Scuba Shipwreck Diving FAQs (frequently asked questions).
This section is intended as a general guide and extra information about wreck diving.
The popular questions that we've been asked are not intended to replace hands-on instruction by trained Scuba Professionals.
Here are some of the most popular questions that you've asked us so far;
1. Is Wreck Diving in Pattaya dangerous?
Can you remember when Scuba Diving was dangerous and sex was considered safe? One of the most dangerous things about wreck diving is that it could change your life forever and might cost you some cash to pay for the excitement and exhilaration that Pattaya Wreck Diving has to offer for Scuba Divers.
2. Why should I choose PADI for my Wreck Diver Training?
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest recreational scuba diving membership organization. PADI's system is based on proven educational design principals for more than 40 years. PADI wreck divers learn advanced scuba techniques and wreck diving skills through a range of PADI Wreck Certification Courses.
3. I haven’t been diving for a while, how should I get back into Scuba Diving?
If you’ve been inactive from scuba diving for a while, we recommend that you enrol in a scuba refresher so that you can review the basic scuba safety skills and we offer this scuba refresher as part of our Wreck Diver Specialty Course in Pattaya.
4. What is Nitrox and how does it help for wreck dives?
Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) is a mix of nitrogen and oxygen gases commonly between 22% and 40% Oxygen content. Increased oxygen and decreased nitrogen usually means that divers can stay longer at certain depths while staying inside the limits of recreational diving. As most shipwrecks lay in deeper water, it can be particularly beneficial to increase the amount of bottom time by using an appropriate nitrox mix.
5. Do I need a wetsuit and if so what kind?
Generally, the water temperature in Pattaya ranges from 32% c in the summer months and it may drop to 27% c in the winter months. Many divers feel that a scuba wet suit isn't necessary for thermal protection, however when diving on a shipwreck there are additional hazards that would make wearing a wet suit more prudent. Most divers in Pattaya use a simple shorty 3 mm wet suit for comfort and safety.
6. What happens if I can't complete the wreck diver course?
If for some reason you can't complete your wreck diver course, our PADI Instructors may be able to grant you a PADI referral for the section/s of the wreck course you've already completed, and you can then finish the course at a later date.
7. How do I make a booking for a PADI Wreck Diving Course?
We make it easy to reserve your Wreck Diver Course or Shipwreck Dive by filling in the details on our simple contact us page.
8. What is the latest shipwreck diving news and information in Pattaya?
City officials are promising better patrols and a new buoy for one of Pattaya’s most popular scuba diving sites after markers anchored by the city and local dive operators to locate an undersea shipwreck repeatedly have gone missing. While dive operators can use Global Positioning System headings to find the general vicinity of the ship, the margin of error in GPS readings – combined with Koh Sak’s often minimal visibility – really requires buoys to pinpoint its exact location. They’re also a safety feature that allows divers to reach and ascend from the wreck safely and warn water craft to keep away.
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