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Beginner scuba diver Frequently Asked Questions

Beginner Scuba Diving FAQ: All you need to know.

What does it feel like to breathe underwater?

The gentle hiss of the air as you breathe in and out. The bubbles and warm water around you. The feeling of calmness, peace and quiet. The underwater world is full of light, color and life. The corals are beautiful and the fish will be close enough to touch (of course you shouldn’t).  It’s amazing and it’s so much fun.The owners and Instructors at Bali Scuba all became addicted to scuba diving. Perhaps you will too.

Who can learn to dive?

Almost anybody. The minimum age is 10 years old. There is no maximum age. You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete but you do need to be generally fit and healthy.

Do I need to get a medical certificate?

As a beginner we need to make sure that you are fit for diving. Please read the questions on Page 1 of this medical statement. If you can answer ‘no’ to every question you don’t need to see a doctor. If you answer ‘yes’ to any question you will need to see a doctor before you can dive. The doctor should complete Page 2. You can visit a doctor in your home country or we can help you to find a doctor here in Bali. The doctor doesn’t need to be a diving specialist.

Is it dangerous?

No it isn’t. Scuba diving is a safe and fun family activity. Just listen to your Instructor and follow the safety rules.

Are there any dangerous sharks?

There are no dangerous sharks in Bali. If you are lucky you may see a shark but it will be more frightened of you. Sharks have never bitten divers in Bali (only a few places in the world like Australia and South Africa have dangerous sharks).

Can I run out of air?

It’s possible but very unlikely. You and your Instructor can easily check your air supply. It’s like reading the petrol gauge on a car. For extra safety we always end a scuba dive with at least 25% in the tank (that’s enough spare air for about 15 minutes dive time).

What happens if I feel claustrophobic?

As a beginner you will always be close to your instructor. If you feel claustrophobic just signal to your Instructor and you will go together to the surface. Bali Scuba have Instructors that have managed all types of situations for thousands of students. You will be guided underwater in the safest and most comfortable way dependent on your own level of confidence. You are in great hands and this is your chance to overcome any prospective adversity.

Will my ears hurt?

Sometimes on a flight or diving down to the bottom of a swimming pool you may feel pain. This is because the air pressure is increasing and squeezing your ears. This won’t be a problem while you are diving because your Instructor will teach you a simple technique to prevent this (called ‘equalisation’). You’ll be able to use this technique on flights and in the swimming pool too!

Can I dive during my monthly menstruation period?

Yes you can. If you can do normal daily activities during your monthly period then you can dive during menstruation too. For further questions feel free to contact our female staff.

Can I dive if I wear glasses?

The best option is to wear soft contact lenses while you are diving. Another option is to rent from us a scuba diving mask with prescription lenses (however please note we have a limited range of dive mask prescription lenses).

Is it cold?

Not here in Bali. The temperature is usually around 27C (80F) though it can sometimes be colder. You will be wearing one of our wetsuits anyway which will protect you from the cold.

Can I dive if I suffer from seasickness?

You won’t be taking any long boat trips. Just in case we do have seasickness medicine available. 

What happens if rains during the course?

We scuba divers are very lucky because it never rains underwater. It’s no problem to dive while it is raining on the surface because it doesn’t affect divers below.

How long will I dive?

Each dive will be about 45 minutes.

Do I need my own scuba diving equipment?

No you don’t. All rental scuba gear and a towel is included in the price. You just need to bring a swimsuit.

Will I be in a big group?

Bali Scuba specialises in individual care and large groups.  We will cater to your group/individual requirements.

Can my Instructor speak English?

All the Bali Scuba Instructors speak excellent English.

Can I communicate with my Instructor underwater?

Yes you can. As a beginner one of the first things you will learn is how to make underwater signals before your dive begins.

Can I dive in Bali at any time of year?

Yes you can.

Is insurance included?

Yes it is. Here at Bali Scuba we use official PADI insurance from Australia. You can ask other dive centers if they use any insurance at all or if they use a local Indonesian insurance policy.

What is PADI?

PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization. More than 20 million beginner divers just like you have earned their PADI diving licence by taking the PADI Open Water diver course. It’s by far the world’s most widely recognised scuba diving licence.

Why choose Bali Scuba?

Bali Scuba is a PADI Five Star dive center and multiple PADI award-winner. We are one of the few dive centers in Bali authorised to conduct PADI professional courses. This means we train the Instructors that all the dive centers use. We have been running the PADI Open Water diver course for beginner divers here in Bali for 15 incident-free years. Trust our experienced and well-trained staff and our safety-first procedures.

