If you are interested in becoming a scuba diver, you can become one by taking scuba diving lessons. You can become a PADI certified scuba diver. PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. This is the largest diving membership organization. When you have gotten your license to dive, you will spend a lot of time in the water looking at corals, fishes and other underwater creatures.
Here are the steps on how to become a PADI certified scuba diver:
- PADI Web site - If you want to be part of PADI, you can visit the Web site, padi.com. When you get to the homepage, you will see a red sign on the upper right of the screen that says "Locate A PADI Dive Shop." Enter your location so that you can find the nearest PADI dive shop where you can get scuba diving lessons. Contact the PADI office and inquire on the lessons that they provide.
- Requirements - When you enroll in scuba diving classes, you also have to ask if they will be providing the equipment you need. You may also need to purchase some scuba diving books and other instructional materials. Some of the scuba gear you will need are fins, wetsuit, snorkel, boots and gloves. Some of the equipment may be rented. If you are serious about scuba diving as a sport, you can invest in your own equipment.
- Briefing - The first few lessons may be in a classroom setting where an instructor will explain the different equipment used, the names of the equipment, the signals that you have to know when underwater, and some of the rules of scuba diving. You need this information so that you can be ready when you go underwater.
- Pool Lessons - After the briefing, you will first be taken to scuba lessons in the pool. This will help you get familiar with the underwater feeling when you are in your scuba gear. You will also practice the hand gestures, techniques in scuba diving and what to do during emergency situations, such as when you are low on air supply.
- Open Dive - When you are used to the movements with your gear, you will go to an open dive in open water. This is where you are tested on the things that you learned from the previous lessons. In some scuba schools you will be required to fulfill a number of hours for the open dive before you get your certification. The certification will be given to you by your instructor if you have successfully passed the scuba diving training course.
These are the steps in becoming a scuba diver. Once you are an expert at what you do, you can go to different beaches and reefs to see the different species underwater. You must remember the rules for scuba diving and always follow them so that you will not get into underwater accidents. It is advised to always dive in groups or at least have one companion for safety purposes. The important thing is that you enjoy what you do.