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FAQ’s

Q: What’s involved in learning to scuba dive?

A: Learning to scuba dive is an incredible adventure! With SSI as your training organization, your path to breathing underwater is accomplished in four exciting phases:
Learning to Scuba

Q: What’s required to take scuba lessons?

A: If you have an appetite for excitement and adventure, odds are you can become an avid SSI scuba diver. You'll also want to keep in mind these requirements:
Minimum Age:
  • 10 years old
  • Students younger than 15 years, who successfully complete the course qualify for the SSI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to SSI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15


Q: Do you need to own any gear when signing up for an open water course?

A: No we supply all gear throughout the duration of your course, we however recommend you buy the soft gear, ( wetsuit, mask, fins and snorkel) as these items are the personal gear that you should feel comfortable in.

Q: Do I need to be a strong swimmer to dive?

A: Yes and you need to be comfortable in and around water.

Q: How long does it take to finish the course?

A: It takes 4 days to complete a SSI open Water diver course. Normally 2 Weekends. 1st weekend we mark the Knowledge Reviews and do pool dives. 2nd Weekend you do qualifying dives We also do midweek and evening classes – just ask!

Q: Where will the training take place?

A: 5 Pool dives at Van Riebeeck Pool, Nelspruit. The 4 qualifying dives at Komati springs. We can qualify at Sodwana as well, enquire about cost.

Q: Why SSI?

A: SSI has the highest industry standard for diver training, safety and customer service. SSI has state of the art educational materials, the best training aids and a thorough instruction curriculum - the clear choice for your underwater adventure!

Q What hidden costs are there?

A: If going to Mozambique there will be border taxes, Temporary import permits for vehicles (if taking your vehicle across the border).
When going to Sodwana you have to pay a KZN Parks’ levy and Gate fee at the Parks entrance.
Komati springs have an entrance and camping fee.
Food, drinks and fuel – we do offer a shuttle service if transport is a problem!

Q: Who will be training me?

A:
  • Blue Wave Scuba have a dedicated team of experienced Instructors at your disposal. Training may be done by different Instructors on different course modules. Blue wave Scuba are around to make your experience fun and enjoyable and to help with those small uncertain things
  • Tinus Opperman is our Chief Instructor. He oversees all Instructional activities and is a SSI Dive Control Specialist Instructor and has been actively teaching Scuba Diving for more than 10 years and have certified students on all levels of recreational scuba diving.

Q: Where can I scuba dive?

A: 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:
  • experience level
  • site accessibility
  • conditions
  • interests
For example, if you’ve just finished your SSI 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. Your local SSI Dive Shop or Resort can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.

Q: My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Will that keep me from becoming a scuba diver?

A: 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.

Q: Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?

A: 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. Download the Medical Statement to take to your physician.

Q: What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?

A: 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 an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

Q: What about sharks?

A: When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very, very rare and with respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time, if you see a shark it’s passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.

Q: Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?

A: Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

Q: How deep do you go?

A: With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. 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.

Q: What happens if I use up all my air?

A: That’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 scuba diving training.

Q: What if I feel claustrophobic?

A: 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, 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.



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