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Featured Author // June 4, 2018

‘Do I Need to Know How to Swim to Scuba Dive’ and Other Frequently Asked Questions.

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Before learning to scuba dive, it’s natural to have some questions. Exploring the underwater world can be unnerving at first, however it is also exciting and amazing. Here we answer some common questions about learning to dive.


Before learning to scuba dive, it’s natural to have some questions. Exploring the underwater world can be unnerving at first, however it is also exciting and amazing. Here we answer some common questions about learning to dive.

1. Do I need to know how to swim to scuba dive?
Since it’s in the title, we thought we better address this first. If you’ve thought about this, you’re certainly not alone. For safety reasons, there are some minimum swimming requirements. You will need to complete a 200 metre swim – this can be any stroke and isn’t timed, so you can take your time. You’ll also need to float for ten minutes – you can do this laying on your back or by treading water. Finally, you’ll complete some basic snorkelling skills. The most important thing is your level of comfort in the water. The more comfortable you are the more enjoyable your dives will be, so if you’re not there yet, taking a couple of swimming lessons or classes may help improve your skills and confidence ahead of your course.

2. Do I need to own my own gear?
Not at all. Make sure you check with the dive centre that they have gear available for hire but most PADI Dive Shops will have well maintained gear available for you to hire for a small cost. Of course, as you progress you might decide to purchase your own gear (if that’s the case, take a look at our other helpful articles).


3. Where should I learn to dive?
There are so many things that will affect the answer to this popular question. There are many benefits of learning to dive in your local area, and other benefits of learning to dive while on holiday! Consider if you have any upcoming trips to countries that you’d like to dive in; think about the types of marine life you would like to experience and conditions such as water temperature and seasons. For detailed information on diving destinations, take a look at the PADI Travel Scuba Guides.

4. Which PADI Dive Shop should I learn to dive with?
Choosing which PADI Dive Shop to take your first underwater breaths with with is a big decision! Unfortunately, it’s one we can’t make for you. We have written an article to guide you through the questions you should ask and our Dive Shop Locator is a great place to start your search, but ultimately, you need to feel comfortable with the dive shop and instructor.

5. How much will my course cost?
As all PADI Dive Shops are independently owned, prices can vary depending on location, class size and other factors. Take a look at our Dive Shop Locator and get in touch with a PADI Dive Shop to enquire about price and availability.

6. Can I dive with a medical condition?
Medical conditions don’t necessarily mean you can’t dive however only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as needed when assessing fitness to dive.

7. Is learning to dive hard?
You’re in luck – we have an entire article dedicated to answering this question here.

8. I don’t have a dive buddy, can I still learn to dive?


Absolutely! If you don’t have a buddy, your dive centre will be able to pair you with someone for your course – who knows, you might make a lifelong friend.

9. How long will the course take?

Progression through PADI courses is based on mastering skills rather than set time periods. Some people will progress more quickly whereas others may need a little more time on a particular skill. This means once you’ve completed you’re certification you’ll be truly equipped with the skills you need to dive.

How you choose to complete your theory component will also impact how long the course takes. If you choose PADI eLearning, you will move through at your own pace or if you opt for classroom sessions your theory time will likely be more structured.

Source: http://www2.padi.com/blog/2018/04/09/need-know-swim-scuba-dive-frequently-asked-questions/

Featured Author // April 25, 2018

Exhausted With Mainstream Sports? Check Out Scuba Diving!


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Very few hobbies or sports are as exhilarating and as exciting as Scuba Diving is. It gives you an opportunity to be up, close and personal with the undiscovered life underwater. The majority of the magnificent world below the waterline is yet to be explored and when you do Scuba Diving, you become one of those lucky few to get a glimpse of this exotic view. Due to the unmatched thrill it provides, no wonder that Scuba Diving has become extremely popular with people of all ages.





If you want to experience the thrill of Scuba Diving, you will not find a place as inviting as Moalboal, a small town to the south-west of Cebu, Phillippines. Moalboal is one of the most sought-after diving destinations across the globe and is famous for its huge shallow water areas, full of turtles and sardines.

