Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Can children learn to dive?

A.  Yes!  If the child is at least 10 years old, they can get a Junior Open Water diver certification, which has a 40 ft. depth restriction and stipulates that the child must dive with a parent or dive professional until they turn 15.  The certification card is automatically upgraded upon reaching 15 years old.  We also have fun pool programs for younger children.


Q.  Other than the course price, what additional expenses can I expect?

A.  You will probably need to buy a mask, snorkel, fins and booties.  If you already own these things, feel free to bring them in so that we can make sure that they will be sufficient for scuba diving.  You will also need to go on one trip to the lake or ocean to do your certification dives.


Q.  Can I buy my gear on the internet?

A.  We ask that you give us the chance to match online prices.  Planet Scuba is an authorized dealer for all of the gear that we sell.  That means that the warranties are still valid, and we stand behind our products.  That is not always the case online.  This gear is your underwater life support system, and your safety is our first priority.


Q.  Do I need to get a doctor’s signature?

A.  If you responded ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the medical questionnaire, then you must get a doctor’s signature. You may see a nurse practitioner if you want; however, their supervising MD must sign the waiver form.


Q.  I’m not sure whether to put a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ on the medical questionnaire, what should I do?

A.  Use your best judgement.  The padi-medical-statement contains an explanation of why each question is asked in relation to scuba diving.  Remember that if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions you’ll have to visit a doctor and have them approve you for diving.  Please remember that these questions are for your safety and that of your instructor, so answer as truthfully as you can.


Q.  I have a physical disability, can I still learn to dive?

A.  Yes, provided that your physician and scuba instructor agree.  Contact us in advance to discuss your specific limitations.


Q.  Where is the pool?

A.  We use the Oro Valley municipal pool.  They have a 15′ deep end that allows us to really practice dive skills like proper ascents and descents and buoyancy.  [codepeople-post-map]