Scuba diving offers a huge, immense, enormous variety of courses and specialties.
You may decide which course to take according to your skills, needs, interests, location, favorite holiday destination, budget and… you name it!
Dive courses and specialties range from the Recreational Diving: rescue diver, cave diver, deep diver, night diver, marine life identification, wreck diver, navigation, shark diver, sea slug specialty course (and many, many more).
if you are passionate about marine life and don’ t find any allurement for the ocean’ s depths, you’ ll become skilled in the Fish Identification and will probably take a Shark Diver course and other courses related to your interest.
The very first step in scuba divig
Whatever is your “cup of tea” in scuba diving, each and every diver started by taking the same beginners course: the Open Water Diver.
The Open Water Diver course is a license that allows to dive at 18 meters, takes a fairly short time to complete, lasts a lifetime and gives all the basic skills and knowledge to be an autonomous diver.
What not every diver knows, even though all divers did it, is that the actual first step in scuba diving is the Introductory Dive or DSD (Discovery Scuba Diving).
This short, easy and exciting course doesn’t get you to be autonomous underwater, but it’s meant to get you a first look at the underwater world as a scuba diver but, most of all, it’s an awesome experience!
Introductory Dives are particularly popular in the tropics and resorts location with warm water and easy access to shallow areas. Once this dive is completed, you may wish to continue your course right away, or you can decide to register this dive in your logbook and continue your training elsewhere on your next vacation.
It normally takes only a few hours to complete it. Your dive instructor will do a short briefing on some simple rules you’ ll need to follow during the dive, how to respect the underwater environment, basic hand signals, a quick overview of your diving gear and what you are most likely to spot underwater.
The pool "dive"
Right after that, you’ ll do your very first confined water session. This can be either done in a pool or in a calm bay with a shallow sandy bottom. In this session your instructor will show you, and will make you practice, some basic skills that will allow you to clear your regulator (the device you use to breath) if some water gets in, clear your mask if some water gets in, recover your regulator and, of course, some buoyancy skills.
After practicing these skills, you will be already comfortable in breathing through the regulator and in wearing all the dive gear.
Ready for your first dive? Yes, you are! Ready and excited!
All you need to do is to get a full tank and set up your gear again. Your instructor will be there with you at all times, will give you precious advice and will guide you through all the preparation for the dive.
What comes next will be one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have. The feeling of flying along beautiful corals with myriad of fish patrolling the reef will make you forget that you have tank on your back and that you are breathing through a regulator. You’ll find yourself in another world, just a few meters away from the surface. This dives normally lasts about 40 minutes but it feels like only a few minutes have passed and everyone wants to get back in the water as soon as possible.
This is basically how we all started diving. The Introductory Dive is just the perfect way to safely start diving by having a lot of fun and builds up the confidence of becoming a scuba diver.
The best underwater photographers, Instructor Trainers, divers that perform the deepest dives, famous marine biologists, intrepid cave divers have all been in a shallow pool learning how to clear their mask and, straight after that, marveled by diving along a healthy coral reef.