Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it tke to complete the eLearning?
The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver eLearing usually takes between 6-8 hours if you were to "binge" through it.
We suggest to complete a couple of chapters a day. This gives you time to take a break, absorb what you are learning then continue.
What personal equipment do I need?
The personal equipment you will need for the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course is:
All of these items may be purchased at The Dive Place utilizing your Student Diver discount.
Rescue Signaling Device
What if I don't have 2 consecutive days?
Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease:
Enter App Settings
Click the "Manage Questions" button
Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box
How long will each day be?
In general each day usually last about 4 to 5 hours. It really depends upon the Student Divers comfortability in the water.
Some Student Divers are Rock Stars and some just need that little extra time. As always we go at your pace. At The Dive Place there is no rushing or pushing to complete skills by a certain time.
We go at your pace!
How large will my class be?
Unlike other stores we cap our classes at 4 or 5 Student Divers. We believe that it gives the Student Diver more interaction time with the Instructor as well as offering a much more calmer atmosphere to learn to Scuba Dive in.
At the other end of the scale unlike other stores we do not have a minimum. So on that day you are scheduled if you are the only Student Diver signed up, then we are still in the water.
Your time is valuable and respect that.
What's actually involved in learning to scuba dive?
Learning to scuba dive with The Dive Place and SDI is an amazing adventure! One that will open the doorway to an incredible underwater world filled with experiences and memories that will last a life time.
With The DIve Place your path to learning to Scuba Diver is accomplished in four exciting phases:
1. SDI eLearning Program - With the eLearning you are able to develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving at home at your own pace on your own computer, tablet or even your phone.
You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. At the end of the course, you'll take a quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down.
2. The Review Session - You and your Instructor will review materials from the eLearning and answer question you may have about Scuba Diving, equipment or the course in general.
At the end of your Review Session we ill fit you for the BC, Wetsuit, Regulator Set and Cylindars that you will need for you in-water sessions.
3. Confined and Open Water Dives Day 1 - Scuba Skills Training. This is what it's all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills by scuba diving in a pool or body of water with pool-like conditions. Here you'll learn everything from setting up your scuba gear to how to easily get water out of your scuba mask without surfacing. You'll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time. Each of these dives keep building upon the previous. Over the course of these dives, you learn the skills you need to dive in open water.
3. Confined and Open Water Dives Day 2 - You will start the second day by compleating the remaining confined water skills. After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you've made will transition to the last of the open water dives with your SDI Instructor at a dive site. This is where it all comes together and you fully experience the underwater adventure – at the beginner level, of course.
How long does it take to get certified?
It's possible to complete your confined and open water dives in as few as two or three days by completing the classroom portion online via PADI eLearning or home study options offered by EMERALD COASTS SCUBA.
The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that EMERALD COASTS SCUBA can offer a wide variety of schedules, paced according to how fast you progress.
Your instructor's interest is in your learning to scuba dive, not in how long you sit in a class. So, training is based upon demonstrating that you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need to become a confident scuba diver who dives regularly. You can start learning to scuba dive online right now with EMERALD COASTS SCUBA and PADI eLearning.
How much does it cost to take scuba lessons?
Compared with getting started in other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn't expensive.
For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:
a full day of surfing lessons
a weekend of rock climbing lessons
a weekend of kayaking lessons
a weekend of fly-fishing lessons
about three hours of private golf lessons
about three hours of private water skiing lessons
one amazing night out at the pub!
Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a high trained, experienced professional - your EMERALD COASTS SCUBA PADI Scuba Instructor. From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you share with friends. And, you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning online with EMERALD COASTS SCUBA and get ready to take your first breath underwater!
EMERALD COASTS SCUBA is proud to be able to offer the PADI Open Water Course from £449 per person.
What scuba equipment do I need to learn to scuba dive?
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. EMERALD COASTS SCUBA 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
These have a personal fit, and EMERALD COASTS SCUBA will help you choose ones that have the fit and features best suited to you. Included in the cost of your PADI Open Water Diver course, EMERALD COASTS SCUBA will provide a:
weight system and weights
Check with EMERALD COASTS SCUBA to confirm sizing available for your course package. It's recommended that you invest in your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:
you're more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you
you're more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you've chosen
scuba divers who own their own scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving
having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving
The kind of gear you will need depends on the conditions where you dive. You may want:
tropical scuba gear
temperate scuba equipment
cold water scuba diving equipment
How do I know what's the best equipment?
Easy. There is no best gear. But, there is the best gear for you. The professionals at EMERALD COASTS SCUBA are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. These professionals can get you set with the right stuff, plus they provide service and support for years of enjoyable and dependable use.
You may also want to talk to other scuba divers in PADI's online scuba community to get recommendations on particular scuba equipment brands and models.
