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Abyss Scuba Diving
Can Anyone Scuba Dive?
No matter how many times I get asked this question, I am always surprised. The answer is yes, anyone can learn to scuba dive. This is, in part, due to the popularity of scuba diving, but also because dive training agencies have made it easier than ever to discover a passion for exploring the ocean depths and creatures that live there.
This is particularly true for PADI dive training agency and their programs and the reason almost everyone can be a certified scuba diver.
What those who ask this question do not realize is that some people are too afraid of the water or simply incapable of overcoming their fears to try scuba diving. Many more people are scared off by the idea of taking a course full of gear they are expected to learn and use in an environment they simply perceive as challenging.
This is where scuba diving comes in.
While some people are apprehensive about scuba diving, it is an activity that almost anyone can do. This is largely because dive training agencies, such as PADI, have made it possible for people of all skill levels to enjoy scuba diving. By offering courses that teach the basic concepts and gear usage, these agencies have opened the world of scuba diving to many people who would otherwise never have had the chance to experience it.
For those who are interested in scuba diving but may be intimidated by the idea of taking a course, it is important to remember that everyone starts at the same level. The instructors are there to help you every step of the way, and before you know it you will be exploring the underwater world with ease. In addition, once you get your certification there are Divemasters available at most organised dives who can help show you around and answer any questions you may have.
What are the requirements for learning to scuba dive?
The minimum age is 10 years old: Junior divers younger than fifteen certify as PADI Junior Open Water Divers, which they can upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching fifteen.
All people interested in diving complete a short medical questionnaire that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while diving. If none of these apply and you are fine to start the course. If any medical conditions apply to you, then your doctor must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you are fit to dive.
During your Open Water Diver course, you will be required to demonstrate that you are comfortable in the water by two basic water skills:
• Swim two hundred meters or snorkel three hundred meters in mask, fins, and snorkel without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you choose.
• Show your water confidence by floating or treading water for 10 minutes.
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