Frequently Asked Questions

  • Taking a flight

    One of the most widely known risks to scuba divers is flying after scuba diving. This is a common issue since people want to make the most of their vacations and also want to take full advantage of diving while they can. The pressure inside the aeroplane’s cabin is the main reason for this. When you reach altitude, the air pressure inside the cabin lessens. When you catch a flight right after diving, the rise in altitude results in a pressure drop. This is similar to a fast ascension while diving.

    The longer and deeper you dive, the more nitrogen is absorbed into your blood. When you return to the surface, the pressure reduces and the nitrogen returns to gas bubbles. This can be pretty risky when inside the body. The nitrogen should pass back out through the lungs. So decompression needs to be done slowly. The nitrogen can form bubbles in your blood if you ascend too quickly. This can be painful and possibly fatal. In simple language, think about opening a bottle of soda after it’s been shaken.

    The nitrogen in your blood will be reduced if you wait the correct amount of time before flying. Generally, one should wait for 24 hours before flying after scuba diving. It includes all types of dives and also adds extra time as a safeguard for complete peace of mind.

  • Mountain climbing

    Driving or hiking to the top of a 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) mountain puts you at the same risk for Decompression Sickness (DCS) as taking a flight. In an average commercial jet, cabin pressure is equivalent to being at 1800–2400 metres/6000–8000 feet above sea level. Just like stimulated altitude puts you at risk for DCS. Being at altitude is also dangerous. However, scuba diving is done at altitudes also for which there are special dive tables to follow. This type of diving is known as altitude diving.

    In the first 24 hours after a dive, you should avoid mountain climbing. In case you have included both scuba diving and mountain climbing in your travel plans, then go mountain climbing first in order to avoid any potential DCS risk. Climbing before a dive is perfectly safe and it is an easy solution to stay safe.

  • Deep tissue massage

    According to Divers Alert Network (DAN), “massage has not been confidently associated with…cases of DCS…” Deep tissue massage should be avoided, but a gentle relaxation massage is fine. The concerns with deep tissue massage are as follows:

    • Increased blood flow might lead to bubble formation.
    • Muscle soreness may lead to misdiagnosis (or delayed diagnosis) of DCS

    After scuba diving, one should stay away from deep tissue massages for at least 12 hours.

  • Relaxing in a hot tub

    There is an increased chance of bubble formation as the body warms up and circulation improves. According to DAN, “Since the solubility of gas is inversely related to temperature, tissues will hold less in solution as they warm. Warming tissue with significant loads can promote bubble formation. Since the warming of the superficial tissues precedes the increase in blood flow, such bubbles can become problematic before the circulation can remove them harmlessly”.

    After scuba diving, one should stay away from hot tubbing for at least 12 hours.

  • Excessive drinking

    After scuba diving, your body will need some time to revert the nitrogen that was absorbed into your blood. So you should avoid anything that can interfere with the process of elimination of nitrogen from your body. Indulging in drinking means that your body will start to dehydrate faster and you may suffer from decompression sickness. In addition to that, if you have had many drinks and are impaired, then it becomes difficult to diagnose the symptoms of decompression sickness. DCS can be fatal if the symptoms are not identified quickly. You should wait a few hours and hydrate prior if you are willing to drink after scuba diving.

  • Freediving

    In case you are a scuba diver as well as a freediver, then you can apply the flying after scuba diving guidelines:

    • Wait 12 hours before freediving after a single no-stop dive
    • Wait 18 hours after multiple no-stop dives, or dives over several days
    • Wait 24 hours after a dive requiring a decompression stop.
    • Wait longer if directed by the manufacturer of your dive computer.

    Usually, it is recommended that you should wait for 24 hours before freediving after any type of diving. It includes all types of dives and also adds extra time as a safeguard for complete peace of mind. 

    We understand that it is a long list of things that you cant do. However, there are a number of things that you can do after scuba diving. Explore the low-altitude region, hang out with your travel companions, meet new people, explore the culture of the place, and simply kick back and relax.  

