Frequently Asked Question - FAQ

How long does the PADI Rescue Course take?

 

There are three factors that affect this

1-If you have a current (less than 24 months old) Emergency First Response (EFR) or other CPR and First Aid certification

2-which learning option (materials) you choose

3-how long it takes you to master the skills during the training

1- EFR/CPR & First Aid if you do not have one of these, or it is more than 24 months old at the start date of your rescue course, we can provide the training here. This will take one full day for the complete course, or half a day to one full day for the refresher.

2- Materials we can offer a paperback manual and DVD combination, this is most time consuming when in Sipaway as you will need to read the manual here, and watch a DVD, these courses typically take 3 days. We can provide an e-book in advance, allowing you to read it before your arrival here, this leaves only the DVDs and training, this might bring your time with us down to 2.5 days. Better still we provide you online materials such as e-learning (suitable for laptop or desktop computers) or Touch (suitable for tab or smartphones), this has all of the content of the books and DVDs in an engaging format, leaving a quick review and the dives for your time with us, these courses typically last 2 days.

3-Mastering skills once the academics are complete we have the fun stuff to do, diving! However it is important to understand these courses are objective, not time, based. You must show mastery of a set of dive skills before certification. Many get them on the first attempt, some require repetition. Repetition equates to more time, your course might take a little longer, and it is best to plan for that. Our objective is to help you become a safe and happy diver, we won’t rush, and we won’t let you walk away with an incomplete set of knowledge or skills.

How long does the PADI Advanced Open Water course take?

There are two factors that affect this

1-which learning option (materials) you choose

2-how long it takes you to master the skills during the training

1-Materials we can offer a paperback manual, this is most time consuming when in Sipaway as you will need to read the manual here. These courses typically take 2 days. We can provide an e-book in advance, allowing you to read it before your arrival here, or provide e-learning (online, suitable for use with laptop or desktop computers) or Touch (downloadable and then offline, suitable for use with smartphones and tabs), using these options we can get the course time down to 1.5 days.

2-Mastering skills once the academics are complete we have the fun stuff to do, diving! However it is important to understand these courses are objective, not time, based. You must show mastery of a set of dive skills before certification. Many get them on the first attempt, some require repetition. Repetition equates to more time, your course might take a little longer, and it is best to plan for that. Our objective is to help you become a safe and happy diver, we won’t rush, and we won’t let you walk away with an incomplete set of knowledge or skills.

How is the weather in the Philippines?

Here is an overview about the weather in our region: In summer time (dry season: January – May), the sea is usually calm with very good visibility. Rainy Season starts in June and is actually very nice, too. Bright sunshine in the morning and a short but strong and refreshing downpour in the afternoon or night. Usually good visibility. September till December is Typhoon Season, where we have sometimes overclouded and rain for a couple of days in a row. We are not much affected by typhoons passing through the Philippines. These typhoons follow a regular path, which leads over the islands of Samar to Luzon (Manila) further on to China, Hong Kong or Japan. Sipaway is outside this typhoon belt but sometimes affected by overcast and some rain. Visibility varies from 10-30 meters, water temperature is 27-29C.

Are larger or smaller volume tanks available on Dive?

We provide standard 12 Liter aluminum tanks on dive.

How long does the PADI Open Water Course take?

There are two factors that affect this

1-which learning option (materials) you choose

2-how long it takes you to master the skills during the training

1-Materials we can offer a paperback manual and DVD combination, this is most time consuming when in Sipaway as you will need to read the manual here, and watch 5 hours of DVDs, these courses typically take 4 days. We can provide an e-book in advance, allowing you to read it before your arrival here, this leaves only the DVDs and training, this might bring your time with us down to 3.5 days. Better still we provide you online materials such as e-learning (suitable for laptop or desktop computers) or Touch (suitable for tab or smartphones), this has all of the content of the books and DVDs in an engaging format, leaving a quick review and the dives for your time with us, these courses typically last 3 days.

2-Mastering skills once the academics are complete we have the fun stuff to do, diving! However it is important to understand these courses are objective, not time, based. You must show mastery of a set of dive skills before certification. Many get them on the first attempt, some require repetition. Repetition equates to more time, your course might take a little longer, and it is best to plan for that. Our objective is to help you become a safe and happy diver, we won’t rush, and we won’t let you walk away with an incomplete set of knowledge or skills.