Is it hard to
learn to scuba dive?
Answer: Most graduates remark that learning scuba diving was far easier than expected. Generally speaking, the more comfortable you are in the water and the more effort you dedicate to learning scuba diving, the smoother the learning process. Almost everyone, including future instructors, has personal challenges during classes, and afterwards feels proud of what they've accomplished. Because of Huron Scuba's low student-instructor ratios, we can easily adapt for individual students' learning challenges. If a particular skill is difficult for one or two students, those students will work individually with the instructor
or assistant with until they master that skill. In the meantime, the rest of the class can review or work on new skills. As part of Huron Scuba's
Agreement, as long as a student is giving their best effort, Huron Scuba will stick with that student and schedule additional pool sessions until the Instructor and the student feel they have met the requirements of the course.
(One additional pool session is included at no charge; there may be an additional charge for pool time and instruction.)
Do I have to meet
any special qualifications or
considerations before I can
participate in a scuba class?
Answer: Diving is a relaxing
activity, but gear, changing water
conditions, and unplanned
emergencies may require significant
physical effort to overcome safely.
You should be comfortable in water
too deep to stand, and in reasonably
good physical condition. You
demonstrate this to us in part by
completing the required swimming
skills by the time you finish the
course (swim 225 yards any stroke
with no time limit and
complete a 10-minute survival
float). In addition, you
should be in good health with no
medical condition that is
incompatible with diving. We may require a physician's approval if you have a borderline condition.
Is scuba diving
The actual cost of learning to dive and continuing to dive can vary tremendously, depending on what gear you want to purchase or rent, and where you want to dive.
However, most people find it is less expensive than hobbies like golf or
snow skiing. Huron Scuba believes in giving you the straight scoop up front, so we tell you what you should expect to spend on the
"basics" (entry level training & personal gear), and
give you a range of what you could
spend if you go whole hog.
How long does a tank last?
This is one of the most common questions - and the only answer is, "it depends!" How fast you breathe down that tank of air (not oxygen!) depends on your depth, muscle mass, fitness level, comfort in the water, how hard you're working, and what size tank you're using. On an
"easy" dive to 30 - 40 feet, different divers may get 40 - 80 minutes on a single 80 cubic foot tank. The same dive to twice the depth should result in half as much dive time from the same tank. The more experience and training you get, the longer your air will last!
My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool or fly
in an airplane. Won't they hurt when I scuba dive?
You will learn and practice proper techniques for equalizing your ears to compensate for the increased pressure underwater. If you have problems in airplanes, you may find the techniques you learn in the course will help you there, too. Very few people are excluded from diving because their ears just won't equalize.
I'm afraid of sharks - don't they attack scuba divers?
In general, attacks by marine animals on divers are extremely rare. Some creatures will react defensively if you disturb them (keep your fingers out of that eel's den!), or they may be interested in any fish you have just speared. Few species of sharks are considered dangerous and even those are highly unlikely to mistake scuba divers for their usual prey of seals, sea lions, and large fish. Our most experienced instructor has logged over 800 dives in the supposedly dangerous Pacific Ocean off California, with no injuries and only one shark sighted. A diver is more "at risk" driving to a dive site than on the actual dive.
Is scuba diving dangerous?
Answer: Potentially, yes. But, well-trained and conscientious divers have a very low risk of dive accidents. Huron Scuba's courses exemplify
"Dive Safety through Education." You will learn the potential
risks of scuba diving and how to reduce, prevent, and deal with these
risks. Continuing your dive education by taking
courses is a great way to further increase your dive safety and enjoyment.
I wear contact lenses or glasses - can I dive with them?
Diving is a visual sport - if you need more than the mildest vision correction above water, you'll want it underwater. If you wear contacts, you can dive with them with minimal risk of loss. If your contacts are very expensive, try wearing disposable soft contact lenses just for diving; even if one were lost the cost would be low. If you don't wish to wear contacts, you can order corrective lenses for your dive mask for about
$38-60 per eye. As far as vision correction surgery
(RK or Lasik correction), the jury is still out, but
research indicates there is minimal risk of eye injuries while diving, so long as you properly equalize your mask.
