Orca Diving Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Dubai

How can I book directly on your website?

You can book directly online by clicking the "Enroll Now" button found on the right-hand side panel of each dive course or trip on our website.

How much is needed to secure booking?

A full payment is required to complete or secure the booking.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept payments through online booking using Visa, Mastercard, and other major credit cards.

What is your booking and cancellation policy?

Booking required at least 2 days before. Prior booking/ cancellation (subject to availability) at least 24 hours in advance. No refunds will be given to customers who do not show up on the day of the trip.

Weather cancellations are at the company’s discretion. If the company or the instructor cancels the activity due to bad weather, mechanical problems, or other issues, the customer will get a full refund or reschedule if possible.

However, should you decide to cut short the trip, you will still be charged in full.

What happens if there is bad weather?

If the weather or sea conditions are not safe for diving, we will inform you and we can reschedule the dive depending on your availability and availability of the instructor.

How do I become a scuba diver?

 Becoming a scuba diver is a great adventure which is comprised of three phases:
 
1. Knowledge Development
This is the 1st phase of your scuba lessons where you'll learn the basic principles of 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 the PADI Open Water Diver Manual, going through the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning, and by watching videos. Your instructor will also demonstrate the necessary skills that you need to know.
 
2. Confined Water Dives
You'll develop the following basic scuba skills in a pool or confined water such as a calm beach:
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
Your instructor will teach you these skills until you become comfortable.
 
3. Open Water Dives
When you're finished with your confined water dives, you'll head to open water, where you and your instructor will make four dives, usually over two days. This will allow you to apply the skills you learned in confined water and at the same time embark on a fun underwater exploration. Most student divers complete these dives close to home, but there is an option for finishing your training while on holiday. Your PADI Instructor can explain how you can be referred to another PADI Instructor in a different location.

What is PADI eLearning?

PADI eLearning allows you to begin your dive education at your convenience, using your desktop, laptop or mobile device, and finish your training in the water with a PADI Professional. With PADI eLearning, you complete the knowledge development (academic) portion of the most popular courses at your own pace – studying anytime and anywhere you have a high-speed internet connection or after you have downloaded the product. eLearning is an advantage if you have a busy schedule or just prefer the convenience of learning from your mobile device or computer.

How long does it take to get certified?

 The PADI Open Water Diver course is flexible and may depend on your performance or progress of learning. For example, it’s possible to complete your confined and open water dives in three or four days by completing the knowledge development portion via PADI eLearning or other home study options.
 
Your PADI Instructor will focus more on helping you become a confident and comfortable diver rather than on how long it takes.

How much do scuba lessons cost?

Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the supervision and attention of a highly trained, experienced PADI Instructor. Prices of scuba diving courses may vary depending on location, class size, course materials, rental gear, certification fee, and other factors.

What gear will I need to scuba dive?

 We will help you choose the right gear that you need for your dive starting with the basics namely the mask, snorkel, and fins.
 
During your PADI 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.

What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?

 The minimum age is 10 years old (in most areas). 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 register for PADI eLearning.
 
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. In some areas, local laws require all scuba students to consult with a physician before entering the course. Download the scuba medical questionnaire.
 
Other requirements may vary per course.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to scuba dive?

 Some swimming ability is required. You need to have basic swim skills and be able to comfortably maintain yourself in the water. Your PADI Instructor will assess this by having you:
 
Swim 200 meters/yards (or 300 meters/yards in 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.

Where can I scuba dive?

 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
 
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.

My ears hurt when I go to the bottom of a swimming pool or when I dive down snorkeling. Will that 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 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, 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?

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 (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the medical statement to take to your doctor.

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.

Do you still have questions?

Please get in touch with us if you have other questions that weren't covered here.

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      We offer introductory diving lessons to beginners as well as PADI certification and specialty courses for advanced divers.

      Contact Details
      Address: Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
      Telephone: +971 54 444 6088
      Email: info@orcadivingcenter.com

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