There are about 3.5 million scuba divers in the united states.
With such a large number of people enjoying the sport, you might be wondering what you’re missing out on. Well, learning how to scuba dive doesn’t take as long (and isn’t as hard) as you might think.
We’ve put together this guide to show you a few things you should look for before signing up for scuba diving lessons, so let’s get started!
1. The Location
Start by asking yourself where you want to learn to scuba dive.
In most cases, you’ll want to pick a location that’s close to where you live. But if there isn’t a beach near your home, you should do a bit more research into different scuba diving places and which ones are best for beginners.
Keep in mind, you probably won’t jump into the ocean during your first lesson. You’ll likely learn the basics in a pool (or something similar), so don’t be surprised if you don’t get to go into the ocean right away.
2. The Equipment
Will the scuba diving class provide the equipment you can rent? Make sure you know the answer to this question before you start because, if they don’t, you’ll have to buy your own equipment and bring it with you. The last thing you want is to show up to your first lesson unprepared and be unable to do anything.
3. The Price
You’ll want to find a class that fits in your budget. But don’t let yourself get too hung up on the price!
Just because you can sign up for the cheapest class out there doesn’t mean you should. The price often reflects the quality, so it’s worth spending a bit of extra money to get a better education.
4. The Instructor
If you can, it’s a good idea to meet with the instructor before you sign up for the class. This will help you get to know them, and you should use this time to ask a lot of questions.
For example, you’ll want to know about their certifications, how much experience they have, how they lead the lessons, etc. It’s also a good idea to ask them whether or not they go scuba diving for fun. This will let you know if the instructor is passionate about diving, which can make them more excited about the class.
Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable around them. If you don’t, you might have a hard time trusting them and learning from them.
5. The Size of the Class
The best scuba diving classes are on the small side. This gives you more one on one attention from the teacher, which can help you learn faster and ensures you’re picking up the right tricks.
Try to sign up for a class with only four to five other people if you can. We also teach diving in our local area.