We’ve established many times with our articles just how amazing Scuba diving is. It’s a truly remarkable experience, and for some, it’s even life-changing. If you’ve never been diving before but you’re looking into getting certified, the prospect can be a little overwhelming. Here’s a more in-depth look at common questions and what you need to know before getting certified in this remarkable sport.
One of the most frequently asked questions by those who are considering getting certified to dive is whether or not they’re healthy enough for the sport. The truth is that scuba diving is a pretty lazy activity when it comes to recreational sports. Once in the water, you really don’t have to exert much energy to move around. Usually, a few kicks with your fins and the current will get you exactly where you want to go. However, you should be somewhat physically fit before taking on a certification course. If walking from your bedroom to your kitchen leaves you out of breath you might want to get in some cardio before going for your certification. Dive equipment can be heavy when you’re out of the water, plus you’ll likely have to pass a swimming and water-treading test to earn your certification. In short, it’s expected that you maintain a minimum amount of physical fitness.
Another very popular question is “How much will it cost?” There’s not an exact cost associated with a dive certification. It really depends on a lot of factors, such as how close you are to a body of water. Generally speaking, lessons and certification range from around $300 to $600 or more. The more touristy destinations generally charge more. However, the fees usually include everything you’ll need: classroom sessions, pool dives, open water dives and boat charter fees, equipment rentals, etc. Plus, keep in mind that once you’re certified it’s valid for life.
So, if you’re still interested, a final question might be where you should actually get your certification. That’s really up to you, but it’s important that whatever school you choose is affiliated with either PADI or SSI. They both follow essentially the same criteria, and as long as your school bears an approval from one of the institutes you can be sure you’ll come out of the class as an able diver.