Before You Dive
You must be in good health- physically, mentally and financially.
See your doctor if you're stuffed up and if you have enough cash for a trip or two,
diving should take care of the mental problems if you don't have a clinical condition.
Yes, scuba diving is so relaxing. I forget all the "bad" things and
focus on what I'm doing and on the beautiful sights and activities around me during the
If you don't dive now, you should consider it. Here's how.
Get certified through one of these certifying bodies (TRAINING and
Updates are VERY important- so you don't get hurt). The most dangerous thing that
can hurt you underwater is YOU if you are untrained.
Visit the PADI (Professional Association
of Diving Instructors)
National Association of Underwater
You can find Dive Shops that are associated with these organization
(I would make sure they are). Once you find one in your area, ask the customers
about the services the shops provide. Go to several of them and pick out the one
that has the most complete facility (training and instructors). A good dive shop are
very interested in the safety of their divers (it's the customer base- no good if they
hurt them). Some dive shops care more about selling their products- so don't go
there. The indicator is client care...clients will buy their products.
If you're a new diver or want info, visit NEW DIVER Online
Good reliable equipment is essential. Go with "cheap
QUALITY" equipment and you will be risking your life. Make sure that all your
equipment is serviced regularly or at least before you dive if you haven't gone for a
while. Much of the equipment info can be found rated in the magazines listed below.
Subscribe to SCUBA DIVING
magazines to keep you updated.
Great information and advertisement so that you can get ideas of
where to go diving.
Become a DAN member! The Divers Alert Network is dedicated to
diving safety. You can get this info from your favorite dive shop.
To contact them directly:
- DAN Member Services
- The Peter B. Bennett Center
- 6 West Colony Place
- Durham, NC 27705
- Phone: 800-446-2671 +1-919-684-2948
- Fax: (919) 490-6630