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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions we get frequently asked in emails, on social media, and during courses. We update this page regularly when new questions come up.

01 WHY SOCIAL DIVING?

That’s an easy one. Because we are the best! 🙂

Scuba diver hovering face to sand
Scuba diver hovering on back relaxing

02 IS A DIVE CERTIFICATE VALID EVERYWHERE?

Yup, the certifications we give out to those who successfully pass the courses are accepted around the world. 

i.a.c. and CMAS are two of the oldest and most well-known scuba diving organizations with very high standards. No matter what country or diving center you visit, you will have no problems renting equipment and going diving there. We promise.

03 PREREQUISITES

All the things you need to know before getting certified as a scuba diver.

While you do need to know how to swim and be comfortable with being in the water, we actually do very little real swimming in scuba diving.

Most of the time we basically float in the water, while our Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) and the air in our lungs keep us from sinking. In order to move around, we use our fins, and not our arms, but you will learn all the necessary skills and techniques during your Open Water Diver course.

No! Scuba diving isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s very easy to learn and become good at with practice. It does, however, require your full attention at all times and is not a sport for the reckless!

We currently offer diving at our dive centers at three locations:

  1. Munich (Germany)
  2. Frankfurt (Germany)
  3. Dubuque, IA (USA)

However, we don’t have brick-and-mortar stores which means we spend more time diving and less time cleaning the floor.

If you want, we can arrange diving courses close to your location!

Just talk to us about it!

Good news first, many people who experience ear and nose problems from pressure differences may still go scuba diving!

Most of the time, these issues arise from fear or forcing yourself to go deeper too fast. We will try our best to make you feel comfortable and at ease during the course so that you can enjoy scuba diving without equalization problems.

Before you can go diving, however, you do need to make sure you’re healthy to do so. Visit your doctor to check whether there are any complications that could prevent you from going scuba diving. Here you can find a checklist that you will have to sign before you go on your first dive.

If you mark any of the questions with YES, you will need to bring THIS form, signed by your doctor, to make sure you got the clearance from them to go diving with us.

Scuba gear lined up on boat
Scuba divers swimming through reef fish.

04 COURSE SCHEDULE​

Everything about course scheduling, VIP dive courses, and other dates.

Yes, there is. If you can’t make time for the whole course at once, you can also split up the course dates and do them, whenever works best for you.

We also offer the option to do only parts of the course with us, for example only theory lessons, and we then give you a referral that you can show to the local diving base to finish your course with them.

If you want a customized course for you, your family, or dive group, send us a message and we will discuss the details.

Okay okay! We understand. Send us an email or give us a call and we will try our best to schedule a course for you on short notice! We can call this a crash course, however, we will never skip things or neglect safety for the sake of speed.

If you want the instructor to yourself for the entire duration of the course, you can book a VIP course.

These are always 1-on-1 unless a buddy is required.

05 SOCIAL DIVING CLUB

Find out more about our member area and membership levels

The Social Diving Club is our member area that can be accessed at my.social-diving.com.

Here you can not only access your online courses, but also your member discounts, trip itineraries, and most importantly, your Social Diving Club benefits.

Anyone can join our Social Diving Club. We offer different membership levels depending on how much you want to be involved in and what you are most interested in.

Group of divers at surface