Yes, but you do not have to be a champion swimmer! You
will be required to demonstrate that you can float/tread water for 10
minutes and can swim 200 meters or snorkel 300 meters. The swim test is not
For most courses we will furnish everything you need. If
you already have a dive mask and snorkel that fit you well, bring them along
since masks fit every face differently.
Yes, you can. This is called a referral. You will need
to get documentation from your previous instructor and bring it along. A
referral is good for one year after the last training session you had.
Children can begin Junior Open Water training at the age of 10.
You need to complete a medical questionnaire before
beginning dive training, and if your answers indicate any potential problem,
we can get a dive-medicine-trained doctor to take a look at you. Your safety
is our most important concern, so please be forthcoming when you answer the
questionnaire. You can find
the medical questionnaire here.
Open water diving is a low risk activity if you have
appropriate training and are careful and consistent in following proper
safety procedures. Diving itself is not difficult. The training you receive
in your courses is meant in large part to help you gain the information and
skills you need to dive safely.
When we’re lucky we see beautifully patterned leopard
sharks resting in the sand. These are very passive creatures and are not a
risk to divers. Dangerous marine life is easily avoided by not touching
the animals (so that they do not need to defend themselves).
Your standard health and accident insurance may not cover
activities such as scuba, so it is an excellent idea to have special
insurance for scuba diving. We can provide you with daily coverage at the
very modest price of about US $2.50/day, or you can purchase longer-term
coverage if you prefer, at even better rates.
Pool sessions are held at Gekko’s private swimming pool,
and open water diving sessions are generally done from day trip boats. Class
sessions are held either in our poolside classroom or on the boat.
Yes, definitely. You will be certified through PADI, the
world’s largest certifying agency. You can use your card anywhere in the
world. Make sure to present your log book along with your certification
card so that the operator can assess your readiness for any particular dive.
Of course! Certifying agencies routinely recognize one
another’s certifications. If you are certified through another agency, just
show us your credentials, and we’ll go from there.
In actual fact, PADI does not require any waiting period
between one course and another for non-professional levels. That means that
you can begin your Advanced Open Water training as soon as you finish your
Open Water course. You should recognize, however, that a certification card
does not substitute for experience, so make sure to do lots of fun dives
to solidify the skills you learn and to put them to work.