Silence is loaded with questions


Our list of frequently asked questions.

We have organised our frequently asked questions into several categories to assist you. Please click a category below to view the questions and answers for that category. If you can’t find the relevant question and answer below feel free to send us an email and we will answer any concern you may have.

How long does it take to get certified?2018-11-26T17:24:29+02:00

The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and performance based, which means that Scuba Evolution can offer a wide variety of schedules organised according to how fast you progress. It’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days but you would need to complete the knowledge development portion first which is the home study option followed by a theory session which is held close to your location.

Our PADI Instructors will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent scuba diver.

How do I learn to scuba dive?2018-11-26T17:29:07+02:00

Becoming a scuba diver is a wonderful adventure! Scuba certification includes three phases:

1. Knowledge Development

During the first phase of your scuba lessons, you’ll learn the basic principles of scuba diving such as

• What to consider when planning dives.
• How to choose the right scuba gear for you.
• Underwater signals and other diving procedures.
• You’ll learn this valuable information by reading it in the PADI Open Water Diver Manual.

At the end of each chapter, you’ll answer questions about the material to ensure you understand it. Along the way, let your PADI Instructor know if there is anything you don’t understand. At the end of the course, you’ll take a final exam that ensures you have thorough knowledge of scuba diving basics. You’ll also watch videos that preview the scuba skills you’ll practice in a swimming pool or pool-like environment. In addition to the video, your instructor will demonstrate each skill for you.

2. Confined Water Dives

This is what it’s all about – diving. You’ll develop basic scuba skills in a pool or in confined water – a body of water with pool-like conditions, such as off a calm beach. The basic scuba skills you learn during your certification course will help you become familiar with your scuba gear and become an underwater explorer. Some of the essential skills you learn include:

• Setting up your scuba gear.
• How to get water out of your mask.
• Entering and exiting the water.
• Buoyancy control.
• Basic underwater navigation.
• Safety procedures.

You’ll practice these skills with an instructor until you’re comfortable. When you’re ready, it’s time for your underwater adventure to begin at an open water dive site.

3. Open Water Dives

After your confined water dives, you’ll head to open water, where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. On these dives you’ll get to explore the underwater world. You’ll apply the skills you learned in confined water while enjoying what the local environment has to offer. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training on one of our frequently arranged trips.

How do I find the best scuba gear?2018-11-26T17:32:17+02:00

There is no “best gear,” but there is the best gear for you. Our dive professionals at Scuba Evolution are trained to help you find scuba gear that best matches your preferences, fit and budget. As a general rule purchase the most expensive gear you can afford and do not purchase replicas.

What gear will I need to scuba dive?2018-11-26T19:01:12+02:00

Choosing and using your scuba gear is part of the fun of diving. Our professionals 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 but not compulsory:

• Mask
• Snorkel
• Fins
• Wetsuit

These have a personal fit and Scuba Evolution can help you choose gear with the best fit and features for you.

During your PADI Open Water Diver course, you’ll learn to use a regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), dive computer or dive planner, scuba cylinder, wetsuit and a weight system. Scuba Evolution provides all the equipment for the duration of your course. However we advise that you invest 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.
• The kind of gear you’ll need depends on the conditions where you dive most.

How much do scuba lessons cost?2018-11-26T19:06:18+02:00

Compared with other popular adventure sports and outdoor activities, learning to scuba dive isn’t expensive. For example, you can expect to pay about the same as you would for:

• a full day of surfing lessons.
• a weekend of rock climbing lessons.
• a weekend of kayaking lessons.
• a weekend of fly-fishing lessons.
• about three hours of private golf lessons.
• about three hours of private water skiing lessons.
• one amazing night out at the pub!

Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of our highly trained, experienced professionals – your PADI Instructor. What’s more, you receive a certification to scuba dive at the end of a PADI Open Water Diver course which allows you to dive in any lake, ocean, pond or puddle worldwide.

From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you can share with friends. And you can do it almost anywhere there is water. Start learning today with Scuba Evolution and get ready to take your first breaths underwater! For specific costs click here to see what our course entails.

What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?2018-11-26T19:11:09+02:00

If you have a passion for excitement and adventure, chances are you can become an avid PADI Diver. You’ll also want to keep in mind these requirements:

The minimum age is 10 years old. Student divers who are younger than 15 earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching 15. Children under the age of 13 require parent or guardian permission to partake in the training.

All student divers complete a brief scuba medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive.

Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water, including:

• Swim 200 metres or 300 metres in a mask, fins and snorkel without stopping. There is no time limit for this and you may use any swimming strokes you want.

• Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

• Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to Scuba Evolution for more information.

• Each diver must have a personal set of the learning materials to use during the course and for reference after the course, all of this is provided when you start the course with Scuba Evolution.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?2018-11-26T19:12:44+02:00

Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Our Instructors will assess this by having you:

• Swim 200 metres or 300 metres in a mask, fins and snorkel. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.

• Float and tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods you want.

• Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements. People with paraplegia, amputations and other challenges commonly earn the PADI Open Water Diver certification. Even individuals with more significant physical challenges participate in diving. Talk to Scuba Evolution for more information.

Where can I scuba dive?2018-11-26T19:15:16+02:00

You can dive practically anywhere there’s water – a swimming pool, the ocean and all points in between, including quarries, lakes, rivers, springs or even aquariums. Where you can scuba dive is determined by your:

• Experience level
• Dive site access and conditions
• Interests

For example, if you’ve just finished your PADI Open Water Diver course, you probably shouldn’t dive under Antarctic ice on your next dive. However, don’t limit yourself. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.

Your local dive site can be anything from a purpose-built site like a large aquarium or a more natural site like Miracle Waters or Egypts Blue Hole. It may be a manmade reservoir or a fossil-filled river. It’s not always about great visibility because what you see is more important than how far you see.

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. Scuba Evolution can help you organise great local diving or an amazing dive vacation.

Why do my ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool and can I learn to scuba?2018-11-26T19:17:03+02:00

Yes, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. 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 or driving down to the coast you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.

Will a history of ear troubles, diabetes, asthma, allergies or smoking preclude someone from diving?2018-11-26T19:21:20+02:00

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. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DANSA) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?2018-11-26T19:22:22+02:00

Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life such as scrapes and stings do occur but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

What about sharks?2018-11-26T19:23:11+02:00

When you’re lucky you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur they are very rare and with respect to diving primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks both of which trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time if you see a shark it’s just passing through and a rare sight to enjoy.

Do women have any special concerns regarding diving?2018-11-26T19:23:56+02:00

Besides from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

How deep do you go?2018-11-26T19:25:20+02:00

With the necessary training and experience the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres. beginner scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.

What happens if I use up all my air?2018-11-26T19:26:00+02:00

Your dive kit includes a gauge that displays how much air you have. You’ll learn to check it regularly, so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of air while scuba diving. However, if you run out of air, your buddy has an extra regulator (mouthpiece) that allows you to share a single air supply while swimming to the surface. There are also other options you’ll learn in your scuba diving training.

What if I feel claustrophobic?2018-11-26T19:26:27+02:00

People find the “weightlessness” of scuba diving to be quite freeing. Modern scuba masks are available in translucent models, which you may prefer if a mask makes you feel closed in. During your scuba diving training, your instructor gives you plenty of time and coaching to become comfortable with each stage of learning. Your scuba instructor works with you at your own pace to ensure you master each skill necessary to become a capable scuba diver who dives regularly.

I’m already a certified diver, how do I become a PADI Diver?2018-11-26T19:28:20+02:00

Scuba diving certifications from other diver training organizations can often be used to meet a prerequisite for the next level PADI course. For example, if you have an open water diver or entry-level certification from another diver training organization, you may qualify to enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, which is the next level. There is no simple “equivalency” or “crossover.” The best option is to take the next step and continue your education. If you would like to continue your dive training and receive a PADI certification contact Scuba Evolution to ask about the options you have for obtaining a PADI certification.

Selecting scuba diving gear?2018-11-26T19:39:48+02:00

What is scuba gear?

Scuba diving equipment allows you to visit the underwater world by making it possible to breathe, see and move comfortably while below the surface. Gear helps you change from being a land-dweller to somewhat of an aquatic being – if only for a little while. A mask lets you see clearly. A scuba regulator and cylinder provide the air you need. Fins allow you to swim efficiently, and a wetsuit helps you stay warm. Whether you’re just starting as a scuba diver or you’re an experienced diver looking for new equipment, you’ll find helpful suggestions and tips in this section. Keep in mind that fit, comfort and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear, but you don’t have to sacrifice color coordination and looking good. Scuba Evolution is a great place to get more information and assistance in finding the best scuba equipment for you.

