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Learning to scuba dive with Just Add Water is an incredible adventure! Your path to breathing underwater consists of three steps:

  • Self study
  • Academic review and skill development
  • Open water training

You’ll find a short video on our Learn to Dive page that explains each step in greater detail.

Getting your Open Water Diver card typically requires a few hours of self study, a weekend or academic review in the classroom and skill development in the pool, and a weekend of open-water training. You can learn more on out Learn to Dive page.

Compared with getting started in 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

Learning to scuba dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a high trained, experienced professional. From the first day, scuba diving starts transforming your life with new experiences you share with friends. And, you can do it almost anywhere there is water.

For a complete breakdown of costs, visit our Learn to Dive page.

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

  • experience
  • level site
  • accessibility
  • conditions interests

For example, if you've just finished your Open Water Diver course, you probably won't be diving under the Antarctic ice on your next dive. But, don't limit your thinking to the warm, clear water you see in travel magazines. Some of the best diving is closer than you think.

Your local dive site can be anything from a special pool built just for divers like one found in Brussels, Belgium, or more typically natural sites like Belize's Great Blue Hole, Australia's Great Barrier Reef or Japan's Yonaguni Monument. 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 scuba diving training and experience appropriate for diving there, and that you have a dive buddy to go with you. Just Add Water can help you organize great local diving or a dive vacation. Visit today to get started.

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ears. 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.

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory function or heart function or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a physician can assess a person's individual risk. Physicians can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing a scuba candidate. 

DAN has information available online if you wish to do some research.

Sun burn and seasickness, both of which are preventable with over the counter preventatives. The most common injuries caused by marine life are scrapes and stings, most of which can be avoided by wearing gloves and an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.

Contact Just Add Water for information about exposure protection needed for any of your diving.


To start, forget everything you have ever seen, heard or been told about sharks. Unless it comes from a reputable marine biologist, it’s most likely not just wrong, but horribly wrong.

Most scuba divers consider themselves lucky to see a shark, as they are generally timid around people. There are, however, some destinations where shark encounters are common, and divers sometimes pay a premium for these experiences.

As far as being eaten goes, put yourself in the shark’s shoes. Does a scuba diver look like part of your normal diet? Do you really want to bite something that’s clad in neoprene, plastic and metal, and constantly blowing those annoying bubbles?

The sad part is, sharks have way more to fear from us than we do from them. Statistically, you are several times more likely to be killed by the family dog than by a shark. The handful of fatal shark encounters that happen world wide in a given year almost always involve swimmers, not divers. Tragically, people kill around 375,000 sharks a day, which is why many shark species are in danger of extinction.

With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 m/130 ft. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 20 m/65 ft.