All About Scuba Diving

scuba4Scuba diving is a sport enjoyed by people from all walks of life. As long as a person is over 8 years old, is in a good state of health (this means no serious medical issues, people with physical disabilities can scuba dive) and is not afraid of the water, they can dive. A love of the ocean, a sense of adventure and a desire for exploration are usually some of the things that encourage people to dive.

Where can I learn to scuba dive? – These days it is pretty simple to find a place that offers instruction. Most classes start in a classroom and move to a pool so good places to look for a class includes community colleges, the YMCA, neighborhood pools and Scuba shops. In fact, the people who work in dive shops are filled with knowledge and scuba-lore and might be willing to share. (This is more that a fact, actually; scuba people love to talk about their experiences and are helpful with tips about diving). PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors) has a wonderful site in which eLearning classes are offered. People can earn their PADI Scuba Certification online. Courses such as Open Water Diver, Dive Theory and Scuba Tune-up can be taken from the comfort of home.

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Buying Diving Equipment for Beginners

scuba6Scuba diving is an exciting hobby that many adventurous people would like to try. The Earth’s oceans are the last frontier on the planet, largely unexplored and mysterious. Scuba diving allows individuals to venture into the depths of the seas and experience a beautiful underwater world. Scuba diving, contrary to popular believe, requires more than just diving into the water with an air tank. Scuba diving requires lessons and a rigorous training process that informs divers about how to handle situations and how to maintain safety. After all, in the depth of the ocean, the diver is essentially on his own. For beginner scuba divers, several pieces of equipment are needed before any dive can be undertaken. These pieces of equipment are a diver’s lifeline and should not be disrespected.

The first essential piece of equipment is a mask. Masks are used to keep water out of the face and eyes in order to provide the diver with good vision while underwater. Masks should be highly durable with scratch proof and impact resistant glass. The seal around the mask should also be tight and waterproof to keep the diver’s vision unobstructed. One way to test the seal around a mask is to put on the mask and breathe through the nose. A well sealed mask will stay stuck to the person’s face, while a mask with a poor seal will fall off. Masks also come in one or two lens models, depending on the preference of the diver.

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