Top 6 Best Places in Southeast Asia to Learn to Scuba Dive in 2019

Showcasing top six places to learn to scuba dive in 2019

For Divers of All Levels – Tioman Island 
Tioman offers exceptional diving for both beginners and more experienced divers. So if your travel buddy has “been there, dived that,” s/he will have plenty to enjoy while you complete your training. Don’t you have to worry about seasickness, as the sea condition is always calm and steady during the diving season – March to October. Book online and save more!

Check Off Multiple Bucket List Experiences – Hawaii
Ready to say aloha to a friendly turtle? Want to see a manta ray ballet? Ever heard a humpback whale song? In Hawai’i, you can experience all this and more. The Hawaiian Islands are the most geographically isolated group of islands on the planet, and some of the planet’s most rare and wonderful creatures are waiting to meet you there.

Dive Here and You’ll Be Spoiled Forever – The Philippines
Not long ago, The Philippines was one of the best kept secrets in diving. With colorful reefs, schools of fish and bucket-list pelagics, the only negative is not having enough time to see it all.

Learning to scuba dive in The Philippines can be relatively inexpensive, but you’ll want to read up on Philippines diving to find the right destination for you (some can take awhile to get to). A few locations to consider include:

– Boracay, which recently reopened after six months after improving local infrastructure to protect their underwater environment.

– There’s a good chance you’ll find Nemo in Cebu. Once certified, you can make a special trip to see Thresher Sharks off Malapascua Island.

– Puerto Galera is an established resort destination which offers great diving, beautiful beaches and a variety of post-dive dining options.

The World-Famous Great Barrier Reef
Once you become a diver, it won’t be long until someone asks, “have you been to the Great Barrier Reef?” The world’s best-known diving area, is also an excellent place to get your PADI Open Water certification.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 400 types of coral, 1500 species of fish, and the endangered dugong (sea cow). Like all coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is vulnerable to global warming, so if you’ve always dreamed of diving here, what are you waiting for?

Experience Endless Adventure – Mexico
No matter what kind of adventure you seek, you’ll find it in Mexico. The Caribbean side offers colorful reefs, warm water and an underwater sculpture museum. On the Pacific side you’ll meet friendly seals and may encounter pelagics such as whale sharks and manta rays. Once certified, graduate to adrenaline-fueled cage dives with great whites off Isla Guadalupe, cenote (cavern) dives in Riviera Maya, or cruise the reefs of Cozumel.

For Divers on a Budget – Thailand 
Thailand is known around the world as the spot for learning to scuba dive on a budget, especially Koh Tao. Beautiful dive sites and a high-density of dive operators mean great diving and low prices for your first scuba certification. After class, enjoy non-stop nightlife and meet travelers from around the world. If you’re interested in a more laid-back vibe, or smaller class sizes, consider one of Thailand’s less well-known diving areas such as Koh Chang.

Make the Most of Your Time in Paradise
To get the most out of your vacation time, complete the first part of your PADI Open Water training online before you go. Who wants to spend time in a classroom when there’s a whole ocean to explore?

Save even more time by working with a PADI Dive Center before you travel. Dial in your scuba skills in a local pool so you’ll feel less stressed when you make your first dive in the ocean. The local dive shop may also be able to recommend a dive shop in the area where you plan to travel.

Top 10 Things To Know When Diving In Malaysia

DIVING IN MALAYSIA

MALAYSIA OFFERS WORLD-CLASS DIVING AT PLACES LIKE SIPADAN ISLAND AND IS ALSO IDEAL FOR NEW DIVERS WITH ITS EASY DIVING AND HEALTHY REEFS AT ISLANDS OFF THE EAST COAST OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA.

DIVING IN MALAYSIA

QUICK FACTS

Diving in Malaysia is suitable for all levels of divers as waters are generally calm and reefs are protected. The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia can be dived from March to September while diving in East Malaysia is year-round. Water temperature is warm at 82-86°F (28-30°C) and most dive sites can be accessed by speed boats without any need for diving via a liveaboard vessel.

