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Depth Perception Dive Center

FAQ Scuba Certification

Scuba Diving Certification
Frequently Asked Questions

Are there additional expenses?
Personal Skin Gear- Mask, Fins & Snorkel

We require that each diver provide their own scuba quality mask, fins, and snorkel
When deciding upon gear, don't forget that properly fitting SCUBA quality mask, fins, and snorkel are a necessity.  The ability to see clearly without your mask flooding and kick through the water without your legs cramping can often make the difference between a class you enjoy and a sport you will love forever, or a waste of money, an avoidable incident,  and a lot of regret.  

Your safety is our upmost concern, and as such, we provide during your course for your use the best gear available.  We only ask that you do the same.   

Scuba Equipment

Do I have to rent the gear? 
We supply the Scuba Equipment

Your safety is our upmost concern, and as such, we provide the best possible gear available during your course: modern weight integrated buoyancy compensation devices (BCD), soft and hard weight (weight belts are not required), regulators, dive computer or gauges, tanks, and wetsuit. All the typical equipment you can rent once you become scuba certified.

What is required to become certified?
Academic Requirements

Students packs (book, dvd, and knowledge reviews/student workbook) are provided in order to thoroughly introduce the material prior to the start of class. Successful completion of the exam helps ensure the student's understanding and safety, as such, if these academic materials are not completed prior to the start of class, the Instructor has the option to reschedule the student.

Students must complete all the knowledge reviews and/or the student workbook pages prior to the completion of the course.

Of course there are also in-water scuba skills. Scroll down for more.

In Water Requirements 

Scuba Diving is a skillful and contemplative sport.  Gone are the days of navy seal style training, but nonetheless scuba diving should not to be taken lightly.  We teach the necessary skills that students need to be confident scuba divers and competent certified scuba divers. This list is not exhaustive, but should give you an idea of the expectations of the Instructor. 
  • Ascend at a controlled steady rate of 30 feet or less per minute and hover at a depth of approximately 15 feet for three minutes.
  • Give, recognize and respond appropriately to common underwater communications.
  • Communicate air supply amount remaining upon request and manage air supply so as to surface within a pre-planned minimum air limit.
  • Repeat skills presented at the pool/confined water session in Open Water .

Are there Health and Fitness Requirements?
Students must be sound in body and mind 

Scuba diving is a family sport, from grandparents to grandchildren both the young and the old can enjoy scuba. But, unfortunately scuba is not for everyone. There are contraindications to scuba diving.  Temporary contraindications like pregnancies will require you to postpone your scuba training until you are cleared by your physician.  Some contraindications are absolute, these people should not participate in scuba diving classes. A recent medical examination by a Physician familiar with the known medical contradictions to scuba diving may be necessary prior to enrolling in the course to ensure that participants are healthy, fit, and ready. 
Medical Form

What if I miss a class?
Once you agree to times/dates- additional fees apply 

As both a sport and skill, experience and common sense has proved that students learn to scuba dive best in small classes.  At Depth Perception your spot in a group class is reserved for you and as such your absence may result in a private course for another student.  Any missed classes/dives will be rescheduled for private instruction, fees apply.

If you need more scheduling flexibility, just let us know.   We can postpone your course start date, set-up alternative schedules, place you in classes based upon availability, etc.


How much does it cost to become certified?  Package Group Scuba Certification Course 

  • Instructional Fees (academic, pool and open-water sessions) conducted by qualified certified professional Scuba Instructors.
  • Open-water Course Materials consisting of books and dive tables, log book, instruction dvd’s.
  • The use of premium SCUBA rental equipment (cylinders, regulators/gauges, weight-integrated buoyancy compensation device and wetsuit).
  • Certification card fees
  • Open Water Dive Site Fees (additional fees & equipment purchase apply for dive boat charter)
Group Open Water Price

Where are the Dives?
Dive sites vary

Scuba dive training site selection is instrumental to providing a meaningful and safe environment for students to learn. We choose dive training locations with great purpose and care. 

Recreational dive training is a process of developing skills and knowledge while minimizing risk. Weather and visibility conditions in the Gulf of Mexico are subject to rapid change.  We don't rush students into saltwater dives before the student is ready., but offer additional dives at minimal cost post-certification.  We insist upon highly controlled, substantial and depth appropriate dives to allow a diver to become competent.  Short, shallow dives don't teach the scuba student dive planning skills, while
currents can easily mask a lack of buoyancy. Divers need practice and a gradual increase in challenge to build their confidence, to develop the skills needed  to respond properly.Consequently, we train at established freshwater dive training sites, located within an hour or two from Tampa.

Weather Rescheduling?
Scuba diving is weather dependent

We can't control the weather so pool sessions and open-water dive times, locations, etc. are subject to change when necessary. 

Students will not be charged additionally for these types of scheduling changes .

What is the minimum age to become scuba certified?
Children must be 10 years old

Junior certification can be issued to students ten (10) years to fourteen (14) years old.

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