Q: Are the certification cards of PADI recognized all over the world?
A: Yes, it doesn’t matter with which organization you have learned to dive. So if a PADI Open Water diver for example wants to dive with an SSI Dive center, that’s perfectly fine. This counts certification cards of all dive organizations.
Q: I have done my Open Water Diver course with SSI, can I do my Advanced Course with PADI or the other way around?
A: Yes, you can cross between PADI and SSI as much as you like for the recreational dive levels. Their levels are quite similar and certification of another dive organization is totally accepted. As noted all standards are set forth by the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council).
Q: If I forgot to bring my certification card with me, will I still be able to dive?
A: PADI has an online system, which from we are able to look you up easily. If a dive center is not affiliated with the organization you have done your course with, they can contact them to see if you are in the system. A signed logbook also helps.
Q: If I forgot to bring my certification card with me and I don’t show up in the system, will I still be able to dive?
A: No, we need to see proof of certification before we take you on a dive, regardless of training agency or experience level.
Q: I want to do the PADI Open Water course with my family. Does everyone need to buy their own manual?
A: When doing PADI Courses – Yes, every student needs to purchase their own manual.
Q: Do I need to have a medical before scuba diving?
A: It is not a pre-requisite to have a medical before scuba diving, however if you have a pre-existing medical condition which affects your ears, sinus, respiratory and circulatory systems, or have had recent surgery it is advisable to consult a Diving Physician before you leave home. Before starting a diving course you must go through a medical questionnaire.
Q: Do I need to have dive insurance?
A: If you do a lot of diving it is always good to get your own insurance.
Q: What medical facilities/equipment do you have available on land and on the dive boat?
A: We have oxygen and a well equipped medical kit on our boats and on land & every member of our dive staff is a certified Oxygen Provider and know how to handle emergency situations. A hospital is located within 30 minutes of driving. A hyperbaric/decompression chamber is located in Cebu, within a 2 hour boat ride.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Philippines?
A: The best is always to check with your Philippine Embassy at home before coming to Philippines as they will have the latest advice for you. Most people get a 21 day visa on arrival when you fly in, which is extendable easily within the country, first 39 days (around 50 dollars) and then by every 2 months.
Q: I am traveling with non-divers, what can they do when I am diving?
Bohol offers many things to do to diver or non-divers alike. Snorkelling, kayaking, motorbiking around Bohol, going to see the chocolate hills or Tarsiers. Or just take sun on Alona beach, taking a massage while sipping your extra ordinary coconut shake.
Q: What if I cannot complete my dive course?
A: If you cannot complete your course with us for any reason, we can refund you some money for what needs still to be done. We will give you a “referral form” and you will have a maximum of 12 months to complete it with us or with any other dive school around the world.