In the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, islands like Redang, Perhentian, Lang Tengah, Tenggol and Tioman are suitable for new divers but also attracts experienced divers. There are many dive operators to choose from and stretches of healthy coral reef to explore as well as some pinnacles and shipwrecks.

In East Malaysia, diving is more exciting. You can head to Miri in the state of Sarawak to dive at the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park. Better yet, go straight to Sabah to access world-class diving at Sipadan Island, Layang-Layang Island and macro dives at Mabul Island. Layang-Layang Island is an area for deep dives of up to 130ft (40m) so make sure you have the right certifications. As for Sipadan Island, make sure to dive with operators with access to diving permits and book your trip in advance to ensure that you secure a permit as there are only 120 permits available per day.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Take the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy and PADI Deep Diver courses to help you hover effortlessly along Sipadan’s walls. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographercourse is a must to capture the beauty of the place. Malaysia is becoming a technical diving destination, so look into PADI TecRec courses, including the PADI Rebreather Diver course, if interested. You can also become a PADI Professional by taking your PADI Divemaster course, Assistant Instructor course or Open Water Scuba Instructor program in beautiful Malaysia.

WHEN TO GO

The weather throughout Malaysia is tropical with air temperatures range from 21-32º C/70-90º F. The wet season runs from November to March, which can affect dive conditions, but diving is available all year.

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Pulau Sibuan, Semporna – One of a few islands and reefs in daytrip range of Semporna, Pulau Sibuan is inhabited only by a few nomadic, seafaring Bajau families. The outstanding muck diving here is sometimes overlooked as divers rush to places with well-known names. But Pulau Sibuan, which lies within the Semporna Marine Park, is a top location to spot mandarin fish, nudibranchs and a plethora of their neighbors.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu – Macro life is the main draw for divers here, but reef sharks, turtles and rays await those who look up and around occasionally. The apex of the dive season is during March and April when whale sharks vie for attention.
Atago Maru Wreck, Miri – This 105-metre/345-foot second world war Japanese merchant ship lies upright and her superstructure is a mere 10 metres/33 feet from the surface. Her coral-encrusted hull has become home to moray eels and predatory trevally, jack and barracuda prowl in her vicinity.
Tiger Reef, Tioman – This submersed pinnacle with an average depth of 15 metres/50 feet has beautiful coral formations, crinoids, sea whips and sea fans. Strong currents bring in large schools of jack, mackerel, barracuda and rainbow runner on almost every dive. Zoom in and out of the canyons checking out the reef fish, stingrays, moray eels and lionfish.
Sugar Wreck, Perhentian Islands – This large sugar hauler sank during a monsoon in 2000 and now lies on its side in 30 metres/100 feet of water. Quickly being overtaken by coral and marine life, it’s now home to reef fish, barracuda and bamboo sharks that hide in the wreck. Big schools of snapper, jack and trevally circle the hull.
WW II Wrecks, Kuching – Several wrecks lie just off the coast of Kuching. Dutch submarines sank these Japanese ships including the Katori Maru, which is well broken up and the intact Hiyoshi Maru. Both wrecks lie about 20 metres/65 feet from the surface and are havens for marine life such as barracuda, batfish and snapper.
Pulau Lima, Redang – This submerged seamount off Pulau Lima has amazing boulder formations that drop down to around 30 metres/100 feet. The current here sometimes brings in large pelagics, such as manta rays and whales. Look for tuna, barracudas, groupers and black-tip sharks. Hard and soft corals, gorgonians, sea anemones and whip coral gardens abound.
Pulau Saga, Lumut – Within a few hours drive of Kuala Lumpur, there’s some diving with excellent macro life at Pulau Saga. Here, divers find nudibranchs, seahorses and anemones hosting clownfish in the shallows. Triggerfish and blue-spotted rays cruise the reef edges and myriad reef fish such as fusiliers, boxfish and Moorish idols populate these sheltered waters.

