A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

The great outdoors that you loved is a vast playground for the healthy, active and adventurous like you. Maybe you have already climbed some of the highest peak on earth but never plunged the vastness of the ocean. Maybe you have heard from your fellow outdoor enthusiast about an amazing underwater adventure. I bet you are now dying to try this new experience. So don’t just listen to your friend’s conversation. Go diving and further develop your outdoor skills. Here is your A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

Getting started for scuba diving is not that hard but there are some steps to undertake. So it is important to know the different dynamics.

  • GET CERTIFIED AND LEARN THE SCIENCE OF SCUBA DIVING

Just like in other outdoor adventure, learning the basics, rules and regulations of the sport is paramount as there are inherent dangers. It is the same with scuba diving. You need to undergo training from a certified dive instructor.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

There are three sessions during your certification course:

  • Classroom / Lecture – your instructor will teach you the basics of scuba diving, equipments needed, principles, rules and regulations.
  • Confined Water – this is usually done in a pool or in shallow seas free from waves and current. You will practice various diving skills and simulate an open water dive.
  • Open Water Dive – This is the most awaited part of the course. You will now apply everything that you have learned from the 2 previous sessions. So when water floods your mask, you simply do a mask clearing.

After you successfully finish the course, you are now considered a Certified Scuba Diver and you will be given a certification card as a proof.

  • LOG AS MANY UNDERWATER ADVENTURES

The only way to fully enjoy diving is to frequently go diving. There is a lot of interesting dive sites waiting for you to explore. Perhaps, you can sign up in a local dive club where you can share dive tips and experience. A weekend dive in a nearby local dive site is the usual practice for avid scuba divers. Maybe you will also consider spending your next vacation diving on a tropical paradise.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

  • INVEST IN EQUIPMENT

Dive shops offer gear rental but nothing beats having your own dive equipment. You may first consider buying your own skin diving equipment which consists of a mask, snorkel, wet suit and fins. Don’t forget that the first consideration in choosing your gear is Comfort and Fit. Afterwards, you can buy a regulator, BCD and other accessories. As for scuba tanks, the usual practice is to just rent from a dive shop.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

  • TAKING THE NEXT LEVEL

With all your gained experiences plus having the urge to explore more challenging sites, you can enroll in advance courses and continue your diver education.

  • Advanced Open Water. Here you will learn interesting skills like night diving, deep diving, natural navigation and multi-level dives.
  • Rescue Diver. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills on how to respond to certain diving emergencies.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

  • GO PRO

Professional diving is one of the sought after jobs in the world. Not only where you continue to enjoy the sport, but you can also make a living out of diving and traveling.

  • This is the first level for professional diving. You can handle small groups as a dive guide. You can also assist a dive instructor during certification courses.
  • Dive instructor. You can now certify and fully teach the science of scuba diving. There are various levels of dive instructors depending on the diving agency.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

  • DIVING AGENCIES TO CHOOSE FROM

There are various diving agencies that offer diver education programs. There might be some minor differences, but they all teach the same standards and principles.

  • PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). With the agencies banner slogan “The Way the World Learns to Dive”, PADI is the largest diving agency offering certification courses from Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver and Dive Instructor. PADI also offers specialty courses on night diving, photography, Medic First Aid and many more. PADI supports environmental and conservation programs with Project A.W.A.R.E. (Aquatic Wildlife Awareness Responsibility and Education) as their banner program.

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

  • CMAS (Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques) or simply called as the World Underwater Federation. This organization is duly recognized by the Olympic Committee and is one of the oldest dive training systems. CMAS also promotes other diving skills as a sport like monofin swimming. CMAS diver certification system is the same with other agencies, but uses stars to determine certification levels. One star means Open Water, two stars is a mix of Advanced and Rescue, and three stars for Dive master. These stars are colored red. Blue stars represent different instructor levels. Learn more about CMAS at cmas.org

A Complete Guide To Start Scuba Diving

 

  • SSI (Scuba Schools International). This began from a group of divers who wanted everyone to learn scuba diving. Their diver certification program is similar to PADI, but it is often a cheaper alternative. But the quality of training does not follow the price, keeping the same top standard. Learn more about SSI at divessi.com

 

You already know the start-up facts, so what else needs to be done? GO DIVING.

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Danish Akhtar

Hey, my name is Danish Akhtar and welcome to my website. I have been traveling the world since 2012 and finally decided in October 2015 to make this website to share my experiences around the world. I hope to not only give you tips, tricks and my personal insight for your own travel but save you time and money when you travel next So a little about my story, I was born in Nagina, a small town in Utter Pradesh India. I Passed out from University of Delhi in 2012 and decided that I needed to get some sort of career in that I can travel the world and could earn some smart amount. So that I m here working as assistant manager in a travel company beside that writing my experience of travelling which can help people.

3 comments

Rajat dutt

Very nice post sir 😇

    Danish Akhtar

    Thanks rajat…

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