10 Top Questions to ask a Dive Centre1st August 2011 | Jackie Hutchings
Whether you’re learning to scuba dive for the first time or you’re a seasoned diver, it’s a good idea to satisfy yourself that the dive centre you choose to dive with meets all your safety criteria. Here are the 10 top questions to ask!
What languages do the Dive Masters speak?
Most dive centers have multi-lingual dive leaders so make sure your prospective diving center can provide you with a Dive Master that you can understand.
Is the Dive Master present in the water on all dives?
If the answer is ‘no’, seriously consider going elswhere, The Dive Master should be in the water for at least the first portion of the dive. If there are novice divers in the group, the dive master may surface early. As long as you’re comfortable with this, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Are oxygen, life jackets and first aid available on the boats?
All dive boats should carry these basic safety aids. Make sure you’re aware of their location at the start of your trip.
Where is the nearest recompression chamber?
**** The dive centre should know the location of the nearest recompression chambers.
Do I need to fill out a Medical Form?
****Always ask to fill in a medical form. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you will need to consult a doctor prior to booking. Be aware that any doctor clearing you for diving must be familar with the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council) guidelines for diving.
What about transfers? Are they included in the price?
If the diving center is not in the same location as your hotel, transfers are usually provided free of charge. However, always check so you don’t get any nasty surprises.
Can you store my equipment for me?
Most centers should provide you with a storage space for your gear.
How many people will I be diving with?
**** This can vary enormously. Given the opportunity, some dive centres will squeeze more profit out of their dive trips by increasing the Dive Master:diver ratio.
What is included in a diving package?
Most diving packages include two dives a day, tanks and weights. However, some centres may charge a supplement for equipment, extra dives, wreck dives or specialty dives. Remember that pre-booked diving packages are generally cheaper than walk-in bookings.
Can I choose where I dive?
Some centers will not be able to take you where you want every day. Other centers will have enough boats and divers to be able to make a group to almost any destination. So, if you have your heart set on diving a particular site, ask up front to avoid being disappointed.
Have we missed anything off the list?