Choosing A Scuba Diving Course

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To be a scuba diver, you need a scuba diving certification issued by a scuba diving certification agency. That's why you need to chose a scuba diving course.

To be a scuba diver, you need a scuba diving certification issued by a scuba diving certification agency. That's why you need to chose a scuba diving course.

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  • 1. CHOOSING A GOOD SCUBA DIVING COURSE
  • 2. AN ARTICLE BY WORLD-DIVE.COM © 2013 World-Dive.com
  • 3. To be a scuba diver, you need a scuba diving certification issued by a scuba diving certification agency. These agencies are known by their acronyms. Examples are PADI, PDIC, IDEA, NAUI, and SDI, to name a few. You should get your lessons from a certified and insured scuba diving instructor who has completed the required professional training and has been issued credentials from at least one scuba diving certification agency. Typically, the basic scuba diving course is composed of three parts: a) Academic training b) confined water, and c) open water. Academics This is the "classroom learning" part of the basic scuba diving training. The delivery of the lessons may be through books, instructor presentations, and videos. Some scuba diving certification agencies offer self-paced, online academic lessons. Academic lessons include diving science, diving physiology, and diving equipment to name a few. Confined Water Training This part of the scuba diver's training is often done in pools or a controlled body of water. This is where
  • 4. you literally get your feet wet in scuba diving. Among other things, you will learn how to breathe underwater using a regulator, how to monitor your air supply, how to descend and ascend safely, and how to establish neutral buoyancy. Deep pools are good for training. The pool should be at least nine feet deep. Open Water Training In this part of the training, you will apply the skills you have learned in the confined water training phase. You will most likely practice these skills in the ocean, but some scuba diving schools hold their open water training sessions in other diving environments such as rivers, lakes, and springs. You will also learn other scuba diving skills such as navigation and dive boat operation. This is also the part of the training where your instructor will evaluate whether you are ready to scuba dive on your own. By this time, you should know how to have proper buoyancy, monitor your air supply, and know how to take care of your diving partner. Do not go for low-cost scuba diving training that promise that you will be certified in a short period of time. Remember, your goal is not to get a certification but to learn how to be a good scuba diver. Developing your scuba diving skills and
  • 5. learning how to stay safe underwater should be your top priority. Choosing a Scuba Diving Course