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:
12 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 EMERALD COASTS SCUBA.
Physical: 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 dive physician (SPUMS) 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.
Waterskills: 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.
About Physical Challenges: Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. Individuals with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort for more information.
Learning Materials : Unless you choose PADI eLearning, you'll need and use the following training materials during the PADI Open Water Diver course, and for your review and reference after the course:
The PADI Open Water Diver Manual
PADI Open Water Diver Video on DVD or the PADI Open Water Diver Multimedia (combines manual and video for computer based learning).
You will also need your PADI Log book and Recreational Dive Planner (Table, The WheelTM or eRDPTM).
Where can I scuba dive?
You can dive practically anywhere there's water – from a swimming pool to the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers and springs. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:
For example, if you've just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably won't be diving under the Antarctic ice on your next dive. But, don't limit your thinking to the warm, clear water you see in travel magazines. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.
Your local dive site can be anything from a special pool built just for divers like one found in Brussels, Belgium, or more typically natural sites like Belize's Great Blue Hole, Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Japan's Yonaguni Monument. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It's not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.
The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the scuba diving training and experience appropriate for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. EMERALD COASTS SCUBA can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.
My ears hurt when I dive down. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person's individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate.
DAN has information available online if you wish to do some research.
What are the most common injuries or seasickness associated with diving?
Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing gloves and an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.
Contact EMERALD COASTS SCUBA for information about exposure protection needed for any of your diving.
What about sharks?
When you're lucky, you'll get to see a shark. Join us on our South West Rocks dive trip.
Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare. Most commonly shark encounters primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger eractic feeding behavior. Sharks main food source is fish and if they can get a free feed they will.
Most of the time, if you see a shark it's passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.
Some myths, about sharks, that you have heard may be dispelled by checking out Australian Geographic.
How deep do you go?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres unless you are a Junior Scuba Diver then it is 12 metres. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 12 metres/40 feet where the water's warmer and the colors are brighter.
What happens if I use up all my air?
hat's not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you'll learn in your PADI Open Water course with EMERALD COASTS SCUBA.
What if I feel claustrophobic?
People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training with EMERALD COASTS SCUBA, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.
EMERALD COASTS SCUBA keeps classes small so that we can give you more time to get comfortable with the amazing world of diving.
Do I have to know how to swim?
Yes, for the Open Water Course you are required to take a swim/snorkel test. You are required to swim comfortably and controlled for 200 yards or snorkel for 300 yards and pass a survival float for 10 minutes.
Do I have to get a doctor's note for diving?
Please review the PADI Medical Form found below. If you answer 'Yes" to any of the PADI medical questions then you will need a doctor's signature before starting any in-water training. Once completed, bring the PADI Medical Form to an instructor at Grove Scuba.
Do I have to be certified to dive?
No, we offer a program called Discover Scuba Diving for non-certified divers. Please refer to the link below for more information on our Discover Scuba Course!
I want to dive today. Can you take me diving?
If you are a certified diver we can set you up with a trip if there is space available. If you are not certified, we normally need reservations in advance. However, there are days when we have an instructor on call to enter the water. Please see the link below for more information on our Miami dive schedule.
You are located in Coconut Grove, so why doesn't the boat leave from Coconut Grove?
Grove Scuba, and most of the other dive operations in Miami, use a charter vessel for their trips. This means that we share spaces on the boat with customers from other shops as well. The Miami Beach Marina is where our charter boat leaves from. If you are taking a trip with us, you are responsible for checking-in at the marina half an hour prior to departure times. If you are renting gear from us, you will need to swing by our shop to be sized and pick up your gear prior to check-in. Please be mindful of local traffic conditions.
Our address is 2809 SW 27th Ave, Coconut Grove FL 33133
The marina address is 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach FL 33139
Does the boat have a Divemaster I can dive with?
Since we use a charter vessel, we do not staff the boat with Divemasters. You can hire one of our instructors for the day to be your professional dive guide. This also works well if you do not have a dive buddy. The boat requires that everyone dives with a buddy, so let one of our staff members show you around! The private guide fee is $150 per day for up to two divers. Each additional diver is $25 (maximum four divers).
I loved diving and now I want to purchase some of my own gear. What are my options?
Our showroom features recreational dive equipment from top manufacturers in the diving industry. We will gladly help you pick out some gear that will be tailored to your specific diving needs and goals. We also offer full gear packages at discounted prices. Come on by and try out some gear for yourself! We also have an online store, featuring a range of diving products and customized gear packages, shipped right to your door!
What is your return policy? How about the cancellation policy?
It is extremely important that you familiarize yourself with our policies regarding cancellations and returns. These can be found below.