If the thought of deep-sea diving and exploring the coral reefs in a tropical location sounds like fun to you, becoming a certified scuba diver will provide you with the confidence to conduct explorations with another trained diver. The certification process requires the completion of an eLearning module, a confined diving class, and an open water session.
Sign Up And Complete The eLearning Module
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is a scuba diving training program that is recognized worldwide. Through this organization, you will acquire an enrollment form and be provided with a cost for each phase of the certification process. You may need to spend a couple of hundred dollars to begin the eLearning course.
This course is designed to familiarize you with the basic equipment necessary to participate in a scuba diving session, the proper way to utilize a respirator, and ways to stay safe while underwater. After each training session, you will be quizzed on the material. The final part of the online module will involve you completing an essay.
Complete The Diving Class And An Open Water Session
A diving club will provide you with access to a pool that is necessary for the completion of a confined diving class. During the class, you will be fitted with scuba diving gear and will be taught the proper way to breathe through the respirator. The class may be taught during a couple of sessions.
You will need to be able to swim across the pool, dive down deep into the water, and tread water for several minutes. All of the steps that you are directed to complete will be a simulation of what you will experience when scuba diving in open water. After successfully following your instructor's lead, you will advance to the final part of the certification process.
If you live near an ocean, you can make arrangements through the dive club, to participate in an open diving session. If you do not live near a body of water, you will need to make travel arrangements and contact the facilitator of a diving club that is located in the area being visited.
If you feel more comfortable about wearing your own gear, purchase fins, a mask, and flippers. These essentials can be purchased from a sporting goods store. A wetsuit, a tank, and a respirator will be furnished by the diving club that you utilize for testing purposes. After completing the open diving session, you will receive a certificate that recognizes your success in the certification process.
To get started with your scuba diving certification, contact a local diving club or scuba diving instructor.