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Why should I scuba dive?
71% of the earth is covered in water—in fact it should really be called Planet Water. Everyone dives for different reasons; from an interest in marine plants and animals to the thrill of adventure.

Is learning to dive hard?
No, if you are already comfortable in the water, learning to dive is probably easier than you think. The entry-level course, Open Water Certification consists of home study and classroom work, diving in the pool and open water dives.

How long does it take to learn?
Everyone learns at a different pace. Students will begin at home, by reading the PADI Open Water Course book, watching the accompanying DVD/Video and completing the homework. Afterwards you will spend (on average) a single evening or afternoon devoted to classroom work and then and then one day or two evenings at our pool facility with one of our PADI Instructors.

How much does it cost?
Please contact us for our latest pricing. 212.249.4534 or email at info@empiredivers.com

How much equipment do I need?
To start with all you need are fins, snorkel and a mask—we provide the rest!

How old do I need to be?
Age 10 and older? You are ready for the PADI Junior Scuba Diver or PADI Junior Open Water Diver course. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program.

What if I'm not sure I want to commit yet, but want to learn more about scuba diving?
Then you can sign up for our Discover Scuba Diving program which lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI Instructor in the pool.  During your adventure, you'll master some basic concepts and scuba skills.

Do I need to be an excellent swimmer?
No. You need to be a reasonably competent swimmer and comfortable in the water. As part of your training you must swim 200 yards nonstop, without a time limit or 400 yards with mask, fins and snorkel. You'll also need to perform a 10 minute float or tread.

Do I have to be in great physical shape?
Generally you need to be in good average health to participate in Scuba. You will, however, complete a medical questionnaire and if anything on the questionnaire indicates a reason to be precautious about diving, you'll need check with a physician to make sure you can dive.

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