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Scuba Diving – A How-To-Guide to Become a Certified Diver

Scuba Diving – A How-To-Guide to Become a Certified Diver

So you’ve been dreaming of exploring the peaceful underwater world, drifting weightlessly with the fish and turtles, dancing with dolphins, and gliding effortlessly with the rays. That dream can easily become a reality and here’s how:

1. Contact your local SDI dive center and sign up for your Open Water Scuba Diver Course. You can use Scuba Diving International’s dive center locater found at their website.

2. Once you have chosen your dive center, you can start the home study portion to prepare for your course. This can be done with either the paper manual, or the more popular online eLearning course. This will provide all of the basic knowledge you will need to begin your underwater adventure. This information will then be reviewed with your scuba instructor where they can answer any questions you may have and correct any questions you might have missed.

3. Your next step in becoming a certified diver is to complete your in-water skill development training with an instructor. This will take place in a swimming pool or similar body of water. This confined water session is where you will learn and master the basic skills required for the underwater world. Skills including equipment set up and use, buoyancy control, proper swimming techniques while wearing SCUBA, regulator and mask clearing, proper ascents/descents, as well as emergency procedures will all be covered and practiced until you are proficient and comfortable in the water.

4. The final step of your certification process is to test your skills in open water. Here you will apply what you have learned during your academic and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained through real-world experience in open water. This portion of the course will include a minimum of four open water dives, where you will demonstrate your ability to plan and manage dives under the direct supervision of your instructor. These “check-off” dives can be conducted locally with your dive center, or while you are on vacation in a tropical paradise.

5. Get out there and DIVE! Scuba Diving grants you access to a whole new world, what adventure awaits YOU below the surface?

Here is a list of some basic scuba gear to consider for your recreational dives. Talk to your instructor about what tools to consider for your course!

a. Wetsuit

b. Cylinder (Scuba Tanks)

c. Mask

d. Fins

e. Snorkel

f. Dive Computer

g. Regulator

h. Submersible Pressure Gage (SPG)

i. Alternate Air Source

j. Compass

k. Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)

l. Weights

m. Gear Bag (carry all equipment)

Other Dive Gear Considerations

a. Dive Knife

b. Whistle – Signal or attention device

c. Dive Light

d. Dive Flag

For more information on becoming a certified Open Water Scuba Diver or to find an SDI instructor near you, visit our website or contact a local SDI Dive Center.