Frequently Asked Questions About Scuba Diving in Pattaya
Q. I need optical glasses, how can I see underwater?
A. There are dive masks available with interchangeable optical lenses. Or, you could opt to wear disposable contact lenses. Remember, things appear closer underwater than on land.
Q. Can I go scuba diving during my period?
A. The simple answer to this question is yes, it is perfectly safe to go scuba diving whilst menstruating and should not be any cause for concern, provided that normal exercise does not increase your usual menstrual cycle symptoms. So, just go about it in your usual way just as you can go swimming.
Q. I don't know swimming, can I go scuba diving?
A. This is a very frequently asked question and the answer is yes and no. In the PADI Open Water Diver Course it is specified that you have to be able to swim 200 metres with any stroke as well as be able to tread water or float for at least 10 minutes. However, if you are considering doing a Try Dive or a PADI Discover Scuba then you do not need to know how to swim. If you still have hang-ups about this, contact us for more information.
Q. I have a medical problem, can I still go diving?
A. There are some medical issues that you can still go diving with, yet there are some where you should consult your doctor or medical specialist first. There is a standard list of medical issues where you are advised to consult your doctor before considering scuba diving. Contact us and we can send you the checklist to see if you are in the category for a medical check-up first.
Q. How deep will I go on my first dive experience?
A. Depth - Recreational divers should not dive below 130 feet (39.6 m) without advanced training and equipment. The Maximum depth of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program (beginner diver level) is 12 meters, although we generally conduct the course around 10 meters or shallower depending on personal preferences and the comfort levels of the student.
Q. How old do you have to be to get a scuba diving license?
Divers must be at least 10 years of age to participate in the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course. However, children between the ages of 10 and 12 must attend the course with a parent and are required to dive with a parent or PADI professional at all times, even after certification. In addition, they are limited to a depth of 40 feet.
Q. Someone told me you should spit in your dive mask. Is is true?
A. It is true if you want to prevent your mask from fogging up whilst underwater. If you prefer not to spit in your mask, then another option is to purchase a defog spray or use a very mild shampoo then rinse once with fresh water before diving.
Q. I wasn't planning on diving whilst on holiday so I didn't bring my scuba dive license with me, can I still do a dive?
A. If you have a PADI scuba diving certification, we can check your details direct with PADI. Please provide your name as it appears on your card and your date of birth.
Q. Will the boat still go out if it is raining?
A. There has to be a very bad weather warning from the Thailand Meteorological Department before the boat will not go out to the dive sites around Pattaya. Let's face it - a little rain will not make much difference, you are going to get wet underwater anyway.
Q. If I am unsuccessful for my first time diving, can I get a full refund?
A. Unfortunately, there are boat fees and other costs incurred so, although it is highly unlikely that you will fail, you cannot get any refund.
Q. Will my hair get wet?
A. Yes, your hair will get wet, in fact, your whole body will get wet as you are being completley submerged underwater. If you saw someone diving on TV with a drysuit on and clothes underneath, this is due to the colder water temperatures and they need to wear warmer diving suits. Here, you are given a shorty wetsuit, which is made of neoprene to protect you a little bit. Pattaya is a tropical climate and you do not need a dry suit.
Q. Can I wear earplugs while diving?
A. NO, absolutely not. You must never put anything inside your ears to go diving because the water pressure may push it further into your ear and you could cause yourself serious harm by doing this.
Q. Can I fly in the evening after diving?
A. No, you must not fly on an airplane for at least 18 hours after scuba diving. Some people are confused and think they cannot dive after flying, but it is vice-versa.
Q. Can I pay in full on the day of the trip?
A. No, I'm sorry but to confirm your booking, we need 50% deposit. We need to organise a dive guide or diving instructor to take care of you, also we need to reserve your seats on the boat. No bookings will be confirmed without a deposit.
Q. How can I pay a deposit with my credit card because I do not have a PayPal account?
A. Actually, you CAN use PayPal without having an account. We can send you an invoice online and you can just follow the links.
Q. Is there a changing room on the boat?
A. There is a toilet on the dive boat where you can change out of your wet swimwear. There are 4 toliets on the catamaran where you can do the same.
Q. Is this a private tour?
A. This is a shared boat. We offer VIP service for our customers and prefer not to mix our groups of customers. You will most likely be diving with just your partners, friends etc. No other customers will be diving with your group unless you are previously informed. The catamaran is a joining tour. Private charter is available for large groups such as a wedding or birthday with about 40-50 people.
Q. I'm a vegetarian, can you offer me vegetarian food?
A. Yes, we can offer vegetarian food for you on request. However, please keep in mind that this is a diving boat and food is not prepared in the kitchen of a five star hotel - food is good quality but limit your expectations.