A Basic Guide To Learning Scuba Diving

By | June 8, 2024

Diving is an exciting water sport. To learn it you must be at least 10-12 years old. You must also have a basic level of physical fitness to enjoy this activity. This course, when taken on a full-time basis, can be completed between 3-5 days. If a person does it on a part-time basis, they can complete it at will. People studying this course on vacation prefer to do it full-time.

The Basic Scuba Diving Certification Course is an open water diving course taught by a certification body. This course trains you to learn the diving techniques that will enable you to become an independent diver.

The basic steps in learning to scuba dive are:

Level 1: Understand the theory of diving

Once you sign up to dive, you will be given literature and DVDs to help you understand diving. You can learn independently or there is the option of attending classes. Online courses are also available. Various institutes make e-learning material available to their students. The learning material mainly contains information about basic diving techniques, effects of diving on the body, diving safety, selection of diving equipment and its care, etc. There is an exam after the course is completed. Passing the test prepares you for the next level.

Level 2: Training in confined waters

After you fully understand the concepts of scuba diving, you are ready to be trained in confined water such as a swimming pool or a quiet beach. The first level of underwater training is ideally done in shallow water where you can stand underwater. After training, you will gradually gain the confidence to stay underwater. Then you can venture into deeper, confined waters. Once you are comfortable underwater, you are ready for the next level.

Level 3: Open water diving

All preparation eventually culminates in achieving the primary goal of scuba diving in open water. Open water diving is diving in large seas or oceans. First, open water diving is done by going down with instructors. After a few such sessions, the person is ready for independent diving.

Some training institutes offer the possibility of “recommendation training”. Referral training allows you to complete the Academic and Confined Water training phases at your home location and have the flexibility to complete the Open Water phase at any location of your choice.

This sport is not very difficult to learn. After becoming a certified diver you will have the opportunity to explore the seas and oceans around the world. You can enjoy the beautiful coral reefs and the diverse underwater world.

Thanks to Kanika Saxena

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