Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q. I’m interested in learning how to dive. Where do I start?
A. You’ve come to the right place. At Tropic SCUBA, we provide one-on-one, personalized dive training. We get to know you, so we can understand your needs and you can learn at your own pace. We spend extra time training you in the pool, making sure you’re ready for your first open-water dive. This kind of personal attention means you can acquire more advanced skills than those who complete group classes elsewhere. Just call or email us to get started.
Q. What if I’m an experienced diver who wants to further my skills?
A. We specialize in advanced training for certified divers. Depending on your skill level, experience and interests, we’ll tailor our instruction to meet your needs. Our one-on-one approach allows the time and attention required to perfect your technique.
Q. What kind of dive classes does Tropic SCUBA offer?
A. We offer an array of classes tailored to levels from beginner to advanced:
NAUI Try SCUBA
Perfect for novices, this is a non-certification course that teaches the basics. It includes a pool session and two open-water dives.
A more in-depth course designed for those who want to be certified in SCUBA diving.
This specialty classes teaches diving with enriched air, allowing you more time in the water, and less decompression time.
Advanced SCUBA Diver
Go deeper! This class covers wreck diving, advanced navigation, night diving and deep-sea diving.
Advanced divers are trained in emergency management, self-rescue and the rescue of others.
Master SCUBA Diver
A continuing education certification course for divers who want to increase their skills in emergency management, rescue, decompression, night diving, navigation and search and recovery.
Designed for advanced divers seeking to become dive professionals. Covers dive theory, specialty diving, salvage and more. Preparation for dive guiding and assistant teaching.
Q. Why does Tropic SCUBA only offer NAUI certification?
A. As the oldest – and the only non-profit – dive certification organization, NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) is the gold standard in SCUBA instruction. NAUI’s emphasis is on developing safe and proficient divers through intensive training, and NAUI instructors have no limits on how in-depth they can go. That’s why most professional organizations that depend on highly skilled divers, such as those involved in public safety, use NAUI for certification.
Q. What does “concierge-style service” mean?
A. Just like at a five-star hotel, our concierge-style service is a personalized, one-on-one approach to serving our clients. We take into account your desires and schedule, and custom-design a guided dive that meets your needs. We handle all the dive trip planning, including scheduling your boat trip, providing top-of-the-line rental equipment and more. Your every need is taken care of, so you can simply relax and enjoy your dive vacation. It’s what sets Tropic SCUBA apart – and what makes your experience one you’ll rave about.
Q. What areas can you go on guided dives?
A. Tropic SCUBA can arrange guided dives throughout South Florida and regularly schedules custom trips ranging from the Florida Keys and Miami to Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach. Most dives sites are suitable for all levels, while some areas are better suited to more advanced divers.
Q. What types of dives are offered?
A. Depending on your interests, Tropic SCUBA can customize virtually any type of guided excursion, including shallow reef diving, wreck diving, drift diving, night diving, deep-water diving and more. Again, while some dives require a more advanced skill set than others, with Tropic SCUBA, you can enjoy even more advanced dives to maximize your enjoyment. We work with you to coordinate the ideal dive trip for you.
Q. What kind of boat does Tropic SCUBA use?
A. We have access to a number of well-appointed dive boats throughout South Florida, and partnerships with highly experienced captains. We make all the arrangements, based on your schedule, location of the dive and size of your party. All are available for private charter as well, if you want to put together a trip for just your group.
Q. Does Tropic SCUBA sell dive equipment?
A. Yes. We are a one-stop shop, offering a range of high-end SCUBA gear and accessories at very competitive prices through a partnership with Austins Dive Center. And rest assured, there’s never any sales pressure. We assess your equipment needs and recommend only what works for you. We can even deliver your equipment to your hotel or ship it to your home.
Q. How much do classes and guided dives cost?
A. At Tropic SCUBA, we offer a wide array of diving instruction and guided dives, so prices vary. If you prefer an unmatched level of client service and personal, relaxed, one-on-one approach, you’ll find we’re worth every penny.
Q. What kind of safety training does the owner of Tropic SCUBA have?
A. Ed del Campo, the owner of Tropic SCUBA, is a highly trained professional firefighter/paramedic and certified lifeguard, and USCG Licensed Captain. His experience and background in emergency management are second to none. Over the years, he has provided dive training to many public safety professionals, preparing them for NAUI certification.
Q. Why should I choose Tropic SCUBA?
A. Simple – you won’t find a more highly skilled, dedicated, client-focused SCUBA instructor and dive guide in South Florida. What’s more, you’ll enjoy a dive experience like none other, one you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
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