Q: Do I need a dive medical to learn to dive?

Maybe, click here for to view the RSTC Scuba Diving Medical Statement.

Please answer the questions on your past or present medical history with a ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ and return to Adelaide Scuba. A dive medical is NOT required if your medical history allows you to answer ‘NO’ to all of the questions outlined in the RSTC Medical Statement.

Although a diving medical will not be required, it is nevertheless strongly recommended by both Adelaide Scuba and SSI (Scuba Schools International). Further, a diving medical may uncover conditions or issues you may not be aware of, for example ear, nose and throat, or lung function issues, and which could expose you to the risk of serious injury or death while diving.

If you answer ‘YES’ to any one or more of the questions, a full SPUMS diving medical needs to be completed with a registered diving doctor. If required, Adelaide Scuba can assist in arranging an appointment with a qualified local doctor or our on staff SPUMS diving doctor.

Q: What gear will I need to scuba dive?

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. We will help you find the right gear. Each piece of scuba equipment has a different function so that together, it adapts you to the underwater world.

When you start learning to scuba dive, as a minimum, you’ll want your own:

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins

These have a personal fit, and we will help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

During your SSI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba tank, wetsuit or dry suit and weight system. Check with us to confirm what equipment is included in your course package. Consider investing in all your own scuba equipment when you start your course because:

  • You’re more comfortable learning to scuba dive using gear you’ve chosen.
  • You’re more comfortable using scuba gear fitted for you.
  • Scuba divers who own their scuba diving equipment find it more convenient to go diving.
  • Having your own scuba diving gear is part of the fun of diving.

Q: My ears hurt when I swim to the bottom of a swimming pool and/or when I dive down whilst snorkeling. Will this prevent me from becoming a scuba diver?

 No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your eardrums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Q: How deep do you go?

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter. There are opportunities to dive deeper depending on your diving experience and level of diving certification.

Q: Can I book onto a dive if I don’t have a dive buddy?

Yes! It is common for divers to book onto dives without a buddy & it’s actually a great way to meet other divers. We always have an SSI professional available to assist on the dives ensuring everyone is buddied up accordingly. We provide a relaxed and fun club environment for you to connect with others that share a passion for scuba diving, speak with our staff about joining the dive club for access to social events and dive invites. If you haven’t dived locally before or you would like some extra assistance on your dive we offer a guided dive service where you can book an SSI professional to buddy with you, assist you with your gear, help you get the most out of your dive & ensure sure you see all the unique interest points of the site.

Q: What happens in winter or when there’s a turn in the weather?

Adelaide Scuba staff monitor the weather forecasts closely and will provide you with as much notice as possible if the conditions look unsafe for scuba diving. Water conditions are not always determined by sunshine but primarily by wind, rain, current and swell. South Australia has a variety of dive sites, which are suitable in varying weather conditions.

We have the toughest, sturdiest and safest fleet of dive boats in the state ensuring maximum safety when at sea. Our safety procedures and boat management are second to none. In extreme conditions we will reschedule to a suitable time or where possible allow for additional in class and/or pool training in our heated indoor pool.

Q: I’m scared of sharks… will I see one?

Many people have developed a fear of sharks and other marine animals because of the image given to them by the movies and the media. The fact is most marine animals including the shark are shy and passive around humans; we are not their natural prey. We believe that the best prevention is education and preparation; our staff remain in constant contact with shark patrols and monitor sightings daily. At Adelaide Scuba we have been conducting regular dives for the last 30 years without a single incident, our staff are diving numerous times each week through out the year and sightings are very rare with most of them never having seen a shark.

For peace of mind we use shark repellant devices on our boats and we have personal units available for purchase to assist any divers with a concern.


Q: What does SCUBA actually stand for?

SCUBA is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus!