January 9, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get certified for scuba diving and what is included in the course?

The complete course consists of 3-4 dives in a swimming pool and 3-4 dives in the lake Sevan, as well as knowledge development portion which your PADI instructor will provide. The whole course lasts minimum 7 days, depending on individual progress.
The instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

How long does it take to get certified for freediving and what is included in the course?

The complete course consists of about 6 dives in a swimming pool, and knowledge development portion which your Freediver Instructor will provide. The whole course lasts about 8-12 days.

During confined and open water sessions, your Freediver Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable freediver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent freediver.

What is the difference between freediving and scuba diving?

Freediving, as the name suggests, is diving with complete freedom. In scuba you must follow a very strict schedule to go up and down and due to the bulky cumbersome equipment you are restricted in how fast you can move and where you can go. With freediving there is no restrictions. A properly trained freediver can ascend and descend as quickly as they like.

Scuba has a lot of complex theory elements and equipment elements you must know about before you can enjoy it. With freediving all you really need is a course, a mask and some fins and you can go, anywhere, anytime. The simplest analogy we can give is this: Scuba is like trying to enjoy a beautiful landscape while never getting out of your car, you can go further for longer but you can never leave the road. Freediving is like running freely through that landscape going wherever you feel like in the simplest purest way possible.

How much does it cost to complete the whole course and get certified?

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Is scuba diving dangerous?

Not really.  Statistics show that recreational scuba diving is about as safe as swimming.  Certainly there are potential hazards — which is why you need training and certification — but like driving a car, as long as you follow the rules and use common sense, it’s pretty safe. To put it in perspective, the drive in your car to go diving is more dangerous than the diving.

How long does a tank of air last?

This is a common question that, unfortunately, doesn’t have a single answer.  People breathe at different rates, and you breathe faster when you’re swimming than when you’re resting. Also, the deeper you go, the more you use your air, and, you can get different size tanks.  So, the answer is “it depends;” this is why divers have a gauge that tell them how much air they have at all times.  As an approximation, a diver sightseeing in calm, warm water at 6 to 9 meters deep can expect the average tank to last about an hour. 

I don’t have swimming skills and/or I have fair of water, can I still learn scuba diving?

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you do several simple exercises underwater using appropriate equipment.

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?

No, in fact, it’s probably easier than you imagine — especially if you’re already comfortable in the water.  PADI’s entry-level diver course is split into knowledge development, confined water (pool) skill training and four scuba training dives.  The course is “performance based,” which means that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.

How old do you have to be to get certified?

PADI requires you to be at least 10 years old to become a PADI certified Junior Open Water Scuba Diver. 10 and 11 year olds must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters. 12 to 14 year olds must dive with a certified adult.  At age 15, the Junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver certification.

Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?

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. Most female divers dive during their periods. Some studies suggest that scuba diving while menstruating may increase a diver’s chance of decompression sickness, so be sure to dive conservatively and stay hydrated when diving on your period. Divers who experience severe PMS or menstrual pain may want to refrain from diving until these symptoms pass.