Have you ever wondered what’s there in the world below the sea? You might have seen pictures or programs on television of amazing marine life, corals, and stunning colors. In reality, this world is more incredible than anything you can guess. It’s probably the most beautiful and surreal place on earth.
Under the sea, you can float weightless like an astronaut. You can search for lost treasures swimming through shipwrecks. You can swim through hidden caves to reach uncharted territories. Or you can investigate unusual species like a field researcher. And of course, there are plenty of stunning corals.
When you start scuba diving, seventy percent of the world becomes accessible to you. Here are easy steps to take to start learning to scuba dive.
Step 1: Do You Meet the Physical Prerequisites for Scuba Diving
With contemporary advances in dive equipment, medicine, and training, people of all ages and sizes can safely learn to dive. Most people who have a basic level of physical fitness and are comfortable in the water can scuba dive. There are, however, a few medical conditions which are contraindicated for scuba diving. So you need to first read the fitness for diving questionnaire before enrolling in a scuba diving course.
Step 2: Choose a Scuba Diving Course
There are certainly some risks in diving. But these risks can be managed when you learn how to check and use your gear properly and follow safe diving guidelines. There are many scuba diving courses available that can help you start enjoying the underwater world safely. Most scuba diving centers offer everything from “try dives” (here you just show up and try scuba diving in a pool with no commitment) to open water courses which certify a diver for life.
Step 3: Buy or Rent Dive Gear
Equipment plays a major role in scuba diving. You will need a full set of well-maintained, properly fitting scuba gear before you can start diving. Rental gear is included in the price in most scuba diving courses, so it is not essential for you to own anything. In fact, many divers never purchase a full set of gear, but prefer to rent gear or purchase only personal items like fins, wetsuits, and masks. Of course, there are many advantages of owning your dive gear. For instance, you can be sure that it fits, works well, and is maintained properly. Own gear is usually more comfortable. It makes you feel more confident when you are underwater.
Step 4: Learn Essential Dive Theory
Descending into the underwater environment can affect you or your gear in ways that you may not even expect. You won’t know till the time you have actually gone down there. So it is important to know what may happen so that you can be prepared in advance. A good trainer can help you immensely here.
Step 5: Practice Simple Skills with an Instructor
After you have reviewed dive theory with an instructor and obtained scuba gear, you will be able to take your first breaths underwater. But wait! You are still not ready to jump off the boat yet. You must first master the skills like clearing water from your scuba mask and regulator (your breathing apparatus). A certified scuba instructor will help you learn these skills, as well as underwater communication and problem management.
Step 6: Ask Away!
There cannot be any stupid questions when you are learning scuba diving. So go ahead and ask any question that comes to your mind. Don’t take a chance.