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Yes, of course. As long as your friend is able to produce his/her certification card, they can join you on your Open Water Weekend as a Leisure Diver

Just select a weekend that you are available for the trip, one monday for theory, one Tuesday AND Wednesday for your pool and drop us an email

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Theory lessons are conducted at Orpheus Dive (16 Zion Road) and pool sessions are conducted at Outram Secondary School (3 York Hill).

Yes, you can. Select your choice of destination in our diving calendar. What you will be paying for would be the fees for the trip plus a certification cost / instructor fees of SGD$ 200.00 in addition.

Of course you can. But before that, do read up what seasickness and scuba diving is all about

There are many related issues about scuba diving. But not able to equalize properly does not really mean you cannot scuba dive. We have written an article about this

As one of the more established dive centres in Singapore, we take pride in all our safety protocols. If you would like to find out more about it, please follow our website

Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

No, we provide all the equipment necessary for your course. However, you may purchase your own personal gear from our shop at a discounted price before your trip (e.g. mask, mouthpiece) if you feel it is necessary. This is highly encourage for personal hygiene and comfort.

If you need to have more flexibility or you prefer to have a one to one instructional setting, please let us know. One of the only few dive centres in Singapore that employs a team of full-time instructors, anything is possible under the sun.

Of course! Although it is mandatory to dive with a buddy, you do not need to sign up for the course with a friend, you may do the course alone as long as you are comfortable and eager to learn to dive. Our instructors will take good care of you both underwater and on land.

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  1. Small ratio. Our class consist mainly of one instructor to a max of 4 or 5 students.
  2. We DO NOT cramp our divers into some small vans or big buses filled with 40 people
  3. We believe in providing more comfortable dive resorts compared to what other dive centres are offering

You should have absolutely no problem. Obviously don’t dive without any kind of visual help underwater. Your buddy and the fish will not thank you for crashing into the reef, even if you have seen the boat to get on in the first place.

Getting a prescription lens for a mask is easy to do nowadays and this issue should carry a couple of ads in the back for manufacturers of these masks. They can be pricey and if you got 2 it would be really good. There’s no accounting for who will drop a tank on your kit on the first day of a liveaboard.

Many divers do dive wearing contact lenses and have absolutely no difficulty. There is no issue with the mask pulling them off your eyes as you descend as you should be taught how to correct a mask squeeze, by blowing a bit of air into it with your nose, as you get deeper.

The only thing to watch out for with contacts is that they can leave micro grazes on your eyes. This has been linked to an infection by a bug called acanthamoeba. This little nasty can make your eye flare up red, and even lead to blindness if left untreated.

So get a prescription mask, and if you ever do dive with contacts, see an eye doc if you get any redness within 2 or 3 days of a dive.

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 will work with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver with the confidence to dive regularly.

The minimum age is 10 years old. 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 when they turn 15.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.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 significant physical disabilities can dive. Talk to our PADI Instructor 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 Online (web-based at additional cost payable to PADI)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Touch™ (combines manual and video in tablet-based learning)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual, and watching the Open Water Diver Video on DVD either on your own or with your instructor

You’ll also need a logbook and a dive-planning device such as a dive computer, RDP table or eRDPMLTM.

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.

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.

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 usually a concern.

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. New scuba divers usually stay at shallower depths – less than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although the maximum depth limit is 40m, some of the most popular diving is actually shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water is warmer and the colors are brighter.

Your dive kit includes a gauge that displays how much air you have. You’ll learn to check it regularly, so it is unlikely that you will run out of air while scuba diving. However, if you run out of air, your buddy has an extra regulator (breathing apparatus) that will allow you to share a single air supply while you swim to the surface. There are also other solutions that you will learn about in your scuba diving training.