FAQ – Diving

DIVING

I don’t know how to swim. Can I dive?

Swimming is always preferable, especially if you plan on doing any of the courses that are certifiable. But even if you don’t know how to swim or are a poor swimmer, you can still do a Discovery Dive with one of our instructors.

I want to dive but have never done it before. What can I do?

As a first timer in scuba diving, you can choose to do a Discovery Dive or SSI Try Scuba. It is an introductory dive where you get the basic information about scuba diving from your instructor. This ”mini course” is always done one-on-one for safety reasons and is accompanied by a certified instructor.

What is the difference between a Discovery dive and Try Scuba?

A Discovery dive is a 20min dive, up to 5m of depth. There is a short theory beforehand where you learn the basics of what to do underwater. This one is very easy with the three most important things to remember: breathe, swim and equalize the pressure.

Try Scuba is the introduction to diving and your steppingstone to doing courses that will earn you a certification. This dive is around 30-40min long, up to 5m of depth. Included in the theoretical part of education is also the description of some skills you will try during the first part of the dive. At the end of it, you will have earned your SSI Try Scuba recognition card. Should you choose to continue on to the Open Water Diver course, this dive can be counted as the first dive of the course.

I am a certified diver but my friend is doing a Discovery dive. Can we go together?

You will be on the same boat but will dive separately. Or you can choose to follow your friend during the Discovery dive, and then do another 20min with just the instructor.

What is the minimum number of people for a dive?

For reef dives, the minimum is 1 person. For wreck dives and the National park ‘Brijuni’, the minimum is 4 persons. For night dives, the minimum is 3 people.

For diving courses, the minimum is 1 person.

At what age can I start diving?

The minimum age for Discovery dives and SSI Try Scuba is 8 years old. While it is possible to get certified starting from the age of 10, it is recommended to wait until at least 14 years old to do the Open Water Diver.

I haven’t dived in a while. Do I need to do a check dive?

It depends on your experience level and how long is ‘a while’. You will discuss this with our staff and decide then. A check dive can be just a simpler dive to give you time to familiarize yourself with equipment and skills. If you need more instructions then you can do an SSI Scuba Skills Update with an instructor to repeat all the necessary skills.

I am alone. Can you find me a dive buddy?

Of course. If we already have an even number of divers in a group or you’re the only one, then your buddy will be our dive guide.

How deep can I dive?

SSI Open Water Divers can go to a maximum of 18m. With SSI Deep Diver Specialty you can go to 40m which is the maximum depth for recreational diving. Anything deeper is considered technical diving and requires further training. Associations other than SSI may have different depth limits and you should check with your association or instructor about those.

How long does a dive last?

 A dive is usually 40-45min long. Longer or shorter dives can be done on request.

I have a physical disability. Can I dive?

Yes. Our instructors are specially trained according to the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) standards for diving with handicapped people and understand the specific attention that must be paid in certain situations. You can also choose to get certified if you decide this sport is something you want to continue doing.

What can I see underwater?

Depending on the location the most common animals to see are:

Fish: angler, conger eel, damselfish, common two-banded seabream, red scorpionfish, flathead mullet, dusky grouper, black umber, Mediterranean rainbow wrasse, forkbeard, European seabass, Mediterranean moray, etc.

Crabs: spiny and European lobsters, spiny crabs, etc.

Others: sea horses, nudibranchs, octopuses, cuttlefish, starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, different sponges, corals, etc.

I want to do a wreck dive. Are there any prerequisites?

Yes, there are. Since all our wreck locations are between 30 and 40 meters of depth, you need to hold an Advanced Open Water Diver certification (or equivalent). You can also do these dives while holding an SSI (or equivalent) Deep Diver and (Advanced) Wreck Diver Specialty certification. This will allow you to go as deep as needed for the dive, and to go inside a wreck, if possible.

We also recommend having at least 25 logged dives before you decide to dive on wrecks. This is just a safety measure to make sure you have some experience when starting more demanding dives.

I wear glasses/contact lenses. Can I dive with them?

You cannot wear glasses underwater because they don’t fit under the mask. The sight is magnified by 1/3 underwater so things will look closer than they actually are.

You can dive with soft contact lenses but avoid using hard or medium hard lenses for diving; the eye cannot breathe under them the same way and there is a greater chance of losing them.

Can I bring my camera or GoPro?

Yes. You can use your camera or GoPro during all types of dives. You cannot use it only during certain courses unless other specified by your instructor.