Q. What is SCUBA?
A. SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and it consists of the aqualung equipment which enables us to breathe underwater. You will learn more about this during your basic training.
Q. Do you need to be fit to scuba dive?
A. Yes. You should be at least averagely fit. Diving is a physical sport and you will be expected to carry your kit around (weighing approx 20kg) at the pool and to/from the boat. You need to be in good general health. You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and, depending on your answers, you might need to have a medical with a diving doctor before taking up SCUBA diving. If in any doubt we will ask for a medical with a diving doctor before starting open water training.
Q. Do I need my own equipment?
A. PSAC provide kit for trainees during the entry-level BSAC Ocean Diver training course only. Once you have completed the Ocean Diver course you will need to have your own full set of kit. Likewise if you are joining us as a qualified diver. A full set of kit typically comprises: cylinder; regulator; BCD; wetsuit or drysuit; weightbelt; dive computer; DSMB and reel; torch; hood; mask; fins.
Q. What other courses do you offer?
A. We encourage divers to continue training and practicing skills and to undertake further qualifications, both dive related such as BSAC Sports Diver, BSAC Dive Leader, BSAC Advanced Diver, Nitrox Diver, O2 and First Aid for divers, and other courses such as Boat Handling, Diver Cox’n, Chartwork and Position Fixing, Nautical Archeology and Underwater Photography. BSAC also offer instructor training courses.