Do I have to be certified to scuba dive?

No, you do not have to know how to scuba dive. We offer a pool scuba learning session where you can learn and practice skills that make the ocean dive much more fun, safe, and enjoyable. This is an Aqua Zone SCUBA exclusive. No other Oahu dive operator offers a scuba learning session in the safety and comfort of a swimming pool prior to an ocean dive. This is available at our Waikiki location only.

How old do I have to be to scuba dive?

The real answer is 10 years old. However, we prefer a minimum age of 12 years because of gear size and maturity level. Many 10-year-olds are too small to fit our equipment and it may be difficult to find a wetsuit that fits. And, of course, some children are simply not ready for scuba diving.

How do I become certified to scuba dive?

It’s easy! You can learn to dive online to get started. Once you complete the online course work for your scuba certification, you have up to a year to complete the water training. You may go to any PADI dive center to complete the training. Just make sure you choose the dive shop you are going to before you begin (follow the prompts). Our Waikiki dive shop has helped many people get their PADI certifications through PADI courses.

Do I need to be in good shape to scuba dive?

You will need to fill out a medical release form. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, then a doctor must sign the form stating that they find no reason you cannot scuba dive. This form must be completed prior to any dive trip or lesson. Aqua Zone SCUBA reserves the right to deny anyone from diving on our excursions if deemed unfit regardless of medical release.

Do I need to know how to swim?

You need basic swimming skills. The more comfortable you are in the water, the easier learning to scuba dive can be. To become certified, there is a 200-yard swim test to perform — you can swim any style and there is no time limit. There is no swim test for a beginner to go out on our Sea Turtle Scuba Adventure. We will have you in the pool to learn and practice the skills for safe scuba diving. Both you and the instructor will know if you are able to dive.

Are there sharks?

We hope so! Swimming with sharks underwater is one of the most thrilling things to experience. We have never encountered an aggressive shark. Most are resting under ledges or just passing through the area. We also offer shark cage diving if you’re interested in this adventure!

Is it OK to scuba dive while pregnant? Or while menstruating?

Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.

What about seasickness?

Nobody knows you better than you. If you think you may become seasick while scuba diving, it is always better to take precaution rather than wait. It’s too late to do anything once on the water. One option is using an over-the-counter seasickness medicine that works for you. We have had many customers have success with a non-drowsy, chewable type. Make sure to read the directions because many types require you to take it several hours before the trip or sometimes even the night before.

Ready for scuba diving in Waikiki? We can’t wait to have you join us!