WHAT TO SEE

Diving at islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is rewarding. These islands are frequented by several turtle species including the green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, and if you are very lucky, you might see a leatherback sea turtle.

Besides turtles, expect to find blacktip sharks, leopard sharks and large schools of yellowtail snapper. At Tenggol Island, whale shark sightings are possible during July to August. Macro lovers will have plenty to see in this area, as there are many species of nudibranch, scorpionfish, pipefish, octopus and eels littered around the healthy reefs.

In East Malaysia, Sipadan Island’s steep walls are always bustling with activity. You will see many whitetip sharks and green sea turtles during your dives. A highlight is a dive site called Barracuda Point where a huge school of resident barracuda are often seen swimming in a vortex at the drop-off.

At Layang-Layang Island, the months of April and May are a good time to catch sight of schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks in the depths. For critter hunting, Mabul Island has a treasure trove of critters like nudibranch, stonefish, scorpionfish, filefish, cuttlefish and also the deadly blue-ringed octopus.

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COUNTRY

Malaysia is part of Southeast Asia and is divided into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, which are separated by the South China Sea. Malaysia was often identified as a trading port in the first century AD, attracting many traders and settlers from India, China, and the Middle East. The Portuguese arrived in the 15th century, before the British took over in the 18th century. Achieving independence in 1957, Malaysia is today a multiracial country with Islam as the official religion.

Warm and welcoming, Malaysia is a popular tourist destination. Travelers who like metropolitan cities, old colonial architecture and a multitude of culinary delights will enjoy Kuala Lumpur, Penang Island and Malacca in Peninsular Malaysia. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Taman Negara in the state of Pahang, as well as the wild jungles, caves and rivers of Sarawak and Sabah in East Malaysia an absolute delight.

Beach and ocean lovers will be spoilt for choice. The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia has many idyllic islands with white sand beaches and healthy coral reefs to explore. In East Malaysia, divers can make a beeline to the state of Sabah. Just off Sabah lies Sipadan Island, a world renowned diving destination and the only oceanic island in Malaysia. Besides that, there is Layang-Layang Island which is famous for its congregations of scalloped hammerhead sharks.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Outdoor enthusiast can choose from activities like jungle trekking, rock climbing, hiking, rafting and caving. Those who prefer cities and shopping can spend time in metropolitan Kuala Lumpur. For a taste of history and a culinary adventure, Penang Island or Malacca will not disappoint.

GETTING THERE

Fly into Kuala Lumpur and take connecting flights on Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Malindo Air and Firefly to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia or to East Malaysia. It is also possible to fly directly to Sabah from places like Singapore, Taipei and Hong Kong. To get to Sipadan Island, you will need to take a local connecting flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau.

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Note – Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

Top 10 Things That You Did Not Know About Mola Mola

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What is a Mola Mola?

The ocean sunfish, also known as a mola mola, is an odd-looking fish. The word “mola” means millstone in Latin and describes the unusual, disc-like shape of this fish. Their teeth are fused together giving the sunfish a beak-like mouth that is always open, similar to their relative the porcupine fish. Mola mola may be brown, gray, white or spotted and are found in temperate and tropical oceans around the world.

How Big Do They Get?
Mola mola grow to an average size of 11 feet (3.3m) in length and weigh around 2,200 lbs (997 kgs). The largest mola mola ever recorded was a female weighing more than 5,000 lbs (2,268 kgs) – that’s heavier than an average pickup truck.

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Where Does the Name Ocean Sunfish Come From?
The common name “ocean sunfish” may have come about because this creature loves to bask in the sun. This animal is often seen lying on its side near the surface, soaking up the rays. The mola mola may appear to be dead – until you see it waving a dorsal fin.

Scientists aren’t 100% sure why mola mola behave this way, but many believe the fish is warming itself up after a long, deep dive. An additional theory supposes the mola mola wants to attract seabirds from above, and fish from below, to eat parasites from its skin.

