How to Becoming a Diver

How to Becoming a Diver

Scuba diving is one of the most fascinating activities. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the underwater world and see amazing scenes beneath the waves.

Many people feel apprehensive whenever one talks of becoming a diver. They feel that breathing or staying in water for a long time is unnatural.

Forget about all sorts of risks that people mention when it comes to exploring the deep seas. With proper training, you can dive safely for whatever reason.

Remember, each year, over 1 million people around the world train and become certified Scuba divers. It could be your turn to be part of them.

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Scuba diving, Image source: Pexels

Let me take you through the key aspects of how to become a diver.

1.      Reach Out to a Professional Diver

Talk to a dive master or dive instructor who will give you firsthand information about how it feels to be a diver. This is a sure way of getting accurate information about all your concerns.

Through this information, you can decide whether to enroll for diving training or not.

The reason why I insist on talking to professional diver is that, most of them are honest. They will tell you the pros and cons or diving, besides certain conditions you should meet to enroll for any kind of training.

You need to be careful with people who mainly focus on the thrilling or joys of diving. There is a high chance of getting roped in to becoming a diver before understanding what it entails.

2.      Ensure You Meet all the Prerequisites

These are the basic requirements you must meet to enroll for any diving class. In most cases, the requirements may vary depending on the institution that offers the training.

Besides, it will also depend on the kind of water diving activity you wish to involve yourself in. Generally, we categorize water diving as follows:

  • Recreational diving
  • Commercial diving
  • Public safety diving
  • Research diving
  • Hyperbaric diving

They all lead to different career opportunities. However, for some you’ll need advanced training.

For general or recreational diving, you should meet the following basic requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 years. Some institutions can enroll 12 year old students to be open water divers.
  • Be of good health; you can’t enroll for water diving training if you have some health conditions such as epilepsy, certain heart conditions, sinus, etc. In short, you must complete diver’s medical questionnaire.

In case you meet these minimum requirements, you can proceed to the next stage:

3.      Search for Certification Courses

Through these courses, you’ll acquire all the necessary skills and information about becoming a diver. It is advisable to enroll for this training in an institution that is recognized or accredited by the international associations and organizations in water diving.

Whether you’re planning to attend diving classes in resorts, colleges or community centers, they should be those that are recognized or accredited. It’s only through this that you can become a certified diver.

These associations and organizations provide valuable information and resources you need to start diving lessons. They include:

As you can see, there are many water diving associations and organizations depending on the specific area of expertise. Through these, you will get all the valuable information you need to know about becoming a professional diver.

For instance, let’s look at what PADI offers:

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PADI home page

From the homepage, you can access vital information about diving. For instance, you can shop for all diving accessories, access paid courses or get to know the training institutions near you.

4.      Enroll/Sign up for Water Diving Training or Course

As I said, there are many training centers. Even thou the diving centers are members of these associations or organizations, they have different philosophies and training models.

For instance, you’ll find that commercial diving is quite demanding compared to recreational diving. For instance; you cannot compare an underwater welder with an individual who wishes to dive for fun.

This implies; the following aspects may vary broadly depending on the type of diving training:

  • Cost of training
  • Duration of training
  • Number of students per class/session

Apart from these, you need to consider the following before enrolling for any training:

  • Get in touch with someone who has trained in that institution before; it will help you gauge their seriousness and competence.
  • Do research on the qualifications of the instructors; their ability to teach both theory and practical aspect is important.
  • Ask for the dive center’s license that authorize them to have such classes; it must be valid
  • Instructor per student ratio should be no more than 1:4
  • Course should offer reasonable time for practice
  • Get access to all study materials and resources

By completing all these processes successfully, you’ll definitely become a certified diver. This will give you an opportunity to dive, tour and adventure without any restrictions.

Always remember to acquire high quality diving gear. These include a mask, fin, snorkel, buoyancy compensator, wetsuit, regulator, etc.

Also, find a buddy to dive with, especially one who wants to be a certified diver too. You’ll definitely have fun as you work towards becoming certified divers.

Conclusion

Becoming a diver is easy and simple. All you need is to enroll to a program that is flexible and suits your unique schedule.

You can complete online training at your own pace, get access to diving equipment, attend pool and open water training sessions.