Scuba Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Do I need to have all my own gear before I can take scuba training?
A. No, you will need a quality set of fins, mask, and snorkel. West Shore Scuba sells a range of quality scuba accessories to meet your budget and diving requirements. If you are taking the Discover Scuba Diving experience, we supply all of the equipment.
Q. My son (daughter) is interested in scuba diving. How young can they be?
A. We have several programs for kids from 8 to 80. Check out the BubbleMakers and Seal Team programs on the bottom of the home page for initial experience. Dive instruction can begin as young as ten years old (see Instruction/Open Water page).
Q. I haven't dived in a while. Do you offer refreshers, so I know that I'm ready for my next dive trip?
A. Yes we do!
Q. I have my own BCD and regulator. Do you rent out tanks and weights?
A. Yes. Just bring your cert card and a small deposit (cash or check) and we can take care of that during normal shop hours. In an "emergency", send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to accommodate your need.
Q. I bought a mask from a sports store and it kept leaking. How do you fix something like that (I have an odd shaped face)?
A. We have a range of high quality masks that will fit most faces without leaking water. Come into the shop and we'll have an expert take care of it.
Q. Do I need to have two secondary regulators to dive.
A. Yes, you must have two. This is for your safety as well as the safety of your dive buddy! This requirement can be satisfied by different implementations. Stop in and talk to an instructor for more information.
Q. How often should I have my equipment serviced?
A. You should follow the manufacture's recommendations in the documentation received when you bought your equipment. Generally regulators (being a primary support piece of gear) should be serviced annually. If you have any questions or concerns, please bring it in and we will assist you.
Q. Can I get private lessons?
A. Yes, you can schedule private lessons by booking them through the shop. Private lessons can be scheduled per person, couple (any two people) or group up to eight people.