Mola mola are often infested with parasites and need help getting rid of them. The fish can jump up to 10 feet (3m) in the air, which scientists believe is an attempt to knock off some of the parasites.

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Are Ocean Sunfish Dangerous?

Mola mola eat jellyfish, algae and zooplankton. They are curious, and may approach divers, but they aren’t aggressive.

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Is the Mola Mola Endangered?
The mola mola’s conservation status is “vulnerable.” They can easily suffocate on plastic bags, which resemble their favorite food (jellyfish). Also, hundreds of thousands of mola mola are victims of bycatch every year. The natural predators of the mola mola include: orcas, California sea lions and great white sharks.

What Does a Baby Mola Mola Look Like?

We’re so glad you asked! This massive animal starts out as a tiny, two millimeter baby fish that grows incredibly fast. The Monterey Bay Aquarium had an individual that gained 822 pounds (373kg) in only 15 months – nearly 2lbs (1kg) per day.

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Want to Dive With a Mola Mola?
Here are some of the best places to find mola mola:

Baja California, Mexico
Bali, Indonesia
Western Spain
Inner Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Learn more about unusual fish and fish families in the AWARE Fish ID specialty. Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll.

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Top 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions When Become A Certified Scuba Diver

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How do I learn to scuba dive?
Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

What to consider when planning dives.
How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
Underwater signals and other diving procedures.
You’ll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual or by using the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning. At the end of each chapter, you’ll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don’t understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics.

You’ll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you’ll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You’ll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

Setting up your scuba gear.
How to get water out of your mask.
Entering and exiting the water.
Buoyancy control.
Basic underwater navigation.
Safety procedures.
You’ll practice these skills with an instructor until you’re comfortable. When you’re ready, it’s time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you’ll head to open water, where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you’ll get to explore the underwater world. You’ll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your PADI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another PADI Instructor in a different location.

How long does it take to get certified?
The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your PADI dive shop can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress. It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development portion via PADI eLearning, or other home study options offered by your local dive shop or resort.

Your PADI 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 much do scuba lessons cost?
Compared with other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:

a full day of surfing lessons.
a weekend of rock climbing lessons.
a weekend of kayaking lessons.
a weekend of fly-fishing lessons.
about three hours of private golf lessons.
about three hours of private water skiing lessons.
one amazing night out at the pub!
Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a highly trained, experienced professional – your PADI Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course (few other activities can offer that).

From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you can share with friends. And you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning with eLearning and get ready to take your first breaths underwater! For specific costs, ask at the PADI Dive Center or Resort where you’d like to get certified. All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are independently owned and operated, and prices can vary depending on location, class size and other factors.

Some questions you may want to ask are:

Are the course materials included in the price?
What personal dive equipment am I required to have?
Is rental gear included?
Are there any additional fees such as a boat fee or certification fee?
How many student divers will be in the course?
Where will open water training dives take place?
What gear will I need to scuba dive?
Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you’ll want your own:

Mask
Snorkel
Fins
These have a personal fit, and your local PADI dive shop will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Check with your local PADI Resort or dive shop to confirm what equipment is included in your course package. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.
The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most. You may want:

Tropical scuba gear
Temperate scuba equipment
Cold water scuba diving equipment
Technical diving scuba equipment
How do I find the best scuba gear?
There is no “best gear,” but there is the best gear for you. The dive professionals at your local PADI dive shop are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget.

What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?
If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI Diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to register for PADI eLearning.

All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course. Download the scuba medical questionnaire.

Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water, including:

Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.

Each diver must have a personal set of the learning materials to use during the course and for reference after the course. There are several options available, depending on your learning style and technology preference, including:

PADI Open Water Diver eLearning

PADI Open Water Diver Manual, and watching the Open Water Diver Video on DVD either on your own or with your instructor

Your local PADI dive shop can provide one of the options above as part of the course enrollment process. You’ll also need a logbook and a dive-planning device such as a dive computer, RDP table or eRDPML. Your instructor will have you use the PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate during training, and you’ll find this tool useful once you’re certified.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?
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:

Swim 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel). There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.
Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.
Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to your PADI Instructor at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information.

