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FAQs


What is the minimum age to take part?

What other prerequisites are there?

If I answer ‘Yes’ to a question on the medical form, does that mean I cannot take part?

Where do the courses take place?

What equipment do I need?

How much does it cost?

How deep can I go?

What is the difference between the Junior qualifications and the adult ones?

When do the sessions and courses run?

How many students are there on a course?

How many people can I have to my pool party?

We share pick up and drop off duties with other parents. Can someone else bring my child(ren) along?

I have a reading or learning difficulty. Will this prevent me from completing the course?

I’m worried about the exams and the skills - what happens if I don't pass?

Isn't diving in the UK cold?

I’m going on holiday but haven't dived for some time. Does that mean I won’t be able to dive this time around?



What is the minimum age to take part?


Snorkelling: No minimum age

Skin diver: 8 years

Bubblemaker: 8 years

Scuba Rangers: 8 years

Pool parties: 8 years

Try Dive/Scuba Experience: 10 years (but 8–9 years for Bubblemaker)

Open Water Diver/Scuba Diver: 12 years to dive in the UK, because of the minimum age imposed by the open water dive sites that we use for training.

 Children aged 10–11 years can complete the course by a referral.

 Children aged 10–14 years earn the Junior Scuba Diver/Junior Open Water Diver qualification.

Advanced Open Water Adventure Dives/Diving Specialities: Please see individual specialities for details.


What other prerequisites are there?


You will need to complete a medical questionnaire.

All paperwork must be countersigned by a parent or legal guardian for participants under 18 years.


If I answer ‘Yes’ to a question on the medical form, does that mean I cannot take part?


Not necessarily!

The medical questionnaire is to make sure that you are generally fit to dive and must be answered truthfully. Positive answers do not necessarily prevent you from diving but you must get approval from your GP before you can take part. We will give you a form for your GP to complete.


Where do the courses take place?


In our superb on-site facilities in Aylesbury. We have our very own heated pool and a classroom.

See the Contact Us page for directions to Scubaducks.



What equipment do I need?


Entry level courses include the equipment you will need for your pool training. Just bring your swimming costume and a towel.

As you progress through your training, you will wish to buy certain items, and we have a very well-stocked shop with experienced and knowledgeable staff to help you choose the right gear for you. We do expect students on Open Water courses and above to have their own mask and snorkel as a minimum. Children on the Scuba Rangers Development Programme are also required to have their own mask and snorkel. We will be very happy to help you choose these items from our extensive range when you come for your course.

For open water training, preferential hire rates are available to students. For Dry Suit courses, Dry Suits and undersuits are provided. Preferential hire rates will continue to apply for six months from date of course completion.



How much does it cost?


Please call us on 01296 317787 for current prices.


How deep can I go?


Scuba Diver: 12 metres. You must dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional.

Open Water Diver: 18 metres. You can dive with your buddy (12 m for Junior Open Water Diver, see below for restrictions on who Juniors may dive with).

Advanced Open Water Diver: 30 metres, with a buddy (21 m for Junior Advanced Open Water Diver).

Deep  Diver:  40 metres, with a buddy.


What is the difference between the Junior qualifications and the adult ones?


The content and requirements of the courses are exactly the same for children as they are for adults. However, to qualify as a Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver you must be a minimum of 15 years old. Below this age a diver qualifies as a Junior Scuba Diver/Junior Open Water Diver and is subject to some restrictions:



When a Junior diver reaches 15 years of age they can simply apply for an upgrade to their qualification on payment of an administration charge.


When do the sessions and courses run?


Because we have our own on-site pool and classroom, we can run courses, try dives and parties more or less whenever we need to! Most take place at the weekends because that’s when the majority of our customers are available but other times during the week are also entirely possible. Just let us know your requirements, and we’ll see what we can arrange.


How many students are there on a course?


There is a maximum of six students per course. There is an Instructor, and at least one other Professional for pool sessions.


How many people can I have to my pool party?


There is a maximum of six participants (with two or three of our Professionals) in the pool at any one time, but if you want to invite more, that’s no problem – those not in the water can watch until it’s their turn to have a go.


We share pick up/drop off duties with other parents. Can someone else bring my child(ren) along?


Yes and no.

A parent or legal guardian must attend with the child(ren) for a Bubblemaker/Try Dive/Scuba Experience/Scuba Rangers programme. This is because each child’s parent/guardian must complete and sign the necessary paperwork, and listen to a safety briefing.

Following this, children can be dropped off as a group but we do require a responsible adult to remain on site during every session.


I have a reading or learning difficulty. Will this prevent me from completing the course?


No, almost certainly not. The course materials are available online, and you can work through them at your own pace.

Our Instructors will provide plenty of help and support to enable you to achieve success. Because we have our own on-site facilities, we can give you as much time in the classroom and the pool as you need. This can even be on a one-to-one basis if necessary, so you need not be concerned about taking longer.


I’m worried about the exams and the skills – what happens if I don’t pass?


The quizzes and exam are our means of finding out what you have learned and which areas you still need to work on. If you don’t achieve the pass mark first time, don’t worry – we will revisit any difficult areas to make sure you fully understand before you re-sit the exam.

If you are really struggling with a particular aspect then we can schedule additional sessions to help you over the hurdle. This is also true of the in-water skills – if a particular skill is causing you difficulty then we can simply take more time in the pool to help you master it. If necessary, this can be on a one-to-one basis – there’s no need to feel that you are holding others up.


Isn’t diving in the UK cold?


Water temperatures in the UK are generally lower than in holiday destinations abroad, but with the appropriate equipment this isn’t a problem: it is possible to dive in the UK all year round in a dry suit with a good, insulating undersuit. You can do the Dry Suit Diver Speciality alongside your Open Water Diver course, or you can do it at a later date.

If cold-water diving really isn’t your cup of tea and you only want to dive on holiday, then the Open Water Referral course is for you.


I’m going on holiday but I haven’t dived for some time. Does that mean I won’t be able to dive this time around?


If you have not dived for six months or more, a Scuba Review is the refresher you need.

The Scuba Review is a combined knowledge review and confined water session that takes approximately 3 hours. Most resorts will require you to complete a Scuba Review if you haven’t dived for a while. Why not re-familiarise yourself with the essential knowledge and skills here at Scubaducks before you travel, and feel confident from the very first dive of your holiday!

We can arrange for you to complete a Scuba Review at a time to suit you.