New Horizons Snorkel & Dive Centre
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Frequently Asked Questions

I've always wanted to learn to scuba dive. How do I get started?

The easiest way to get started is call us on 01625 611108, send us an e-mail on

My working hours mean it will be difficult for me to attend one of your scheduled courses, do you have any other options?

Yes, whilst we have scheduled courses running throughout the year, we also offer the flexibility to tailor an executive course around your

Is it hard to learn to scuba dive?

No, in fact, it's probably easier than you imagine -- especially if you're already comfortable in the water. PADI's entry-level diver course is

My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive?

Your ears hurt because water pressure pushes in on your ear drum. In your scuba course, you'll learn a simple technique to equalise your

How long does it take to get certified ?

PADI courses are "performance based," which means that you only earn your scuba certification when you demonstrate that you have

How old do you have to be to get certified?

PADI requires you to be at least 10 years old to become a PADI certified Junior Open Water Scuba Diver. Ten and 11 year olds must dive with a

Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver?

No. All you need to be is a reasonably proficient swimmer who is comfortable and relaxed in the water. The swimming requirement for certification

For how long will I be certified?

Your PADI Open Water certification does not expire, however, it is highly recommended that you keep in practice. You should try and

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