Scuba Diving and Requirements Before You Can Go Diving

Scuba diving is a very popular sport or recreational activity that gets a lot of attention today amoMyself, El Nido ResortCredit: Authorng a wide range of people. It is one of the most unique sports in the world because it is done entirely in an environment that is not our natural domain or habitat: the world underwater. Very few other sports offer a unique, interesting, fascinating and different perspective like this one. 

If you want to start learning how to scuba dive, here are some useful information to help you prepare to undertake this adventure into the depths of the sea:

  • You need to be certified to go diving. There is an element of risk involved in scuba diving and one has to be properly trained in order to safely enjoy the benefits and wonders of scuba diving. It is recommended that you learn how to dive from properly certified scuba diving instructors. You can check your YMCA if they are offering courses. Dive shops, resorts or individual instructors are other options. 
  • The Professional Association of Diving Instructors or PADI is a highly reputable agency that designs and implements scuba diving courses and instructor training programs. They ensure that all diving instructors certified by their organization meet and maintain high standards of instruction and training. PADI certified instructors are among the best in the business. 
  • Visit the doctor for a check up. Make sure that you let the doctor know that he or she is checking you up for the purpose of clearing you to be fit for diving. As scuba diving is done in an environment we don't live in, there are certain physical and physiological factors to consider when assessing your fitness to go scuba diving that the doctor takes into consideration when checking you out. 
  • Swimming ability.  You do not have to be Michael Phelps, but you have to be able to go for roughly 600 feet using different swimming styles. In addition, you should be fit enough to tread water for roughly 10 minutes. Those are some basic skills that are important when it comes to taking the course. 
  • The course will involve classroom work, pool sessions, and finally real world experience in an open body of water. Usually, the whole process will last 7-21 days, and they cost $350-450. 
  • The most basic certification is Open Water Diver. You need to complete 5 open water dives to complete the course after passing all the classroom and pool work requirements. Some instructors will work according to your schedule to make it as convenient for you as possible. However, you will need to set aside a whole weekend for the 5 open water dives, especially if where you live is not near the sea.  
  • Another option is to go to wait to get certified until your vacation. There are places, usually dive resorts in the tropics, that give these courses in condensed form over a period of 4-5 days. In most instances, they last for shorter periods of time than the regular full length course, and the goal is to get you out in the water as fast as possible. One drawback to this is that given all the course requirements, you are likely to spend most of the whole 4-5 day period learning to dive and leaving little time for other stuff to do on your vacation.

One other thing before you go headed to the nearest dive shop or look up that listing for dive instructors in your area, scuba diving is an activity that is never done alone. For the primary purpose of safety, you always dive with a buddy or in a group. Diving alone is considered a highly irresponsible act. The other benefit of diving with a group or a buddy is that it makes it more fun, and you have someone to share your unique experiences with afterwards. So go ask your friends or members of the family to join you, enjoy it with those dear to you. Alternatively, use it as an occasion to make new friends with whom you will soon share the unique experience of discovering the wonders of the undersea world.