Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a good swimmer?
No. There are two watermanship skills required but rarely do we find anyone who can not complete them.
What are the age requirements?
The minimum age is 10 and there is no maximum.
Are there any medical considerations which may prohibit me from scuba diving?
There are some medical conditions which might prohibit some people from participating in scuba activities. You will fill out a medical form at the beginning of your training. If you answer yes to any of the questions you will be required to obtain permission from a physician prior participating in any in water activity. You can view a copy of the medical form on the RSTC medical form page.
How long does it take?
We utilize the on line method for academics. This means you do the majority of your academic or classroom work in the privacy of your own home at your own schedule. By doing this we minimize your time in the classroom and maximize your time in the water.
In water training is scheduled multiple times per month to make fitting into your schedule easier. Typically we do two in water sessions. Our goal is to make you a safe and comfortable diver so if you need more pool time we will arrange for it.
Open water evaluations can be completed in as little as two days.
How long is the certification good for?
Certification as a scuba diver is good for life. You never have to renew your certification however, since it is something your life could depend on we highly recommend you keep current with your skills. This can be done a number of ways. You can dive frequently through out the year, take continuing education classes or participate in a scuba skills update program.
What is continuing education?
There are many levels of certification that go beyond the basic open water diver certification. For example, there is the Advanced Program which will earn you 4 unique specialties, the Rescue Program which teaches you how to respond to personal stress issues as well as assist others, individual specialties such as Navigation, Night/Limited visibility, Photography, Deep Diving, Dry Suit and so forth or the professional levels which take you down a path toward becoming a diving professional and teaching others the joys of the sport. For more information on Continuing Education visit the Continuing Education page.
How do I get started?
It’s quite simple. You can return to our home page and follow the steps for on line training, or this link and get started right away.
At Tortuga Bay we offer the ultimate in personalized training. Our classes are small and offered frequently so we can best meet your busy schedule.
How much are classes?
This is probably the number one most asked question. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult to answer.
You can get started for as little as $30.00. This will get you your first lesson.
To become a fully certified scuba diver however, requires completion of all three phases of training (academic, confined water and open water evaluation) and the procurement of training materials along with some basic personal equipment. The costs associated with these items will vary with location and selection of styles.
Full scuba certification generally falls into a range of $500 to $800. Remember, this includes all the training, course materials and basic personal equipment.