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  • Q. 1 : Do you need to know how to swim to do scuba diving?

    The short answer to this is No. You don’t exactly need how to swim to be able to scuba dive. But it does help to know swim. Since you are trained in swimming, you’d be able to better control the air pressure while diving as you’ll have good control over your breath. You’ll also be able to glide underwater effortlessly. Nonetheless, it doesn’t matter how expert a swimmer you are, if you are a beginner in scuba diving, you still need a guide to help you explore the underwater world. Scuba diving is different from swimming, and you’d need a guide to help you understand the techniques.

  • Q. 2 : Do you need training before scuba diving?

    Unless you are an expert scuba diver, you always need training before you scuba dive. Anyone other than a professional diver needs a guide to dive underwater since you’d be going deep into the water. Most training sessions for scuba diving last up to 2 hours. You must choose a good diving centre to help with your training. You’ll mostly get tips and tricks to control your breath under the water. You’ll also receive instructions about the various things you should or should not do once inside. For example, you should not touch any fauna or coral reefs when you are scuba diving. You should also always be close to the instructor once inside the water.

  • Q. 3 : Can you get scuba certification if you know how to swim?

    Absolutely, yes. There are various scuba certifications you can get if you know how to swim. Training for scuba certifications takes at least 2-4 days depending on your level and the place. Many diving centres offer scuba diving certifications. The cost of training will be separate from the diving itself. With scuba diving certifications, you can explore many unexplored underwater territories in the world. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to show off your scuba diving skills to your friends?

  • Q. 4 : What are the best places in India and the world for scuba diving?

    While there are many places in India like Kerala and Goa where you can scuba dive, the Andaman Islands are the best place to dive mainly. Because the water is so clear, you can explore many massive coral reefs and a variety of fauna in the Andamans. Lighthouse and Aquarium are two very popular sites to dive in the Andaman Islands. Wouldn’t you love to swim side by side with rays and sea turtles? Around the world, many famous as well as hidden places are perfect for a dive. Bali, Belize, Sipadan Island, Galapagos, the Simiran and Surin Islands in Thailand, Australia, the Philippines, Maldives, and are some places in the world with the best diving spots.

  • Q. 5 : What is the cost of scuba diving in India?

    Scuba diving is a very exciting water sport and attracts a lot of people worldwide. However, the cost of the activity is still not very high. It could cost you anything between INR 2500 to INR 6500 to scuba dive in India. Of course, that depends on the diving centre, the spot, and the gear you will be using. One of the most important factors may be the timing of your dive. The cost of many water sports activities is usually low during the off season as many diving centres offer discounts.

  • Q. 6 : How long does a diving session last?

    Each scuba diving session lasts for around 30 to 45 minutes. This timeframe applies to everyone irrespective of whether you are a trained or beginner diver. The air pressure under the water and a limit to how much oxygen you can carry in your tank restrict the time to 45 minutes for everyone.

  • Q. 7 : Can any medical condition bar you from scuba diving?

    While scuba diving is open for everyone, people with severe respiratory issues like Asthma or heart patients are usually advised not to scuba dive. If you have any of these issues, you can speak to your doctor and ask them if you are cleared for a dive. Pregnant women also cannot scuba dive. Scuba diving, however, has no age limit. Anyone from the age of 10 to their 70s can dive. Of course, this also depends on whether the diving centre you have chosen allows for it.

  • Q. 8 : Can you do scuba diving if you have poor eyesight?

    Do not give up on scuba diving just because you have poor eyesight. The problem with poor eyesight is that you cannot wear your regular prescription glasses underwater, and without your glasses how will you see the incredibly beautiful world of water? Don’t worry, there’s a solution for everything. You can either wear a contact lens or get a powered prescription scuba mask. You’d have to speak to the instructors of the diving centre beforehand for the prescription mask.

  • Q. 9 : What can you explore while scuba diving?

    Scuba diving lets you go places you have never been before. Explore the underwater world. Swim with massive shoals of colourful fish, and most importantly, witness the beauty of the incredible coral reefs. In some places, you can also swim with sharks and manta rays. Isn’t that just great?

  • Q. 10 : Can I fly after scuba diving?

    While you can take flights before and after a flight, you should always keep a gap of 18-24 hours after scuba diving. This is because the air pressure inside an aircraft decreases as the altitude increases. The nitrogen bubbles formed after diving need to decompress slowly; however, flying can make the process faster. This may be painful for your body and in certain cases even be fatal. Not just flying, you should even do high-altitude trekking right after diving.

  • Q. 11 : What should I stay away from before I scuba dive?

    While the rules for scuba diving are relaxed, there are certain things you should keep in mind to ensure that you have a good diving experience. For instance, you should not have a heavy meal right before diving. You should avoid alcohol before diving. Another important rule is that you should not dive if you have a cold or fever. While you will not exactly be barred from diving if you have a cold, the air pressure under water may block your sinuses and you face difficulty in equalising air pressure. This may result in a lot of pain in your ear.

