When do you run courses?
See our course calendar for course dates, or contact us for more detailed information.
Is it difficult?
No! Scuba diving is one of the easiest physical recreational activities to learn and doesn’t necessarily even have to involve a great deal of physical exertion. The skills you will be taught are designed to be achievable by almost everyone, whilst still keeping you safe and enabling you to enjoy the underwater world. More importantly everyone is taught to dive within their own limits.
Do I have to be a good swimmer?
It may seem strange but you don’t need to be a strong swimmer or particularly athletic in order to scuba dive. You do need to be able to swim at least 200metres/600 feet and tread water for 10 minutes, and it helps if you are comfortable in the water although the scuba training is designed to build your confidence. Once you are underwater the emphasis is very much on taking a relaxed approach and enjoying the views!
Is the equipment heavy or difficult to use?
Many people see the equipment used for scuba diving and think that it’s bulky, heavy or uncomfortable and complicated to use. On land it can be awkward, but learning to use scuba equipment is straightforward and once in the water the bulk disappears and you become virtually weightless.
Are there age limits?
you need to be 8 years old to go in the pool for our bubble maker option. 10 years old to try scuba in the sea.
We have no age limit for courses as long as you are over 10 and as long as you are fit and well able to meet the course standards. . There is a medical declaration to complete and if all answers are no or you have obtained a letter from the GP stating you are fit to dive then age is of no concern.
Does it hurt your ears?
Many people have experienced the sensation of pressure in their ears when swimming to the bottom of a swimming pool and think this is what scuba diving will feel like. In fact, the effect of water pressure on your ears is easily corrected by one of the techniques we will teach you. Unless you have had a medical problem with your ears (see below) ear pain will not be a problem.
What if I don’t like it?
Some people do try scuba diving and decide that it’s not for them. No problem – we will refund any part of your course that you have not completed.
I have a medical condition – can I still learn to dive?
Certain conditions may preclude those of any age from diving either temporarily or permanently. All course participants must fill out a standard medical information form (PADI medical statement) and if any of the questions has been answered as a “Yes” then we will ask you to obtain a letter from a Doctor declaring that you are fit to dive before we can allow you in the water.
When are you open?
During our Summer opening months of May to the end of September, we are open from 10:00 to 17:30 seven days a week (closing at 14:00 on Thursdays) . In October we change to Winter opening times which are from 10:00 to 16:00 daily apart from Monday and Thursday when we are closed. We close completely from the end of December for our year break, opening again on our Winter opening times from March until May.
The above are our shop opening hours. Due to tides we also do training courses and dives outside of these times, and can also do courses year round. Emails and messages sent through our website are also checked year round.
Am i Insured to dive?
Bouley bay Dive Centre has public liability and 3 rd party insurance. As divers However you are responsible for your own private medical insurance. In the unlikely event you developed Decompression sickness the cost of medical care in the re compression chamber will be at your own expenses. Also when travelling abroad make sure you have dive insurance. This can be purchased through our website at a discounted rate.
I want to find out if scuba diving is for me...
If you have never dived before then the Discover Scuba Diving program gives you the chance to see what it’s all about and to experience your first breaths underwater.
I want to learn to dive and gain a certification...
If you have never dived before then the Try Diving program gives you the chance to see what it’s all about and to experience your first breaths underwater. Or if you know you want to dive sign straight up for Open Water.
I am a qualified diver but want to develop more advanced skills and experience...
We teach the full range of courses. Whatever your current level, we can help you develop new scuba skills and gain new certifications. give us a call to see where you can go next!
I am already a qualified diver and just want to go diving!
There’s a wealth of opportunity for scuba diving in Jersey. We do daily guided shore dives with prior booking, scheduled boat trips to wrecks, reefs and drifts. Check out the busy calendar for whats on offer.
I have dived abroad and I want to try local diving...
Many people’s first experience of scuba diving happens when they are on holiday, usually in tropical countries. Even though Jersey waters are not as warm there is still a fantastic underwater world to explore, and if you’ve been bitten by the scuba diving bug you can have just as much fun here as you can in more exotic locations. Explore the website to see what options are available to you, whether it’s going on to learn more scuba diving skills, experience different types of diving, or just meeting up with other people to go diving with.
I am a qualified diver visiting Jersey...
. We hire a full range of scuba equipment and offer guided shore and boat dives all through the season. Its best to drop us an email especially if you have a certain dive site in mind so that we can plan around the tides.
I am going on holiday – should I learn to dive before I go?
Learning to dive before you go on holiday means you won’t be spending quality diving time in a classroom! It also means mean that as a more experienced diver you will be more likely to appreciate the diving you do, rather than thinking about how to dive. If you don’t have time to complete the whole course in Jersey, you can take the Referral route and complete part here, for example the classroom sessions or the confined water sessions, and then the rest when you are on holiday. We offer both PADI and SSI courses so you can see which is the best option for you.
I trained with another organisation but I want to cross over to PADI or SSI
No problem! You can use you existing qualification as the prerequisite qualification requirement for the PADI or SSI courses that you want to take. call us for more info on this.
Does Bouley bay dive centre have a data protection policy
Here at Jersey Sea Horse Academy Limited we take your privacy seriously.
Data collected from this site will be used only for your booking.
In order to process your qualification and abide to our training agency standards we may need to record your details. These details may include personal and sensitive data. We also need to hold this data for 7 years. We also may be required to release your data to a third party ( SSI or PADI ) in order to obtain your licence/ qualification.
To comply with the Data Protection Act (1998) we must ask for your permission to store and process your personal and sensitive data for this purpose. We will do this when enrolling you on the course/ programme.
Your data is stored in a locked cabinet, your data will not be used for any third party sales and will only be forwarded to the relevant training agency for certification. Upon agreement will be used to offer you future events, deals and services with ourselves.
You have the right to request access your data at any time.
Will will always obtain written consent for any photos used on our site or for social media, no names and personal data attached. these are used for advertising purposes only on our media pages We will sometimes forward photos to you if you have requested this. At an time you can request the photos to be removed.
If you have opted to receive news from us and change your mind please email us in writing and we will remove you from our contact list immediately.
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