|Welcome to the FAQ pages for
When I first started putting this web page together,
being minimally computer literate, I
didn't really know what FAQ stood for. I was frustrated trying to
figure out a way to convey a lot of info on the pages without being too
boring....it was then that this whole FAQ idea made some sense.....I can
put most of the really boring stuff on the same page!!! So here it
is. On these pages I'll be spouting off general useless information
such as favorite eateries, beaches, things to do and a bit of info about
the biz and diving in general.
p.s.- I'll be adding more questions over time- this
website is my 1st attempt at web building, and it isn't done yet.
A photo Pat took on my very first shore dive in
Just who the heck are you?
My name is Steve. I owned an aquarium shop
for several years and always thought, "you know, a scuba business
would compliment this nicely". Well, some time after I quit the
aquarium business I took up scuba and loved it. Somehow I ended up
an instructor and landed in Kona. I no longer have the urge to keep
large quantities of fish...I am lucky enough to be able to swim in one of
the largest aquariums in the world pretty much anytime I wish.
Kona is loaded with the fish I used to keep and it is great to see them in
their natural habitat. Anyway, back to my
background/philosophy. I've been teaching scuba in Kona for a few
years now . It is my desire to continue my scuba education, so don't be
surprised if my class offerings expand over time. I also like to have a bit of fun. My
classes will be laid back, but thorough- why cut corners if you can take a
little extra time to do it right?
Hey, it's your vacation. Enjoy!
|My wife Pat and I first came here together
on vacation a few years back. We fell in love with it. Kona is
beautiful, the people are great and the island of Hawaii has so many
different things to offer. The weather is great, the diving ain't
bad (now there's an understatement), it has a rural feel and still has the
more urban amenities. "It's a great place to visit, but I WOULD
want to live there!" So, we ended up here. Now that we're
here and semi-local, we'd like to invite you to visit Kona and see what
it's all about.
Your Open Water Certification class- Why
do you offer additional discounted days of diving?
You learn to dive best by DIVING. Most
people are diving soooo much better by the end of their first dive
compared to their first few minutes. This improvement is noticeable
on each and every dive. There are 4 dives required for certification
and many people are just getting the hang of things around then. By
doing extra diving, not only will you be a better diver, but you will
get a chance to have fun diving without having to complete skills
and you will also see more dive
sites and conditions than I can show you on 4 dives. Any extra
diving you'd like to do with us on your vacation
once you are certified will be at our multi-day
You don't have to be an athlete to dive. You
should be in reasonable condition, be able to walk that 12 minute mile
with ease. Most agencies require a swim of 200 yards (no time limit, just
need to use a recognizable stroke) or 300 yard snorkel and a 10 minute tread water as physical
requirements for certification, so be prepared to do those to become
All agencies will have a medical history form to fill
out when you sign up for classes. If you have a medical history (any number of conditions) you'll
want to request a form ahead of time to sign off on. It'll be a yes
or no listing, and if you have a history of any of the conditions listed
you'll need to have your doctor sign off that he see no prudent reason you
shouldn't be allowed to dive (sounds worse than it is, most doctors will
sign off on most of the conditions. Your average scuba professional
doesn't have the medical expertise to make that kind of judgement).
Once you are certified, it's a very good idea to try to
stay in shape. It can be a bit of surprise how a long layoff can
make things a bit more difficult than you remembered it being.
My Friend is a Diver. Can he show
me how to dive?
This is not a good idea. The average diver
has not learned how to teach someone else to dive. The omission of
any information could be critical. Even Dive Masters are not allowed
by their agencies or insurers to train uncertified (and in most cases even
certified) divers, though they are allowed to assist Instructors in
training under instructor supervision in many cases. Scuba
Instructors have gone through the training and possess the appropriate
training materials to insure proper and safe training for those wishing to
I'm a bit nervous about trying
diving, is there anything I can do ahead of time to help me out?
Get in the water. Spend some time in the pool. Definitely
do some snorkeling if you have the chance. A day or two of
snorkeling just before an intro dive or class can make a big
difference in people's confidence level. This can make things
much easier if it has been some time since you've spent considerable
time in the water, even for those who "used to swim like a