Learn more about scuba gear and how to choose equipment best suited for you by visiting our Gear page.

Black or Clear skirt Mask?2018-11-26T20:52:49+02:00

The most important consideration when purchasing a scuba diving mask is the comfort and fit. All masks nowadays have tempered glass lenses and most are low volume.

Mask Skirt Material
The cheap masks are made of silita or PVC. This is a hard material that does not seal well. Usually found in chain stores and sports shops. The silita is definitely something to avoid when looking for a comfortable mask. Proper masks are silicone of various thicknesses. Thinner skirts are soft and comfortable but not as hardy.

Black vs Clear skirt masks.
Black masks have better view when in bright light. They block out unwanted light that causes reflections on the inside of the lens. Black silicone also shades your eyes and reduces glare, which can be helpful in tropical waters where the sun can often be so bright and the water so clear that sunlight bouncing off a shallow sand bottom can cause the warm water equivalent of snow blindness. A clear silicone skirt allows more light into the mask. Divers who are prone to claustrophobia tend to feel less boxed in wearing a clear silicone mask however they will yellow quite quickly due to the sun. Each style has its benefits and most masks are available in both.

How to choose a snorkel.2018-11-26T20:07:57+02:00

Dive snorkels come in a large variety of sizes and styles. Used for both snorkeling and scuba diving with options including: comfortable mouthpiece, purge valve and flexible bottom portion. A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth and lets you breathe while you look below until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. Whether you use your snorkel a lot while exploring the local dive site between scuba dives or just occasionally to swim back to the boat after surfacing you’ll appreciate that it makes your surface time easier.

Standard Features
• Comfortable mouthpiece, that fits you – not too small or big.
• Plastic tube with the proper diameter, length and shape to extend above your head and with smooth, rounded bends to avoid breathing resistance.
• Attachment system to your mask strap that’s adjustable for comfort.

Optional Features
• Self-draining (purge) valve below the mouthpiece that assists in clearing water from the snorkel.
• Flexible corrugated bottom portion or a swivel that allows the snorkel mouthpiece to swing out of your way when using a scuba regulator.
• Water-exclusion devices – slits, vents, covers and angles – that reduce the amount of water entering the snorkel from the top in choppy surface conditions.
• Water-blocking devices that close off the snorkel when you dive down.
• Folding or collapsing snorkels become compact enough to fit in your BCD or wetsuit pocket.
• A quick-connect attachment allows you to easily attach and detach your snorkel from your mask strap.

How to Choose
• Start by placing the snorkel in your mouth with the snorkel barrel against your left ear.
• Evaluate how the mouthpiece feels – comfortable bite with relaxed jaw, lips seal against it without effort, no sharp edges against your gums, sits straight in your mouth.
• Attach the snorkel to your mask. Put the mask on and then try the snorkel in your mouth. Adjust the snorkel angle and attachment as necessary for a comfortable fit.
• Try several snorkels and make the final decision based on color, optional features and personal preference. Remember that fit and comfort are most important.

• You should know how to attach your snorkel to your mask, how the clip, slot or snorkel keeper works so you can put it together at the dive site, if necessary.
• Along with your mask, rinse your snorkel in fresh water after each use and store it in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Store it away from neoprene rubber to prevent staining of the silicone parts.

How to choose a mask.2018-11-26T20:53:08+02:00

A good snorkel and scuba mask has many options to choose from. Tempered glass, soft silicone rubber and adjustable strap to name a few. A mask is one of the most important and personal pieces of scuba diving equipment you own because it lets you explore with your eyes. You want a good quality mask that fits you well and gives you the best viewing area possible because you don’t want to miss anything underwater.

Standard Features
• Tempered-glass lens for safety, or lenses made from really strong, high-quality composite materials.
• Comfortable, feathered, double-skirt made of soft silicone rubber.
• Enclosed nose so that you can adjust for pressure changes by exhaling.
• Finger pockets around your nose so that you can equalize your ears.
• Low profile for easier clearing of water and a wider vision field.
• Adjustable strap that can be locked in place.

Optional Features
• A purge valve is a one-way valve used to clear water from a mask.
• If you wear glasses some masks are specifically designed to fit prescription lenses. Consult with Scuba Evolution for more information.
• Black versus clear or translucent silicone rubber.
• Mask strap made from wetsuit material that connects and adjusts using Velcro.
• Colored lenses or special anti-reflective lens coatings.

How to Choose
With the wide variety of masks available today, it will be more difficult to decide which one you like best rather than finding one that fits and is comfortable.

