What to expect at a Discover Scuba Class
If you're interested in trying out scuba, but don't want to invest a lot of time or money into it, a Discover Scuba class might just be the right thing for you. The discover course gives you just enough time to learn the basics about scuba and get into the pool and start diving. I was very happy with the experience I got out of my Discover Scuba course and highly recommend it.
So once you sign up, here's how things will probably go....
- Introductions Once you arrive and take your seat you will be surrounded by people who will be very like-minded, so it should be pretty easy to socialize and make friends.
- Lecture on scuba diving, safety, etc. - Scuba Diving comes with its own risks and it is the instructors job to make sure everyone knows what they are. This conversation is similar to the conversation you have before you first go white water rafting or do any somewhat extreme activity. It's mostly geared for your further scuba adventures, but be sure to pay attention.
- Description of diving equipment - The instructor will now take you through each piece of equipment you will be using/wearing. This is very good info as well. Some of the items are very straight forward, but others will take some getting used to before you'll be comfortable.
- BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) - This is the big one. This is what controls how buoyant you are. It has an air bladder that inflates and deflates which causes you rise or sink respectively. The BCD takes some getting used to, but after some practice you'll get the hang of it and will know how to rise to the surface or sink down into the water.Credit: By Thomei08 (Self-photographed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
- Diving Mask - Allows you to see underwaterCredit: By Darthgriz98 (Darthgriz98) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
- Console - Readings for pressure gauge, depth gauge & compassCredit: IST Sports
- Fins/Flippers - Allows you to move through the water more efficientlyCredit: Cressi
- Scuba Tank - Holds compressed air to allow you to breath underwaterCredit: Catalina
- Regulator - Used for breathing in air from scuba tankCredit: Diving regulator, by Alexander Z., January 20, 2005
- Now it's time to get in the pool and put on your gear and experience what breathing underwater is really like. :-)
Credit: By Marco Busdraghi (Own work) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons
Remember to have fun and ask any question you have to your instructor.
Have a great time....