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With all our Diving Courses here in Colchester Essex, and with lots of new friends to make, you'll find a fun and relaxed atmsophere. We have many courses available including PADI Open Water, Advanced Diving, Rescue Diver Course, and a host of Specialty Diving Courses Courses including Nitrox, Deep, Dry Suit, Underwater Photography, and may more. People travel to us from Chelmsford, Clacton, Braintree, Maldon, Ipswich, and surrounding areas in Essex, Suffolk, and East Anglia.

Here are a list of questions that our customers ask about our popular SCUBA Diving Lessons in Essex. We have compiled a list of answers which may surprise you!

SCUBA Divers

What does SCUBA mean?

SCUBA is an acronym for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. This unit and other diving equipment makes breathing underwater possible.

What is PADI?

PADI stands for Professional Association of Diving Instructors and is the world-wide leader in diver education and tuition. All of Essex Scuba Diving's Essex based Instructors are fully qualified PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors.

Who can Dive at Essex Scuba Diving?

Anyone from the age of 10 years and up and who is in reasonable health. For your safety, you will complete a simple health questionnaire before your first dive, if any health concerns become apparent we will ask you to get checked out and given the ‘all clear’ by your doctor.

Do I need to be a good swimmer?

No, SCUBA is not about swimming, so you do not need to be a great swimmer. But, you do need to be able to swim and you also need to be fairly confident in the water. If you are uncertain or under confident in your ability then just give us a call for an informal chat, you are probably worrying unnecessarily.

Where can I SCUBA Dive?

Anywhere there is water! The PADI Open Water certification means you can dive anywhere in the world! Our confined and open water environments are suited to your learning curve and we strive to teach you to be a safe and responsible diver.

Do I need my own SCUBA equipment?

No. We will provide you with the necessary equipment to get you going during your course. If you do wish to purchase your own kit we are happy to chat about suitable starter-kit items and reputable brands from our suppliers in Essex.

What's it like breathing Underwater?

Exhilarating and amazing and relaxing too. It's a strange combination! As we enter the aquatic realm we see sights and sounds and experience sensations most people have not yet experienced. Light and sound act differently, while underwater creatures do not seem too surprised to see us in the Big Blue. We dive in a 3-D weightless environment surrounded by diverse life; it is truly a unique sensation!

What SCUBA Course should I start with?

Most people start with the very popular PADI Open Water course and then develop their diving by becoming a PADI Adventure Diver. The PADI Adventure Diver course allows the diver to focus on areas of interest, be it Wreck Diving, Underwater Photography, Conservation, Boat, or DPV (Diver Propelled Vehicle) and many more. Please see our PADI Specialty courses page for more Details.

If you would like an informal chat with our Instructors about getting started or which courses will suit you best then please drop us an E-Mail.

Is it expensive?

In relation to other sports no. SCUBA is certainly cheaper than Golf Lessons and lasts a lot longer than Bungee Jumping! We offer our courses at very competitive prices. We do not charge for "hidden extras". If elsewhere a Course seems too cheap to be true it probably is. The price you pay with us includes everything you need, with no nasty surprises.

Is SCUBA diving safe?

We work hard to ensure our student safety at all times. As with any activity that involves some form of physical exertion, diving is not without risks, but we will ensure that these are as minimal as possible while you are with us. Our job at Essex Scuba Diving is to train you to dive safely to the best of our ability and to ensure you are as protected as much as possible from any risks.

What do I get once I have completed a Diving Course?

Depending on what course you are undergoing you will receive a PADI certification card and wall certificate. The certification card is recognized World-Wide as a sign of your diver training. It is essential that your card and log-book are presented to dive shops and schools prior to any dive activity.

What happens next?

Well, really it is up to you. Continue your diver education and tuition with us or continue your recreational diving with us. Either way, Essex Scuba Diving in Essex will be here to help and guide you for the rest of your diving career.


Remember we are here to help you, so become the diver you want to be with Essex Scuba Diving!


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