An Overview of Recreational Scuba Diving

Thursday, September 15, 2011 5:48
Posted in category Scuba Diving

From Master Scuba Diver Trainer Verena Sandstede, here is a look at recreational scuba diving from training and certification to equipment and other types of scuba diving. This is the complete guide for anyone curious about scuba diving.

What S.C.U.B.A. Stands for

The acronym ‘S.C.U.B.A.’stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Although there are different methods of submersing under water, which include breath-hold diving, helmet diving, etc., scuba is solely carried by the diver and is not connected to the surface.

Why Scuba Certification Is Important

There are potential hazards relating to scuba diving that divers need to know. Without the proper training and education, divers may not be aware of such hazards that include de-compression sickness, air embolism, hypothermia, physical exhaustion, marine life injuries and out-of-air emergencies.

Despite these potential problems, diving is one of the safest sports, if divers are healthy and properly trained, dives are carefully planned and recreational dive limits are followed. These topics are covered extensively in the entry-level scuba diving course, referred to as the open water course by P.A.D.I., Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

I highly recommend PADI over all other certifying agencies because of their excellent teaching standards and course structures. Divers are sure to receive the best training available worldwide through PADI.

Open Water Diver Certification Course

The open water diver course or basic certification is usually offered over two consecutive weekends for a total of four days that can otherwise be broken down in smaller sessions during weeknights totaling approximately 32 hours.

Out of the 32 hours approximately 10 hours are spent in the classroom for the academic instruction with the remaining 10 hours in a supervised pool and 10 hours in open water, meaning a natural body of water open to the sky.

After all three components of classroom, pool and ocean are successfully completed, a certification or “C” card is issued containing the new diver’s picture, date of course completion and name of the certifying instructor.

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