F.A.Q.

Where do you dive in Southern California and what do you see?

Southern California is home to the world renowned kelp forests. The Channel Islands are only a short boat ride away. Each of the islands has their own personality and attractions.

Catalina has many dive locations including the underwater dive park. Santa Barbra Island is great for diving with the young seals. Beach diving is very popular also. Laguna Beach, La Jolla Shores as well as many other beaches, have great diving.

 

Is there a minimum age for Scuba diving?

Ten years old is the minimum age for scuba instruction. If you’re between 10 and 15, you can qualify for a Junior Open Water Diver certification. Those Junior Open Water Divers between 10 and 11 years old may only dive with a parent, certified guardian, or certified professional diver to a maximum depth no greater than 40 feet. Twelve to 14 year olds should dive with a certified adult. When you turn 15, you can upgrade your Junior certification to a standard Open Water Diver certification.

What equipment do I need before I take scuba lessons?

Most of your gear you can rent for the duration of your class. You do need to provide your ‘personal’ items. These include: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties, and Gloves. Your instructor will help you select the gear that is best for you. Its a good idea to wait until you have talked to your instructor before purchasing your gear.

I need vision correction. Is that a problem?

Not at all. If you wear soft contact lenses, you shouldn’t have problems wearing them when you dive. If you wear hard lenses, you’ll want the gas permeable type for diving. See your eye doctor about these if you don’t have them now. Another option is to have prescription lenses put into your mask.

Do you need to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?

Yes, you do need to know how to swim, but the most important thing is to be calm and comfortable in the water both at the surface and under the surface. You do need to pass a swim test of 200 yards without any aids. If you can’t swim, the YMCA and many city parks & recreation dept. have swimming programs. If its been a few years since you have had to do any long swims, you should work on your cardio to build endurance.

Can I scuba dive if my ears hurt whenever I go to the bottom of the pool?

Yes! The discomfort you feel at the bottom of the pool is a result of the water pressure pushing on your ear drums. There are very simple ways to prevent the pain when diving. You will learn this on your very first dive in the pool.

Do you need a medical exam before starting class?

Maybe, contact Mike Tommaney for a determination and the appropriate forms.

How much does the class cost?

Not as much as you think, and it’s a certification for life!. Contact Mike Tommaney to get a class scheduled that works for you. All class Levels are taught year round.

What about Sharks!?

There are hundreds of species of sharks in the world, of those very few attack humans.
The most common shark we have is a horn shark, who mouth is almost big enough to take a bite from an apple. Here in Southern California its very rare to have a dangerous shark near shore (where we dive).
Besides, you always hear that music before they attack anyway

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