To become a certified scuba diver, sign up for a course with a reputable, credentialed instructor in your area. He provides you with the knowledge and trains you in the skills needed to become a safe and successful scuba diver.
- Develop your knowledge of scuba diving
Scuba diving courses provide instruction in the basic principles of scuba diving. Through reading assignments and lectures, students learn about scuba gear, diving procedures and safety precautions. At the conclusion of the course, students must pass a written test to demonstrate knowledge of the essential principles.
- Achieve basic scuba skills
Students also work on important diving skills in a pool. The pool work includes learning to work with scuba gear, clear the diver's face mask, control buoyancy, and ensure safety in the water. Students must pass a test of basic water skills to qualify for certification. One of the most well-known sources of scuba certification – the Professional Association of Diving Instructors – requires students to swim 200 to 300 yards and tread water for 10 minutes.
- Complete open-water test dives
After demonstrating the required knowledge and skills, students participate in supervised open-water dives with their instructors, providing them with an opportunity to explore and apply what they learned in the classroom and in the pool.