Questions to Ask When Considering a Scuba Diving Course

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Taking a scuba diving course can mean being free to explore the deep waters on your next holiday or vacation, as you often need a scuba diving certificate to do anything more than snorkel and swim on the water's surface. While you can often take a scuba diving course at a resort, it can be good to book one ahead of time so you know what's involved and ensure you get your certificate without any delays. Note a few questions to ask when you're ready to choose such a course so you're sure to choose one that works for you.

1. Ask how long the course lasts or takes to complete.

This is something of a trick question to ask a scuba diving course, as you want a course that actually teaches you at your own pace. Some students in the class may be stronger swimmers than you so they can better manage controlling their ascension speed when in the water, and others may simply catch on faster to the use of the equipment. You don't want to be rushed through a course, so you should find one that is tailored to each student; this will ensure you learn everything you need to know to be safe when in the water.

2. Ask what gear you need to bring versus what they provide.

Each course provider will be different in what they provide versus what they expect you to bring on your own. Usually you will bring your own wet suit, goggles and fins, and they will provide everything else. However, some course locations might provide wet suits that are included with the certification cost, while others may offer equipment for rental. Make sure to ask about your options upfront.

3. Ask if there are any special health concerns when learning to scuba dive.

Typically persons with manageable asthma or sinus problems are not prohibited from scuba diving. However, those with heart conditions may not be recommended for a course. It's also typically recommended that pregnant women avoid scuba diving, since doctors aren't quite sure if the pressure of the water may affect the fetus; many schools recommend you simply be safe and avoid learning to dive until after you've delivered the baby. In some cases a school may ask for a doctor's permission for someone with a health concern to learn to scuba dive, so always ask about this ahead of time if you have any special physical concerns or limitations.

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