Scuba Dive, Come Join the Party!

The majesty and beauty of the underwater world, particularly coral reefs which are abundant with marine life, such as this one in the Caribbean.
The majesty and beauty of the underwater world, particularly coral reefs which are abundant with marine life, such as this one in the Caribbean. | Source

Scuba Diving

One of the more popular recreational activities is scuba diving. The sport gets a great deal of attention from the more adventurous segment of the modern population. Scuba diving is unique among the world's sports in that it is performed entirely in an alien environment that is not the domain of humanity: the underwater world.

Scuba diving has come a long way from its humble beginnings way back in the mid-20th century. The term SCUBA stands for ‘Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.’

This enjoyable activity is available to everyone nowadays. Cost of the equipment and access to diving sites have become a little less expensive. Investing in the equipment is the costliest step. You have the option to rent if you only wish to try it out once in a while. However, if taken cared of properly, your equipment can last you for a long time. Scuba diving in these present times has become a popular recreational activity.

Few sports can offer the unique adventure, fascinating wildlife and interesting historical perspective offered by scuba diving.

Scuba diving enables you to have a truly unique experience, that of discovering a totally different and unique environment. It is an occasion that provides for good memories and moments.
Scuba diving enables you to have a truly unique experience, that of discovering a totally different and unique environment. It is an occasion that provides for good memories and moments. | Source
Textbooks for Scuba Diving Courses
Textbooks for Scuba Diving Courses | Source

Understanding Scuba Diving

Donning this gear and diving into the depths requires a thorough understanding of physical and physiological hazards while underwater and the techniques, knowledge and skills needed to safely deal with these hazards. Developments in the field have enabled scientists to come up with extra equipment and safety gear that allows even amateur divers to dive safely and responsibly.


Recreational scuba diving was made possible and popular by the Frenchmen Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan. Their ‘Aqualung’ was the precursor of scuba gear that adventurers and diving enthusiasts enjoy worldwide and in a wide range of climates and underwater environments.

Recreational Diving Planner
Recreational Diving Planner | Source
Due to certain physiological factors and the fact that the ocean is not our natural habitat, proper training and certification is required in order to safely enjoy scuba diving.
Due to certain physiological factors and the fact that the ocean is not our natural habitat, proper training and certification is required in order to safely enjoy scuba diving.

Scuba diving is life. Everything else is a surface interval.

Requirements Before You Can Go Diving

For beginners who wish to learn scuba diving basic requirements need to be met in order not only to satisfy legal requirements but to dive safely and enjoyably.

Getting a certificate from NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is a good way to start learning how to dive. Certifications from these 2 organizations are recognized worldwide. Both organizations have a reputation for credible training programs and their certified instructors maintain high standards.

  • Certification is required of all divers. The level of risk that scuba divers face mean that almost all jurisdictions require divers to be licensed prior to diving. The right way to learn is to take a course from instructors with the proper scuba diving certification. YMCAs in larger cities often offer scuba diving classes in their pools. Dive shops or resorts may also offer classes, and many individuals have the proper licenses and are willing to take on students.

PADI, a professional association made up of diving instructors, is an extremely reputable agency involved in the design and implementation of scuba diving courses as well as training programs for instructors. Their certification process ensures that diving instructors meet high standards of proficiency and maintain acceptable levels of professional knowledge. Instructors who hold PADI certification are the best the industry has to offer.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is highly reputable  and a leading organization in diver training and education. The chart above shows the various courses and skill levels available under the PADI system.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is highly reputable and a leading organization in diver training and education. The chart above shows the various courses and skill levels available under the PADI system. | Source
  • A medical check-up and proper Medical Clearance is a necessity before undertaking any diving training. It is vital that the physician performing the examination be told that the purpose of the screening is to clear the patient for diving. Since scuba diving happens in an environment other than the one people live in, certain psychological and physical factors must be considered when assessing someone's fitness to dive, and the doctor must have all the facts in order to administer a proper examination.
  • The ability to swim is a prerequisite for learning to dive. Would-be divers need not be competitive swimmers, but they should be able to swim about 600 feet using different strokes. In addition, candidates should be able to tread water for approximately ten minutes. These skills must be mastered before moving on to a diver's course.

Before diving in the open water, scuba diving training involves various skills training done in a confined space such as swimming pools.
Before diving in the open water, scuba diving training involves various skills training done in a confined space such as swimming pools. | Source
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Lessons: Classroom and Check-out Dives

  • A typical scuba diving course will include classroom instruction and practice in a pool as well as first-hand experience in open water. The courses normally last 7 to 21 days, and they may be expected to cost $350 to $450.

The Open Water Diver certification is where most divers begin. To be Certified one must complete the following:

  1. five open water dives; and
  2. passing all the required classroom and pool examinations.

Often instructors will work with clients to arrange as convenient as schedule as possible. The five open water dives, however, require an entire weekend, particularly if the diver does not live near a suitable body of water.

