You might have grown up watching Jacques Cousteau, picked up snorkeling on your last island vacation, or just want to experience what life is like under water. Whatever your motivation, scuba diving is a fun, relaxing and safe hobby as long as you have the right training. Most people with reasonably good health and good swimming skills can learn to safely dive with a few days of training.
Tips & Warnings
If you do not live near a dive center, you can do your course work online, then travel for your practical training. It is popular to plan a tropical vacation around becoming scuba certified.
Even with proper instruction and good equipment, scuba diving can be dangerous and lead to serious injury or death. To reduce the risk, always dive conservatively within your limits and according to your training and never dive alone. Certain medical conditions can impact your ability to dive safely.
Article Written By Diane Hansen
Diane Hansen has a thirst for adventure and loves to share the world through the written word. Currently, she is the feature editor for "TRAVELHOST" magazine and is working on her first novel. She graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2002 with a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been writing freelance since 1996.