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Frequently Asked Questions

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Should I own my own equipment?

Many divers do, but some wait until basic certification training is completed before buying the majority of their equipment. Blue Oasis Dive Centre will guide you and as you begin to dive regularly, gain experience and become interested in some facet of diving – such as wreck diving or underwater photography – we will continue to advise what equipment best suits your particular diving needs.

Of course you’ll need a mask, fins, and snorkel from the beginning, since these items are personal and required for training.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool. Will that prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?

Most likely not. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you’re able to adjust to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Divers need buddies, does this mean I need to bring someone with me to class?

Yes, divers do need a buddy. For safety reasons, you should never dive alone no matter how many scuba classes you’ve taken, or how many dives you’ve done.

Although it is nice to have a friend or family member join you in your training, it is certainly not necessary. Your scuba training will provide you an opportunity to meet many other people who are interested in diving. Many of those new divers will be looking for buddies as well. So if you have a friend who’s interested in learning to dive, bring your friend along. If not, we will buddy you up with someone in your class!

Where can I scuba dive?

You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean, lakes, rivers, or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your experience level, interests, as well as dive site access and environmental conditions.

We are fortunate in Manitoba to have several diving locations close by! West Hawk Lake, MB is the most popular dive site for open water training. It’s famous for being the deepest lake in Manitoba, and offers many sunken objects to discover!

The only truly important thing about where you dive is that you have the training and experience for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. Blue Oasis Dive Centre can help you organize great local diving or recommend one of our store-sponsored dive trips!

Is learning to dive difficult?

Learning to dive is not hard, but like learning any new skill, there are procedures and techniques that must be mastered. Your course will include classroom and pool sessions. You will learn the “why” and “how” in class, and put what you’ve learned into practice in the water. In class, you’ll learn such things as the effects of pressure changes, underwater communication, how the equipment works and much more.

Next, you’ll head to a pool where you’ll be taught how to adapt to the underwater world. You’ll use the equipment and gain practical experience in buddy-system procedures, problem management, equalization techniques and the many other components that make you a safe and confident diver. You’ll conclude your training with several open-water dives. In effect, these dives are your final exam. Under you instructor’s supervision, you’ll put all that you’ve learned into real-world practice.

Learning to dive can be a gratifying experience, so remember you’re not going to learn it all at once! By devoting a little effort, you will become a safe and competent diver.

What if I wear glasses? Can I get prescription lenses in my diving mask?

Not a problem! Prescription lenses are available. You may also choose to wear contact lenses instead.

Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking prevent someone from diving?

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. You will need to complete a medical statement prior to any in-water work. If the answer to any of the questions on the form is yes, you will need a doctor’s signature to earn your certification.

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