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How to Become a SCUBA Diver

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.

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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.

Practice

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 trainingpadi scuba certification

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!



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Top Tips for Scuba Diving

Things to Remember When Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is an active and an equipment centered sport. The right equipment not only provides you with an enjoyable diving experience, but it ensures the safety of the divers. Casual and professional divers alike need to pay attention to the your dive rig, with the emergence of a multitude of online retailers, finding the right scuba gear is an easy task. To many options make it difficult for you, the buyer to find the best equipment for the right price. As a beginner and you’re looking to get into the sport, we suggest you follow some of these tips:

Wear a Wetsuit

When diving, water robs your body of heat faster than air would when on land. Wearing a wet suit when diving, or even during a swim, can help insulate you from heat loss. There are a few things to look for when purchasing a wetsuit. Typically, wetsuits have a thickness rating; the thicker the wetsuit, the more insulation it tends to provide. As far as manufacturers are concerned, they tend to provide the thickness of the wet suit with 2 numbers that is separated by a slash. The first stands for thickness in the torso areas the second in the region of the extremities. For optimal insulation, divers often base the extent of their decision of which suit needs to be worn by determining the temperature of the water.

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Always Dive with a Buddy

If you have a buddy, you love to dive a lot, then you’re in luck! You and your friend should be in the water all the more often. If you don’t have a dive buddy then go out and find one right away! A dive buddy can help keep you safe and ensure that nothing bad happens to you under the water. If something were to go wrong, your buddy can help provide you with air and help you ascend to the surface without getting nitrogen poisoning – this is a serious issue and should be avoided at all costs! Make sure you find a buddy and build up trust with them. Your life could be in their hands.

Carry a Backup Light

This might seem trivial, but no one should go dive with only a single light. The brightness along with magnitude are important factors when selecting a light. These will, of course, vary depending on how often you dive, where you plan on diving, and the diver involved. While the backup light does not need to be of the same quality or intensity as your primary light (dive lights can be expensive!) it needs to be reliable. Remember – this is the light which could save your live! Avoid the misconception that bigger and brighter is the best. The whole point of having a light is to get you into dark places where the sun cannot shine.  You’ll want to make sure you don’t disturb the creatures that take refuge in these parts.

Try to Relax

One of the golden rules of scuba diving is slow, even, deep breathing. At no point you should hold your breath and you will end up using a lot of air. If you are a nervous person, you’ll need to work extra hard to calm down, conserve air, and enjoy the experience. The less air you use, the longer you can stay under the water!

Bring the Right Dive Weightsscuba diver

There is nothing worse than diving with the improper dive weight. If you put on too much weight you will struggle to get to the surface causing you to burn more air and limiting your dive time. Not enough weight is just as bad as you won’t be able to stay at depth without exerting a lot of effort. Always perform a buoyancy check before you go out to ensure you have the amount of weight needed for the desired target depth.

 

Know Your Limits

It has been scientifically proven that an hour of scuba diving can be a great workout and can burn 500 calories. It’s a perfect replacement for the gym Ideally you can go on to substitute a session of gym with scuba diving and it will not only fine tone your body, but also your mind. However, you need to remember that scuba diving is a rigorous physical sport and it does require the diver to be in shape.

Remember the Sunblock

When spending a lot of time underwater or swimming, you always need to remember sunblock. As a diver it is not only important for you to protect yourself but also the water that you take a plunge.

Stay Hydrated

Deydration is a serious problem when diving for an extended period of time. Remember – you’re exerting your self to dive to all the fun places and you’re sweating but you can’t tell because your surrounded by water. You need to remember to drink lots of water before and after. It’s even suggested that you consume a drink with loads of electrolytes and salts (think Gatorade or Powerade) to help rehydrate your faster. Coconut water is a great drink as well!

These are some of the major tips that you can follow to help you have a great scuba session!