What is the Bali Scuba cancellation and refund policy?

We will be happy to refund any payment or deposit if you cancel for any reason up to 4 PM the day before your dive course begins. We also refund if you can’t complete the course for any reason.

Can I get any photo or video of my first ever scuba diving experience?

When you make your booking please ask us to arrange an underwater videographer for one or more days of your Open Water course..

Can I get vegetarian or halal meal?

Yes, we are sensitive to the individual and collective needs of our guests.

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This Post Has 16 Comments
  1. 1. Berapa kedalaman rata rata untuk menyelam berapa meter ?
    2. Harga tsb (Rp. 5.2 juta dgn e-learning) apakah sdh termasuk diving dilaut ?
    3. Penyelaman di laut, lokasinya dimana ?

    1. 1. Berapa kedalaman rata rata untuk menyelam berapa meter ?
      Translation: On average how deep do we go scuba diving

      Untuk penyelam pemula yang bersertifikat Open Water kedalaman penyelaman maksimum adalah 18 meter (60 kaki). Penyelam yang sudah bersertifikat PADI Advanced dapat menyelam sampai dengan kedalaman 30 meter (100 kaki). Penyelam yang mengambil kursus PADI Deep dapat menyelam hingga kedalaman 40 meter (130 kaki). Sedangkan bagi penyelam yang mengambil kursus PADI Tec Diving dapat menyelam sampai dengan makimum 50 meter (165 kaki).

      Translation: For beginners with PADI Open Water certificate maximum depth is 18 meters (60 feet). Divers who take PADI Advanced Open Water course can dive to 30 meters (100 feet). Divers who take PADI Deep diver course can dive to 40 meters (130 feet). Divers who take PADI Tec diving course can dive to maximum 50 meters (165 feet)

      2. Harga tsb (Rp. 5.2 juta dgn e-learning) apakah sdh termasuk diving dilaut ?
      Translation: Does price for eLearning include cost of ocean dives?

      Ya, harga IDR 5,200,000 sudah termasuk penyelaman di laut.

      Translation: Yes, ocean dives are included: IDR 5,200,000 is all-inclusive price

      3. Penyelaman di laut, lokasinya dimana ?
      Translation: Where will the diving be?

      Di Sanur dan Tulamben. Di Tulamben bahkan Anda akan diajak menyelam di kapal karam bekas perang dunia II.

      Translation: In Sanur and in Tulamben. In Tulamben you will dive on a World War Two shipwreck!

  2. Hey,

    We are coming to Bali in December

    We are both beginner divers and would like to get our PADI licence.

    Would you have a price for a 4 day diving course for two people please?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Dinesh, Yes the program starts with theory in the classroom then there are pool training sessions to ensure a safe environment and lots of practice before heading out to the ocean!

  3. if we take the beginners and would like to do additional days with your instructor is that a possibility? What is the price for additional dives. We will have 4 people in our group.

    1. Hi Jess. Yes it is possible to do additional dives with your instructor after the Open Water Course. The price will depend on how many dives you’d like to make and in which locations. may I know your email address so we can chat further? Alternatively you can send your enquiry to

  4. We are a party of 4 wanting to discover diving. We’re staying in Legian, for 4 nights. What dive would you recommend, and how long should we allow for the experience?

  5. Can a woman with hijab follow the course too? is there any special requirement for the swimsuit? Can i wear moslemah swimsuit? Is there any recommendation for buying regulator? Thank you

    1. Hello Nene,

      Thank you for your enquiry – yes, it is possible to wear a hijab during your course! We will supply you with a full length wetsuit but they can be hot when you are out of the water if you wish to keep covered up. If you wish to wear a full cover up swim suit underneath the wetsuit that is also totally fine! We sell ScubaPro equipment in our store and have a range available. Could you email us your requirements to and we can send you full information. Purchasing your own gear is a great idea and we would be happy to give you some advice and explain what we have available. Best wishes, Bali Scuba.

  6. Hi! im planning to visit Bali with a friend of mine this summer. I was curious about the costs of getting my first diving experience photographed and recorded underwater.Could you please let me know how this arrangement could be made and how much it would cost? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tanya – thank you for your enquiry. We do have an underwater photography service for first time divers. Could you direct your enquiry to and our team will send you full information? Thank you and hope to see you this summer!

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