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Is scuba diving dangerous?

Scuba diving is statistically a very safe activity.  You are five times more likely to be killed driving to your diving class than you are scuba diving, and three times more likely to meet your end while canoeing.  Scuba is like piloting an aircraft; statistically very safe with significant potential danger that is unforgiving of any carelessness or incompetence. 

What are some of the costs of getting certified?

Aside from the fees paid for instruction, you will need to have your own personal scuba diving gear to include wetsuit, mask, gloves, and boots.  For advanced training you will need additional items as well.  If your training requires locations and depths that are not accessible from shore, you will incur costs for boat charters.

What is "The Bends?"

The bends is the common term for Decompression Sickness.  It was first discovered among workmen digging in submerged structures underneath rivers.  These structures were called caissons and were filled with highly compressed air to keep water out.  These men would sometimes leave the chamber and begin to suffer severe aches in their joints, causing them to double over in pain - hence the name.  It is caused when someone has breathed compressed air over a period of time and reduces the pressure around them too quickly, such as when a scuba diver surfaces too fast.  It is uncommon and you will learn how to avoid it.

How deep will I have to dive?

Your training will begin in either a swimming pool or shallow water you can stand in.  We will progress to deeper water as you get more comfortable and master new skills.  Your checkout dives will take you to depths of around 30-40 feet and in no case deeper than 60 feet for new divers.

What if I run out of air?

You will be trained to closely monitor your air supply and properly plan you dives so that this does not occur.  Also, you will be trained how to safely handle an out-of-air situation in the unlikely event it were to happen.

I'm not a very good swimmer; will this be a problem?

You do not need to be a great swimmer to participate in scuba diving.  You do, however, need to be able to swim over short distances and able to maintain yourself at the surface without a floatation device.

How long does the course take?

This depends on a number of factors, including you and your instructor's schedule, how rapidly you master the required skills, weather etc.  TDK specializes in individual and small group training, so the details can be worked out once training commences.  There are 1-2 classroom sessions and 3-4 in-water sessions, followed by 4 checkout dives.  It can be done in as little as five days or spread out over several weeks, depending on your preference.

I wear glasses, can I still Dive?

While you can't wear eyeglasses, you can wear contact lenses, or obtain a prescription mask.  They are available in bi-focals as well.

What about sharks?

The ocean has many creatures capable of inflicting various injuries.  Luckily, none of them - including sharks - have any desire to do so.  Generally speaking, sea creatures won't bother you unless provoked, and sharks are unusual to see, unless you are diving in a location known for their presence.  Most all shark attacks are cases of mistaken identity, and a scuba diver underwater, blowing out loud bubbles, looks nothing like something a shark wants to bite.  Statistically, you are more likely to be killed by a cow than a shark

Where are you located?

Todd lives in his motor coach and travels to various training sites.  He is affiliated with St. Lawrence Scuba Co. in Watertown New York and teaches in the 1000 Islands region in summer, and teaches along the South Florida coast and cavern country during the rest of the year.

What payment methods are accepted?

In order of preference; cash, Venmo, PayPal, personal check.  No credit card payments are accepted.

Do I need any special equipment for advanced classes?

Once you move to Advanced Diver training you will need to have some equipment that you do not already possess.  Click here to download the list.

Can you come to where me/my group are located?

Arrangements can be made for travel to a training site, or we can assist you with travel to Todd's location.  Please contact for arrangements.

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