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If you need practice, scuba diving can be done in any body of water at least 4 feet deep this includes indoor and outdoor pools. To find fresh coral or a shipwreck, you'll have to do a little research before heading out.
Scuba diving schools teach you everything you need to know before venturing into the water. Many community centers offer courses and certification at inexpensive rates. Sign up for a class with a friend for a built-in dive buddy.
Wetsuits, fins, and masks can be found at dive shops. Dive shops are mostly located near scuba diving spots, but some are in major cities. Many stores are connected to local scuba diving schools and have daily equipment rentals.
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Scuba Diving is adventurous and exhilarating. Diving instruction varies depending on what diving school you take lessons from and whether you are starting in a pool or in open waters. On your first day at most any lesson, you will be given a wetsuit and fins. The instructor will walk you through how to assemble the gear which will include an air cylinder, a BCD or buoyancy compensator device, and two regulators. You'll then have a chance to swim around in shallow water to get comfortable breathing through your mouth and taking your mask off underwater and putting it back on. The instructor will have you deflate your BCD, sink below the water's surface and orientate yourself with breathing under water. Eventually you'll learn how to share air with a partner so that you can be prepared if the need arises. After being certified for an open-water dive, you'll be able to comfortably explore ship wrecks or coral reefs.
The spot or site in which you decide to dive will largely determine whether you can scuba dive or snorkel. To scuba dive, you'll need fins, a wetsuit, a BCD, an air cylinder, regulators and other tools to assist your breathing for prolonged dives or in dangerous circumstances. To snorkel, all you'll need is a mask, a snorkel and fins. A floatation vest is helpful if you want to really relax and just float around. Snorkeling remains at the water's surface and is very much a spectator type of dive. Scuba diving is more adventurous in that you go deeper and for longer periods of time. During either type of dive, you are swimming in tandem with the aquatic life around you. Any scuba diving school will know the areas to venture to, so check with the local instructors or guides to find the best places and make the most of your time.
When you’re a beginner scuba diver, you can rent a wetsuit and equipment. If you've become addicted and are hitting the water more than once a week, you may want to invest in a wetsuit and your own gear. There are many wetsuit options. Look for suits that are made of neoprene and can handle the water temperature you dive in most often. Wetsuits come in long or short legs and/or sleeves, are often mostly black and can be bought in pieces. If you are a cold water diver, you'll want booties, a hood and gloves. Scuba Diving equipment includes air cylinders, a BCD, weight belts, regulators, octopus regulators, and fins. Always have a professional talk you through your scuba diving equipment purchase. You may want to consult the association you dive with, your instructor or your scuba diving school before investing in equipment.
Once you have all your basic scuba diving techniques down, it's time for adventure. Wreck diving is one of the most exciting and thrilling experiences. Not limited to just sunken ships, wrecks can include sunken planes, submarines and cars. Doing a wreck dive typically takes divers below the recreational dive depth of 130 feet which makes the trips shorter because oxygen consumption is higher. Divers also need a lot of extra equipment to wreck divers. There are three different levels of wreck diving: on the surface of the wreck, in a lighted space of the wreck, and in darker more enclosed spaces. Only the most advanced scuba divers can explore enclosed and dark spaces. There is more to explore than just simply the old mechanics of ships and planes; wrecks are also artificial reefs for fish, coral and sea fauna. Wrecks provide a glimpse into history; often times a tragic part of history. Before you can go diving at a wreck site, you will need to get certified in scuba diving. Some great wreck diving areas include the Red Sea, Egypt; Scapa Flow, Scotland; Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands; and North Carolina, USA.
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