• Hold the mask gently against your face with the strap looped in front, out of the way.
• Gently inhale through your nose. If the mask stays there – no air leaking in and you don’t have to continuously suck in through your nose – then it should create a seal for you.
• Check to see that the mask skirt rests evenly against your face along the entire edge. Mustaches and beards make finding a good seal a little more difficult, but still possible.
• Adjust the strap, put the mask on and evaluate how the mask feels on your face – it should be comfortable.
• If you can, attach a snorkel to the mask and put the mouthpiece in, or put a scuba regulator in your mouth. This should not significantly change how the mask fits.
• Try pinching your nose.
• Look around – straight ahead, up, down, sideways – to see if there are any annoying blind spots.
• Try on several masks and narrow down your choices by fit and comfort. Don’t sacrifice fit and comfort for price.

• Most new masks’ lenses need a scrub before use because the glass gets stuff on it during manufacturing. Scuba Evolution has various recommendations.
• Before every dive, apply a defog solution to your mask lens.
• Be familiar with your mask strap adjustment and locking device so that you can make quick adjustments at the dive site, if necessary.
• Rinse thoroughly with fresh water after each use. Keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Store in a cool, dry place.
• Keep your clear silicone out of contact with anything neoprene, like black scuba fins, because neoprene leaches into the silicone and discolors it.

How to choose fins.2018-11-26T20:15:49+02:00

Designed for efficiency and control, the right fin helps both scuba divers and freedivers move through the water efficiently. There are fins for swimming, snorkelling, free diving and body surfing. You’ll want fins for scuba diving because you’ll be much more comfortable with fins designed to move you and your gear through the water with minimal effort and maximum efficiency.

Standard Features
• Ample blade size to provide adequate power, and made from either composite plastic or neoprene rubber.
• Comfortable foot pocket, usually made from neoprene rubber.

Fin Styles
• Open heel fins have an adjustable strap that allows you to snug your foot into the foot pocket. You need to wear wetsuit boots (booties) with these fins, which is necessary for colder water and great protection for your feet while walking on shore or a boat deck.

• Full-foot fins have a foot pocket that slips on like a shoe. These fins are popular for warm water diving, especially from boats.

• There are also hand fins, essentially webbed gloves used by divers who have a physical challenge that prevents them from using their legs.

Optional Features
• Open heel fins have a variety of strap and buckle choices.
• Quick adjust buckles allow you to unlock the strap, then cinch it tighter by pulling on the strap end.
• Quick release buckles usually combine the quick adjust feature with the ability to release the strap on one side to get out of the fin, and clip it back in when putting it back on.
• Spring straps allow you slip them on and let the spring keep them snug.
• Blade shapes vary from the traditional fan-out design, to almost rectangular, to separated wings, to whale-tails. Features include vents, ribs and rails, channels or split fins that blades much like a fish.

How to Choose
• Decide where you’ll dive the most. If it’s exclusively in the tropics off a boat, look at full-foot fins. Anywhere else, look at open heel adjustable fins.
• Try on a few different fins at your local PADI Dive Center or Resort. Your foot should go all the way into the foot pocket without your toes touching. No pinching or uncomfortable areas.
• Make your final choice based on color, features and personal preference. If you dive in both a wetsuit and a dry suit, you may need two pairs of fins. Dry suits have very large boots, which usually require a larger fin pocket.

• Mark your fins to avoid mix-ups on a busy boat or large group dive. Use a gear marker to put your name or initials inside the foot pocket. Be creative. Make a statement.
• Purchase a spare fin strap from Scuba Evolution. Unless you have nearly indestructible spring straps, other straps will eventually break.
• Rinse your fins in fresh water after each use and store them in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. Check your fin straps regularly for tears; if you see one, you’ll need that spare strap.

How to choose a BCD.2018-11-26T20:18:33+02:00

Use less energy and gain better control while hovering weightless underwater. Imagine scuba diving while hovering, weightless underwater – eye to eye with a fish. How is it possible? It starts with your buoyancy control device (BCD).

A BCD does exactly what its name describes – it gives you control in the water. Sometimes you want to float on the surface comfortably. Occasionally, you want to kneel or stand on the bottom, sometimes during a training course. Most of the time, you want to drift along effortlessly mid-water, observing the scenery. To do this efficiently, you need a BCD that fits you well, along with a weight system to fine-tune your buoyancy. The BCD also holds your cylinder.

