FAQs

What are your operating hours?

Paradise can be brought to you day or night. We will work around your schedule and dive in a location most convenient for you.

What is the average water temperature in Florida?

The average water temperatures on the Gulf Coast range from around 60°F/16°C in the winter and 82°F/28°C in the summer. The average water temperatures on the Gold and Treasure Coasts range from 72°F/22°C in the winter and 77°F/25°C in the summer.

How deep will I dive?

Beginning scuba divers will stay at shallower depths around 60 feet/18 meters. This is a very popular depth because the water is warmer and the colors are brighter. With proper training and experience, the limit for recreational diving is 130 feet/40 meters.

How long does a dive usually last?

The average dive time at a 45 foot/13 meter depth is about 45 minutes. The length of time will vary depending on tank volume, diver air consumption rate, and depth.

How many times will I dive per day?

The maximum number of open water dives for students are 2 per day.

What diving equipment will I needed?

As part of most courses, you will need a regulator, buoyancy compensator (BC), tank, weights, mask, snorkel, and fins. You are welcome to bring your own gear or we will provide rental equipment for you.

How long does it take to get certified?

You can receive your certification in a minimum 3 days depending on your completion of the knowledge development section prior to the course.

How long will my certification card last?

Your PADI certification card will not expire, although it is recommended for you to continue to practice. If it has been some time since you have been diving, a refresher course is offered to brush up on your basic diving skills.

Are other International accredited diving certifications recognized?

If you are interested in taking a PADI certification course, all other international diving certifications are accepted.

What are my restrictions related to air travel?

*Diving after flying: There are no set guidelines when you make your first dive after flying. Air travel can leave a diver slightly fatigued and dehydrated, so it is important to factor this into your early dive planning.

*Flying/Altitude after diving: It is recommended to avoid flying at least 24 hours after diving. If this is not possible, then requirements state to wait for 12 hours after a single dive and 18 hours after multiple dives. Additionally, if you are going to any altitude higher than 8,000 feet, you need to wait at least 24 hours after diving.