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Scuba diving is a fun and rewarding sport with many opportunities. I would like to write about the possibilities in scuba diving because I feel that many people do not know that it is quite easy to become a diver. With a scuba diving certification you automatically become a recreational diver. Then if you wish, you can pursue a career in teaching scuba, or take on one of the many job opportunities scuba diving has to offer. Padi.com is a reputable source where you can explore these and even more avenues within scuba diving.

Your first step in becoming a recreational diver is to take an open water diving course. This class begins with a knowledge development where you will learn everything from the equipment needed to go underwater, safety precautions, dive planning, and even skills you will need to perform a successful first open water dive. Before going into open water, new divers must practice during five confined water dives. This is where the instructor teaches many basic skills like clearing your mask underwater, setting up scuba gear, and sharing air with your buddy in case of an emergency. After the five confined water dives the excitement begins with four open water dives. This is where you go to a dive site and put the tasks you learned in the confined water dives to use. At the end of your open water experience I’m sure you will be very tired, but think about the possibilities that await you now that you are a certified open water scuba diver!

Most people choose to remain a recreational diver and explore the world oceans encountering new and exciting animal life. For people wishing to get more out of their scuba certification the opportunity to become a dive instructor is quite simple and just takes a little more time and effort. The next step is taking adventure dive courses. These will explore different aspects of diving such as enriched air, dry suit, night, deep, wreck, and peak performance buoyancy diving. After adventure diving, it is time to become an advanced open water diver. During this course you will learn underwater navigation, deep water diving (which is anywhere between 60-100ft), and any three adventure dives of your choice. I finished my advanced open water certification last summer, and it was the best experience of the summer. After my advanced certification, I plan to get my rescue diving certification, when I find enough time. This is the next step in becoming a master scuba diver. The PADI website describes the rescue diving course as both challenging and rewarding. During this course divers learn how to rescue panicked or unresponsive divers, handle stressful emergency situations, and perform a self-rescue when needed. Finally the last step in your PADI scuba diving certification is to become a master scuba diver. This is the highest not professional certification that PADI offers. After this you will have mastered many specialty scuba courses and have the possibility of becoming an instructor. There are more requirements for becoming a master scuba diver. First you have to obtain all of the certification levels previous to this and fifty open water dives must be logged.

The scuba diving tips website explains how after you have become a dive master there are many recreational diving jobs that open up. First you can get a job just about anywhere on earth within a dive shop, resort, cruise ship or anywhere there is good diving and a need for instructors. This sounds like a very fun job, but it does come with some down falls. A dive master must dive multiple times per day, fill tanks, maintain scuba gear, and they are also responsible for the safety of everyone they are leading. Besides recreational diving there is also commercial diving. In this field you can find jobs within scientific research, underwater photography, marine construction, military diving, marine conservation, and police diving. Most people use diving as a way to get away from their everyday jobs, but imagine if a passion like scuba diving could become a carrier.

Scuba diving can lead to many new and rewarding experiences. Now you know that there are many certification levels to meet the needs of different people. I hope you have been informed about some of the exciting opportunities within scuba diving and now this is your chance to investigate more. PADI is a great place to start, but there is more. There might be a dive shop in the area that will have loads of information and possible classes. For example Leyden’s Dive Shop is in Des Moines offers open water classes in the spring. So even if you are not by an ocean it is still possible to become a scuba diver and get many beneficial experiences.

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