- Discover Scuba Diving: 10 years
- Open Water Diver: 10 years
- Bubblemaker: 8 years
- Seal Team: 8 years
- Advanced Open Water: 12 years
- Rescue Diver: 12 years
You must be 10 years old when you start the course. 10 to 14-year-olds certify to become PADI Junior Open Water Divers. The PADI Junior Open Water course is identical to the adult course. However, the depth limitations are at 12 meters until the diver turns 12 years. Divers 12 years or above can dive up to 18 meters. There is no need to repeat the Open Water course when you turn 15, you automatically become a PADI Open Water diver at that age.
Depending on which location you choose, the dive course takes approximately 4 days. Complete the course in one period of 4 days at any of our OrcaNation locations or spread the course over a longer period and split your certification between Singapore and one of our OrcaNation Dive Centre locations.
At OrcaNation, we offer the theory part of the PADI Open Water course through PADI eLearning. Simply because it is proven to be user-friendly and can be used in the comfort of your home. All you need is a computer, iPad or Android tablet (not compatible with windows tablets). The theory section can be completed in approximately 10 hours with continuous learning or at a more relaxed pace, it is entirely up to you. After completion, your OrcaNation Dive Professional will go through the theory once more, to make sure everything was understood. If you prefer to work from a paper manual, we can arrange a paper manual at a small additional cost. This manual is also downloadable from the internet.
To take part in the PADI Open Water course, you do need to be relatively comfortable in the water. All divers must be able to swim continuously for 200m and perform a10-minute tread-water/float. If you cannot swim, you could put yourself, and other divers in danger. We do however recommend our PADI Discover Scuba Diving course. This is not a certification, but an experience of diving. If you enjoy the course, you can then take swimming lessons, and complete the Open Water course once you are proficient at swimming.
We can start with just one student. Of course, it’s always nicer to learn together, so try and find some friends to join in the fun! We never have a higher ratio than 4 students per instructor.
The PADI Advanced Open Water course is the next level in your continuous learning with PADI. This course consists of five adventure dives conducted over two or three days. Two of the five dives (deep and navigation) are mandatory, whereas the remaining three can be chosen from a variety of optional dives such as night dive, naturalist or fish identification, search and recovery, peak performance buoyancy, digital underwater photography and many more.
The PADI Advanced Open Water dive course is followed by the PADI Rescue Diver course, which is a strenuous but very rewarding and a fun course for every diver who wants to learn more about keeping themselves and their buddies calm and safe in stressful situations. The PADI Rescue Diver course can be completed in three to four days.
Please check out the course section of our website for more information.
We keep the groups small at a maximum of 4 students per one OrcaNation Dive Professional for all courses and fun dives. This is half of the ratio stipulated by PADI. At OrcaNation, you get double the attention and guidance from our professional dive instructors, compared to many other PADI dive centres. When a family or group of friends of 5 would like to learn to dive together in the same group, an additional OrcaNation professional will be added to the group.
We do not have a fixed schedule; we rather tailor one around your schedule. We like to make it easy to start your course with us and fit it into your busy life, especially if you are learning to dive, booking a dive course or planning a dive holiday in one of our locations.
No, we provide all the required diving equipment for your course. We do, however, recommend students invest in their mask and snorkel set. Simply because every face is different and diving with the perfect fit is so much more enjoyable! You can purchase equipment from our online scuba store or visit us at our HQ in Singapore. (991B Alexandra road, 4th floor). Please do make an appointment in advance to ensure a member of our OrcaPod is on hand to assist with your requirements.
If you are already certified fantastic! Please bring your certification card and your logbook, so we have proof of your diving experience. If your last dive was a while ago (more than 6 months), depending on the time that has passed and your experience, we may ask you to complete the Orca Refresher course with us. We will go through some theory basics with you as well as practice the most important skills such as clearing your regulator and mask, the use of the alternate air source, etc. The practice session can be completed in a Singapore based swimming pool or at an OrcaNation dive location where a skills practice and short dive would be required.
*If you cannot find your certification card anymore or you did not bring it on holiday, we can always check certifications with PADI online. Should we not be able to find you in the system, we can still take you as a PADI Discover Scuba Diver.
Yes of course, as long as you bring your certification card and your logbook you can go diving with OrcaNation even without being a PADI diver.
There are ‘agency equivalents’ we can check to see how your certification compares to a PADI certification which will help us to determine your limits for the dives. CMAS, NAUI, SSI, SDI, BSAC, etc.
We feel responsible for the safety of divers who dive with OrcaNation, we also want to protect the coral reefs. Therefore, we are unable to rent tanks and dive equipment to fun divers at our OrcaNation dive locations.
