Wondered how it is to be able to breathe underwater? Stared in awe at figures clad in wet suits coming out of the sea at your holiday resorts?
Planet Scuba India offers the PADI Discover Scuba experience in a swimming pool in Bangalore or off a beach during any of our dive vacations. The Discover Scuba is not a certification course and is a quick and easy introduction of what scuba diving involves and what it involves to go beneath the waves to explore the underwater world.
Now, you can try scuba diving too, even if you are not fully ready to take up the Open Water Certification Course, you can see if scuba diving is for you by getting a feel of what it involves.
To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.
All the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank will be provided to you by Planet Scuba India for use at the swimming pool or dive site you will be diving at. So all you need to do is bring your swimming trunks/ swim suit and you are ready to go!
WHAT YOU LEARN
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of Planet Scuba India’s PADI Instructor. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
- Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
- Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
- Have fun swimming around and exploring.
- Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
PADI Divers carry the most respected and sought after scuba diving credentials in the world. No matter where you choose to dive, your PADI certification card will be recognized and accepted.
The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills.
All PADI programs, from entry-level through scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality.
Visit www.padi.com to read more about the PADI System of diver education.
SOME QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
Who can dive? Is there a minimum age to go diving?
Anyone aged 10 and older (there are options for ages 8-10 as well), with a reasonable level of physical fitness, comfortable in the water and a spirit for adventure.
Is there an upper age limit for scuba divers?
There is no upper age limit on learning to scuba dive. Certain conditions my preclude those of any age from diving, temporarily or permanently, especially conditions associated with lung functions. As long as you maintain relatively good physical and mental conditioning, it’s never too late to learn scuba diving. Many divers continue into their 70’s and 80’s.
Is learning to dive difficult?
No, it’s probably easier than you imagine, especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. PADI’s entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill.
How long does it take to become a certified scuba diver?
PADI courses are performance based, which means that you earn your certification when you demonstrate that you’ve mastered the required skills and knowledge. Because some learn faster than others, course duration varies. The PADI Open Water Diver course can be completed in as little as three days.
How old do I have to be to become a certified diver?
You must be at least 10 years old to receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification. 10 and 11 year old Junior Open Water Divers must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet. 12 to 14 year olds must dive with a certified adult. At age 15, the junior certification upgrades to a regular Open Water Diver certification.
Are there any special qualifications or considerations to participate in a scuba class?
No. Generally speaking, anyone in good average health and at least 10 years old can participate. You will, however, complete a medical questionnaire. If anything on the questionnaire indicates a reason to be cautious about diving, you’ll need check with a physician to make sure you can dive.
What equipment do I need before I take scuba lessons?
If you need equipment, Planet Scuba India can help you select quality equipment that fits properly and works within your budget. Most scuba equipment is very durable, so you won’t have to replace it often.
In the movies and on TV, divers are always running into sharks or eels. Should I be concerned about marine animals?
Most aquatic animals are passive or timid. A few do bite or sting, but you can avoid these by not touching them. Divers aren’t natural prey for sharks and therefore shark attacks are rare. Many scuba divers actually seek out shark encounters.
Is scuba diving dangerous?
No, but like any sport activity, there are potential hazards, which is why you need proper training and certification before going into any kind of diving.
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