    Are you ready to book your next diving vacation in India? The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the best destination across the country. Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep officially) is the most sought-after diving destination here. It is home to rich marine life that is rare to be found anywhere else. The island has a number of great diving spots. Its aquatic life is something that is rare to be found anywhere else. The best scuba diving spots in Havelock Island are as follows:

    • Barracuda City
    • Turtle Bay
    • Seduction Point
    • Mac Point
    • Aquarium
    • The Wall
    • Minerva Ledge
    • Pilot Reef
    • Lighthouse
    • M4
    • Jackson’s Bar
    • Jonny George
    • Broken Ledge
    • Dicksons Pinnacle
    • Whitehouse Rock
    • MV Mars
    • Red Pillar
    • The Slope
    • Purple Haze
    • S.S. Inchkett

    In India, Andaman Island is the best place that provides scuba diving experience and certification courses. Of all the places, Havelock Island has the most advanced scuba diving facilities. The crystal-clear water of its beaches makes underwater sighting even easier. The experience of scuba diving on this island is a memorable one. The underwater marine life surrounds you so closely that you can literally touch it (but you are not supposed to!). The resorts on this island offer scuba training and gear lending as per your requirements.

    Looking for surreal natural surprises? Your search ends at Havelock Island! Let us tell you why- thriving biodiversity, unexploited coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and adventurous experiences are a few reasons among numerous of them. It has some of the most scenic spots for travel and nature lovers. This archipelago is visited by people from all over the world to uncover and explore its jewels. The entire island is amazingly gorgeous but there is one place that nature lovers and beach bums never miss- Havelock Island. It is known for some of the most unique sights. If Andaman Island is a crown, then Havelock Island is its most precious gem!

    Andaman Island has a number of scuba diving centres from where you can get your PADI certification (basic and advanced levels). But to go for your first fun dive, you don’t need any kind of certification. If you don’t know swimming, even then it is absolutely fine. So what are you waiting for? The miraculous natural marine life under the enchanting waters of the island is waiting for you. Scuba diving is the best water activity in the world, and doing it for the first time in Havelock Island would be an experience of a lifetime for you.

  • How to reach Havelock Island?

    You can reach this island by sea as well as by air. However, the best and the easiest way to travel would be by sea. Private and Government ferries operate from Port Blair and Neil Island, which are neighbouring islands. Booking from private ferries is stress-free and you don’t need to wait in long queues. These are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands as they connect so many islands with each other.

  • Ziplining

    As an adventure activity, ziplining is fine. However, altitude is a concern. Before booking, confirm the altitude of your ziplining destination. Usually, this activity is performed on a mountain or elevated area. Thus, it should be avoided for 24 hours after scuba diving due to the altitude. This will help you in steering clear of Decompression Sickness (DCS) and you can enjoy ziplining without any worry

  • Question 1: Will I have a guide under the water?

    Answer: Of course. You will have an experienced dive instructor at all times under the water.

  • Question 2: How long will be the dive?

    Answer: The maximum time at each stop is one hour. However, one should surface with at least 50 bar of air remaining. It depends on how quickly you breathe your air. Beginners use their air faster than experienced scuba divers as they are a little bit nervous before the first dive. Other factors affecting air consumption include body makeup, depth, fitness, sea conditions, how effectively one uses their fins, and water temperature. The first dive is at least 20 minutes long and on average, ranges from 25 to 40 minutes. However, some first-timers manage a full hour. You will get an idea after trying. Also, your air consumption will keep on improving with more and more dives.

  • Question 3: How deep will I dive?

    Answer: The certification depth limit of your dive group will decide the depth of your dive (Scuba Diver 12 meters, Open Water 18 meters, Deep Adventure Diver, and Advanced Open Water 30 meters). The depth also depends on the site (some are not deeper than 16 meters). Efforts are made to keep divers with similar depth limits together. 

    The first two dives of the PADI Open Water Diver Program are a maximum of 12 meters and the next two are 18 meters (12 meters for 10-11 years olds). The dives will be more than 5 meters and you do not have to go 18 meters in the beginning. In case you are anxious, then talk to your instructor.

  • Question 4: The number of divers in each group is dependent on which factors?

    Answer: Factors like the dive site, diver experience, and conditions determine the ratio of divers to guide.

  • Question 5: How long do I need to wait until I fly?

    Answer: After your last dive, you must wait for 18 hours before flying.

  • Question 6: Can I bring my own dive equipment?