Standard Features
• Expandable bladder
• Low-pressure inflator and oral inflation mechanism
• Deflator mechanism and overpressure valve
• Adjustable straps, buckles, bands or releases
• Adjustable tank band and sturdy back plate

BCD Styles
• Jacket style – most popular for recreational scuba diving. Some made specifically for women.
• Wing (back-mount) style
• Traveling BCDs – made of lighter materials
• Technical diving systems combine wing-style bladders with harness setups
• Sidemount divers combine a back wing with a harness system that mounts tanks to your sides.

Optional Features
• Integrated weight system
• D-rings, clips and hose retainers
• Pockets
• Alternate inflator regulator combines your alternate air source with the BCD inflator

How to Choose
• Choose your BCD based on where you’ll use it most, and then make sure it fits.
• With a style in mind, try on the BCD for size. If in doubt, try on a few sizes. If you’ll wear a dry suit or thick wetsuit, consider wearing it to get the right fit.
• While wearing the BCD (and maybe gloves if you usually dive with them):
• Tighten and loosen, clip and unclip every strap and release on the BCD.
• Play with the inflator and deflator mechanisms.
• Orally inflate the BCD completely and make sure it’s still comfortable, not restrictive.
• Check that the BCD’s inflator hose is compatible with your regulator setup.
• After trying on a few BCDs, narrow down your choice by fit and comfort. Then, make the final decision based on style, color, optional features and personal preference.
• A BCD is an investment that should last for several years, so don’t sacrifice fit and comfort for price.

• Rinse thoroughly with fresh water after each use – both outside and inside.
• Let the BCD dry completely – out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
• Partially inflate the BCD and store in a cool and dry place. Don’t leave weights in the weight pockets.

How to choose a regulator.2018-11-26T20:23:55+02:00

A regulator allows you to breath underwater. It is an important piece to diving safely underwater. If you think about it, breathing underwater is pretty remarkable, and it all happens because of the regulator. The scuba regulator is a great invention that delivers the air from your scuba tank to you just the way you need it to breathe.

A scuba diving regulator is the hub of your dive equipment, and links many pieces of gear – your scuba tank to your BCD, submersible pressure gauge (SPG), alternate air source and you. You’ll always remember your first breath underwater using a regulator – it’s thrilling. However, you’ll soon forget it’s in your mouth as you’re distracted by your dive adventures – which is why you need to have a reliable, easy breathing regulator – so you can forget.

Standard Features
• First stage – Attaches to the scuba tank valve, reduces tank air pressure to an intermediate pressure and routes it to several hoses.
• Second stage – Mouthpiece you breathe from. Also called a demand valve because it gives you air when you demand it (inhale) at the exact pressure you need for breathing comfortably.
• Alternate air source – Spare mouthpiece that provides an easy way to share air in case you need to help another diver. Sometimes the alternate second stage is built into the inflator on your buoyancy control device (BCD).
• Low-pressure BCD inflator – Connected to the first stage by a low-pressure hose. If you wear a dry suit, you’ll have another inflator hose connected to it.
• SPG (submersible pressure gauge) – Connected to a high pressure port on your first stage so that it can sense exactly how much air pressure you have remaining in your tank.

Optional Features
• Regulators connect to cylinder valves with either a DIN (screw in) or yoke (clamp) system. There are adapters to make DIN regulators work with a yoke valve.
• Environmental seals keeps salt, sediment and other contaminants from entering the first stage, and helps prevent the internal components from freezing in cold temperatures.
• Most regulators can be used with enriched air (EANx), but some manufacturers require their regulators to meet oxygen service standards for use with gas above 22 percent oxygen.
• Adjustable second stages allow you to fine-tune breathing so it’s always as easy as possible.
• A dive/predive switch makes your second stage temporarily less sensitive so it doesn’t free-flow.
• An under-the-arm hose option for the second stage is available for a few models.
• Different mouthpieces, exhaust tees and hoses are also options.

How to Choose
• The scuba regulators you’ll find at Scuba Evolution are all good products. The key is to choose a regulator that offers the performance you need for the environments where you’ll dive, and can be easily serviced at your local dive operation.
• Have our professional staff tell you about the top-of-the-line regulators that meet your needs.
• Know whether DIN or yoke connections are typical for tanks in your area, and look for the same connection on your regulator.
• Evaluate all the items that will be part of your regulator package to make sure there are enough ports on the first stage in the right configuration.
• Ask to have your top regulator choices hooked up to a tank to test how they breathe. Check out the mouthpiece fit.
After trying a few regulators, pick the best one, or best complete package, based on what works for you.

