Scuba diving is not easy, but it is definitely an appealing choice of hobby – or career! With all the fabulous underwater sights there are to see, it’s no doubt anyone would want the option as well.
So how to become a scuba diver? Let’s investigate it.
Learn How to Swim
If you don’t already know how to swim, now’s the time to do it! Though you don’t need to be a competitive swimmer, you do need to know how to swim – at least the basics – to be able to scuba dive. You also need to be medically fit to be a scuba diver, and swimming helps you achieve that. Again – you don’t need to do anything fancy! Knowing how to do the basics is quite enough.
Unlearn How to Swim & Turn to Diving
Yes, you read that right! The swimming part isn’t about diving as much as it is just for protection against drowning – whether that’s you or someone else. Scuba diving and swimming use very different techniques and being able to dive will need you to put aside your swimming skills and relearn how you have to navigate through the water. For example, diving requires a lot less use of your arms than swimming does. Scuba divers use their fins to navigate through the water. They also use their lungs and BCD to move up and down in the water.
PADI dive courses can help you apply diving techniques, rather than defaulting to those needed for swimming.
Unfortunately, you can’t become a pro scuba diver until you take a few courses with professionals who can teach you what scuba diving is about. Diving doesn’t just involve going down under the water among the corals, you also must take on a lot of responsibility around who’s diving with you and how you can keep others safe in case of an emergency.
To become a professional diver, you will need to successfully pass the PADI Open Water Diver course, the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, and Emergency First Response course. When these are completed and you have at least 40 logged dives, you can take your first Pro Diver Course – PADI Divemaster. Taking courses with professionals will help you understand the techniques that you need to be applying and how you can go about making sure that your diving is going smoothly. They will also be able to point out any mistakes you might be making and correct them for you.
If you’re looking for dive courses that can help you on your way to becoming a pro scuba diver, Deep Blue Dive Center can help! Head over to our website and find out more about the courses we offer and how we can help you become a scuba diver that excels at what they do!