How soon can I start?
I'm short on time. Can I still get certified before my trip?
We have options for you. A referral to complete the open water training dives at your vacation destination or the Scuba Diver certification may be right for you. Stop by or give us a call for more information about these options.
What's the minimum age to get scuba certified?
While training standards allow us to teach children as young as 10 years of age, we have found that many preteens are not fully ready to participate in group training sessions alongside adults. We still offer training to preteens, however, we only do so after an instructor evaluation and in a private class setting. Please stop by or call us for pricing and scheduling options.
What scuba gear do I need to have?
For fit and comfort, you will need your own essential personal diving gear including mask, snorkel, fins, dive boots, surface marker buoy, and mesh gear bag.
Do I have to sit through hours of classroom instruction?
No! We utilize eLearning for our Open Water Diver course. You will not have to sit through any dry classroom time. The water is our classroom! You will complete essential knowledge development online, at your own pace, in your own time, where you are comfortable.
Is private training available?
One-on-one training with a custom schedule is available. There are many options with a private course. Upon registration you will be put in contact with one of our professional instructors to make arrangements for completing your course components. Please contact us for a personalized options and pricing.
Can I schedule a class for my group?
Yes! Whether you have a scout troop, work group, or just a group of friends, we can arrange a custom Open Water Diver course for you. Minimum group size is 6 participants. Call us or stop by to make reservations for your group.
Do I really have to use those darned dive tables?
We've come a long way in diving in the last 60 years. Now, student divers are no longer required to use dive tables during training. You will learn how to use a modern, reliable dive computer to plan and manage your dive and post-dive activities. During your open water dives, you will use one of our Scubapro or Suunto dive computers.
You will still learn the basics of decompression theory during your training. It's simply the tool to manage your dives has changed from old school tables to modern dive computers.
Where can I dive once I'm certified?
The short answer is you can dive practically anywhere there’s water – from a swimming pool to the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers and springs.
How deep do you go?
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 130 feet. Beginning divers generally stay shallower than about 60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is no deeper than 40 feet where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.
Does my certification expire?
Your Open Water Diver certification will never expire. However, if you go several months or longer without making a dive, we highly recommend a one night ReActivate program to brush up those rusty scuba skills before your next big adventure. Or, you might consider adding some new skills in the process and opt for the Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver course.
Can I get college credit for taking a scuba class at Scuba Frisco?
Yes! Validating the quality of the PADI System of diver education, many institutions and national educational councils around the world recommend PADI scuba courses for college credit, occupational certificates, or educational funding. See our Get College Credit page for more information.
My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down while snorkeling. Will that keep 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 ears. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how, which you'll do during your first confined water dive in the pool.
Does a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, or smoking preclude someone from diving?
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function, heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person’s individual risk. You and your physician(s) can also consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to scuba dive. See the Important Medical Information section on the Open Water Diver Course page for more information.
I wear glasses or contact lenses. Will I be able to see underwater?
Being able to see clearly underwater is important, for avoiding injury, for being able to read your dive gauges, and to see directions from your instructor. If you wear glasses, then we recommend having prescription lenses installed in your dive mask before you begin the confined water portion of your training. There are many options for prescription dive masks, and Scuba Frisco can help you obtain the correct mask and lenses. Allow ample time for lenses to be ordered, cut, and installed in your dive mask. This is not something to leave until the week you start your class.
What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with scuba diving?
Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit (wetsuit), staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.
What happens if I use up all the air in my tank?
That’s not likely because you have a gauge that tells you how much air you have at all times. This way, you can return to the surface with a safety reserve remaining. But to answer the question, if you run out of air, your buddy has a spare mouthpiece that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. You will learn and practice this and other options in training.
What if I feel claustrophobic?
Although wearing a lot of equipment may seem awkward, many people find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern dive masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in.
What about sharks?
When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks can occur, they are very, very, 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 passing through and a relatively rare sight to enjoy.
Do women have any special concerns regarding scuba 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.
What's to fear?
Scuba diving gives you a unique way to face challenges and transform your life in new ways. Becoming a diver can give you confidence that spills over into the way you face life every day. Start Diving Today!
How long does it take to get certified?
You'll spend about 8 to 15 hours on your own to complete Step 1 - eLearning.
How much does it cost?
Step 1 - eLearning
What other costs are there?
In addtion to the eLearning and course tuition prices discussed above, there are a couple other costs associated with becoming a diver. Then, once certified as a diver, you will enjoy a lifetime of underwater adventures.
How good of a swimmer do I have to be?
Swim 200 yards non-stop using any stroke(s) you wish with no time limit, or Snorkel swim 300 yards using mask, snorkel and fins non-stop with no time limit. You may choose which swim you would like to do.
Complete a 10 minute tread water or float face up without touching the sides or bottom of the pool.
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