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How much does it cost to get certified?
Where can you dive around here?
Aren't you worried about sharks?
Don't your ears hurt?
I don't think that I'd look very good in the gear. "I'm not as tight as I used to be."

How much does it cost to get certified?

Much less than you'd expect. Generally, you can get started with an Open Water course for about $600. Contact your local dive shop for details.

Where can you dive around here?

All scuba divers are constantly ask this question no matter where they are. It seems that one could be standing on a dive boat in full gear with one fin in the water and still have someone ask that question! Everyone thinks that "the cool stuff" happens elsewhere, but not here... Not wherever they are.

The truth is, the diving "around here" is terrific! Victoria is blessed with some of the world's great temperate water scuba diving locations. Even better, many are in and around Port Philip Bay, or close nearby to Melbourne. Indee, you can even do a "Shark Dive" at the Melbourne Acquarium!

A 30 minute boat ride from Portsea gets you offshore in waters that are, in some cases, clearer than your average pool. And we have great soft coral reef diving and wreck diving locations, including four WWI submarines. You can look for weedy sea dragons, or go diving with dolphins and seals. It's a truly mind-numbing experience!

In and around Port Philip Bay we are also blessed with some of the world's great pier diving locations. The underwater sights to be seen at Portsea Pier, Blairgowrie Pier, Rye Pier, Flinders Pier, Mornington Pier etc. make them fascinating to dive. Great for relaxing on a night dive at the end of the day and for underwater photography.

In short, we are blessed with some of the best diving sights on our doorstep.

Aren't you worried about sharks?

Scuba divers get this question quite a bit too! The truth about sharks is much less dramatic than Hollywood and the press would like you believe. Instead of explaining to you why the fear of sharks is really not rational, we'll simply give you some resources so you can get the real facts, based on science, and not based on what sells newspapers.

The Florida Museum of Natural History, one of the world's leading scientific resource on sharks, has this to say about sharks, and the reality of shark attacks. Notice that they reference the International Shark
Attack File, the world leading source of statistical information on shark attacks. The ISAF even
goes so far as to publish a
statistical comparison of your likelihood of being attacked by a shark as compared to being struck
by lightning.

We see sharks often while scuba diving. But they are mostly harmless. It is very rare to see a species of shark that is dangerous and even rarer still to be threatened by any of them in any way.

Don't your ears hurt?

Anyone that's been down to the "deep end" of their local pool knows the painful feeling of water pressure pushing in on delicate ear drums. Thus it is only natural that you might be concerned about this if you're considering taking up scuba diving. However, in your course you'll be taught how to equalise the pressure behind your ear drum, alleviating the pressure and the pain. The technique is similar to the technique you use when you fly in an airplane and have to equalise for the same reason. There is no pain when you equalise properly.

I don't think that I'd look very good in the gear. "I'm not as tight as I used to be."

Yeah, join the club! Hehehe... The neoprene wetsuits do amazing things for that "little extra" that you've still got on from that last pizza you ate. You'd be surprised how slimming it is! Besides, the truth is that the fish don't really care if you look fat or not.

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