We invest in the latest equipment and rental gear. Wherever possible we use Scubapro scuba gear alongside a combination of the following:
- Seac Sub EGO BCDs from XXXS to XL
- Tribord 2.5 mm front-zip shorty wetsuits – kid size 8 to adult XXL
- Mares ‘Avanti Quattro’ open heel fins
- Seac Sub ‘Pro Propulsion’ fins with Seac Sub 5mm booties, ranging from size 36 to 45.
- Adjustable Seac Sub Sprint open heel fins for kids (no booties required)
- Scubapro MK2 Evo regulators paired with the Scubapro R095 2nd stages
- Seac Sub P-Synchros sets
- All our regulators are fitted with comfort mouthpieces
- A selection of S64 8-liter, S80 11.1-litre, and C 13.2-litre aluminum tanks, filled using a Bauer compressor
- A mixture of Seac Sub and Scubapro masks and snorkels, all fitted with comfortable mask straps for adults and kids
- Scubapro Alladin One computers
- Various torches and compasses
- High-quality self-sealing SMBs, reels, cutting tools and special practice SMBs for courses
In general, everybody from a certain age, who is physically and mentally fit and comfortable in the water can go diving with OrcaNation. We take out kids from as young as five years old for “SASYs” (Supplied Air Snorkeling), from eight years we offer the PADI Bubble Maker programme and once children turn ten, we can take them on a PADI Discover Scuba Dive or even start a full PADI Open Water Diver Course, which results in a diving certification valid for a lifetime. After ten, there is no age limit to diving.
Yes! We believe diving is for everyone, which is why we have specialised instructors who are trained to teach diving to those with certain disabilities. Please contact us for further information.
Upon check-in/pre-booking, every customer must complete a diver medical questionnaire, which is an individual health check. If all the questions in the PADI Medical questionnaire are answered ‘NO’, no further medical sign-off is required to go diving. However, if any questions have been answered with ‘YES’, then sign-off by a qualified physician is required prior to the commencement of any diving activities.
As the health and safety of our customers are of the utmost importance to us, we strongly recommend reading this medical form. All divers will be asked to sign this before their first dive.
The depth we can reach on a dive depends on the certification level of the diver and their age.
- PADI Junior Open Water Diver: 12m
- PADI Open Water Diver: 18m
- PADI Junior AOW Diver: 21m
- PADI AOW Diver: 30m
- PADI Deep specialty certification: The deepest depth allowed within recreational diving is 40m if the diver has the corresponding deep specialty training. If you decide to go deeper than your ‘PADI limit’, you have to take into consideration that your dive insurance will not cover you should a dive emergency or accident occur.
No, bigger takes do not mean more cost, and neither are our small tanks! At OrcaNation, we offer the right size tank for you at no additional cost. We carry 9, 11.1 and 13.2 liter tanks.
The time we can spend underwater is determined by the personal air consumption rate of a diver. Depending on the conditions such as currents, waves or surge, and the diving depth, the air consumption rate varies, and dives can be anything from 30 minutes to more than one hour. In general, we at OrcaNation aim for a 60-minute dive or alternately finish our dives when air runs low (50 bar) and safely ascent to the surface.
Diving is, of course, possible for people with limited eyesight. For customers that are comfortable wearing contact lenses, this would be the easiest solution. Unfortunately, we do not have any prescription masks available at the moment, so if wearing contact lenses is not an option, please check beforehand what type of mask and prescription you would need and bring along. There are various brands that offer a certain type of mask with interchangeable lenses depending on the prescription.
No, you cannot dive if you are pregnant. Simply because the effect of diving (higher pressure under water plus the build-up of nitrogen in blood and tissues) has never been tested on a fetus/unborn child. We at OrcaNation will not be able to take you out diving with us if we know you might be or are pregnant.
At OrcaNation, we are covered by our business liability insurance for all our scuba activities, as well as activities conducted out of the water (i.e., classroom time). However, it does not cover you for any in-water accidents or injuries. We can offer you options for daily dive insurance.
If you would like a price list for single dives, PADI dive courses, diving holidays in Asia, or if you would like us to tailor a package to your needs, please contact us directly.
We are a boutique dive company and tailor our dive activities to you. We have dive centres located in Rawa Island, Malaysia; Labuan Bajo, Komodo, Indonesia; Bawah Island, Indonesia and our HQ located in Singapore. We also have partners in Malaysia and Thailand.
We are constantly adding destinations and packages, so please contact us to find out about our upcoming offerings!