Frequently Asked Questions
The complete course consists of 3 dives in pool in Yerevan and 2-3 dives in the lake Sevan depending on individual progress. The course price includes all the required equipment rental, as well as knowledge development materials. Your PADI instructor will focus on helping you become a confident scuba diver, rather than how long it takes. At the end of the course, if you pass the exam you will get international PADI certificate.
How long does it take to get certified for freediving and what is included in the course?
What is the difference between freediving and scuba diving?
The biggest difference between the two skills is breathing. Scuba divers use a tank of breathable air strapped to their body – and are taught to never hold their breath underwater – while free divers train themselves to hold their breath as they dive down.
How much does each course cost?
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What can I see under Sevan?
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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?
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 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.
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