• Your regulator with all attachments should be assembled one of our professionals.
• Register the warranty with the manufacturer immediately.
• Invest in clips to prevent hoses from dangling and hose protectors for all hoses to increase the hose life.
• Gently rinse your scuba regulator in fresh water as soon as possible after diving. Make sure you put the first stage dust cover firmly in place. Don’t press the purge button while rinsing.
• Let your regulator dry completely, out of direct sunlight.
• When storing, allow the hoses to form large, gentle curves rather than tight loops or bends. Keep flat if possible.
• Have your regulator professionally serviced according to the manufacturer’s specifications or sooner if you see signs of damage, it begins to breathe hard or leak air. Ask us to send you a reminder when it’s time for scheduled servicing.

How to choose a SPG.2018-11-26T20:43:48+02:00

Know how much air is left in the tank. A SPG can be separate or built into a dive computer and are made in both analog and digital. Your SPG displays how much air remains in your cylinder so that you can end your dive well before you get too low. An SPG can either be a mechanical gauge connected by a hose that reads the pressure in bar (metric) or psi (imperial, pounds per square inch) in your cylinder or it may be built into your dive computer.

Standard Features
• Easy to read and understand, because you use your SPG constantly during a dive to monitor your air supply.
• Securely attached so you can quickly and easily find it. Plus, you don’t want your SPG dangling, causing drag, hitting sensitive aquatic life or becoming damaged.

Optional Features
• Some air-integrated dive computers evaluate your breathing rate and estimate how long your air will last.
• Some air-integrated dive computers use hoseless SPG technology that sends pressure readings from a transmitter on your regulator first stage to the dive computer on your wrist.
• Gauge consoles group your SPG, dive computer or depth gauge, and your compass in one handy component.

How to Choose
It’s logical to select your SPG when investing in your regulator or complete scuba package and have it attached by the one of our professionals at Scuba Evolution. If looking at mechanical gauges be sure to purchase the measuring system you’re used to – bar (metric) or psi (imperial).

How to choose a dive computer.2018-11-26T20:48:21+02:00

Get real-time dive information with an easy-to-read display. Monitor a variety of information like depth, time and previous dive info. You can track your dives using dive tables, a depth gauge and dive watch but most scuba divers use a dive computer – it’s easier. A dive computer provides the real-time dive information you need to dive well.

A dive computer takes depth and time information and applies it to a decompression model to track the dissolved nitrogen in your body during a dive. Your computer continuously tells you how much dive time you safely have remaining. Your computer combines a depth gauge, timer and sometimes a submersible pressure gauge (SPG) into a single, useful instrument. The majority of divers have a computer because it makes sense.

Standard Features
Easy-to-read display (sometimes in color) that provides the following information:

• No stop limits
• Depth
• Time
• No stop time remaining
• Ascent rate
• Emergency decompression
• Previous dive information
• Low battery warning
• Enriched air compatible

Optional Features
• Air integrated to display how much air is in your cylinder. Certain models connect via a hose to your regulator. Some have a quick disconnect. Others receive air supply information from a transmitter on the regulator first stage.
• Digital dive watch and computer in one small unit
• Automatic or manual adjustment for altitude diving
• Replaceable or rechargeable batteries
• Multiple gas computers for technical diving or some tec diving computers have a CCR (Closed-Circuit Rebreather) mode.
• Interface with your laptop/regular computer so you can download your dive data.
• Electronic compass or built-in thermometer.
• Self-adjusting decompression models
• Dot matrix screens with menus that allow you to play games to pass the time at safety or decompression stops

How to Choose
• There are many dive computer choices and you can find the right one with a little help from a our dive professionals at your Scuba evolution.
• Ask yourself – What type of diving do I do now and plan to do in the future? and What dive computer works with my current equipment or what complete equipment package includes the type of computer I want?
• Look at dive computers with features that match your dive style and equipment setup.

• Can you clearly read the data with your mask on?
• Does the data display make sense to you – do you prefer numbers, or do you like graphics or charts?
• Do you understand how to get the dive information you need?
• Don’t hesitate investing in a good dive computer. Get what you want now and go scuba diving – that’s the point.

