Good Scuba Training vs Bad Scuba in Lahaina, Maui

How to tell if you are getting the proper scuba training in Maui.

As you may have seen in your searches for scuba companies in Lahaina Maui. There are a lot of choices.

Scuba training has a lot of standards that your professional Instructors are required to follow. Unfortunately there are many that do short cuts to get more divers in and out of the water at your SAFETY EXPENSE.

Here are a few things you want to look for to ensure you are getting what is REQUIRED by all scuba shops, agencies, instructors when doing the Discovery Scuba / Intro scuba diver course.

You should be given a lecture that includes

  • How water pressure affects you
  • Equalizing your air spaces & ears
  • Never hold your breathe underwater
  • 9 hand signals to comunicate with your instructor
  • How to clear water from your mask
  • Altitude and diving restrictions
  • Aquatic environment awareness


Scuba equipment orientation and use

BEWARE!!!! If your instructor simply hangs a regulator around their neck and describes it’s use BEWARE!!!! ASK the company before you book your scuba diving class in Maui if they do that, if so, you DO NOT want them!!!! You should have the equipment ON, and trained to use it prior to entering the ocean!!!

  • How the Buoyancy compensator works
  • How to clear water from your mask
  • How to clear water from your regulator
  • Regulator recovery (finding your regulator), if it is falls out of your mouth and
  • clearing water from it
  • How to inflate your buoyancy compensator at the surface
  • How to deflate your bouyancy compensator to desend and when to stop
  • Use of air gauge, and when to end the dive
  • Proper and SAFE surfacing technique
  • What to do if your ears are feeling pressure
  • Your instructor MUST have a noise making device to signal you that they need
  • you attention and a surface signaling device, a compass, and a timing device


Shallow water training

You should be given a demonstration followed by a skill assessment from your scuba instructor in shallow water PRIOR to going for the dive.

Proper learning materials & paperwork is the Scuba Discovery Booklet with a quiz and registration form.

If you are only given a piece of paper to fill in your information and a medical questionire.

This a direct violation of the training standards set forth for ALL instructors of the ProfessionalAssociation of Diving Instruction!!!