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Learn more of diving in Belize.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is Scuba School And Family Dive Center Belize Gold Standard?


SSAFDCB was the first dive center to obtain the Gold Standard in the country.

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What happens if there is bad weather, and I am scheduled to dive?


Here at Scuba School and Family Dive Center Belize, safety is our number one priority. Thus, we are constantly monitoring weather conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for our guests. If there is bad weather on a day you are scheduled to dive, we will contact you so that we can postpone your diving until a later time when the weather is more favorable.


What are the depths of the local dive sites?


Here on the Belize Barrier Reef, we are lucky enough to have a wide range of depths for diving. Depths can range anywhere from 20ft (ca. 6 m) to 130ft (ca. 40 m).


How long does a typical dive last?


A dive can last anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour depending on air consumption and depth.


Do I need to have my Advanced Open Water Certification to dive into the Blue Hole?


You do not need to have your Advanced Open Water Certification to dive into the Blue Hole. However, we do highly recommend that you get your Advanced Open Water Certification or at least do one adventure dive – Deep Dive – before diving the Blue Hole since it goes to a depth of 130ft (ca. 40 m).


If I have my gear, should I bring it?


If you have your gear, we highly suggest that you bring it since you will be more familiar with your gear, as we want to you be as comfortable as possible.


What if I don't have a buddy?


No buddy? No problem! If you don't have a buddy, the dive instructor will either personally pair up with you or pair you with another diver to ensure a safe dive for everyone.


I'm not certified to dive. Can I still dive?


If you are not certified to dive, you can still dive. Here at Scuba School Belize, we offer two options for non-certified divers. The first option is called the Free Try Dive and is for those who are skeptical of diving. The Free Try Dive is done in our own, private training pool where after going over the basics of diving with an instructor, you get to try out diving in the pool. The second option is what is known as the Discover Scuba Dive, where after going over the basic skills of diving, you do a one-tank dive along the reef under the direct supervision of an instructor.


What is the water temperature?


The water temperature is on average 84 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 29 °C), 28 degrees Celsius.


How are the dive sites chosen?


The dive sites are decided by the dive instructor based on weather conditions as well as how crowded a dive site is to provide the safest, most enjoyable dives for our guests.


What is the minimum age a child has to be to dive?


The minimum age a child has to be to dive is 8 years old. At 8 years old, a child can do what is known as the Bubble Maker, where the child can dive to a maximum depth of 7 feet under the direct supervision of an instructor. If a child wishes to get certified, the minimum age for Junior Open Water Certification is 10 years old.


When is the best time to dive in Belize?


You can dive in Belize all year round, but the peak season is from April to June, when the water is warmer and the whale sharks visit the southern reefs. The rainy season is from June to November, but it does not affect the visibility much.


What else should I know about diving in Belize??


Diving in Belize is not only fun and exciting, but also safe and responsible. Belize has a network of marine reserves and protected areas that aim to conserve its natural resources and biodiversity. As divers, we should respect these rules and regulations, as well as follow good diving practices, such as:

- Do not touch or disturb any marine life or coral.
- Do not collect any shells, corals, or souvenirs from the sea.
- Do not feed any fish or animals.
- Do not use gloves or knives.
- Do not dive beyond your limits or training.
- Do not dive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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