What Scuba Training is All About - Getting Started  

by Pool Builders on 08-04-2011 in Articles

If you have ever thought about doing scuba training, there are a few options that you need to consider; some of these options include your age, where you live, and a variety of other variables. Physical and mental components of this particular sport can be grueling, requiring of you a certain state of mind and physical prowess that some people simply do not have. When you are underwater, there are many situations that can be life-threatening that you must be ready for and be able to handle. This sport is sometimes riddled with fatalities, making it somewhat unsafe at times. This is, however, not the norm so you shouldn't worry about this type of event happening to you. That is why people who get proper training to a more confident in the water are not as susceptible to panicking in dangerous situations. It is always very important to have a plan of action to execute that incorporates safety at every step.

Open water diving, especially in the ocean, requires a certain level of competency, something that most beginners must have before diving. Open water dives, which are very different from anything that you will learn in a swimming pool, must be perfected before you can be certified. Students trying to get their certification must show that they are equally competent in a river, as well as a lake and the ocean when diving.

All trainees need to feel confident that their instructor will be with them every step of the way. Many will be rewarded for their efforts by successfully completing the course and receive their open water certification card. In fact, without this card, you will not be able to rent diving equipment anywhere in the US.

SCUBA training, and the certification process, can actually be done at your leisure and has no definite timetable. First, before you can do your open water dives, you must successfully complete the confined space dives. Swimming pools, though used most prominently, can also be substituted by similar bodies of water by your instructor to complete this portion of the training.

After your confined space dives, then you can go on vacation and complete your open water dives for your certification. The flexibility, as you can see, is quite wide ranging after your preliminary training. So there are choices and some cool and fun options available with getting your scuba open water certification.

After you are through the confined water portion of your scuba training, then you will move out into the open water. As part of the standard training curriculum, you will need to demonstrate a minimum set of open water skills. You will be required to swim 200 yards, without any gear, to start this segment of your training. Once this is done, you must wear your gear, and swim 300 meters with your mask, fins, and snorkel. The final stage is to have each person tread water or float on the water for about 10 minutes. There is no need to worry about how long it will take you to do distance swim as it is not timed by the instructors.

Diving and scuba training can turn into a lifelong passion if the diving bug bites you. If this becomes a deep passion within you, don't be surprised if your friends and family call you a scuba bum from time to time. Under the water, you can take your time and enjoy everything that you are watching. You can learn at your own pace and dive up to your skill level for as long as you like.

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