10 Things to be prepeared before taking your diving course

01 Can I learn diving?

PADI required student to be at least 12 years old. Students have to fill up the medical statement and list out any health conditions which are not included in the statement. No matter what age you are, if you have one or more of the conditions stated, you should consult with your physician prior to engaging in dive activities.

02 Can I pass my diving course for sure?

In fact, diving is not as difficult as it seemed. Basically, 90% of students that can swim and snorkel passed diving courses. However, dive instructors often allow failed students to retry the test.

03 Can shortsighted students dive?

Shortsighted students can wear contact lenses during dive. However it is recommended to wear diving mask with prescription lenses.

04 Can I dive during menstrual periods?

It is possible to dive during menstrual periods. However, some female divers who have menstrual pain tends to get worse in cold water. If diving is unavoidable during menstrual period, you may consult your physician for medication to delay or stop the menstruation. You may also use a tampon when diving with your menstruation.

05 When should I book my diving course and can I walk in for registration?

It is recommended to book a diving course 2 to 4 weeks in advance to prevent disappointment, particularly when you require instructor to teach in language other than English. Walk in registration is not recommended as instructors might be fully booked especially during weekends or peak seasons.

06 After getting my OWD license, should I accumulate more experience before getting my AOWD license?

It is recommended to take OWD and AOWD together as this will save the cost of training and time of travelling. OWD course concentrates more about basic skills while AOWD course would be more fun and interesting as students are taught with special skills such as neutral buoyancy, wreck dive and night dive.

07 Can I dive during raining day or raining season?

Yes you can dive during both raining day and season. However, it is recommended to bring your wind breaker or jacket to prevent catching a cold when you are out of the water.

08 Can students bring their camera or GoPro during course?

No, students are not allowed to bring cameras or GoPro during lessons as to avoid distractions. You should concentrate on the lessons and instructions given by your instructor throughout the course.

09 What should I do if I saw a shark?

Take a photo of the shark immediately or a selfie with the shark would be better. The reputation of sharks attacking humans are actually rumors from movies and cinematic effects. There are more than 300 species of sharks, only 12 species are recorded attacked human and 4 species are aggressive. Most of the incidents involves surfer as the shark misjudged surfers as seals. Also, it is tested that sharks do not react to human blood and therefore sharks attacking scuba divers are very rare. In fact, diver are thrilled to see sharks during dive.

10 What should I prepare before diving? Should I buy gears/equipment in prior?

Most of the dive center provides gear rental service but if you are concern about personal hygiene and wish to have your own diving gear, you may start with diving mask, snorkel and fins. You may bring along a pair of socks as fins might cause blisters to your feet. You may also consider getting wet suits to prevent sunburn. Avoid using sunscreen/sunblock as most of it will kill coral reefs.

Last but not least, learn and dive with a good and positive attitude.