Scuba diving is an extremely fun sport that can be done anywhere anytime there is water if the basic requirements are met and the proper procedures are learned. The things done during diving is more than just about looking under the water for fish, depending on what you like, you can do it for fun and even make it into a career.
To begin the process, make sure you have learned to swim, you don’t have to be an expert, but it is good to know how to move in the water. Then, an Open Water Diver Certification is required and you only need to be 15 to get it. For younger children, there is a Junior certificate and other special programs that can help them prepare to get certified. Another condition that must be met is to be in good physical health. A medical questionnaire is usually taken to access those who may have a more risky situation but if you are not sure, go to a doctor to find out.
Scuba diving can be a dangerous sport if not done properly, so make sure to find a good school by comparing many different ones and a good instructor you feel comfortable around. Programs depend on you and the amount of time you have. It may take from two weeks to two months, which would mean one lesson a week, to become a diver. It may also cost around $200 and even more if you prefer to purchase your own equipment. Remember to ask questions when you are not sure because this is a great way to know if you are doing it right and good feedback to the instructor if you are confused.
If you do decide to buy your own things, remember that you need, at the very least, a mask, snorkel, fins and a knife. It is also better to buy things at a good price that is new and will be used for a long time rather than things at a cheap price that you may decide to throw away at a later time. This is because choosing something that you will be using for a while and fits you well during classes will help you learn better since these are the things you will want to know about and understand especially how to react safely with it when a bad situation comes up. This can not work with old or cheap equipment, not that some equipment is of a good quality and cheap, that you plan to throw away after class because there are so many risks with taking on a new set of equipment after learning everything with another set.
Comfort is also a factor when considering to buy equipment because if not properly chosen, problems can arise. This can be seen if it has been borrowed from another person because you may not have the same measurements as your friend and you borrow a mask or their fins, the mask may leak or the fins may be a smaller size that will cause cramps. Considering all this can help you learn better and make it safer since it is better to be properly prepared and to know to react when there are problems.