Frequently asked questions

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.

I have a JR certification; when and how can I upgrade?

If you're 15 years old, contact your certifying agency to upgrade.

What is the minimum age for open water certification?

10 years old. Individuals between 10 and 15 can earn their JR open water diver.

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.