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  • What is "SCUBA"?
    SCUBA is the abbreviation for "Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus". It is a breathing air gear which consists of a compressed air bottle and a diving regulator and turns the compressed air to breathing air.
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  • What is "PADI"?
    PADI is the abbreviaton for "Professional Association of Diving Instructors". It is the world's biggest association for divers.
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  • Why do many scuba divers go backwards from a boat into the water?
    There are several ways to go from the boat into the water. We go backwards from the boat for example if heavy swell makes it difficult to stand upright equipped with a lot of diving stuff. We also go backwards from the boat if the water is not deep.
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  • At what age can I begin with scuba diving?
    Eight-year-old kids are welcome to take part in the course "Bubble Maker" in a pool. Ten-year-old kids will enjoy to do the course "Junior-Open-Water-Diver" because they learn diving to a depth of about 12 meters in open waters. Of course an authorized person must be present. Of course there are more courses which are interesting for kids. Just ask for them.
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  • Does an eyebrow piercing bother me while scuba diving
    Your eyebrow piercing will not bother you while scuba diving because most diving masks seal far away from the eyebrows.
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  • What is a diving regulator?
    The diving regulator decreases the pressure of the air which comes from the compressed air bottle to the local ambient pressure. It makes the compressed air breathable.
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  • How fast may a scuba diver go up in the water?
    A diver may go up with a maximum speed of 9 meters per minute to prevent against the decompression disease.
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  • Is the air in a compressed air bottle after one year still proper?
    If the compressed air bottle has been filled by a proper filling station and if the bottle has been nonstop under pressure and if the last bottle check is not been several years ago the remaining air will still be in good condition. Contaminats cannot come into the bottle but you should expect that some of the air has gone during the last months. That makes it very important for you to check the amount of remaining air and the date of the last bottle check.
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  • What are the typical parts of a standard scuba equipment?
    Standard scuba equipment consists of these parts:
    A inflatable buoyancy compensator device (BCD) to mount the compressed air bottle which is connected with the diving regulator. The regulator has a mouthpiece which gives the breathing air to the diver. A weight-belt is important to compensate the buoyancy of the buoyancy compensator device. A diving mask improves the underwater sight. Diving fins make it easier to swim and a snorkel offers an alternative way to breathe. As a matter of course there is more interesting eqipment.
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  • What are alveoles?
    You have lots of alveoles in your lung which are surrounded by many small blood vessels (capillaries) to exchange gas. Oxygen from your breathing air is being absorpted and carbon dioxide is being released.
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  • What kind of diving suits can I buy?
    Wet suits:
    As the name says the divers is gets wet. Due to the blood heat the incoming water warms up and isolates against the coldness. The suit may not be too narrowly or laxly to make it work. Most of the waters are colder than the human body (36°C) so you should pay attention to hypothermia. These diving suits are usually a little cheaper than semi-dry or dry suit.

    Semi-dry suits:
    These suits are very similar to wet suits but they isolate better at the throat, the wrists, the feet and the zipper. They are a little more expensive than wet suits because less water comes into the suit.

    Dry suits:
    These one-piece suits is absolutely watertight. Many divers carry warming clothes under this kind of suit since it is proper for cold areas. Due to the fact that these suits have another behavior in buoyancy dive beginners should first get some experience with this kind of suit due before they dive with it. For example a bigger amount of air could go to the feet and make it difficult to go up in the water.
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  • Is it possible to scuba dive with contact lenses?
    Please inform your diving instructor about your contact lenses since this text is just a short information about that topic. Generally there is no problem with contact lenses while scuba diving. According to experience they get lost very seldom. Due to pressure compensation in the mask the contact lenses don't push against the eyes. Please consider that just hard contact lenses could cause weakening of your acuteness of vision if you go up too fast in the water. If you blow out your diving mask you should close your eyes. If you should be doubtful you could take spare contact lenses with you and ask us or your doctor about it.
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  • What do you recommend if my last diving has been a long time ago?
    That is easy - just take part in the course "Scuba Review" to get used to the most important practices. A diving instructor will come along with you the first two dives. After that you will feel good to dive alone for sure.
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  • Why should I not hold my breath when I go up?
    Due to the fact that the water pressure on your body drops while you go up the volume of the oxygen in your lung could increase so much that your lung could be damaged.
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  • Are aches in my ear while diving in baths a problem?
    The aches are not bad but only an effect of the water pressure on your ear-drum. Diving beginners learn an easy technique to match to pressure in the ears to the ambient pressure what prevents effectively against ear aches. However, if you really should have an injury or disease please go to a doctor.
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  • What is in a compressed air bottle?
    In the compressed air bottles is a mix of filtered, dried and heavily compressed air. Some divers sometimes use special breathing gas mixtures.
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