Always thought about scuba diving? Love to snorkel and want to take the next step and start scuba diving, but don’t know where or how to start? These are the questions that I faced for years until my best friend wanted to get certified before her move to Hawaii. I hope in writing this it will help others facing the same questions.
There are many ways to get into scuba; by far the safest way is to do a bit of research before you decide to take the plunge. Like any sport there are risks associated with it, and you should get a physical before you taking any class or testing the waters. Once you do that here are the basic next steps.
Discover Scuba Diving Class – This is offered any almost any resort in the United States, Mexico or almost anywhere in the world included in your all- inclusive hotel package. However, I would advise you to find a local dive shop in your area that teaches the class you can log on to www.padi.com to find a dive shop in your area. The course should be about $25-$75 for 1-2 hours in a pool going over the basic equipment and you even get to see how it is to breath under water.
PADI Open Water Diver– If you are over 10 you can take the class at your local dive shop or over 13 you can take an eLearning class online, both will help you gain further knowledge about scuba diving. This class consists of classroom or online learning, Confined Water Dives and your Open water dives. If you are a college student you might even get college credit for the class. Once you have your PADI Open Water you will be able to dive comfortable in the fresh or salt water. Great now you are a certified diver with PADI.
There are so many other directions you can now go with PADI and scuba Diving. You can do your Advance Open Water Diver, allows you to dive deeper and teaches you about enriched air. If you just want to read up on the sport and get more information you can check out www.sportdiver.com for free scuba information, events and travel deals. No mater where you go from here with scuba diving you are now introduced to a whole other world.
Overall you should always call the dive shops before signing up for any class, get checked out by a doctor and do your research. You might find a new hobby for yourself and a way to meet new people.