If you are thinking about becoming a SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) Diver there are many things to consider, these tips will help you make a better-informed choice. The first thing you should bear in mind is to never try to SCUBA dive on your own. There are people who figure they can simply purchase the equipment online, watch a few videos and they would be “all set”. Nothing could be further from the truth.
You will need to be trained by a certified SCUBA diving instructor who uses equipment that has passed the most comprehensive air testing possible, these testing firms will ensure your breathing equipment will provide you with all the oxygen you need. While underwater, you cannot afford to have equipment that malfunctions or air tanks that are not properly filled, so having the most experienced air testing firms assess the SCUBA equipment is a matter of grave importance.
Making Sure You Qualify for SCUBA Training
You will need to be old enough to take the training, generally speaking if you are twelve (12) years of age or over, you should be able to participate in the training. It would be wise to be physically fit as well, if you want to make the most of your diving experience. While underwater you will need to have strong legs and arms in order to navigate below the water, if you are not in good physical shape, you should consider working on your cardiovascular fitness to help make the most of your training and diving experience. By getting into good physical shape you will be able to really enjoy your SCUBA experience and in the event, there is an emergency under water, you will be fit enough to handle the challenges that are being presented.
Locating a Suitable Instructor
Identify all of the licensed SCUBA instructors in your area, with special emphasis on the word “licensed”. You need to be trained by someone who is fully aware of all the safety procedures that need to be followed when you are underwater. Failure to follow these procedures could put your life in jeopardy so this is something you should never overlook!
When you have identified licensed instructors, you should find out whether they are going to supply the equipment when you go training or are you required to purchase your own? If you are required to purchase your own equipment, ask the instructor for recommendations on where to get it at the most affordable rates. You want the equipment to be compliant but affordable to so you don’t break your budget.
The last thing you will need to find out is where the training will take place and whether that is included in the fee being charged by the instructor. Once you have covered all of these variables, you should be able to become a licensed SCUBA diver and see the world in an entirely new way. Only go diving with other licensed SCUBA divers as a means of safety and everything should go smoothly.