Q. Do I need to know how to swim before I try diving?

A: You don’t need to know how to swim to do a Discover Scuba Dive as you will be closely supervised by your instructor. However, if you want to become a certified scuba diver, you need to demonstrate that you are comfortable in water so a reasonable level of swimming skills is required.

Q. 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?

A: 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.

Q. Is scuba diving dangerous?

A: There are risks associated with scuba diving; however, proper training, following safety precautions and using well-functioning equipment keeps risks to a minimum.

Q. What are the chances that I will get attacked by a sea creature?

A: Sea creatures are not active attackers; attacking is always a defense mechanism. Sharks, lionfish, sting rays and other creatures often misconstrued as dangerous do not attack recreational, passive divers so the chances of being attacked by a sea creature is minimal.

Q. How soon after diving can I fly?

A: After a dive, it is recommended that you wait 24 hours before you fly.

Q. How deep can I go during a dive?

A: The maximum depth you are allowed to dive depends on your training. The maximum limit for Open Water Divers is 18 meters and for Advanced Open Water Divers is 30 meters. The maximum depth allowed in Maldives is 30 meters.

Q. What are the health conditions that can keep you from scuba diving?

A: Not much is known about the effects of diving on a developing baby so it is recommended that pregnant women avoid diving. You are fit to dive if you are healthy. If you suffer from any of the medical conditions listed in the medical statement (which you will fill out before your first dive), you need to consult a physician to assess your risks and get clearance before you can dive