Are you thinking of taking the plunge to be a scuba diver?
Asking a scuba diver about diving is like asking a grandparent about their grandchildren. Be prepared… the response you get could go on for hours, but you’ll always hear the same thing… it’s exhilarating, alluring, addictive and unlike any other experience. =)
If you love the outdoors, the sun, the sea, we highly recommend that you give scuba diving a shot. Diving allows you to venture into a whole new world.. kinda like Aladdin gliding on a magic carpet ride over Agrabah. Only difference is that it’s for real! – you’ll be coasting along the reefs discovering and experiencing events that the vast majority of land-locked mammals do not get to experience in their lifetime.
In fact, the ability to breathe continuously with control of your movements underwater is a unique experience in itself (psst: therefore the risk of drowning is greatly minimised as long as you dive within your training limits).
Myth: I’ve got to be a good swimmer to be a diver
Not entirely true. What’s important is your ability to be relaxed above and under water. Remember, scuba diving is a relaxed sport and not a race. Most diving agencies and instructors would incorporate some form of surface exercises to further boost your confidence. So you need not worry too much.
Myth: scuba diving is so dangerous!
We’re not going to sugar coat things and all sports have their inherent dangers. But with proper training and education, risks can be mitigated. Scuba diving is not hazardous compared to some other activities that we do without hesitation like crossing the road. Statistically, scuba diving is safer than driving, riding a bicycle, skydiving, or even running a marathon (true story).
Remember: Scuba diving is not dangerous as long as the certified diver seeks thorough training, follows safe diving guidelines, uses proper gear, and dives within her/her experience level.
Right… so why do I need to get a certification to dive?
One word: Safety. Ok, it’s also an industry standard to enhance safety and education. You wouldn’t want to be driving a stick-shift vehicle on a busy highway without prior training and education now would you?
Scuba diving has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the early 1950’s. Modern day training requirements are strict (but fun), and honestly it’s not that difficult. It is important to remember that by attending a certified diving course, you will be acquiring all the knowledge you need in order to dive safely. The more education you receive, the more experienced you become… and the more comfortable you will be in the water.
Take baby steps
Scuba diving is a lifelong fulfilling journey, and not an overnight zero to hero qualification. While there are slight variations in training (depending on the dive agencies), there are 3 common elements that the open water course features:
Knowledge development: This portion covers scuba diving theory including the understanding of physics and the effects on one’s physiology. Do not let this scare you, the materials are presented in a straightforward manner so even a 10 year old can understand (yes, you can start diving as young as the age of 10).
Confined water training: Typically conducted in a swimming pool, or an equally calm and shallow area of the open water. This is where you will be introduced to essential scuba diving skills related to your equipment and being underwater. It may be a little daunting at first, but with practice it will become second nature, just like putting on your favourite pair of sneakers and going for a stroll in the park.
Open water training: This is where the real fun begins. Putting what you have learned to the test in a natural open water environment, and of course under the guidance, supervision and safety of your instructor. When you pass with flying colours, your enriching scuba diving journey begins – a whole new exciting world awaits you.
Keen to taking the plunge? Have more queries? Don’t be shy… talk to us today. Unleash the inner explorer in you and let us take you on a new adventure!