Diving Frequently Asked Questions
Information on Diving on Saint Lucia
Q: Can my spouse come on the boat without diving themselves?
A: Yes. Your non-diving partner may come along but will be charged for their use of the boat.
Q: Is there diving courses available for non-certified persons?
A: Absolutely. Non-certified persons and first-timers interested in diving may take certification courses with Island Divers. Be sure to view our rates section for more details.
Q: Are there minimum numbers necessary for diving trips?
A: Yes. A minimum of four (4) and a maximum of fifteen (15) divers are required for each diving trip. As persons book these boat excursions frequently, these numbers tend to be met easily. However, guests will be informed of any schedule changes prior to the time of departure.
Q: What happens if I use up all my air?
A: Dive instructors and/or your diving associates will have a alternate air source that will allow their air supply to be shared while resurfacing. For certified diver this is unlikely to happen because a gauge that should be checked frequently would remind you of your remaining air supply. In the case of a beginner diver, the dive guide will monitor student diver’s air supply frequently throughout the dive.
Q: What would you recommend eating and drinking before attempting to scuba dive?
A: Eating and drinking normally is perfectly fine. However alcohol is not recommended at all as it may impair divers ability and judgement underwater.
Q: What are the most common injuries or sicknesses associated with diving?
A: Sun burn and sea sicknesses are our most common injuries, however both of these can be easily prevented by the use of sunscreen and motion sickness medication. Other common injuries involve scraps and bruises from reefs. We advise vigilance when coming into contact with these.
Q: Are there sharks in Saint Lucia?
A: Encounters with snarks occur extremely rarely in our waters. They are hardly a threat to any expedition.
Q: Do I need to know how to swim to dive?
A: Dive students are required to either be able to swim using any technique for 200 metres/yards (or 300 metres/yards in mask, fins and snorkel) or float/tread water for 10 minutes using any method.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Persons are expected to cancel scheduled diving trips 24 hrs before the time of departure and would be billed for 50% of the cost of the scheduled event if one fails to do so.