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Step 1: Determine If You Meet The Physical Prerequisites for Scuba Diving
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 Start the fitness for diving/ dive medical questionnaire before enrolling in a scuba diving course.

• Health and age pre requisites for scuba diving.

• Scuba Diving Medical Questionnaire

• Open Water Diver Swimming Tests

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 is available to allow divers to start enjoying the underwater world safely.

Scuba Diving Certification Agencies
Decide on an Open Water Course Format
One Day Experience Courses
Online Diving Courses
What Is Open Water Certification?
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 they are usually more comfortable and confident underwater than those who do not.

Buoyancy Compensators
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 affect his body and his gear.

Pressure and Scuba Diving
Buoyancy Basics for Scuba Diving
Ear Equalization Basics
Nitrogen Absorption
No-Decompression Limits
Safety Stops
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 (your breathing apparatus). isA certified scuba instructor will help you to learn these skills, as well as underwater communication and problem management. What to Expect on Your First Scuba Dive.

20 Hand Signals for Diving
Pre-Dive Safety Check
How to Descend
Mask Clearing
Regulator Recovery
Fin Pivot Buoyancy Practice
Step 6: Ask Away!
Remember, that when learning a new activity there are no “stupid” questions. Here is a list of some of the most common questions that student divers ask me. If you have a question that you do not see listed below, feel free to email it to me at I will do my best to answer!

How Deep Can You Dive?
How Long Does a Scuba Dive Last?
How to Prevent a Foggy Mask
Why Does Diving Make Me Need to Pee?