Do people really dive in Michigan?
Answer: Absolutely! The
Great Lakes have some of the best historical shipwreck diving in world. Combine the huge variety of wrecks with no need to rinse salt off your gear, and you've got a winner. Michigan's Underwater Preserves protect wrecks from treasure hunters, so there is always something good for the next diver to see.
Inland lakes and quarries
are great locations for tune-up dives, after-work jaunts, certification dives, and fish observation. The worst day of diving is better than the best day at work!
How long will it take to become a certified diver?
Answer: The course consists of three parts: Academics (classroom), Confined Water (pool), and Open Water (lake or quarry). Many dive shops schedule their classes to meet one evening a week for 7 to 9 weeks, plus certification dives. Huron Scuba wants to make the most efficient use of your time, so our students do
"homework" using a textbook/workbook or interactive CD-ROM, then attend three interactive class and pool sessions on weekends,
or meet two evenings a week for three weeks. This reduces driving time, waiting around, and transitioning from classroom to pool during several sessions; we use this
"found" time to practice real-world scuba skills and play games designed to make you a comfortable diver. For the final step, we schedule
Open Water Certifications
on weekends to meet our students' scheduling needs.
Private classes can also be scheduled if you're in a real time crunch.
Where and when do scuba classes meet?
Answer: The academic "homework" can be completed in the comfort of your home, on your own schedule.
The exact schedule of academics and pool work depends on the
How old do you have to be?
Answer: The minimum age is 10 for Junior
certification through a scheduled class; this means you must dive with a
parent or an adult designated by your parent. For children age 10
and 11, we recommend private
. The minimum age for regular Scuba Diver
certification is 15. We have taught students from ten through
and know divers who continue diving into their sixties and seventies.
No matter what age you are, you must be in reasonable physical
What equipment do I need for the scuba class?
Answer: You need to provide your
- that includes a mask suitable for scuba diving, snorkel, fins, booties
and open-heel fins, and of course your swimsuit and towel. For pool sessions, Huron Scuba will provide
all other scuba gear
, tanks, weights, and a wetsuit (some other shops let you freeze or charge as much as $30 for this warmth).
What is the cost of the scuba course?
Answer: See the class page
complete listing of all costs you may incur.
How do I sign up for the class?
, or phone us at (734) 994-3483 to find out if there's space available in the class you want. Because of our small class size, we will hold a spot for you only when we receive your non-refundable deposit. The balance is due
two weeks prior to the first day of class and becomes non-refundable at
Where are the open water training sessions held?
I'm going south on my vacation - can I do my
open water training in warm water?
This is called a "referral" certification and is very common. Huron Scuba will give you a form stating that you've met the requirements of the academic and confined water training, and that you're ready for open water certification. We can also help you find an instructor or dive shop at your vacation destination; they will charge you for the certification dives at their own rates.
How much does the basic gear cost?
Answer: Depending on the quality and features you want, expect to spend the following on personal gear:
($45 - 105),
snorkel ($30 -
189 for open-heel fins), and booties ($40 -
75 to go with open heel fins).
Our students get unlimited
"exchange-for-fit" privileges - and our staff brings a bag of
equipment to the pool to enable "pool-side" exchanges so you continue to
get the most out of your training.
How about the rest of the stuff?
Answer: Most resort dive centers & operators rent scuba gear, tanks, weights, cameras, and other
items, so you can rent while deciding what equipment you wish to purchase. Making the correct initial purchase by working with Huron Scuba's staff can save you money & hassles later, by preventing the need to
"trade-in" for gear more suitable for your style of diving. Purchasing at least the minimum recommended quality and features could cost approximately: buoyancy compensator ($350 - 650), regulator set ($400 - 1200), and gauges ($250 - 400). Tanks and weights are widely available for rent. Other popular scuba accessories include dive computers ($250 - 800+), knives ($40 - 90), and underwater lights ($35 - 100). Wetsuits vary in price, depending on quality and
thermal protection offered, between $125 - 400.
with required undergarments start at $900 -
2000. As you can see, there is no limit to what you could spend on scuba diving, but wise purchases and careful gear maintenance will protect your investment & give you years of good service.