1. What's involved in learning to scuba dive?
Learning to scuba dive with Newhaven Scuba Centre and PADI is an incredible adventure! With PADI as your training organization, your path to breathing underwater is accomplished in three exciting phases:
Knowledge development- Learn the lingo.
During the first phase of your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification, you develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and what to consider when planning dives. You briefly review what you have studied in the five knowledge sections with your instructor and take a short quiz to be sure you’re getting it.
At the end of the course, you’ll take a longer quiz that makes sure you have all the key concepts and ideas down. You and your Newhaven Scuba Centre Instructor will review anything that you don’t quite get until it’s clear.
Select the knowledge development option you prefer:
Start right now and learn to scuba dive online with Newhaven Scuba Centre via PADI eLearning at your own pace—anytime, anywhere (great for busy schedules).
Attend a scheduled scuba diving class at Newhaven Scuba Centre (great for meeting new friends and dive buddies).
Take advantage of home study using PADI multimedia materials (manual, video, CD-Rom).
Confined Water Dives – 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. There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.
Open Water Dives – Locally or on Vacation.
After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with your Newhaven Scuba CentrePADI 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 around Adelaide or at a more exotic destination while on a group holiday with us.
2. How long does it take to get certified?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, which means that we 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 Newhaven Scuba Centre and PADI eLearning.
3. How much does it cost to take scuba lessons?
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 Newhaven Scuba Centre 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 us and get ready to take your first breath underwater!
We are proud to be able to offer the PADI Open Water Course from £395 per person.
4. What scuba gear do I need to learn scuba dive?
When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you want your own
These have a personal fit, and we 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, we will provide a:
weight system and weights
Check with us 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.
5. How do I know what's the best scuba gear?
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.
6. What's required to take scuba lessons?
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 Newhaven Scuba Centre.
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).
7. Where can I scuba dive?
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. Newhaven Scuba Centre can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.
8. My ears hurt when I dive down. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?
9. Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
DAN has information available online if you wish to do some research.
10. What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?
Contact us for information about exposure protection needed for any of your diving.
11. What about sharks?
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 erratic feeding behaviour. 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.