Scuba FAQ

Q: How long is my diving certification valid for?

A: Your certification is valid for life. In Israel, due to the local law, divers that have not been diving for over a period of six months are required to participate in   a scuba skills refresh dive.

Q: What should I bring for a scuba diving course?

A: A swim suit, towel, sun protection and a good mood. Sea Tel Aviv provides all the equipment for your course.

Q: What should I bring if I would like to participate in one of your activities for certified divers?

A: 1) Certification card
2) Log book (the Israeli law requires a stamped dive within the last six month, if you don’t have one you are welcome to join our refresh dive program)
3) Valid diving insurance. Its Israeli law that divers must have valid diving insurance. If you don’t have any we would be happy to offer you a policy. Click here to purchase diving insurance.

Q: What are the depths of the dives and how are they supervised?

A: Non-certified divers can participate in a introduction dive with a maximum depth of 20 ft. (6 meters). Certified divers are can participate in dives up to a maximum depth of 60 ft. (18 meters) such as the Gordon Caves and Bird Head Canyon.
Advanced divers can participate in dives up to a maximum depth of 100 ft. (30 meters) and dive to all of Tel Aviv’s sites including the Sea Wolf Wreck.

Q: I’m only here for a short stay. What kind of activity would you recommend?

A: Sea Tel Aviv offers a variety of diving activities around the clock. We recommend our daily guided or night dives which can be held at the time of your choice. This way you have the option to plan the dive or course around your schedule and not the opposite. For those who would like to advance in their diving certification we invite you to join one of our specialty courses.

Q: I work all day and sometimes during the weekends. Can I join your diving course?

A: We specialize in arranging diving courses and custom dive packages just for you. We design the schedule and meetings to best fit your time.

Q: It’s been a while since my last dive, and I don’t remember much.

A: Sea Tel Aviv offers a scuba skills refresh dive that includes a review of the skills you learned during your open water diving course.
With our scuba skills refresh dive you will gain back your confidence and become a more experienced diver that feels more comfortable underwater.

– Israeli diving law requires every diver that has not dived in a period over 6 months to attend a scuba skills refresh dive.

Q: What type of diving insurance does Sea Tel Aviv have?

A: All of our Instructors carry a third liability diving insurance policy which covers students while participating in our courses (a copy of our insurance policy can be seen in our office).
The Israeli diving law requires everyone who wishes to participate in any diving activity to have personal diving insurance. Diving insurance can be obtained in our office or through our website and is valid for a year worldwide. Click here to purchase your diving insurance online.

Q: Can I rent equipment through you?

A: We can provide you with all the necessary equipment you need for your dive. Our dive gear is top brand, in great condition and properly maintained. However, if you have your own you are welcome to bring it with you. Full rinsing and drying areas are provided.

Q: Is learning to dive difficult?

A: It’s probably easier than you imagine. Sea Tel Aviv’s courses consist of confined water diving, knowledge development and open water dives. Our experienced instructors will assure your introduction to the underwater environment is exciting and we will make sure that you feel comfortable with everything learned at any part of the course.

Q: How long does it take to become a certified Open Water Diver?

A: The open water diver course is performance based. This means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the required skills and knowledge and feel comfortable with them. Because some learn faster than others, course duration varies slightly but usually takes around 5 days.

Q: How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?

A: You must be at least 12 years old to become certified as a open water diver. Up to the age of 15 junior open water Divers must dive with a certified guardian or dive professional to a maximum depth of 40 ft. (12 meters). Junior divers may also participate in many of our specialty courses and in the majority of the advanced diver course.  At age 15, the junior certification may be upgraded to a regular open water diver certification. You can also continue your training and become an advanced diver and dive to a depth of 100 ft. (30 meters) or perfect your skills in things that interest you in our specialty courses.

Q: Are there any special qualifications or considerations needed to participate in a scuba diving Open Water Course?

A: Anyone in good physical and mental health and that is at least 12 years of age can participate. Before the course you will be required to complete a medical release form (download). If any items on the questionnaire are marked yes this won’t disqualify you from diving but you’ll need to check with your GP to make sure you can participate. If you are on vacation and don’t have a physician on call we can arrange one for you.

Q: Do I have to be a great swimmer to be certified as an Open Water Diver?

A: You have to know how to swim and feel comfortable in the water.

Q: What do we breath in scuba tanks? Oxygen?

A: Recreational divers breathe air, not oxygen. The air in a scuba tank is like the air we breathe on the surface. In our nitrox courses it is possible to learn how to use mixtures that are richer then air in oxygen that have many advantages to divers.

Q: How long does a cylinder of air last?

A: Most people can spend about one hour underwater with a 12L cylinder.

Q: My ears hurt when I dive to the bottom of a pool. Won’t they hurt when I scuba dive where we dive to a much greater depth?

A: Your ears hurt because of the increasing water pressure. In your scuba course you’ll learn simple techniques to equalize your ears to the surrounding pressure.

Q: In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Should I be concerned about marine animals?

A: Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. A few do bite or sting, but divers can avoid these by simply not touching them. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks and other marine animals and therefore attacks are usually the case of taunting or feeding them. We must remember that we are just visitors in the underwater world and must treat the marine life with respect.

Q: Is scuba diving dangerous?

A: No, but there are potential hazards, which is why you need proper training and certification.

Q: I need vision correction is it a problem for me to go scuba diving?

A: Due to the fact that objects are magnified and appear closer underwater, people with a low prescription won’t need any corrective lenses.  For people with a higher prescription it is possible to dive with soft contact lens. Another option is to have prescription lenses put into your mask which we can advise you about.

Q: If I have been diving, how long should I wait before flying?

A: The dive medical community offers the following recommendations for flying after diving:
For dives within the no decompression limits:
A 12-24 hour interval is recommended between the dive and flight.

Q: Scuba diving sounds exciting, but I’m not sure if it’s for me. Can I try it without signing up for a course?

A: Absolutely, Sea Tel Aviv’s introduction dive allows you to go on a dive supervised by one of our instructors. After a short explanation you will jump into the water and ‘wet’ your appetite for more!

Q: How can I pay for your diving activities?

A: Sea Tel Aviv accepts cash and  all major credit cards.

Q: Will I be cold diving?

A: The temp in the Mediterranean Sea is suitable for diving all year round. On the hot summer day’s the temperature is 86° F (30° c) so all you will need is a shirt to protect you from the sun. On the colder winter days, where the water can go down to 66° F (19° c) we will provide you with a proper exposure suit to keep you warm and cuddly underwater.

Q: How long in advance do I have to book a scuba diving activity/ course with you?

A: It is best you book your activity as far in advance as possible. This way you can be assured of getting the date and time you prefer.

Q: What tanks do you use on your dives?

A: We use 12L, 10L and 7L aluminum tanks with DIN fittings.  We also stock a number of 15L steel tanks. For those of you with yoke regulators we have inserts that you can use.

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