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Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to start diving?

An individual must be at least 10 years old to become an Open Water Diver. Students between the ages of 10-15 must dive with a certified adult.

Do we have a pool in the shop?

No, we use Bower Hill Swim Club's pool.

Where is there to dive in Pennsylvania?

There are lots of beautiful lakes and quarries in Pennsylvania and just to the West in Ohio. We're also avid divers of the Great Lakes! Check out our Local Diving page to see some of the great places we dive!

How can I try diving before signing up for a class?

We offer several introductory courses including Discover Snorkeling and Try Scuba. Check us out on Groupon for a two-for-one deal on our Try Scuba class.

Where do the Open Water Training Dives take place?

We use Strawberry Quarry in Slippery Rock, PA for all of our OWTD's.

Where do classroom sessions take place?

We have two classrooms in our store at 2905 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15216.

What if I cannot swim?

At minimum, you must be comfortable in the water and have basic swimming skills. A swim test in required for the Open Water Certification and you do have the option of using your mask and fins.

What is a referral?

A referral is a documentation from Splash stating that you completed the first portion of your Open Water Certification with us. This portion includes your academic sessions and your confined water pool sessions. You can then take your referral any where, (usually somewhere warm), that offers scuba certifications and finish your open water dive portion with them.

How long is my certification good for?

It is good for life. It is advised that you dive at least once a year to keep in practice. If you go longer than one year, it is advised to take a Scuba Skills Update class to refresh yourself.

Where do people dive in Pittsburgh?

We use local quarries for training purposes. They are not open to the public to visit but we regularly hold open training weekends during the warmer seasons of the year. To participate in a training weekend, you must pre register with us at least 5 days in advance and sign a waiver.

Does Splash hold any special events where I can get involved in the dive community?

Yes, we are always planning trips and special events at Splash. You should subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on our upcoming dive trips and any events that are coming up! We send out a monthly newsletter to keep our Splash Family updated.

What classes are available during the winter months?

We teach any of our courses that involve pool or classroom sessions but we do not teach anything, except for ice diving, in the quarry during the winter months... it is freezing! We offer the confined water pool sessions and academic classroom sessions for our Open Water Certification Course during the winter months. We also hold Discover Snorkeling, Try Scuba, and Intro to Scuba all year around on the weekends. Specialty courses that take place in the classroom such as Enriched Air Nitrox or Fish Identification are also taught during our winter months.

Why should I buy gear from Splash and not the internet?

At Splash, we offer deals and discounts on gear. It is also best to try your gear on before buying it. Our employees are very knowledgeable on different scuba brands and pieces of equipment and can help you pick the best set of gear. We also offer a discount on services to anyone that purchases their gear at Splash. In store purchasing also allows you to be sure you're getting warrantied products.

Do I need dive insurance?

It is not required, however we highly recommend it to all divers. DAN dive insurance can cost as little as $35 per year.

How long does it take to get certified?

It can take anywhere between a week and a year depending on your schedule and budget.

Do we do ice diving?

Yes we do, depending on our winters! Contact our store, 412-531-5577, for more information.

Do we fill tanks?

Yes, we fill air and mixed gas.

Do we service dive gear?

Yes, we can service nearly all dive brands. Call us to check if we can service your gear!