Scuba diving can take you into a new world
– the underwater one. Scuba diving is fascinating, intriguing and when
you first learn – perhaps a little frightening. It is therefore
important that you both learn to scuba dive with a reputable company,
and until you are very experienced, you take your dives with a certified
dive company that is experienced in the area.
Who can Scuba dive?
Just about anyone can become a scuba diver. Scuba diving is an equal
opportunity sport. There are a few limitations on age and health for
safety purposes. To become an Open Water Diver (the first main
qualification) you need to be 15 years old. Children between the ages
of 10 and 15 can receive a Junior Open Water Diver certification. You
should also be ‘in good health’. You do need a medical certificate
before you get your Open Water Certification.
Who training/qualifications do I need to
There is two answers to this.
Many Dive centres run one day beginner (uncertified) scuba dive. These
are often called ‘taster’ dives. You will be given training (normally in
a pool) and then go on a instructor accompanied dive in shallow water.
This does not give a qualification – but gives you a taster to see if
you like it. The main qualification is the open water certification –
which is 3-4 days of training and scuba diving. With this certificate
you can rock up to any scuba dive centre and go diving!
Who Certifies you?
There are several international
organisations that have scuba diving qualifications. The two largest and
well known at: PADI and NAUI. Both have very similar outlines to the
courses, and most scuba diving centre are either PADI or NAUI registered
(or both!). Dive centres must go through very rigorous scrutiny to
become a registered centre for either of these two organisations. If you
have either NAUI or PADI open water certification almost all dive
organisations will accept this for you to be able to dive.
Pick a good location and have a scuba diving vacation! It is an amazing