Get­ting Your Feet Wet

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NEW TO SCUBA?

HERE ARE FOUR EASY STEPS FOR FIRST-TIMERS.

Try a dis­cov­ery dive.

Pro­vided at most dive cen­ters and re­sorts, dis­cov­ery

dives of­fer the chance to try a dive or two un­der the close su­per­vi­sion of an in­struc­tor.

Learn lo­cally.

Most towns in the U.S. have lo­cal dive classes where you learn in a pool or a quarry. Pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tions such as PADI ( padi.com) main­tain a net­work of lo­cal div­ing schools.

Get cer­ti­fied.

Ba­sic scuba cer­ti­fi­ca­tions can be com­pleted over a week­end and are ac­com­plished in three

parts: course­work, con­fined wa­ter dives and open wa­ter dives.

Build a ba­sic kit.

At min­i­mum, you’ll need a mask, a snorkel and fins. Dive op­er­a­tors of­ten have these avail­able for rent, but own­ing your own gear means you’ll be more com­fort­able

in the wa­ter.

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