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frequently asked questions - Scuba Diving

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FAQ freediving


Can I dive if I cannot swim?

Basic swimming skills are required for scuba diving if you would like to get a diving license. However there are 2 exceptions: – DSD, discover scuba diving one day does not require swimming skills, you are diving with an instructor all the time- scubadiver padi license, requires that you can stay above water for 10 minutes without dive equipment, but no swim test. It is the basic diving license which allows you to dive to 12 meters with a dive guide.

How deep can I dive as a beginner?

The maximum recommended depth for beginner divers on a Discover dive is 12 meters. If you join to get your first padi license, 3 days training for padi open water course, you can dive to 18 meters

What equipment do I need for scuba diving?

Essential scuba diving equipment includes a mask, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer, wetsuit, and a tank. At BBdivers we provide use of dive equipment included in the price.

How long does a scuba diving certification take?

The Open Water Diver certification, the most common entry-level certification, takes 2,5 to 3 days. The first day there is some theory instruction, confined water (pool) sessions, and 4 open water dives.

Can I scuba dive if I have a medical condition?

If you do have a certain medical condition you may need clearance from a doctor before scuba diving. It’s crucial to be honest about your health during the certification process to ensure safety. There is a medical questionnaire when joining up for diving, if you can answer all questions with a “no” then there is no need for a medical certificate.

What is the best time of year for scuba diving?

The ideal time for scuba diving in Koh Chang and Koh Kood is from october to May. But we do dive all year round. High season has better visibility and calm seas, low season has quite wavy weather which limits our dive sites.

How do I handle underwater pressure changes?

Divers equalize pressure by gently squeezing their nose and blowing against a closed nose. This clears the ears, it is a skill you will learn on your training or trydive, but indeed a new thing for most beginner divers

Is it safe to dive with marine animals?

Generally, marine animals are not aggressive towards divers if approached with respect. Divers are taught to maintain a safe distance and avoid touching marine life, best practise to protect marine life and also diver! In our area there are no dangerous animals, if anything it would be a trigger fish trying to scare you of, but they do not result in injury since we swim away and leave them happily swimming in their habitat.

What should I do if I run out of air underwater?

Running out of air is rare with proper dive planning and monitoring. All divers have an airgauge and the dive guide will check regularly. If it does occur, divers are trained to signal their buddy, share air, and ascend safely to the surface. This is an important part of the dive training courses.

Can I dive if I am afraid of sharks?

Shark encounters are relatively rare, and most sharks are not a threat to divers. In Koh Chang/Koh Kood it is rare to see a shark, we might get lucky enough to see the harmless whaleshark though!

How long should I wait to fly after scuba diving?

Divers should wait at least 12-24 hours after diving before flying. For multiple dives or decompression dives, a longer surface interval is recommended. For single diving day you can fly the next morning.

What is the min age for scubadiving?

For the DSD discover scuba diving or the basic Open Water Diver certification, the minimum age is 10 years old. PADI offers programs for younger children from 8 years of age, such as the Bubblemaker and Seal Team, which are designed to introduce them to the underwater environment in a controlled and enjoyable manner.

Is scubadiving dangerous?

Overall, scuba diving can be a safe and enjoyable activity when approached responsibly, with proper training, and when divers remain vigilant about safety practices. The biggest part of the training is learning how to dive respecting the safety procedures.

Fun fact, scubadiving is one of the safest sports when it comes to injuries 😊

FAQ freediving


How long is the training to become a freediver?

So, The first level freediver takes two days, with some online learning to prepare before starting. During confined and open water sessions, your PADI Freediver Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable freediver, usually first day in pool and second day of the boat in deeper water.

How long can free divers dive for?

On the first freediving course you will learn to hold your breath for over 2 minutes! Spicey detail: The current men’s world record holder is Stephane Mifsud of France with a time of 11 minutes and 35 seconds. The women’s world record is held by Natalia Molchanova of Russia with a static breath hold of just over nine minutes.

How is freediving different from scuba diving?

The biggest difference between the two skills is breathing. Scuba divers use a tank of breathable air strapped to their body – and are taught to never hold their breath underwater – while free divers train themselves to hold their breath as they dive down.

What is the difference between freediving and snorkeling?

Snorkeling is the casual act of putting on a mask and snorkel and looking below while floating. Snorkelers may not have any training and spend most of the time on the surface. Freediving uses advanced breathing techniques and diving skills to increase depth and time underwater. Through training, freedivers learn to conserve oxygen while breath-holding and can extend their stay under water.

Is freediving dangerous?

Freediving, like any water activity, comes with inherent risks, and it can be dangerous if not approached with proper training, awareness, and safety measures. Many people do not realize is it actually more dangerous than scuba diving. To minimize these risks, it is crucial for freedivers to undergo proper training from certified instructors. Training typically covers breath-holding techniques, equalization, safety protocols, and awareness of physiological responses. Freedivers should always go with a buddy and follow safety guidelines.

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