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  • How do I become a scuba diver?
    Take an open water diver course
  • Which certification agency is the best?
    None are really better than any other.
  • What is the minimum age for open water certification?
    10 years old. Individuals between 10 and 15 can earn their JR open water diver.
  • I have a JR certification; when and how can I upgrade?
    If you're 15 years old, contact your certifying agency to upgrade.
  • Does my certification expire?
    No, your certification is good for life. However, it is recommended that you take a refresher program if you have not dove for an extended period of time.
  • If I have my PADI open water certification. Will I be required to recertify If I want to take follow-on or advanced courses through other agencies?
    No, with the exception of Divemaster.
  • What should I do if I've lost my c-card?
    Contact your certifiying agency or stop by Duggan Diving for a replacement.
  • What is technical (tec) diving?
    Technical diving is a form of scuba diving that exceeds the typical recreational limits imposed on depth and immersion time (bottom time). Tec diving involves accelerated decompression and/or the use of variable gas mixtures during a dive. Rebreather diving is always technical.
  • What type of gas is in a scuba cylinder or tank?
    Normally, simple compressed air (filtered and dehumidified). They may also be filled with nitrox, trimix, or oxygen, depending on diving requirements.
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