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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be able to swim to learn to dive?

Yes, you need to be able to swim 200 metres non-stop in any swim style you choose and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

How old do I need to be to learn to dive?

You must be 14 years of age or older to learn to dive in Western Australia.

Do I need a Dive Medical to learn to dive?

Maybe, click here for a Medical Statement declaration.

Please answer the questions on your past or present medical history with a YES or NO and return to Perth Scuba. A dive medical is NOT required if your medical history allows you to answer NO to all of the questions.

Will I need my own transport while I learn to dive?

Yes, you will need your own transport during your course. Don’t have your own transport and need transport from the store (in Canning Vale) to the dive locations? We can provide limited transport from Perth Scuba and returned to Perth Scuba for the duration of the course. Please note you will need to get to and from Perth Scuba in Canning Vale each day (except boat days when you’ll meet at the boat in Fremantle). You must book transport prior to your course date (minimum 5 days). Please note transport is strictly limited and we will advise if we cannot provide.

Do I get boat dives when I learn to dive?

Yes, Perth Scuba includes boat dives to Rottnest Island when you learn to dive on our PADI Open Water Diver Course.

How long will the PADI eLearning theory take to complete?

The PADI Open Water eLearning takes approximately 8 hours to complete. You must complete all sections and the final exam and bring your completed exam print out to the first day of your course.

Will my dive certification be recognised worldwide?

Yes, PADI is the largest diver training agency worldwide and recognised worldwide. Meaning if you’re a PADI Open Water certified diver you will be allowed to dive up to 18 metres any where in the world. Or if you’re a PADI Advanced Open Water certified diver you will be allowed to dive up to 30 metres any where in the world. Want to dive deeper? Click here for more information about Deep Diving!

How long is my PADI Open Water Diver certification valid?

For life! However, we do recommend that you keep your skills fresh by diving at least every 6 months. Been a while between dives? We recommend attending a Scuba Refresher if it’s been longer than 12 months. Click here for more information on refresher course options.

Do you have multilingual Instructors?

Yes, Perth Scuba has English, Chinese and Japanese speaking Instructors teaching our dive courses. For Japanese speaking courses click here, for Chinese speaking courses contact us and for English speaking courses just keep browsing this website.

Is SCUBA diving safe?

Yes, Diving is an extremely safe recreational activity. Due to the nature of diving, standards and procedures are extremely strict and safety is the number one priority when learning to dive and once you become a recreational scuba diver.

Can I dive if I need glasses or contact lenses?

Yes, if you wear contact lenses it is fine for you to dive whilst wearing them. You just need to make sure that if you get water in your mask you need to keep your eyes closed. If you’re worried, bring a spare pair of contact lenses to the pool and ocean dives during your course. If you wear glasses, there are masks that can accommodate prescription lenses that can be fitted to whatever prescription you require – ask our staff which masks are suitable for prescription lenses (lenses available in store).

Do I need to buy my dive equipment to learn to dive?

Learning to dive is an investment in a skill you will have for the rest of your life – SCUBA diving! Perth Scuba’s dive courses include all your equipment hire, so whilst you don’t need to buy your dive equipment, it’s a great idea to have your own so you can dive where ever and when ever YOU want! Plus, you have the added bonus of knowing your equipment is perfectly suited to your diving needs and fitted perfectly for you.

Do I get discounts if I buy my dive equipment when I learn to dive?

Yes, Perth Scuba offers dive equipment specials for all their students during courses. You can take advantage of these offers from the day you pay your course deposit.

How long until I receive my Dive Certification Card?

You will receive a temporary certification card on the final day of your course, this is valid for 3 months and can be used as proof of certification.

Your permanent certification card will be available for you to collect from Perth Scuba, 180 Bannister Road, Canning Vale approximately 2 weeks after your certification date (Christmas period allow 4 weeks).

Please note: Your certification card will NOT be sent direct to your home address. If you are unable to attend Perth Scuba to collect your card, please contact us for alternate arrangements.

Lost your PADI Card and need a replacement?

  • Want to update your photo?
  • Can’t find your PADI certification card?
  • Need to update contact information?

At Perth Scuba we can arrange for a new card for you in store and within 2 weeks your new card will be in your hand! All you need to do is call into the store in Canning Vale and bring some I.D. (if you’re replacing a lost card). We will take a digital photo of you and submit your replacement card application on line. The whole process takes about 10 minutes and has a small replacement card fee. Click here and order your replacement card on line now.

PADI e-Card Now Available! A PADI eCard is an electronic version of the plastic certification card. It displays information that instructors or dive operations around the world need to verify certification. The eCard will be hosted, managed and displayed through the existing free PADI App.

What happens if I get a cold before my dive course?

Contact Perth Scuba by calling 9455 4448 to speak with one of our friendly staff about your options.

How do I get a job in the Dive Industry?

You must achieve a minimum of PADI Divemaster before you can be employed in the Dive Industry. Perth Scuba can train you as a PADI Professional Divemaster, Open Water Scuba Instructor or above at our PADI Career Development Centre located in Canning Vale, Western Australia. Click here for more information about Perth Scuba’s professional level training.

How soon can I fly after diving?

Flying after Diving Recommendations For Dives within the No-Decompression Limits

Single Dives: A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested.

Repetitive Dives and/or Multi-Day Dives: A minimum pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.

For Dives requiring decompression stops:     A minimum pre-flight surface interval of greater than 18 hours is suggested. Source PADI 2013

How soon can I dive after flying?

Mild dehydration can occur on long flights, especially when travelers cross several time zones; alcohol consumption can also contribute to dehydration. Generally speaking, dehydration is thought to predispose a diver to decompression illness because the washout of inert gas (nitrogen, in diving) is less effective in a dehydrated individual. Give yourself time to rehydrate, adjust to the new climate and time zone and rest up after a long flight, then you’re ready to join us for a dive!

What do I need to pack on my dive holiday?

CLICK HERE for Perth Scuba’s helpful packing list for your next dive holiday.

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