    Answer: Yes, you can bring your own scuba diving equipment. However, you must ensure that it is working properly before you come so that you don’t miss a dive. Dive shops often give discounts if you bring your own BCD, Regulator, or Wetsuit.

  • Question 7: Can I still dive in case I have lost my certification card?

    Answer: The staff at the PADI dive shop will look you up on the database if you hold a PADI certification. In case you hold a certification with another body like SSI, NAUI, TDI, CMAS, BSAC, etc., then you will have to show your logbook and complete a liability disclaimer form.

  • Question 8: What if rather than having a PADI certification card, someone has a card from SSI / TDI / NAUI / BSAC / CMAS (or another agency)? Can they still dive with you?

    Answer: Yes, you can still dive with Aqua Nomads. Just bring your certification card or a photo of the back and front of your card on your phone. You can also show us your e-card. Kindly bring your logbook for verification where the agency does not issue a card.

  • Question 9: Will you be providing the scuba diving equipment?

    Answer: Yes, the charges will include equipment rental – BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask, tank, weight belt, and weights.

  • Question 10: Will there be an underwater photographer?

    Answer: Yes, one can hire an underwater photographer. The charges will be additional. Ask for more information.

  • Question 11: Can I bring my own underwater camera/go pro?

    Answer: Yes, you can bring your own camera. However, you will be expected to practice good buoyancy control as well as act responsibly around marine life. You will be required to put the camera away if you hold onto coral, kick up sand, lose control of your buoyancy, chase or disturb aquatic life. There may be significant penalties for habitat destruction and harassing marine life.

  • Question 12: Can my family member/friend/partner accompany me as a passenger?

    Answer: Yes, they can come along. However, there will be extra charges for that.

  • Question 13: Can I do a tech/decompression dive?

    Answer: Possibly. Contact the staff at Aqua Nomads for details.

  • Question 14: What happens if I run out of air?

    Answer: It is highly unlikely that this will ever happen. When you will take the PADI Open Water Diver course, you will learn to monitor your air supply frequently. You will also get to know that we never dive until the tank is empty as we have to end the dive before air supply becomes a matter of stress. You will be taught different ways to deal with an “out of air situation” safely so that you will have the skills required to manage the situation in the unlikely event of running out of air.

  • Question 15: I wear eyeglasses. Can I still dive?

    Answer: Of course. One way is to dive by wearing daily disposable contact lenses as these are best in case you lose any one or both of them under the water. And if you are not a contact lens wearer, then a prescription mask is your best bet. You will find such masks at some dive shops but it is not sure that you will find one that matches your eyesight requirements exactly. So it is recommended that you invest in one of your own. If you are long-sighted, which means you have difficulty in reading but are okay with distances, then you can buy prescription stickers that you can apply to the lower section of a regular mask. It is like wearing reading glasses.

  • Question 16: Will I be able to manage the theory part as I am not much of a reader?

    Answer: Yes, absolutely. The PADI courses are designed in such a way that no matter what your preferred learning style is, you can still understand everything easily. The course doesn’t include only reading; it also includes learning theory via video presentations, and practical demonstrations, along with practice and instructor presentations. With PADI eLearning, you can study from home at your own pace before going to the dive center. Try PADI Open Water Diver Touch Version if you have a smartphone or a tablet. It will offer you a more interactive way of learning.

  • Question 17: Will there be dangerous marine life?

    Answer: This completely depends on your diving spot and what you understand by ‘dangerous’. Some areas have corals and plants that may sting if you brush up against them. Most aquatic animals do not attack and have stingers only for defending themselves. Interacting with marine life is a skill and your instructor will explain it to you. You will have great encounters with various amazing species while scuba diving, but the golden rule is not to touch anything under the water. You are entering their environment and poking them is definitely inappropriate.

  • Question 18: Can I still take up a diving course if I don’t have a buddy?

    Answer: Yeah, sure. That won't be a problem. You will have a one-on-one program with the diving instructor and he/she will be your buddy. Also, you may be a part of a group and you will meet new buddies there. Devers is welcoming and sociable!

  • Question 19: Will there be a problem if I am not a strong swimmer?

