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!


Equipment FAQ's

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 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.  


Shop FAQs

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.



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Divers Alert Network

West Shore Scuba recommends DAN Insurance.  As cautious divers, all of us plan safe dives. Accidents still can occur. 

DAN is the diving industry’s largest association dedicated to scuba diving safety. DAN provides emergency assistance, medical information resources, educational opportunities and more. One of DAN’s best-known resources is the 24-hour DAN Emergency Hotline, which stands ready every hour of the day to help scuba divers in need. DAN Members also enjoy great benefits, including TravelAssist, Alert Diver magazine, WorldCue® Planner and access to industry-leading insurance products.

DAN was the first to recognize the need for scuba divers to have insurance to help cover the cost of treatment for scuba diving injuries. DAN fulfilled that need by developing diving’s first dive accident insurance program, still the industry leader 25 years later.

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