1. Why Should We Whale Shark Swim With Exmouth Diving Centre?
We have a great team who will show you a fantastic day, with as much time as possible with the Whale Sharks. We use a very roomy & Stable 18M Boat, with all the features you need for a great experience. We offer a goodswim Guarentee, to ensure you have the best opportunity to enjoy your Whale Shark swim.
2. Can I scuba with Whale Sharks?
Sorry, only snorkel, due to the wellbeing of the shark. Not being stressed by people crowding it in, If they want to escape they can easily do so by decending to the bottom.3. Do I need a medical? We recommend that you look at the Medical Questionnaire & ask us for advice on your Health when you plan to do any tour or course. You may be exercising at a level greater than you normally do and we want to ensure you are worry free to enjoy yourself...
Although a diving medical will not be required, it is nevertheless strongly recommended for Scuba Courses. Further, a diving medical may uncover conditions or issues you may not be aware of, for example Ear, nose and throat, or lung function issues, and which could expose you to risk of serious injury or death while diving. Australian Standard AS4005.1 and SPUMS both recommend a diving medical be completed. There is no where a dive medical can be done in Exmouth.
4. How long will it take to learn to scuba dive?
3 to 4 days to learn properly, the course being performance based.
5. How many dives are required before starting the Advanced course?
The Advanced course has been designed to take a new diver and make them an advanced diver by giving them extra skills & follows on directly from open water with no extra dives.
6. How do I get to Exmouth?
You can drive (rental cars are available in all major centres), or fly Skywest or Qantas into Learmonth, Exmouth's airport. A shuttle service runs from the airport into Exmouth. Hire cars must be arranged before you arrive. Contact your travel agent for travel arrangements/flight information. You can easily book your flights to/from Exmouth on Skywest's web site www.skywest.com.au
7. How do I get from Learmonth airport to Exmouth?
There is a shuttle service that meets each flight and will take you to your accommodation in Exmouth. The cost is $25 cash payable directly to the driver. There is no need to prebook this service unless you are traveling in a large group.
8. How do I get between the two towns - Coral Bay and Exmouth?
There are no shuttle services between the two towns so a hire car is the way to go. There are a few hire car companies in Exmouth that you will be able to hire a car from.
9. How far in advance do I need to book?
We can usually accommodate divers with only a day or two's notice but suggest you book at least 3 or 4 days ahead. Dive courses need to be booked a couple of days before the start date. If you are joining an Open Water course, you need to have your medical completed (if you require one) before the course begins. Dive Medicals are not available in Exmouth. Seasonal tours, such as the manta rays, need to be booked 3 or 4 days in advance usually. Whale Shark Adventures should be booked as soon as you know the dates you will be here. If you are considering coming to Exmouth during or near the Australian school holiday periods you need to book everything well in advance. We will always try our best to get you on your desired tour whenever you contact us!
10. What is the water temperature?
Our water temperatures stay pleasant all year round. In the summer months (November - June) we dive in 3mm suits in temperatures ranging from 24C - 28C. In winter (July - November) we dive in 3mm suits or 5mm suits in water from 20C - 23C.
11. What kind of visibility can I expect?
Unfortunately this is an impossible one to answer! Our viz is mostly quite good (10m+), can be exceptional (25m+) or can be not so good (<5m). Viz will change with winds, tides and weather patterns - viz at some sites can clear up in a matter of hours. Our crew will do their best to drop you in the best water on the day.
12. What do I need to bring with me on the tours?
We provide all of the equipment you will need and drinking water on board. On all tours lunch/refreshments will also be included. You need only bring personal items, c-card and logbook.
13. Do I really need to bring my certification card?
YES!! If we don't sight your certification card you cannot dive with us so don't forget it!! If you are a PADI or SSI diver we should be able to look your certification up online, but we suggest you don't rely on this.
14. Are all of the dives guided?
Yes, we always have experienced crew in the water and on our vessels. Experienced divers are welcome to dive in their own buddy teams on most sites, without a dive guide, after listening to a dive brief. Each diver in the buddy team not diving with one of our guides must have a safety sausage and a surface noise maker. Our crew will inform you of the time limits on each dive.
15. Do you offer any dive packages?
Our dive packages can be tailored so you do the dives you want to do - they can include seasonal tours, courses, dives and combinations. Please contact us directly for more information.
Do 4 - 10 eligible dives with us and receive a 10% discount; 11+ eligible dives receives 15% discount, if booking direct. All discounts apply to our regular prices and exclude Whale Shark Adventures and courses.
We can even organise accomodation at the Potshot hotel, situated right next to our store, you will receive a 10% discount on accomodation at the Potshot booked through us.
16. Do you use DIN or yoke fittings if I have my own gear?
We have some tanks that will allow DIN fittings, but we use yoke fitting mainly in Australia.
17. When is the best time of year to visit?
Whenever you can!! Exmouth has great Turtles, Dolphins, Sharks, Rays, Dugongs & 100's of species of Reef & Pelagic Fishes all year round. The diving is excellent throughout the year. The calmest afternoons are in the summer; in the winter months we can get some wind and swell, but it rarely means missing a day's diving! Below is a partial list of our more seasonal visitors in each area:
• Whale Sharks - late March/early April through to late July
• Manta Rays - mid/late May to November
• Humpbacks - late May to November
• Turtles - mating late September to December; laying October to January; seen on dive sites all year round
18. Can you organise accomodation for us?
Yes we can, we can arrange accomodation at a wide range of facilities here in Exmouth. We can even organise accomodation at the Potshot hotel, situated right next to our store, you will receive a 10% discount on accomodation at the Potshot booked through us.
19. Why should I buy equipment from a dive shop?
We ensure you get the gear that suits your needs, you get full warranty & backup service. You also get the latest equipment, not out of date or superseded equipment. We offer parts for life when you buy Oceanic gear & get it serviced annually