Another popular option is certification during a vacation. Many establishments, especially dive resorts located in the tropics, give a condensed course over four or five days. Often these courses last for much less time than similar courses near the student's place of residence, since the goal is to get the diver into the water in the shortest possible time. The downside to this procedure is the amount of time required. To complete all the course requirements, a student has to spend the majority of the four to five day period in the learning process, leaving little time to do anything else during the vacation. If a companion not taking the course accompanies the student on vacation, this can be a special concern.

Scuba diving is a group activity. One of diving's golden rule is to always dive with a buddy. However, it is common for people to go diving with a group. The social interaction further enhances the experience of diving.
Scuba diving is a group activity. One of diving's golden rule is to always dive with a buddy. However, it is common for people to go diving with a group. The social interaction further enhances the experience of diving. | Source
Having a dive buddy reduces risk and increases the safety for both of you. Knowing that a source of help and assistance is right beside you as you dive makes the dive more enjoyable.
Having a dive buddy reduces risk and increases the safety for both of you. Knowing that a source of help and assistance is right beside you as you dive makes the dive more enjoyable.
El Nido Resort, Palawan
El Nido Resort, Palawan | Source
All divers are created equal(ized) - it's just that some of us handle the pressure better.
All divers are created equal(ized) - it's just that some of us handle the pressure better. | Source

Underwater Wonder

One other thing before you go headed to the nearest dive shop or look up that listing for dive instructors in your area, scuba diving is an activity that is never done alone. For the primary purpose of safety, you always dive with a buddy or in a group.


Diving alone is considered a highly irresponsible act. The other benefit of diving with a group or a buddy is that it makes it more fun, and you have someone to share your unique experiences with afterwards. So go ask your friends or members of the family to join you, enjoy it with those dear to you. Alternatively, use it as an occasion to make new friends with whom you will soon share the unique experience of discovering the wonders of the undersea world.


This activity is especially enjoyable for those who enjoy adventure, exploring an interesting and fascinating world under the sea. The best thing is that with proper training and the right attitude, it is safe for practically anyone that wants to try it and a large information pool is available online for those that wish to take up this fantastic water sport.


Taken in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Taken in Port Vila, Vanuatu. | Source
Taken in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Taken in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. | Source

PADI Scuba diving Lesson: Open Water Certification

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Admiral_Joraxx 4 years ago from Philippines

WOw! this is one great thriller! You have shared enough to raise my interest and eagerness for this experience. Thanks for sharing this Moira, really great work indeed. 1 vote up and useful for this.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Diving is a really great experience Admiral_Joraxx. Words won't really do justice in terms of describing the wonderful feeling one gets out of this activity. Thanks for your comment.


Alnlsg 4 years ago

Great blog and so informative and beautiful and thanks for sharing this.

Cheers

Alan


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Diving is really cool. I think my favorite dive site to date has been Roatan in Honduras.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Moira Gallaga: What a clear, informative, thoughtful summary of what it takes to be a happy scuba diver! In particular, your article helps in emphasizing the health, safety and stamina involved in scuba diving. What you say becomes even more memorable with your pretty pictures.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Alan, thank you for your comment.

Kris Heeter, diving is indeed cool. I've read and heard a lot about Roatan but haven't got the chance to dive there yet. Perhaps one day.

Derdriu, thank you for your comments. I'm glad you liked the article.


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natures47friend 4 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

Superb hub and amazing photos...I did a scuba course once years ago against my docs advise. Have sinus issues and tend to block up in water...well,nearly blew my ear drums...I did not think it was intense pain and the person I was buddying with descended too fast for me.....I admire you for being able to dive...It is such an amazing experience. Voted up, awesome.


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Sorry to hear about that natures47friend. Your buddy should have been more considerate and should have adjusted to your pace during the descent. Thank you for your comment.


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lisa42 4 years ago from Sacramento

I'm getting re-certified next month after not diving for 20 years. Looking forward to it!


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moiragallaga 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I hope your re-certification went well Lisa42. I'm sure it was a breeze. It's like riding a bike, even if you haven't done it for some time, it will get back to you right away. Thank you for your comment.


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bryanbb 4 years ago from malaysia

Dang it,now you have done it, moiragallaga ! Thinking of taking a hiatus from instructing , been doing it for dozen plus years , had a spate of the " instructor burn-out blues" thought i maybe just write in my blog Scuba Diving Beginners Dive Trivia and share some fun stuff about diving and stay dry for few years but you made me think i may have been a bit hasty in deciding, figured on staying dry but it has only been a year and miss diving like crazy and teaching less so but still craving for some deep water action, come visit my blog http://scubadiversions.blogspot.com and share our common understanding for wet adventures, or do you have a diving blog i can visit. i just started posting again bout diving here at Hubb , Was pics of the pool training strangely that touched a nerve in me,aching me to Put AnotherDiverIdiot/instructor back in-water, meaning meself ! Thanks a Splashing lot!!

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