  • Q. 12 : Can you scuba dive if you don’t know how to swim?

    This is perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions by anyone who wants to scuba dive. The short answer is yes, you can scuba dive even if you don’t know how to swim. Here’s a secret: in scuba diving, you do not have to swim. You will be wearing dive fins that will keep you afloat on the surface of the water and help you glide effortlessly under the water. What you do need are proper diving gear like scuba snorkels, scuba mask, scuba buoyancy compensation device that helps you to maintain your buoyancy in the water, dive fins, etc. In addition to this, you’ll have a guide follow you everywhere under the water. The Andaman Islands in India, which is very popular among scuba diving enthusiasts, has many dive centres that train non-swimmers to dive. So, there’s all the lesser reason for you to worry.

  • Q. 13 : Is there any age limit got scuba diving?

    Anyone upwards from the age of 10 can do scuba. However, the training techniques would differ for a child compared to an adult. Also, it is the scuba diving centre that determines if they would allow a child to dive or not. If you have a child who’d like to scuba, contact the scuba diving centre first to ask if they have the facilities for it. Another good news is that there is no upper age limit for scuba diving either. As long as you have a strong respiratory system, you can take that dive.

  • Q. 14 : Do you need the training to scuba dive?

    Yes, you need the training to be able to scuba dive, irrespective of whether or not you know how to swim. Your training for the scuba dive will last no more than 2 hours and you’d be taught a few breathing and gliding tips. You’ll also be informed about the dos and don’ts under the water. To further allay your fears of being underwater, you’ll be accompanied by a trained instructor who will guide you through your exciting journey under the deep blue sea. This training is different from scuba certification courses that last for 2 to 3 days and are only available to trained swimmers.

  • Q. 15 : How much can scuba diving cost you?

    You might that something as exciting and adventurous as scuba diving will cost you a bomb, right? You are wrong. In India, the cost of scuba diving is anywhere between INR 4,500 to 7,000. This includes training, necessary gear, and a guide to follow you under the water. Moreover, there are a lot of diving centres in the Andamans Islands that will offer many packaged services, so with a little more money you can add a few more water sports activities to your scuba diving package. Many resorts and hotels have in-house water sports centres and offer water activities as part of their stay package. If you want to get a scuba certification, depending on the number of days you intend to stay and the number of dives you want to take, the cost can be anywhere between INR 6,500 to INR 20,000. However, you cannot pursue a certification course in scuba if you do not know how to swim.

  • Q. 16 : Can you dive if you have poor eyesight?

    Nothing can stop you from scuba diving, even poor eyesight. However, while you can scuba dive if you wear glasses, you cannot wear your regular prescription glasses underwater. This is because the glasses would interfere with your mask and hinder the view. There are two options for people who wear glasses and plan to scuba dive: you can wear a powered prescription scuba mask (most scuba centres have prescription masks, but it is better to consult with them beforehand) or wear a contact lens. If you do not wear contact lenses regularly you can get some disposable lenses for your dive.

  • Q. 17 : How much time can you spend underwater while scuba diving?

    On average, it takes around 30-60 minutes for a dive. Of course, you can request your diver to take you up early in case you feel like it. The cost of the dive can also move up and down depending on how much time you want to spend underwater. Most dives last for 45 minutes.

  • Q. 18 : Are there any medical conditions that might hinder your scuba diving plans?

    While scuba diving is open to most people, you may have difficulty diving and staying underwater if you have severe respiratory problems. Usually, people with asthma and heart patients are not recommended to go scuba diving. It is also risky for pregnant women to go scuba diving. If you have any ear-related issues, that may also hinder your scuba diving plans. The best thing to do here is to consult a doctor to see if your current condition allows you to scuba dive.

  • Q. 19 : What can you explore while scuba diving?

    The underwater world is majestic. In places like the Andaman Islands which are very popular among scuba divers, you would be able to spot massive coral reefs and vibrant underwater fauna. Turtles, stingrays, octopuses, and coral fish are some underwater fauna that you’ll be able to see face to face.

  • Q. 20 : Is scuba diving the same as snorkelling?

    While, both snorkelling and scuba diving are similar underwater activities, they are not the same. You do not have to dive deep into the water while snorkelling. You get to stay close to the surface of the water and can get a panoramic view of the underwater world. In scuba, you need to dive deep inside the water can immerse yourself in the beauty of the water world.

  • Q. 21 : What are the best scuba diving spots in the world for non-swimmers?

    Many famous scuba diving spots across the world attract a lot of divers. In India, the Andaman Islands are very popular for scuba diving activities. Lighthouse, Barracuda city, Bala Reef, and Aquarium are some of the best spots for scuba diving in the Andaman Islands. Outside of India, Bali, Thailand, Belize, Maldives, and the great barrier reef in Australia, are some of the top spots in the world for scuba diving.

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