Where is the best place to get certified?
All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide adhere to the same training standards, so no matter where you are there’s likely a PADI Instructor ready to teach you how to scuba dive. Decide where the best place for you is by contacting your local PADI dive shop to find out what options are available or ask friends and family.

Where can I scuba dive?
You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers, springs or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

Experience level
Dive site access and conditions
Interests
For example, if you’ve just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably shouldn’t dive under Antarctic ice on your next dive. However, don’t limit yourself. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.

Your local dive site can be anything from a purpose-built site, like a large aquarium, or a more natural site like Belize’s Blue Hole or Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. 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 training and experience for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. Your local PADI Dive Center or Resort can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Will that prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. 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.

Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?
Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings, do occur, but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

What about sharks?
When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are 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 just passing through and a rare sight to enjoy.

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.

How deep do you go?
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 shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.

What happens if I use up all my air?
Your dive kit includes a gauge that displays how much air you have. You’ll learn to check it regularly, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of air while scuba diving. However, if you run out of air, your buddy has an extra regulator (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.

What if I feel claustrophobic?
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.

I’m already a certified diver, how do I become a PADI Diver?
Scuba diving certifications from other diver training organizations can often be used to meet a prerequisite for the next level PADI course. For example, if you have an open water diver or entry-level certification from another diver training organization, you may qualify to enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, which is the next level. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.” The best option is to take the next step and continue your education. If you would like to continue your dive training and receive a PADI certification, contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to ask about the options you have for obtaining a PADI certification.

I have a professional-level certification with another agency, how do I become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor?
If you hold a professional rating from another diver training organization and wish to become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, please contact a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center or Career Development Center (CDC).

A dive professional in good standing with another diver training organization may meet the prerequisites for the next level PADI certification. For example, a divemaster with another diver training organization may qualify to enroll in a PADI Assistant Instructor course or Instructor Development Course (IDC). You could not receive a PADI Divemaster certification unless you completed the PADI Divemaster course. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.”

An instructor in good standing from another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll in an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. This program is shorter than a complete IDC and focuses building upon your teaching skills by introducing you to the PADI System. You must also successfully complete a PADI Instructor Exam (IE) to become a PADI Instructor.

 

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3. You can also choose what device to start using the materials on. You may then change to any other devices later on.

Are you using a Computer?

  • Visit https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/ematerials
  • Log in using the Email address and Password you set up during the redemption process
  • Click on View to access your Materials

iPad Users

Download the Free PADI Library App onto your device via the App Store

Open the PADI Library App and Click Sign In. You will need to enter the Email address and Password you set up during the redemption process

Android Users

  • Download the Free PADI Library App onto your Device via Google Play
  • Open the PADI Library App > Click the Menu Option > Click on Sign In. You will need to enter the Email address and Password you set up during the redemption process
  • The Menu Option is different for all Androids – below is an example of where you may find the Menu button to then Sign In, it may also be located by tapping on the button to the left of your home button.

Where are the Knowledge Reviews?

The Knowledge Reviews are at the end of each chapter, you just needs to click the arrow at the bottom to turn each page to find the Knowledge Review.

Invalid URL Message?

If you are using a work computer you may receive an ‘Invalid URL’ Error Message when opening up the Manual on your computer. This is due to your Firewall blocking the unexpected IP address. You will need to use a personal computer to open the manual.

If you have any issues with the digital material and you can’t figure out what’s wrong you can always email [email protected] and they can assist you.

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.

10 Frequently Asked Questions in Scuba Diving

Experienced instructors hear many of the same questions time and time again from student divers. If you are having any of the same concerns or are wondering about the answers to any of these questions then you are not alone!

1. What happens if I run out of air? 

Firstly, it is highly unlikely that this will ever happen. During your PADI Open Water Diver course you will be taught how to monitor your air supply frequently and you will learn that we never dive until the tank is empty, we always end the dive before air supply becomes an issue. You will also learn several different ways to deal with an “out of air situation” safely so in the unlikely event that you did run out you will have the skills required to manage the situation.

