TV series like Planet Earth can provide you with an opportunity to explore what is underneath the sea. But, when you want to get out from behind that television set and see the underwater world for your self SCUBA is definitely the way to go. SCUBA stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and permits divers to stay underwater for extended periods of time.
Typically, SCUBA requires some form of formalized dive training taught by a certified dive master.The certifications and regulations tend to vary all around the globe and, as a result, there are a number of courses you can take. PADI is arguably the most popular.
If you’re looking to become SCUBA diver certified, there are a few things you should remember.
SCUBA: Things to Remember
You need to be old enough
Most instructors require you to be at least 12 years of age to undertake SCUBA diving. For someone below this age, there are opportunities to take part in junior level programs which are safer for the youngsters.
SCUBA is physically draining
SCUBA diving involves a certain level of good health and physical fitness. You need to understand that it is an active sport and you should make sure you’re physically able to perform the tasks at hand. Diving while not in the best shape can put your life at risk.
Find the right class
You can locate a SCUBA diver training course through referral or a friend of yours. Find someone who is well qualified in terms of experience, skill set, and number of dives he/she has participated in. You need to find out more about the teaching methods as someone looks for an authority style whereas other prefers high fives. Once you catch hold of someone you can go on to audit a couple of classes of his before you take the final decision.
The place to learn
When you choose a dive instructor or a place to learn, convenience should be a top consideration. You’ll be spending a lot of time (we’re talking weeks or months) traveling and training so it’s better to choose a reputable place near your residence. Look out for a dive store where there is an on site pool with proper training facilities and a hot shower. As most of the time it is observed that classroom studies are combined with pool sessions, so the facility nearby is an added advantage of sorts.
What will be the exact cost of your training
Some instructors tend to charge flat rates in the process of training whereas others charge on the basis of classes that you undertake. Make sure you ask and understand what the combined pool and classroom sessions will cost. Also, many offer group rates. If are learning SCUBA with a group of friends, be sure to ask for group discounts or other benefits (e.g. private dives).
This also may include the total cost of the equipment needed and the cost associated with it. You need to understand that SCUBA is in fact a very expensive sport and the full compliment of SCUBA equipment will cost you a lot. In some of the cases it is included in your course fees or you may have to rent it.
The certification course needs to be passed
You’ll need to pass one of the certification courses (i.e. PADI). The main goal of these courses is to ensure you’re comfortable in the water. The certification courses vary, but some require you to, for example, float for 10 minutes and swim for a period of 200 yards at a stretch. All of these objectives need to be completed without the help of any aids.
Register only in a class that suits your needs
There are a ton of extra SCUBA certifications you can get (e.g. open water, technical diver, recovery diver, etc.). Be sure you know exactly what you’re signing up for and the path to obtain any additional certifications you may want. Furthermore, be sure to find a class and instructor that meshes well with your schedule. SCUBA is a big commitment, so find out where you can get quality, professional dive training without to much of a hassle.
Understand the legal stuff
During your class you will be briefed about the various registrations that you need to avail as far as scuba diving is concerned. One will be also informed about the various risks associated with this sport and you will need to sign a document before you indulge in any water related activity.
Understand the theory
SCUBA is very technical and not following the rules can leave you seriously injured.The academic portions of SCUBA certifications teaches you on how to deal with the safety measures in an easy manner. The book work is as important as the water time – be sure to give it just as much attention.
There are no short cuts when it comes to SCUBA; keep on practicing! The pool is center stage and the hear heart and soul of training. It is here where you will begin to learn how to work all of the equipment and then go on to use it. All of this may seem a bit difficult at first, but with regular practice you will get the hang of it without any major hassles.
Complete the necessary certifications and open water training
You need to undertake the necessary certifications under the guidance of an instructor. Typically, these tests are conducted in the open ocean where you need to dive into water which can be anywhere from 15 to16 feed in depth, spread over a period of 2 days.
Once you have the necessary skills and certifications, then there is no one stopping you from SCUBA diving until your hearts content!
Remember, SCUBA diving is a sport where you need abundant knowledge and constant practice. But, once you acquirethe skills, it can be a whole lot of fun. So go out there, get certified, and start SCUBA diving!