How to start Scuba diving? In this blogpost we explain what Scuba diving is, how to get started and most importantly why start to dive!
Diving is a way for people to explore a new world, to experience a new dimension. Instead of just being able to go left and right, you now can also go up and down. The underwater world is three dimensional! When diving, you feel the sensation of being weightless. To move from one place to another you need very little effort. Surrounded by colourful fishes and corals you can observe a beautiful new world. Many people say that it feels like flying!
Diving has many sides. Some people like the social aspect. You meet new interesting people from all around the world with a common interest, the passion for diving. For others it is the peaceful easy feeling you get under water, when no one can talk to you and your actions are limited to breathing and watching. Some people like to dive to shipwrecks, others enjoy diving in icy waters with heavy protection dry suits. Some like the big fish; sharks, mantas and bumpheads. Others spend there dive trying to find nudies, small funny species of marine life from sandy bottom or between seaweeds.
What is Scuba diving?
Scuba diving is a form of activity sport that allows you to stay under water for a much longer time than it would be possible with holding your breath. It is also called as “recreational diving” to separate it from technical diving and professional diving. A normal dive lasts approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
With modern equipment and appropriate certification Scuba diving is a safe and fun form of activity. During the dive the diver breaths compressed air from a cylinder that is attached to his back with a vest called “Buoyancy Control Device”. BCD also helps the diver to adjust his buoyancy when under water and, most importantly, helps the diver to stay afloat when on the surface. Air is delivered from the cylinder with a regulator that adjusts the pressure of the air suitable for breathing. Wetsuit, mask, fins and weight belt are other equipment needed in Scuba diving. Recreational diving is also called “no decompression limit diving”. This simply means that all dives are done in a manner that, in case of emergency, the diver can always safely reach the surface. The maximum depth limits for certified divers is 18 meters. This can be extended with further training to 30 and even to 40 meters, which is the absolute maximum limit for recreational diving. All serious Scuba dive schools are organised under one or several dive organisations. PADI is the oldest and largest organisation. SSI, CMAS and RAID are other well known organisations. These organisations develop and maintain certification systems that teach the divers the necessary skills and guarantees that divers are capable of diving within the limits of their certification.
How to start Scuba diving?
DSD, or Discover Scuba Diving, is the most common first step into scuba diving. With DSD program it is possible for anyone to immediately experience the sensation of breathing under water, being weightless and being part of the under water world. In DSD program a dive instructor takes an inexperienced person first into swimming pool to get him familiar with the equipment and then into the ocean for a real dive. During the dive the instructor is always within reach, taking care of the safety and comfort of the diver. Maximum depth of a DSD dive is 12 meters. The purpose of DSD is to deliver the experience of scuba diving, it is not a certification. Please read more about the DSD program from Oceans5 Dive resort’s homepage.
The first certification level is open Water diver. Open water certification is gained by participating in a 2-4 day course, where all the necessary skills and knowledge are taught in a practical and fun way. The course contains pool sessions where skills are practised, and 4 real dives in the ocean where the skills are put effectively in use. Usually the course is done in small groups which makes it an excellent way to learn how to dive. After the course the diver is certified to dive into a depth of 18 meters together with another certified diver. Please read more about the Open water course from Oceans5 Dive resort’s homepage. Diving takes us to a new environment and opens the door for unbelievable new experiences. To start to dive takes a little bit of effort, but believe me, it is worth it. Once you get your head under the water the payback is immediate: weightlessness, sense of flying, beautiful scenery, fishes, corals… Diving is for everyone. There are over 40 million certified divers in the world, and that number is rapidly growing. Would you like to be one of us? Contact us for more information!
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