Do I Need to be a Strong Swimmer to Learn How to Scuba Dive?
For your own safety, you should know how to swim and float or tread water. We perform a swimming assessment at the beginning of your first pool session. The requirement is that you can continuously swim without stopping, but there are no requirements on the length of time it takes you to complete it or the strokes you use. At the very least you should be comfortable with your own swimming ability.
Is There a Minimum Age for Scuba Certification?
Yes. You must be at least 10 years old to enroll in the SSI Open Water Diver course. While everyone must complete the same course regardless of age individuals less than 15 years of age receie a Junior certification with an option to receive a Junior Advanced Open Water certification as early as 12 years of age.
What Equipment Do I Need for my Open Water Certification Course?
For the pool session of the Open Water course you will need your own Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Booties, and Wetsuit. All other scuba equipment is included in the cost of your class by Waterworld, but must be returned at the end of your daily classes.
Am I Certified After Taking the Pool and Educational Portions of my Scuba Course?
Not quite. To complete all requirements to be scuba certified you will need to complete your open water check-out dives. You are required to complete 4 dives for the Open Water Certification, 5 dives for Advanced Open Water, and 2 open water rescue scenarios for Stress and Rescue Diver certifications. Other dives are required for other specialty certifications.
Do I Have a Specific Amount of Time to Complete my Required Dives for Certification?
Yes. You have up to 6 months after your final completed segment of your training to complete your open water dives and receive your certification. This is a rule that is applied to ALL of our SSI courses that require open water check-out dives. Waterworld strongly recommends completing the open water dives as soon as possible once academic and pool instruction are completed as you will have a better chance of successfully completing your requirements.
Is it Appropriate to Tip my Instructor?
All Waterworld SSI instructors work hard to ensure that you remain safe, have fun, and above all receive top notch scuba training during all of the courses we teach. While gratuities are not required or expected, they are always greatly appreciated. Most students feel comfortable with a gratuity comparable for the customer service industry in the range of 10-20% of their total course fees. Tips may be given directly to the instructor at your discretion or left at the front desk.
Can I Take a Refresher Course Before I Complete my Open Water Check-out Dives?
Absolutely! We offer these Private Refresher Courses for individuals that have completed the class and pool training but have not completed their required dives to be certified. You can not enroll in a regularly scheduled group refresher until you are certified. Waterworld private refreshers are easy to schedule, and your instructor will focus specifically on the skills that you will be asked to perform during your 4 Open Water check-out dives.
What is the Cost to Complete the 4 Open Water Check-out Dives for Certification?
This depends on the location you choose to complete your dives at. Cost can range between $200-$350 and may or may not include your rental equipment. Waterworld offers Open Diver Options and escorted Dive Vacations to help you complete your certification.
Do I need to Fill Our Releases and Waivers Before my First Class?
Yes. A release form is required every time you take a new course with Waterworld. Please complete the appropriate form for the class you will be taking and bring it with you to your class.
Does my Scuba Certification Expire?
No. Once you are a SSI Open Water certified diver your certification does not expire, however, if you have not been on a dive in quite a while it is suggested that you take our Refresher Course. These are only 3 hours long and will help you regain and increase your confidence, safety and enjoyment when you go on your next dive or dive vacation.
How do I Replace my Certification Card?
Waterworld is authorized to print the certification cards for all students completing courses with us, but replacement cards can be ordered online. You can order your replacement diver certification cards through the training agencies if you have a digital camera or our staff can help you take care of this for you the next time you stop by our dive shop.