If you are curious about nature and enjoy investigating and exploring what’s above the water, you are likely to be just as curious to explore what’s under it. In order to freely dive underwater, however, you must acquire a set of skills and receive a permit to do so.
Scuba diving is, however, relatively easy and requires only a short period of time to get started so don’t get discouraged. After all, once you learn to dive, 70% of the globe becomes practically accessible to you from the moment you learn how to breathe under water.
Here are several basic steps you may want to scan over before you sign up for a diving course.
- Do you meet the physical prerequisites? You need just a basic level of fitness, however there are several medical conditions which are contraindicative to scuba diving. Just make sure you read the medical questionnaire before enrolling in a scuba diving course.
- Choose a course. A wide variety of scuba diving courses are available out there which offer everything from “try dive” where people can try diving in a pool without signing for a course, to courses which will lead to you becoming a certified diver for life. Simply do some research and select the option that fits your needs and interests best.
- Buy or rent equipment. You need a full set of well-maintained and properly fitted scuba gear. As a start, you don’t necessarily have to buy the equipment as most courses include rental gear anyway. However, if you plan to become a certified diver, you may want to purchase the equipment as this way you can be certain of its proper function and maintenance.
- Learn basic theory. Going underwater could affect you in a way that you have never imagined. Thus, in order to be safe, you must gain a full understanding of how diving will affect your body, mind and equipment.
- Practice basics with the instructor. Once you have ensured that you are physically eligible for a diving course and have learnt the theory, you are to start taking your first breaths underwater. However, you are still far from jumping off the boat. You need to first master basic skills such as clearing water from your scuba mask, breathing, underwater communication, problem management, and more.