Have you ever dreamed of investigating unusual species like a field researcher, or looking for lost objects like a treasure hunter? Scuba diving can make these dreams a reality! Scuba diving is relatively easy and only requires a short period of training to get started. Whether your goal in diving is fish watching, ocean conservation, or simply meeting adventurous people, seventy percent of the globe becomes accessible to you the moment you learn to breathe underwater!
Don’t forget, we at Omega Divers, are a qualified and experienced diving center in Chania. We can help you in every step of the way so that your diving experience in Crete is a safe one.
Here are easy steps to take to start learning to scuba dive.
- Step 1: Determine If You Meet The Physical Prerequisites for Scuba Diving
With contemporary advances in dive equipment, medicine, and training, people of all ages and sizes can safely learn to dive. Most people who have a basic level of physical fitness and are comfortable in the water can scuba dive. There are, however, a few medical conditions which are contraindicated for scuba diving. Be sure to read the fitness for diving/ dive medical questionnaire before enrolling in a scuba diving course.
- Step 2: Choose a Scuba Diving Course
While diving (like any sport) has some inherent risks, these risks can be effectively managed when divers learn to check and use their gear properly and to follow safe diving guidelines. A wide variety of scuba diving courses are available to allow divers to start enjoying the underwater world safely.
- Step 3: Buy or Rent Dive Gear
Scuba diving is an equipment-dependent sport. A diver needs a full set of well-maintained, properly fitting scuba gear before he can start diving. Most scuba diving courses include rental gear in the price of the course, so it is not essential that a diver own a complete set of gear. In fact, many divers never purchase a full set of gear, but prefer to rent gear or purchase only personal items such as wetsuits, fins, and masks. Of course, owning your dive gear has many advantages. Divers who own dive gear can be certain of its fit, function, and maintenance, and are usually more comfortable and confident underwater than those who do not.
- Step 4: Learn Essential Dive Theory
Descending into the underwater environment affects a person in ways that he may not expect. To be safe and prepared to start diving, a person must first understand how diving will effect his body and his gear.
- Step 5: Practice Simple Skills With an Instructor
After you have reviewed dive theory with an instructor and obtained scuba gear, you will be able to take your first breaths underwater — but you are not ready to jump off the boat just yet! Learning to dive requires the mastery of skills such as clearing water from your scuba mask and regulator. A certified scuba instructor will help you to learn these skills, as well as underwater communication and problem management.
- Step 6: Ask Away!
Remember, that when learning a new activity there are no “stupid” questions. If you have a question feel free to email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to answer!