• Start by reading the instruction booklet. Push all the buttons and check out each function. Set a few preferences, such as time and date, metric or imperial, fresh or salt water, etc.
• Rinse your dive computer in fresh water as soon as possible after each use. Keep it out of direct sunlight, especially the display. Protect it from being damaged or dropped. Store it in a cool, dry place.
• Change or recharge your dive computer’s battery as described by the manufacturer.

How to choose your weight system.2018-11-26T20:51:01+02:00

Made for a variety of uses, choose from: nylon belts, fabric belts with zippered pouches, or neoprene belts with Velcro pockets. Most people float, which is great if you like to stay at the surface. However, scuba divers want to descend and need a weight system to help them offset this tendency to float. You want just enough weight to allow you to sink slowly. Having the right amount and proper distribution of weight allows you to fine-tune your buoyancy. Visit your PADI Dive Center or Resort to get advice about weight systems.

Standard Features
• Lead weight in various increments – molded to fit a weight belt, plain or vinyl coated, or lead shot in pouches.
• Quick release that allows you to quickly drop enough weight to float.

Weight System Styles
• Weight belts have existed since scuba diving began.The most common is a nylon belt with lead weights threaded on to it, though you can get fabric belts with pockets for more comfort.
• Integrated weights systems are built into your BCD. Two weight pockets on either side allows you to divide your weight. Many BCDs have trim pockets to place small weights to fine-tune your balance in the water.
• Trim weights are small lead shot filled tubes that easily clip around your ankle or wrap around your valve for added trim adjustment.

How to Choose
• Choose your weight system based on your BCD. If your BCD has weight-integrated pockets then you already have your weight system – you just need to get the appropriate weight increments and amount.
• If your BCD is not weight-integrated, then explore different weight belt styles – nylon belts, fabric belts with zippered pouches, or neoprene belts with Velcro pockets.
• Try the belt on with the amount of weight you’ll use to scuba dive.
• Position the weights for comfort. Ask our professionals about weight keepers to hold weights in place on nylon belts.
• Make sure you’re comfortable with fastening and releasing the buckle.
• If you wear a dry suit, you may want both, an integrated weight system and a weight belt. This redistributes your weight more evenly for maximum control and comfort.

Various payment plans.2018-11-26T21:06:45+02:00

Scuba Evolution is one of the few scuba diving schools that allows their students to pay off their certification in instalments. Not everyone wakes up and decides to do a scuba diving course and has the finances immediately available, therefor we have setup a payment plan to assist you with getting your program underway. You can choose to do two or three payment plans. If you choose to do two instalments the first 50% payment will be to receive the material, conclude the theory session as well as the scheduled pool sessions, the balance will only be due the week leading up to your qualification dives. If however you opt for the 3 payment plan option the first 33.3% will be to receive the material and to conclude the theory session, the second one is only due the week leading up to your scheduled pool sessions and the third will be due the week leading up to your qualification dives. This will reduce your initial outlay to get started.

We cover you while you dive.2018-11-26T21:11:10+02:00

As an added value benefit we register all our students with Divers Alert Network. This temporary student membership covers you for unforeseen diving related medical emergency’s while you are training, “not that we ever needed it but we would rather have you covered and not need it, then need the cover and not have it”. This cover is valid for the duration of your PADI open water course or 6 months, whatever comes first.

Make money and save with us.2018-11-26T21:24:45+02:00

We thrive on happiness and student achievement. Once we have shown you how patient and professional we are throughout your diver education you will brag to all your family and friends about your amazing achievement and who the true legends are. We rely purely on referrals and do not waste our finances on advertising campaigns, therefore the money we save on advertising we choose to give back to you. With our referral benefits program you will receive 10% off your course, local travel or gear for each student that successfully signs up and mentions your recommendation. These referral discounts are loaded to your online profile which will reflect in your E-wallet.

We are family.2018-11-26T21:40:55+02:00

Unlike most scuba diving schools we pride ourselves as being unique, not only do we do scuba diver training but also monthly scuba trips, team building events and socials for divers and non divers. There is nothing more frustrating than holding an international scuba diving certification with no one to enjoy it with. Thats where Scuba Evolution comes in, we welcome all agencies around the continent to join us, it doesn’t matter who you certified through or when last you dived – we all share one passion at the end of the day which is the “love of the ocean”. If you haven’t dived in a while or received substandard training and you unsure about certain skills we will take you by the hand and go through a full refresher program at your pace until you feel confident enough to enjoy the aquatic realm with us by your side.