Do I need to be a good swimmer to learn to dive?
You will need to have a reasonable level of swimming ability. The PADI Open Water Course requires a 200 metre swim and 10 minute float/treadwater to qualify, if you can manage this then that is a reasonable level.
If this concerns you get in touch and we can get you practicing at one of our regular pool sessions.
What is the youngest age for scuba diving?
Scuba training can start as young as eight years of age. This is limited to the pool environment and to a maximum of 2 metres deep.
Full scuba training & certification can start at ten years of age with PADI Junior Open Water Diver qualification.
How fit do I need to be to scuba dive?
A reasonable level of fitness will be required to complete the courses and to dive comfortably. This a sensible level of fitness, such as being able to climb a flight of stairs without getting too breathless. Same as any activity a better level of fitness will allow the activity to be carried out more comfortably.
Any scuba activity requires the completion of a self screening health questionnaire to highlight any potential health and fitness concerns.
It is always a good recommendation to have the PADI medical form completed by a physician yearly, this is a requirement to dive in certain regions.
Do I need to have my own scuba equipment?
No, not straight away.
Our PADI Open Water Course fee covers all equipment; equipment can be hired on all other courses and trips if needed.
You will find it more comfortable to have the basics, like mask and snorkel, but everything else can be bought as you progress and have a better understanding of the equipment that suits the diving you will be doing.
As you get more involved in scuba you will obviously be more comfortable and familiar with you own equipment, but our school has a full itinerary of kit so ownership is not a requirement of participation.
What is the difference between a wet suit and dry suit?
Both types are exposure suits, aiming to keep you from getting too cold in the water. A wet suit is made from neoprene, is close fitting and comes in various thicknesses depending on the water temperature you will be venturing into. It works by reducing the contact with colder water as much a possible by trapping a thin layer between the skin and suit, the better the fit the less flushing occurs, and this will slow down cooling.
A dry suit keeps you completely dry, having seals at the neck and wrist and a waterproof zip for entry. Various materials are used to make dry suits and extra training is needed in their use. Dry suits can be used in much cooler conditions and ideal for UK diving.
Diveworld offers PADI Dry Suit training alongside the PADI Open Water Diver Course and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.
Am I too old to learn to scuba dive?
There is no upper age limit for learning to scuba dive. The most important thing is fitness to dive rather than age.
If you have a good basic level of fitness, especially cardio and respiratory fitness and can answer the medical questions on the PADI Medical form you will find scuba an excellent form of exercise, once in the water it is non weight bearing and is also great for flexibility.
What happens if I don`t scuba dive often?
Your skills may become rusty or forgotten all together! Unexpected gaps in your diving can often happen work, family, pregnancy, money, life happens.
With PADI this is not a problem. Your hard won certification lasts for life. All that is required is that you refresh your qualification before diving commences.
This is a simple task with the PADI ReActivate programme. A great way to stay current is to join the Diveworld club and get involved in all the activities, including our twice a month club nights at Ponds Forge.
Should I join a Dive Club?
Absolutely! You will get so much more out of your diving if you add the social aspect of being involved in a club.
Other divers are great sounding boards for ideas and concerns. More opportunities to scuba dive will present themselves and having the support of our experienced professionals is priceless.
As Diveworld’s club is free to join, it is a no brainer. Events range from the normal scuba trips and excursions to the bizarre, such as underwater football. We even have resident mermaids at some of the club nights.
Non diving partners, family and friends are made welcome at all our events.
I am not sure scuba is for me, should I try it?
Please do, trying it is the only real way to discover the truth.
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience (DSD) is just for you. Starts in very shallow water and progresses at your pace, and all in the safety of a swimming pool. If, in the unlikely event you do not feel comfortable, you can stop the experience at any time. We find most people love the session, it may be a one off, that`s OK, but many don`t stop there and can`t wait to take it further. Come and have a chat, even watch a session from the surface if you are unsure.
Will scuba diving be really expensive?
Scuba diving is on a par with many other participation activities such as golf, skiing, fishing, shooting to name a few. All require equipment and going to a destination to carry out the activity.
You can spend as much or as little as you wish, there are no license renewals each year and unlike a gym, there is no membership fee after the initial course is completed. All course prices are clear and complete, if not ask us for clarification.
You will find the more frequently you scuba dive the better value it becomes.
I have trained with another agency, what can I do?
PADI divers make up over 72% of the global diving fraternity. If you have trained with other agencies but would like to join in with our activities, you are very welcome, if you can dive it does not matter who you are certified by.
If you are looking to upgrade to a PADI course, we are happy to advise what is available, and a full assessment will be carried out prior to diving to ensure your comfort and safety.
I love scuba diving, can I make a living doing it?
The scuba industry is huge and it is worldwide. Diveworld is a Five Star Instructor Development Centre, working with us will open up the doors to becoming a PADI dive professional. The opportunities out there are huge, it is up to you to grab them.
Our internship system allows you to train while carrying on your normal life, once the PADI Divemaster rank is achieved work can start. Each person has individual needs and ambitions so this is one to come in and talk about to ensure we put you on the right track to achieve you aims, whether it be full time in exotic climes, or in sunny Sheffield as part of our amazing dive team. The door is always open and kettle on!
Can the whole family take part?
Definitely! Scuba is one of the only sports where everyone participates on a level playing field.
Male, female, young, old, weedy, strong, matters not we can all enjoy and participate to the same degree. There is something for everyone scuba diving with PADI.
Even if your youngest is too young there are snorkelling activities they are welcome to take part in. Most of the social events and trips are available to the whole family, you don`t have to tell them that though if you want to escape!
Do trips have to be paid for upfront?
Depending on how close the trip is, usually no. For UK trips for instance a non refundable, £75 per head deposit will secure your place, we call you for balance closer to the trip.
Foreign trip deposits vary depending on the tour operator. They usually start at around £3oo on average with final payment 8-10 weeks before travel.
Some of the more exotic destinations have stage payments to ease the burden.
Please contact us about each individual trip to gain full details.