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What is S.C.U.B.A?

Short for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Scuba has been around as a recreational sport since the mid 1950’s.

So, who’s a Deep Sea Diver?

Beats us ! There is no such thing. There are Scuba Divers or Recreational Divers or even Open Water Divers. Just like divers don’t breathe Oxygen, just regular Air, compressed and filtered through Breathing Air Compressors.


Why SCUBA diving?

Because it takes you on a fascinating voyage of discovery into the Liquid world beneath the Oceans.  Because you become part of a Global community with a recreational, non-competitive sport that takes you places, helps you discover your Oceans and meet like-minded people. Because we still know more about the moon than we do about the Oceans!
Besides, its amazingly simple to learn. And very few experiences will allow you Zero-gravity like freedom as well as the ability to not only breathe underwater but also see the citizens of that world up close. 

P.A.D.I, C.M.A.S etc. – which one?

All Sport Diving around the world is regulated by a handful of International Parent Federations. Like different schools, they may have a few basic differences in their approach. But they all teach the same thing – SCUBA DIVING! All syllabi are standardized, as are the methods of training and teaching. No deviations or modifications are allowed from these perfectly mixed and balanced programs. Know more on International Diving Federations.

A Course from any of these agencies is therefore the same, anywhere in the World. And certifications or Diving Licences from any of these Agencies are recognized and respected by all dive operators across the board.

Simply stated; your courses and licenses are valid worldwide no matter where and who you certify with. Absolute Scuba offers PADI and CMAS certifications presently.


Minimum age to start is 8 years. And one can dive as long as they are Fit to Dive. something for all ages with Scuba, making it an ideal activity for everyone. 

What about Swimming skills?

We’ll say it loud, again.  “YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A SWIMMER TO ENJOY SCUBA”. This hold true for all who want to experience Scuba. The Pool Splash and Discover Scuba Diving programs are meant to encourage people to possibly get into the water more. Swimming skills are not required for these.

However, those enrolling for Certification Courses must have the ability to freely swim for 200 meters with no time limit or stroke –restriction and float or tread water for 10 minutes. The rationale is simple: if you want to be a Diver, you need to be able to hold your own reasonably in the swimming department. Besides, it’ll only be a Plus during Training.

How Fit is “Fit to Dive”?

The Medical Form gives you all the parameters that one would need to keep in mind if diving. A pre-existing condition may not always interfere with diving but a Doctor’s clearance is required should one answer “yes” to any questions in the Statement.

Our Instructor is also qualified to help you with basic queries on Health and Diving, so feel free to check with him should you have questions.

What is this “Diving License” or C-card all about?

A Diver’s C-card (or certification card) is a universally accepted License to Dive.. a passport to diving, if you will. It recognizes the level of Training a Diver has received as per the Parent Federation and also mentions the Instructor as well as the Dive Center where the certification took place.

C-cards from ALL Federations are respected by Operators through the World. And are usually accompanied by a Dive Log Book – a record of all one’s Diving Activities worldwide.

All Entry and mid-level training c-cards are valid for LIFE !

How is the Certification course structured?

    • Knowledge Development – Diving theory completed through Manuals or E-learning to understand the theoretical aspects of diving. This leads to a written Final examination.

    • Confined water training – 5 sessions in a sheltered Pool or pool like environment taking a Student through various essential skills. These develop confidence and mastery of skills in a controlled environment.

    • Open Water training – 4 dives in the Sea, starting from shallower to eventually maximum depth allowed for the certification (18 mts for Open Water diver & 12 mts for Jr. OWD) All pool skills are practiced in actual diving conditions with constant fine-tuning and mastery under Instruction leading to successful Certification.

Why Dive in a Pool ?

The Open Water diver course has 3 modules to complete:

A fair question, we agree. After all, doesn’t most diving happen outside of a Pool?

Refer our last question and the Advantages of Pool Training are easy to explain. You get to start your Diving in your own City, at your own pace.

  • You train at your pace and extra sessions are easy to accommodate.  All courses are Performance based so your training will never be rushed or compromised with.

  • You go fully prepared for the Open Water module and the days saved in the Pool can translate into extra days available for more Fun Dives to explore or cement your skills after Certification dives are over.

What about all the Equipment I’ll need?

All equipment needed for the Training is included in the Course cost. We can also help you decide what gear to buy if you want to own your own after the Course. We consider the Mask, Fins and Snorkels as essential items to possess for personal use and practice and these are easily available. The rest is usually decided upon based on your preferences, budgets and usage.

Where do I finish my Course?

The Blue is the limit, as we said earlier. Absolute Scuba has tie ups with various Dive Operators and Liveaboard operators (Diving yachts) in and out of India. These prove as perfect destinations to select and finish the Course dives and enjoy a memorable holiday as well.

How long will the Pool & Theory sessions take for the Course?

Theory and Pool training takes 2 days but these can be extended if needed or even reduced, should the Student opt for the e-learning option and complete Theory before confined water training begins.

There is a fair bit of self-study involved with both the Manual or E-learning option and this needs to be done on the student’s own time. The students also spend time with the Instructor watching Instructional videos as well as fine-tuning their theoretical understanding. This will be finished by the Pool side before in-water sessions.

Each confined water session lasts between 2-3 hours every day.  The sessions progress at the pace of the student and extra sessions can easily be organized, if needed.

What’s next after Certification?

The end of the Certification is the Beginning of continued Adventures and Experiences in the liquid World. A c-card changes the way you can plan your holidays… Diving destinations also offer fantastic top-side attractions too. So there’s many places to visit underwater.

There’s also further certifications and specialties to pursue… Most divers decide on advancing to higher levels of diving once comfortable with their level of diving.

A range of specialties exists to choose from: Deep, Night, Wrecks, Cave, Enriched Air, Underwater photography are just some of them.

Then there’s the challenges and rewards of PADI’s Continuing Education courses like Rescue Diver & Dive Master, if not Pro level courses like Scuba Instructor!!


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