2. How long will my dive last for?

This one is tricky to answer because it depends on how quickly you breathe your air. Most people have some nerves before their first dive which means beginners use their air faster than experienced divers. Other factors also affect air consumption; body makeup, depth, fitness, sea conditions, how effectively you use your fins and even water temperature! Your first dive should be a minimum of 20 minutes and on average first dives usually range from 25 – 40 minutes but some first timers manage a full hour. You won’t know until you try but one thing’s for sure, your air consumption will improve the more you dive.

3. How deep will I have to dive?

The first 2 dives of the PADI Open Water Diver program are a maximum of 12 meters and the 3rd and 4th dives are a maximum of 18 meters (or 12m for 10-11 year olds). Your dives should be more than 5 meters but you do not HAVE to go to 18 meters. Talk to your instructor if you are anxious about depth.

4. I wear glasses, can I still dive?

Yes absolutely. One option is to dive in contact lenses – daily disposables are best in case you lose one during some of the mask skills which can happen from time to time. If you are not a contact lens wearer then a prescription mask is a great option. Some dive centers have prescription masks available but it can be difficult to hire one that matches your eyesight requirements exactly so it’s a good idea to invest in one of your own. If you are long sighted (have difficulty reading but are okay with distances), then you can buy prescription stickers that you apply to the lower section of a regular mask – much like wearing reading glasses.

5. I’m not much of a reader, will I manage the theory?

Yes. The PADI Open Water Diver course is designed to make it accessible to everyone, no matter what your preferred learning style is. The program is not just reading (although there is some), you will also be able to learn the theory through video presentations, practical demonstrations and practice and instructor presentations. If you are worried about “cramming” the PADI eLearning options allow you to study from home, at your own pace prior to going to the dive center. If you are smartphone or tablet user then try the PADI Open Water Diver Touch Version which you also complete at home and provides a more interactive way of learning.

6. Will there be dangerous marine life?

This depends entirely on where you are diving and what you understand by “dangerous”. In some areas there are corals or plants which may sting if you brush up against them. Most marine animals do not attack and have stingers for defensive reasons only. Your instructor will explain to you how to interact with marine life in an observatory way which means you will experience some great encounters with many wonderful species. The golden rule is not to touch anything – most humans would be annoyed if something they didn’t know came into their environment and poked them!

7. Can I still learn to dive if I don’t have a buddy?

Yes, no problem! You may find that you have a one on one program with the instructor who will also be your buddy or you may form part of a group so you’ll meet new buddies. Divers are sociable and welcoming!

8. I’m not a strong swimmer, is this going to be a problem?

You don’t need to be Michael Phelps to learn how to dive but there are some minimum requirements for safety reasons. You will need to complete a 200meter swim (any stroke and it is not timed), you will also need to “float” for 10 minutes (this can be laid on your back, swimming or treading), you will also complete some snorkelling skills. The most important consideration is that you feel comfortable in the water. If you are not there yet then taking a couple of swim classes will improve your confidence and overall enjoyment.

9. Do I need to have my own scuba gear?

No, check with your chosen dive centre that equipment hire is provided. If you are thinking of investing in your own gear check out our blog – Buying Your Own Scuba Gear: Pros, Cons and Practical Advice.

10. How long does the PADI Open Water Diver course take?

It depends on you and the dive center but usually 3 – 4 days.  Learning to dive is skill based, so the duration of the course is really determined by your progress in developing your skill level, comfort and confidence. If you choose PADI eLearning prior to your program this will reduce the amount of time needed at the dive center. If you don’t want to study on holiday you can always take the theory and pool sessions at a dive center at home and just make the open water dives on your holiday (your instructor will give you a “referral document” to take with you). Some dive centers offer programs over 2 weekends so you don’t need to take time off work. There are lots of options but if you are planning to take the program on holiday remember that you need at least 18 hours after diving before flying home.