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?

We have taught all ages from as young as ten to people in their seventies. Anyone with the physical ability to handle the equipment and the emotional maturity to comprehend the rules and take responsibility for his or her safety and that of his dive buddy, can scuba dive safely and enjoyable There is no upper age limit on learning to scuba dive. Minimum age restrictions do apply. Children aged eight and older can try out scuba on the Bubblemaker program or go on to the Seal Team programme, based on underwater pool adventures where kids learn scuba activities. To be able to dive in the ocean, children must be 10 years old to be certified as “junior” divers. These divers may dive only under restricted conditions, such as limited depth and supervision by a scuba professional or certified adult diver. At 15, students receive the same certification as adult divers. For more information about junior courses please contact us.

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 Discover Scuba Diving program gives you the chance to see what it’s all about and to experience your first breaths underwater.

I am a qualified diver but want to develop more advanced skills and experience...

We teach the full range of PADI courses. Whatever your current level, we can help you develop new scuba skills and gain new certifications. Take a look at the Course Chart 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, from the easily (and not so easily!) accessible shore dives, dozens of wrecks, offshore reefs and trips to sites such as Sark and even the northern coast of France. See here for a guide to the more common dives sites in Jersey. If you are looking for dive buddies drop into the Dive Centre for a chat and we’ll see if we can match you up with others in the same situation.

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...

If you are planning a visit to Jersey and hope to get a dive or two in whilst you are here we can assist. We hire a full range of scuba equipment and can help co-ordinate your equipment and air fill needs with any charter dives you may wish to book. Of course there’s plenty of shore diving as well and we can arrange an escorted dive with one of our Instructors or Divemasters. See here for information on our Discover Local Diving program, or here for links to local dive boat operators. If you want to book a course with us, send us an email or give us a call and we will try to fit something in with the dates you’ll be here. There a wide variety of accommodation available in Jersey, but visiting divers can also take advantage of discounted rates at the Water’s Edge Hotel here in Bouley Bay. Please give us a call for more information.

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.

I trained with another organisation but I want to cross over to PADI...

No problem! You can use you existing qualification as the prerequisite qualification requirement for the PADI course that you want to take. See here for a table of the most common equivalent qualifications. Alternatively if you just want a PADI certification card that is equivalent to your current qualification level, you can take a shortened version of the PADI equivalent course by taking advantage of the Experienced Diver program.