You will find many diving resorts in and around Moalboal, such as the Turtle Bay Dive Resort, which will provide an enriching and unique experience. You can explore the beauty of the water world in a calm and laidback atmosphere and at the same time, enjoy the world-class amenities provided by these resorts. Rest assured, your mind and body will be refreshed and rejuvenated after you encounter the wonderful diving experience in this tropical paradise.

There are a lot of spots available around the Moalboal area and about twenty of these spots are within 15 minutes of the Turtle Bay Dive Resort. The Pescador Island, with an amazing school of Sardine, attracts a plethora of divers every year. The Marine Sanctuary is another spot where you will find plenty of leaf fish, soft corals and huge sea fans. This is a great site for the photographers. The Tongo Point, Copton Point and the White Beach are a few more famous diving spots in this area.

If you want to have a whale shark experience, Turtle Bay Resort will arrange for half-day excursions to a beach in the Tan-awan village, Southern Cebu, which is 77 KMs from the resort. The scenic drive of 90 minutes, along with the coast of Cebu and the magnificent sea conditions are bound to provide you a once in a life time experience.


Diving Courses


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Leave your worries behind, if you are yet to learn diving at all. The famous waters at Moalboal are a fantastic place to explore diving and resorts here offer many short-term diving courses. It is always better to be well trained before you set out for diving and PADI is regarded as the best Scuba diving certification across the world for beginners. Turtle Bay Resort offers PADI courses such as Open Water and Advanced Open Water. These courses have duration of maximum four to five days and anyone on or above the age of 15 can avail these. They offer E-learning facilities as well where you can opt for completing the theoretical portion of PADI Open Water Course anytime, anywhere, at your own convenience.



Author’s Bio:

Lysha works at Lalco Residency- Service Apartments in Mumbai for 1 month- and she loves her job. Helping clients and monitoring the progress of business strategies along with her leadership skills makes her perfect suit for Hospitality services. You can catch-up with Lysha at Lalco Residency in Mumbai.





Chris White // January 30, 2018

8 Reasons to Dive The Philippines

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1. Chosen as one of the Top Three Dive Sites in the World

It has been scientifically proven that we are the epicenter of marine biodiversity in the world.   488 of the 500 known coral species in the world are found here spread in over 13,000 square miles of coral reefs, many of which have been grown since the Ice Age.  Plus there are over a thousand different species of marine life. All of this can be enjoyed with water temperatures averaging 28C. I will post more blogs giving the details about the Coral Triangle.

 2. Delectable foods

Each region has also its own particular cuisine.  Filipino food is a diverse blend of Oriental, European and American culinary tastes.  Fresh seafood is abundant here.

 3. Full of exotic and pristine beaches.

Boracay Island is but one of the countless beaches that you can enjoy here.  With more than 7, 000 islands here, world- class beaches with crystal-blue waters of both the China Sea and the Pacific Ocean are abundant here. Explore the other top beaches here: Alona Beach of Panglao Island in Bohol, Coron and El Nido Islands of Palawan, Dumaguete, Camiguin Island and of course, White Beach and Lambok Beaches at Moalboal and Badian in Cebu

 4. We are a vibrant, fun- loving and eclectic group of people

The Philippines has 16 regions each with their own particular culture, personality and beliefs.  One thing that is similar in each and every Filipino is their hospitality and love of fun which is infectious.

  5. Value spending

Here in the Philippines, your money will go a long, long way.  We manufacture and export world- class products such as furniture, jewelry, accessories, food, guitars (made in Mactan) plus there are branches of globally- renowned brands here.

 6 Relax and rejuvenate

Treat yourself at our spas and health centers at a fraction of the price in your country. Of course, you can enjoy a full-body massage in the newly opened Bay Spa at Turtle Bay Dive Resort.

 7. We are an English- speaking country

Over 90% of the population speaks English in addition to  Filipino and their own local language.

 8. Philippine Fiestas

Filipinos never forget to be thankful for their own patron saints and bountiful harvest by celebrating their town’s festival.  With countless towns and cities, we are a veritable land of fiestas and festivals anytime of the year. The famous Sinulog fiesta in Cebu City culminates on the 3rd Sunday of January each. The Moalboal fiesta is celebrated on May 15 & 16.


Photo by Melody Cool

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