Scuba Certification in a Fast Paced World
Scuba Certification can open up a whole new world below the Ocean’s Surface. It is like exploring another planet. Scuba Diving can provide singles and families with a lifetime of adventure like no other. Most people have dreamed most of their lives about Scuba Diving and usually think about it for a long time before taking the plunge. Diving is fun and safe with the proper gear, preparation, and training. The training should not be taken lightly, because diving does have risk.
Like many other sports repetition is how you achieve comfort, so why are so many people enrolling in cram courses? The answer is that people are extremely busy, so it is easy to fall for the weekend Scuba Certification. Can you really become confident in an 8 to 12 hour program? Consider that Scuba Training was typically 10 to 14 weeks in the 80s, and dropped to 6 weeks by the 90s, and has been continually squeezed down to fit into 2 to 3 days! What parts have been removed from the training?
A quick and cheap certification course is great if you want to cross it off your bucket list. If that is the case, why bother? Most divers don’t reach a point of comfort until at least 25 dives or more, and the curve will be even longer if you cut your training short. To really make the most of Scuba and all it has to offer, it only makes sense to seek out a program of at least 20 to 30 hours of combined class and pool training. This will allow you time to have discussions with your instructor, repeat skills in the pool until they become second nature, allow your brain time to reconcile breathing underwater, and become proficient at flying your body underwater. You will feel considerably more comfortable when you go to Open Water, and you are more likely to dive for the rest of your life, even if it is only once or twice per year.
The sport of Scuba Diving has a high drop out rate after Certification. Another words 85 percent of people that learn to dive do not dive again after their Certification Dives. Polls have been conducted that concluded that the dropout rate is largely contributed to poor training which resulted in divers that are not comfortable, therefore had sought out other hobbies. Also, the polls concluded that individuals who stayed active Scuba Diving had enrolled in longer training programs and therefore felt very comfortable in the water and developed a passion for the Sport of Scuba Diving.
The conclusion is, if you are interested in becoming a Certified Scuba Diver, seek out an Instructor who cares enough to spend the time it takes to help you achieve comfort underwater. Invest time in your training and you will get back what you give! A lifetime of adventure that cannot be described in words, or experienced by watching the Animal Planet or the Discover Channel. Live your Dream. Do it right. Get out and Go Scuba Diving!