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This section contains questions and comments on FAQ's (frequently asked questions) about Scuba Diving, PADI Dive Courses, and Scuba Diving in Pattaya, Thailand. Please click the links below to find the answers to these popular questions that you asked us.

Q. Is scuba diving dangerous?

Q. Why should I choose PADI for my scuba training?

Q. Do I need to be good at swimming?

Q. Do I need a medical examination for scuba diving?

Q. What health conditions might prevent me from diving?

Q. What is the minimum age I can start diving?

Q. How do book a dive course or snorkeling tour in Pattaya?

Q. Do deadly sharks attack divers underwater?

Q. How do I learn scuba diving?

Q. What is PADI?

Q. Can I learn to dive online, and if so, how?

Q. Where can I find the world's best scuba diving destinations?

Q. Why should you always dive with a buddy?

Q. What is the best way to return to scuba if I haven’t been diving for a while?

Q. What is a 'scuba referral'?

Q. Why doesn't my scuba cylinder contain 100% oxygen?

Q. What is nitrox diving?

Q. Can I dive with a disability?

Q. What is the best time of year for diving in Thailand?

Q. How soon can I fly after diving?

Q. Is there a re-compression chamber in Pattaya?

Q. How many days does it take to get PADI certified?

Q. Does my scuba certification expire?

Q. What happens if I can't complete the course?

Q. Can we help with transport services from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya?

Q. Can we help with safe and clean accommodation in Pattaya?


Private Scuba Answers to your FAQ

Is scuba diving dangerous?

Well, do you remember when the media considered scuba diving a dangerous occupation and meant only for the military? Even though recreational diving is adventurous, it is not normally regarded as an extreme sport. Nowadays, we have strict scuba training regulations and reliable scuba gear which helps to keep injuries and fatalities to a minimum.

In fact, the injury rates are so low in scuba that statistically you are more likely to die from obesity or be killed by a hippo. One of the most dangerous things about diving is that it could change your life forever, and it may cost you some money to pay for the adventures and excitement that the underwater world offers. Click here to check our guide on the world's top Killers - you might be surprised!

Why should I choose PADI for my scuba training?

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), is the world’s largest recreational diving membership organization. The PADI system is based on proven educational design principals and has evolved for more than 40 years. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most sought after certification in the world. Through their training, PADI divers learn the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems and are encouraged to become involved in preservation efforts.

Do I need to be good at swimming?

If you are a good swimmer you are likely to be comfortable in water. The Open Water course relatively modest swimming requirements state that the student must demonstrate that they can comfortably maintain themselves in deep water. The two methods include a swim float (tread water) for ten minutes and either a 200 meter continuous swim using any swim stroke you like, or a 300 meter swim with mask, snorkel and fins. Swimming proficiency is not required to take part in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience but you should have an appropriate comfort level while you are in the water.

Do I need a medical examination for scuba diving?

Each student must read and sign a Medical statement and Diving Medical questionnaire. If the student checks 'yes' to any of the items, a physician must approve the student's fitness for diving before any in water training. However, these forms are not necessary for participants in PADI courses that do not involve in water activities such as Emergency First Response courses.

There are some serious contra-indications that would generally not allow safe involvement in the sport of scuba diving and we suggest that any medical issue should be assessed by a general practitioner with scuba medical related experience. Further information is available at the World Recreational Scuba Training Council.

What health conditions might prevent me from diving?

You should be reasonably fit and in good health for scuba diving. Despite this, there are certain health conditions which could prevent you from diving underwater. The most common health issues that prevent you from diving include lung disease, ear surgery, and pregnancy. Click here to download the RSTC Medical Statement (PDF) for full details of scuba diving health conditions.

What is the minimum age I can start diving?

PADI have a scuba certification for youngsters from eight years upwards. The Bubblemaker Program and the PADI Seal Team courses encourage kids to start young. Children must be aged ten before they can enroll in the entry-level course and get certified as Junior Open Water Diver. There are maximum depth limitations and specific supervisory conditions for kids and teenagers.

How do book a dive course or snorkeling tour in Pattaya?

The Private Scuba Team make it easy to reserve your course or snorkeling trip. Simply fill in the details on our contact us page, and we will confirm your booking with a personal and prompt reply. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Do deadly sharks attack divers underwater?

We expect that you have seen videos and news reports of deadly shark attacks. Some of the tragedies involved scuba divers or snorkelers. It is extremely rare for a shark to attack viciously unprovoked, especially if it is given plenty of respect and space underwater. The correct response to an underwater shark encounter is to stay close to the sea bottom and swim away slowly while tracking the shark's movements.

To help calm your fears about being attacked by a man-eating shark, we have listed six top killers of humans that are much more deadly than shark attacks. We think you will be stunned by the facts and figures. Most experienced divers are pleased when they see sharks because unfortunately they are now becoming endangered species in some areas of the world.

How do I learn scuba diving?

There are hundreds of scuba training agencies and we recommend to contact a Dive Center adhering to the World Recreational Scuba Training Council, with well-maintained diving equipment and Scuba Instructors who possess an appropriate dive insurance.

What is PADI?

PADI is the largest scuba training certifying organization and recognizes scuba certifications in almost two hundred countries worldwide, with regional offices in America, Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Japan.

Can I learn to dive online, and if so, how?

If you are 10 years or older, you may decide to start to learn diving online. To register, you must be affiliated with a PADI Dive Center or Resort member first. This can be done either through the eLearning Resort/member website, or at PADI.com. The cost is approximately $120 to participate in the knowledge development portion of the Open Water course, online. Student divers can then access the online version of the PADI Open Water manual, and have full interaction with the Dive Center through e-mails and posted discussions. Upon successful completion, the students can print their eLearning Record and head to their affiliated PADI Center or Dive Resort for confined and open water dive training.

