

After your confined water dives, you and your new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your PADI Instructor at a dive site. This is where you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course. You may make these dives near your home or at a more exotic destination while on a scuba vacation. Check DIVE ARMY Trips.


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

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. Your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment  performs a different function so that collectively, it adapts you to the underwater world.


When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you want your own


  • scuba mask

  • scuba fins

  • snorkel 

  • bootie


How long does it take to get certified?

It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in as few as three or four days by completing the classroom portion or home study options offered by DIVE ARMY. 


What’s required to take scuba lessons?

If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid PADI scuba diver. You'll also want to keep in mind these requirements:


Have an appetite for Adventure? Learn to scuba dive with PADI


Minimum Age:


  • 10 years old

  • Students younger than 15 years, who successfully complete the course qualify for the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. You must be at least 13 years old to take scuba lessons online with PADI eLearning, due to international internet laws. If you’re younger, you can still learn to dive – just have your parent or legal guardian contact your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort.




For safety, all students complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, as a safety precaution your physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course.


Download the scuba medical questionnaire. 




Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic waterskill comfort by having you:


  • swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.

  • float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.


I am deaf and I was told I cannot dive?

False! You can dive! There are growing numbers of deaf divers in USA and in the world, there is no way that you can be banned from learning how to dive. Now, another question, if you do have a cochlear implant, can you dive? Yes, you can! There are numbers of cochlear implant divers doing deep, night, wreck and more dives. You will need to see an Otolaryngologist on Divers Alert Network (DAN) roster. Do not contact a general Otolaryngologist from your phone book. Contact DAN for the Otolaryngologist roster at +1-919-684-2948 and get more information about any diving medicine or diving related to physical at DAN website.

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