If you are thinking of getting your scuba certification these tips below should be followed in the order mentioned for best possible results:
- Find out what equipment is needed by checking online and at your local dive center. Don’t cut corners on your equipment, your facemask should fit your perfectly and if not have it adjusted. Inquire about a package deal or individual prices for facemask, flippers, snorkel – that you will need for the beginning course.
- A dive shop instructor or (store employee – should have knowledge of such and provide you with the prices of diving equipment). Best advice, confirm they are a diver themselves before you buy anything.
- To pass the basic water test, you are required to show you can swim 200 yards and then float for 10 minutes without aid, while the instructor watches you in a pool. You need to do this before enrolling in an online course or starting scuba lessons, so get it out of the way first.
- Once the water test is passed, you can register for the online theory course or take theory in the dive center classroom if offered. Fill out any necessary forms that are required for your own safety.
- Put your head into learning the required theory materials including the dive instruction manual, DVDs, etc. You will be tested, so study! You may need what you should have studied in the theory portion of certification process. Do not cut corners on this step.
- You will be trained in the pool to learn the confined water diving skills, before you take to open water, and must pass all successfully.
- You will complete the open water training and certification dives (requiring diving in open water 15 to 60 feet deep), testing underwater activities must be performed in front of your instructor. This may include descending to the absolute bottom, recovering a misplaced regulator, removal of all gear, and replacement, etc. and you must pass all successfully.
- Now that you passed everything, you can apply for your Scuba Certification C-card.