    Answer: To learn scuba diving, you don’t need to be Michael Phelps! However, there are some minimum requirements for safety reasons. You will have to complete a 200-meter swim (any stroke and it is not timed), float for 10 minutes (laying on your back, swimming, or treading), and complete some snorkeling skills. Basically, you should comfortable in the water. In case you are not ready, then take a couple of swim classes so that you can boost your confidence and overall enjoyment.

  • Question 1: Do I need to bring my own scuba gear?

    Answer: No, the dive shop will provide you with all the required scuba gear.

  • Question 21: What is the duration of the PADI Open Water Diver course?

    Answer: This totally depends on you and the dive center, but generally it takes 3-4 days. Learning to dive is based on your skills. So the course duration is determined by your progress in the development of your skill level, confidence, and comfort. The amount of time needed at the dive center will be reduced in case you opt for PADI eLearning prior to your program. You can take the theory and pool sessions at home and make the open water dives while vacationing If you don’t want to study on holiday. You will be given a referral document by your instructor to take with you. there are some dive centers that offer programs over a duration of 2 weekends so that you don’t have to take time off work. There are a number of ways but if you have decided to take the program while holidaying somewhere, then you need at least 18 hours after scuba diving before flying anywhere.

  • Question 22: Where can I for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Answer: In India, the Andaman Islands are the best destination for scuba diving owing to their rich marine life. Its turquoise, clear waters let you explore the best of the underwater world. Scuba diving on Havelock Island is among the best experiences as the island is home to colorful corals and incredible fish. You can get close to the marvels of marine life here. Although scuba diving is available at so many places in the Andaman Islands, the best location is Havelock Island owing to its rich diversity.

  • Question 23: Will it be safe if I go scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    Answer: If you enjoy sound health and do not have any medical complications, then you can go scuba diving. You will have to attend a training session with licensed divers before you dive into the ocean. The best quality scuba equipment will be given to you. Moreover, an expert trainer will accompany you throughout your dive.

  • Question 24: When should I go scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Answer: The duration between November and February is the best time to go for scuba diving on the island. During this time, the water temperature is the most pleasant. We would highly recommend booking your slot in advance if you want to avoid any last-minute chaos.

  • Question 25: Do I need to carry something while going scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    Answer: While going for this incredible water sport, you need to carry a few things with you. Just put these in a bag and leave it outside the water. Once your diving session is done and you are out of the water, you may need these. 

    The things to carry are as follows:

    • Towel

    • Bottle of water

    • Extra set of clothes

    • Personal medicine kit

  • Question 26: Is it safe to do scuba diving in the Andaman Islands?

    Answer: Yes, it is absolutely safe to do scuba diving in the Andamans. Here, you can also go deep-sea diving wearing excellent quality equipment, accompanied by a trained diving instructor.

  • Question 27: Can non-swimmers do scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Answer: You don’t need to know swimming if you are going for introductory scuba diving. It is completely safe for non-swimmers to go for fun dives on the island.

  • Question 28: How much does scuba diving cost in the Andaman Islands?

    Answer: The prices for scuba diving in the Andamans range between INR 3,500 and 6,500. It varies depending on the season and the program chosen by you.

  • Question 29: Which is the best place for scuba diving in the Andamans?

    Answer: There are more than 40 places to dive into this Indian union territory. Various factors that influence the perfect diving experience are mentioned below:

    • Safety
    • Weather
    • Water depth
    • Water current
    • Fish population
    • Clarity of water
    • Population of corals

    Havelock Island is the best island for exploring the rich marine life of the Andaman Islands via scuba diving. Apart from that, there are so many other water sports also that one can try here. Havelock Island is the hub of adventure activities on the island. 

    Your vacation in the Andaman Islands is incomplete if you don’t go scuba diving here. Havelock Island, which was renamed Swaraj Dweep in 2018, is known for the best diving spots in Andamans. This is popular for having white sandy beaches, hypnotising turquoise lagoons, colourful corals, tempting cobalt waters, and enthralling marine life. Imagine going into the depths of such a magical place! It would be an experience of a lifetime. People from all over the world come to the Andaman Islands to experience this amazing water adventure activity, and their preference is Havelock Island because that’s the one-stop destination for enjoying a number of water sports.

