Getting Your Feet Wet
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.
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.
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.