Frequently Asked Questions

Saudi Hirat is an approved, certified, and active PADI 5 Star IDC Development Center, serving several dive resorts and locations.
At Saudi Hirat we only accommodate renewed, certified, and active PADI scuba instructors. Instructor's profiles are always updated assuring up to date instructor records at all times.
Moment of truth! PADI is the world's largest diving organization. A 50+ years of knowledge and experience is were we would like to stick to. Therefore, we only represent PADI and no other scuba training entity. However, scuba instructors from other agencies are welcome to utilize our training facilities, swimming pool, and equipment rental services. Everyone is welcomed at our premises. Yet again, our support to those instructors is limited in terms of training/study materials and certification.
Since it’s in the title, we thought we better address this first. If you’ve thought about this, you’re certainly not alone. For safety reasons, there are some minimum swimming requirements. You will need to complete a 200 meter swim – this can be any stroke and isn’t timed, so you can take your time. You’ll also need to float for ten minutes – you can do this laying on your back or by treading water. Finally, you’ll complete some basic snorkelling skills. The most important thing is your level of comfort in the water. The more comfortable you are the more enjoyable your dives will be, so if you’re not there yet, taking a couple of swimming lessons or classes may help improve your skills and confidence ahead of your course.
If you want to become a certified scuba diver, we recommend taking the PADI Open Water Diver Course. It is divided into three main sections. Knowledge Development, Swimming Pool or Confined Water, and Open Water Dives. If you are tight on schedule, you can take the PADI Scuba Diver Course, which is a subset of Open Water Diver Course.
Absolutely! Everyone is in mind, and that is why PADI offers the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program. This program introduces you to basic scuba gear, few skills and how to perform underwater. Upon completion, you can move forward by registering for the PADI Open Water Diver Course and gain credit for the discover scuba diving experience you did with our dive center.
Yes, we are a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, and can provide scuba training from try-out to Instructor level. PADI is the world largest diving organization, and has been in the market for over 50 years and over 25 million certified diver. Your PADI certification is your passport to scuba diving around the world.
Depending on the course you are enrolled in. Each training course has its own set of knowledge development, and water skills. Upon completion of all course requirement, we will proceed with your certification and you will get an instant temporary certification card valid for 90 days until the official card arrives from PADI.
With the necessary training and experience, the limit for recreational scuba diving is 40 metres/130 feet. Beginning scuba divers stay shallower than about 18 metres/60 feet. Although these are the limits, some of the most popular diving is shallower than 12 metres/40 feet, where the water’s warmer and the colors are brighter.
Medical conditions don’t necessarily mean you can’t dive. However only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. During PADI programs enrollment, you will be presented with a medical questionnaire. If you answer YES to one or more question, you must bring a medical report from your physician prior to diving. Your PADI Pro or dive center will provide you with the appropriate form to present to your doctor.
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while diving.
Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Your PADI Instructor or dive center will provide you with the medical statement to be filled and signed by your doctor.
Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems divers face. Injuries caused by marine life, such as scrapes and stings, do occur, but these can be avoided by wearing an exposure suit, staying off the bottom and watching where you put your hands and feet.
When you’re lucky, you get to see a shark. Although incidents with sharks occur, they are very rare and, with respect to diving, primarily involve spear fishing or feeding sharks, both of which trigger feeding behavior. Most of the time, if you see a shark it’s just passing through and a rare sight to enjoy.
Aside from pregnancy, no. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Menstruation is not normally a concern.
PADI Seal Team is designed for kids age 8 & 9 years old. Your kids will be introduced to basic scuba gear, learn few skills and perform 5 swimming pool missions that will make this program very interesting, exciting, and challenging. Upon course and performance requirement completion, your child will receive a PADI certification as a proof of completion.
The PADI Seal Team course can only be performed in a swimming pool. Confined water and open water dives are strictly prohibited.
As a junior PADI Open Water Diver your child should be at least 10 years old. This training is exactly like the PADI Open Water Diver Course with depth limit to a maximum of 12 meters. 10 & 11 years old can only dive with a parent or a certified active PADI Pro member. 12 & 14 years old must dive with a PADI certified adult.
Upon turning 15 years old, you can request for an optional PADI certification card for a minimal charge through our dive center. Your card will be sent by courier from PADI. No further training is required provided your child is an active diver.
As an inactive PADI certified diver, we recommend taking the PADI Re-Activate program every 6-12 months from inactivity with one of our PADI Pros. You will be assessed and reintroduced to the knowledge section and water skill performance.
Yes. You should be a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent from another recognized scuba training organization.
All PADI Advanced Diver course dives are performed in open water. Knowledge development sessions could take place at the beach on location so you need not to attend to classroom.