As an avid adrenaline junkie, I am always looking for my next adventure. This past week, it happened to be getting my open water scuba diving certification with my best friend in three days. Though the turnaround time from deciding to take the class and being in the water was quick, the course was a great experience and an exciting new way to see the ocean. From my research, I made sure to take notes on the three best pointers for getting your certification that I wish I had known before I started!
1. Look for a PADI certified course.
PADI, or Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is a great program to use for your certification. The class has a strong reputation worldwide and is a comprehensive course taught at over 6200 dive centers. Through the program, you complete both an online class as well as 5 pool dives and 4 open water dives to ensure you learn the necessary skills to scuba dive. With PADI, I felt completely prepared for my scuba diving adventures and was extremely comfortable in the water.
2. Find a class that fits your needs.
There are multiple ways to learn how to scuba dive, from a large class of 12 to private lessons. Check out the options provided from your specific dive resort or shop to see which class works best. My best friend and I decided that we wanted to do the private lessons so that we could move at our own pace and have personalized attention, but there are plenty of other options available.
3. Don’t be nervous.
Scuba diving and the risks surrounding it may be intimidating, but the most important point to remember is to stay calm when in the water. Having a consistent breathing cycle regulates your nerves and helps you better manage your air intake. If you can swim, the act of scuba diving is extremely easy, so staying calm makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Photos: Elena Saavedra