Scuba Diving FAQs

FAQs Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you are going for your first dive, then there is a great possibility that you are having a lot of questions in your head. Don’t worry, it's absolutely normal. Here, we have listed frequently asked questions on scuba diving because you are not alone stressing out; almost everyone has concerns when they are a beginner.  

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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