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FAQs

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IS IT SAFE?

Yes, yes it is. I always say that it’s as safe as crossing the road – you follow some basic rules, keep your wits about you and don’t take unnecessary risks and everything will be fine. Humans are not built to breathe underwater, hence the scuba equipment, but it compares well with other sporting activities, so you are more likely to get injured horse riding.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Let’s be honest about this – scuba diving does not come cheaply, but it has become relatively inexpensive. It costs £220 to join and learn with our club. Compare this to other sports, Golf Club membership, or a football season ticket, are going to cost you a lot more. The main expense is when you decide to buy your own equipment,but this will last you many years


IS IT FOR ME?

Many people are interested, but not sure if they want to make the investment in terms of time and money; That is why we do a try dive for £15 you can come along on a Thursday evening and see if it is for you.

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN THE TRAINING?

All dive training involves three components: theory, practice and application. Typically these will take the form of theory lessons on a Monday evening at the club with a multi choice examination at the end. Practical dive skills and training lessons on a Thursday evening at the local pool and some deep water (6 metres) practice at the underwater studios In Basildon followed by the final ‘checkout’ dives somewhere in the open lake as appropriate.


DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?

Yes and No. Yes – in that to use the BSAC standards as an example – you must be able to swim 200m unaided and you must be able to comfortably maintain yourself in water too deep to stand up in by either floating or treading water.
And no – in that you do not have to be an Olympic athlete or even a particularly good swimmer to do this – you can float on your back and flutter your hands back and forth for an hour if that’s what it takes to ‘swim’ your 200m. The point is not that you can swim like a champion, it’s that you’re comfortable existing at the surface in deep water.


I’M NERVOUS - IS THAT A PROBLEM?

Relax – nerves are normal and natural you will be entering a totally alien environment.
Relay your fears to your instructor, don’t hide them. It’s much easier for us to help you overcome them if we know what they are. Training goes at your pace and lessons are broken down into easily digestible pieces and practised until you are confident and competent.

CAN MY KIDS LEARN TO DIVE?

Yes anyone over the age of 12 can do a try dive. But need to be 14
years old to be trained fully as diving does require a certain amount of physical and emotional maturity. Parents will be required to attend all sessions.
We have a full support network and protections in place for minors for full details please click on the link.  BSAC support and safeguarding information for parents and guardians


IF I HAVE HAD COVID 19 CAN I STILL SCUBA DIVE?

Yes, But you will need to have a diving medical by a recognised diving doctor. To see how long after contracting COVID you must wait before you can get a diving medical please click on the link.here


DO I HAVE TO BUY MY OWN EQUIPMENT?

No. We supply all the dive equipment whilst you are training to be an ocean diver. We do, however, very strongly believe that divers once qualified should at least invest in their own masks, snorkels and fins.


I’M AFRAID OF BEING EATEN BY SHARKS

Don’t be! Most sharks that you are likely encounter are fairly timid and disappear at the slightest disturbance. Most species you’re likely to encounter on a tropical reef don’t get much bigger than 1.5 – 2m long and are supremely wary of divers; underwater in full fins you are 2m of metal and plastic and bubbles and noise, and predatory sharks are wary hunters.
The biggest sharks – whale sharks and basking sharks – are filter feeders and pose no threat to humans.


IS IT FUN?

Yes. Yes it is!
Not every dive will be the perfect underwater adventure but once you’re hooked, it’s difficult to let go.


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