Learning How to Scuba Dive

Learning How to Scuba Dive

An Adventure in Itself

Scuba Certification Dive Learning how to scuba dive can be accomplished by practically anyone, provided you learn from a qualified diving instructor before you take to the water. Besides, no dive shop or charter boat will take you diving without proof of proper training and certification. So, the first step is, learn to scuba.

Before you start dive training, there are a few health requirements. All certifying agencies will require a certificate of good health. This may involve a visit to the family doctor. For most people this will not be a problem and the doctor will give the thumbs up. The few exceptions might be people who have some type of heart or ear problem.

You do not have to be a world class athlete to dive, but you should be reasonably fit. Diving is not a strenuous sport, but there are times that will require a certain degree of fitness: lifting yourself out of the water onto a boat, for example. Also, you don't have to be a great swimmer, just comfortable in the water.

When learning how to scuba dive, certifying agencies will ask you to pass a simple swim qualification test. This consists of negotiating a distance of 200 yards anyway you can. This means any stroke that will enable you to finish the 200 yard is allowed. You will also have to do a surface float. This requires you to keep your head above the water for 10 minutes. You can do this by treading water or just floating on your back. For most people, this is not a problem.

Women, men, kids over the age of 10 years old, people of advancing years, and even many disabled people can learn to dive. Dive training programs have been adapted to make in possible for almost anyone to learn to dive.

Learning how to scuba dive in the Caribbean

One of the biggest concerns most people have about learning how to scuba dive is breathing underwater. Our brain tells our body that we are not supposes to do this. I would have students snorkel first, to get used to breathing at the surface while keeping their face in the water. If they could do this, they would soon find out that breathing underwater with a scuba regulator would be much easier.

Learning how to scuba dive in the pool first

Any hobby will require a degree of investment. Diving is no exception. The cost of learning how to scuba dive will vary, depending on where you learn and how you choose to learn. Some people will choose to try diving while on vacation.

Commonly called a resort course, this is a great way to learn to dive. This allows you to do a short course that will include a video, a short academic session with an instructor, and learning four basic skills in the safety and comfort of a pool.

Upon satisfactory completion of these scuba diving lessons, you can make a shallow dive with an instructor. A resort course allows to you try diving without the cost of a full certification. Most people who do complete a resort course go on to a full open water certification class.

Another way to become a certified diver is to do a referral course. With a referral course, you complete the academic and pool sessions at home. Most people can find a dive school or dive club close to home. A referral course allows you to arrange training around your work schedule and family time. You can complete the four open water dives required for certification while on vacation.

WARNING-diving is addictive and you'll wonder how you ever survived without this great experience.

Diving is Fun

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