  • Question 1: Which are the best locations for snorkeling in the Andamans?

    Answer: Some of the best spots for snorkeling in the Andaman Islands are as follows:

    • Kalipur
    • Neil Island
    • South Button
    • Elephant Beach
    • Tamarind Cam
  • Question 2: Can newbies go snorkelling in the Andaman Islands?

    Answer: Snorkelling in the Andamans is absolutely safe for everyone, including beginners. Whether you are a kid or an adult, anybody can enjoy snorkeling by exploring the underwater world of the island. There will be trained professionals to take care of you at every step.

  • Question 3: What is the minimum age for kids to snorkel in the Andamans?

    Answer: Generally, kids between 12 to 15 years of age are allowed to go snorkeling in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  • Question 4: How much does snorkelling in the Andaman Islands cost?

    Answer: The cost of snorkeling in the Andamans depend on the duration of the dive as well as the location. Usually, the price for guided snorkeling starts from Rs. 2500 per person. It goes up to Rs. 4000 per person if it is from a boat.

  • Question 3: Can non-swimmers try their hand at snorkelling in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

    Answer: Yes, snorkeling is safe for you even if you don’t know swimming. An instructor will be there with you with whom you will be learning the basics. Anyone can go for this enthralling activity when in the Andamans.

  • Question 4: What gear do I need for snorkelling?

    Answer: Mask, snorkel, and fins are the essentials for this exciting water activity. You can bring your own gear for a proper and comfortable fit. However, you can take these on rent as well. If you want to capture the serendipitous moments of your underwater adventure, then don’t forget to bring an underwater camera. Also, if you decide to stay in the water for a longer period of time, then you will need to wear a wet suit.

  • Question 5: What are the advantages of boat-based vs. land-based snorkelling in the Andamans?

    Answer: This typically depends on the area. There are some places that have a reef right off the beach. So you don’t have to travel far to reach the snorkel site. A land-based trip will suffice in case you only want to get to a specific snorkeling location. However, there are many areas that are so spread out and vast that you will be requiring a boat to reach there.

  • Question 6: When should one go snorkelling in the Andaman Islands?

    Answer: The Andaman Islands is a year-round destination. However, the winter season, i.e., from November to May, is considered the best time to go snorkeling. It is the ideal time for sightseeing and indulging in exciting water sports as the temperature during these months ranges between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.

  • Question 7: Which is the best place for snorkelling in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?

    Answer: Havelock Island is home to rich marine life that includes wonderful creatures and colourful corals. Among all the places, the best place to experience snorkelling on the island is Elephant Beach. Some of the other places for trying your hand at snorkelling in the Andamans are mentioned below:

  • Question 8: What should I keep in mind before I go snorkelling in the Andamans?

    Answer: Some of the tips for snorkelling are explained below:

    • Ensure that you book your slot for snorkelling well in advance with a trustworthy diving centre in order to avoid any last-minute hassle. Located in Havelock Island, Aqua Nomad is a reliable name across the island and it will make all your bookings. 
    • Before going into the water, check your snorkelling equipment property. Change it immediately if it is not comfortable even a little bit. Otherwise, it may cause you trouble and you may panic under the water. 
    • Learn all the methods and gestures properly in your training session. Make sure that you learn about the usage of the equipment. 
    • Make sure that you have not eaten anything for the last four hours in order to avoid underwater sickness.
    • A number of snorkelling packages are available as per your budget and requirements. Select the one suiting your convenience.
  • Question 9: What exactly is snorkelling?

    Answer: Snorkeling is an adventurous water activity that lets you explore the lovely underwater world. The best thing is that it can be performed by non-swimmers as well. Whether you want to do it alone or with friends and family members, it is an amazing way to spend some quality time in the Andaman Islands with your near and dear ones. You need to get into the water and go inside to observe the fascinating marine life and corals of the island. Just wear fins, a mask, and a snorkel. Wear a protective suit in case you want to swim closer to the ocean floor.

    Snorkeling in the Andaman Islands is going to be a mesmerizing experience for you if you have the right equipment. As soon as you get into the water, you can start snorkelling. An additional benefit is that this water activity lets you burn your calories as well. It is a great experience for your island vacation and you are going to cherish it for the rest of your life.

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