Where can I find the world's best scuba diving destinations?

Generally, scuba divers are attracted to diving for a variety of different reasons. Our suggestions are to decide whether your passion is warm, clear water, sunken ship wrecks, shallow beach diving or the convenience of diving from a boat. Then go and explore our best scuba diving destinations section!

Why should you always dive with a buddy?

I can think of three great reasons. It is more fun right? Secondly, it is a lot easier if you have someone to help you, and the third most important reason, it is much safer to dive with a buddy.

What is the best way to return to scuba if I haven’t been diving for a while?

Remember, diving is a safe sport until the day that you forget how dangerous it can be! If you’ve been inactive from diving for a while, you may appreciate our basic reminders and tips checklist. Click here for our scuba diving safety tips to receive our FREE SCUBA DIVING refresher*?

What is a 'scuba referral'?

Student divers who begin their training in one location may need or want to continue their training in another location. PADI Scuba Diving Courses can be transferred to another instructor or resort so that the student can continue or complete their Dive courses in a different location. The reason divers choose to take part in the scuba referral most often is when they start learning in a cold climate and cannot complete the water training because of poor weather conditions. The scuba referral allows you to complete the course in another region where conditions for diving are optimum.

Why doesn't my scuba cylinder contain 100% oxygen?

Breathing pure 100% oxygen at sea level is very safe, after all they use it as a medical treatment in hospitals right? However, if a scuba diver descends too deep and breathes too much partial pressure of oxygen, then it can be toxic and in some cases fatal.

What is nitrox diving?

Nitrox is a mix of nitrogen and oxygen gases. Enriched air (nitrox) is a mix with 22% - 40% Oxygen. This increase in oxygen and decrease in nitrogen allows divers to stay longer at certain depths while staying inside the limits of recreational diving.

Can I dive with a disability?

Diving and snorkeling have huge physical and psychological benefits for those diving with a disability. PADI standards have been adapted to optimize the inclusion of people who are handicapped in some way. The extra mobility and freedom, the rehabilitation and the added challenge is now extended to this wider audience to welcome disabled divers. Send me an e-mail for more information about divers with special challenges, or visit www.iahd.com

What is the best time of year for diving in Thailand?

Any time is a good time for diving in Thailand, however scuba divers are recommended to avoid the traditional monsoon seasons that tend to affect the different regions in different months of the year.

How soon can I fly after diving?

Recent experimental trials indicate the risk of decompression sickness (DCS) decreases as the preflight surface interval increases. Based on these studies, the Workshop reached the following consensus recommendations. These recommendations apply to flights at cabin altitudes between 600 meters/2000 feet and 2400 meters/8000 feet and to divers who are without DCS symptoms. Work by Buehlmann, which was used by the US Navy Diving manual, suggests that immediate ascent to 600 metres/2000 feet altitude is possible with low DCS risk. In 1999, the US Navy adopted more flexible procedures based, in part on Buehlmann and Vann et al. Following these recommendations reduces DCS risk but does not guarantee that a diver will avoid DCS.

For dives within the no-decompression limits;

Is there a re-compression chamber in Pattaya?

There are several Hyperbaric Chambers in the Pattaya region and although most websites refer to the Recompressions Chamber at the Thai Navy base in Sattahip, there is a Hyperbaric Chamber at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital. The Chamber is used for Oxygen Therapy or Scuba Diving related injuries and the Hospital is located on Sukhumvit Road, Naklua, Banglamung.

Tel: 038-259999 EXT 6062

How many days does it take to get PADI certified?

The PADI Open Water Diver Certification usually takes three to five days of scuba training. There are five academic sessions to complete, five shallow water skill sets, and a minimum of four open water training dives required to achieve the certification. Getting PADI certified is even easier now because you can start learning on-line at home with PADI's independent study approach. Around 30 hours of tuition later, your instructor will issue you with a temporary completion card until he certifies you with the appropriate PADI Office. Your official diver license with you photo attached is mailed a few weeks later and does not expire from PADI records.

Does my scuba certification expire?

No your scuba certification does not expire. Your diving license is valid for life. Nevertheless, if you are inactive from diving for more than a few months it is always a great idea to join a dive shop scuba review program to brush up your training and refresh your safety skills.

What happens if I can't complete the course?

If you're unable to complete your scuba course for some unlikely reason, your PADI instructor may grant you a PADI referral for the portion of the course you have completed, and you can finish the course at a later date.

Can we help with transport services from Bangkok Airport to Pattaya?

Our slogan is 'Here to help' and we can certainly recommend the following Airport and Bangkok Transport Services;

Bell Travel Service (Budget priced air conditioned Airport Bus services)

E-mail: info@belltravelservice.com

Phone: (66) 38370055

Pattaya Van (Low priced air conditioned Bangkok/Pattaya Mini Bus services)

E-mail: info@pattayavan.com

Phone: (66) 027474307

Mr. T Pattaya Taxi Service (Very reliable airport taxi service from 900 baht).

E-mail: mr_ttaxi@hotmail.com

Phone: (66) 38720318

Can we help with safe and clean accommodation in Pattaya?

Our slogan is 'Here to help' and we can certainly recommend safe and clean accommodation in Pattaya during your Scuba Course with us. Simply send us an e-mail with your requirements and we'll suggest some options for you to choose from ranging from Budget Apartments up to Luxury Hotel Accommodation, the choice is yours.

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