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Scuba diving only needs to carry a compressed air bottle on your back, so you can breathe freely in the sea. It is an activity that many people yearn for to go deep into the underwater world to observe marine life for a long time.But how do you become a qualified diver as a novice?this time TWOSEVENTHS We have compiled a basic guide to scuba diving that novices need, including the differences between scuba diving and self-diving, what types of scuba diving licenses are available, and other 10 frequently asked questions for novice scuba divers to answer your questions.

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Difference between scuba diving and freediving?

Although freediving and scuba diving are both types of diving, beginners may not be able to tell the difference between the two, or may not know which one to start with. In fact, the easiest way to distinguish is the "diving equipment" on the diver.Scuba diving is to go into the water with equipment that can provide air, so that people can keep breathing smoothly underwater. According to breathing habits and depth, they can stay underwater for about 30-60 minutes, which is more suitable for observing aquatic life; while free diving It is to dive through one's own breath, and it can stay for about 60-120 seconds depending on the length and depth of the breath. It requires less equipment and can swim in the sea more like a fish.

In addition, in terms of breathing methods, diving skills, equipment operation, etc., there are also significant differences between scuba diving and self-diving. There is no good or bad, it just depends on which way you like to explore the ocean world!

Is there a more detailed introduction to free diving?

What is scuba diving equipment?

Unlike free diving, you only need light equipment such as "mask, snorkel, fins, and counterweight" to go into the water, while scuba diving equipment needs to be equipped with light and heavy equipment. In addition to "mask, snorkel, fins, In addition to "counterweight", the more important thing is the reinstalled "gas cylinder, regulator, BCD (buoyancy control device)". Adding up the whole set of scuba diving equipment on the body is about 20 kg, although it is really heavy compared with free diving Less, but after going into the sea because of the buoyancy of sea water, it will not feel too heavy, but it is indeed a great physical challenge for some people when they are on the shore or on a boat!

Can I get a scuba diving license if I can't swim?

"Can I learn to scuba if I can't swim?" is a common question for novices. In fact, swimming skills are not directly related to scuba diving. Many divers with hundreds of diving qualifications are still landlubbers.Scuba diving is to "float" in the underwater world without gravity by carrying the equipment on your back, just like astronauts floating in outer space, so the underwater world is also called "inner space", so whether you can swim or not does not affect learning scuba diving success or failure.The most influential thing is actually the mentality of "fear of water". Usually, if you go to the swimming pool, you will tremble all over. When you go to the beach where the situation is more unpredictable, you will need to spend more time to face the fear and relax. But as long as you overcome it, you can successfully complete the dive. course.

What does a scuba diving license do?

The scuba diving license photo is the entry ticket to dive into the underwater world. As long as you have a qualified OW license, you can go to dive shops at home and abroad to participate in local scuba diving activities; otherwise, if you do not have a scuba diving license, you can only participate in experience diving That's all.And if you hold a higher-level AOW scuba license, you will have the opportunity to go to deeper, more difficult, and more special dive sites. Therefore, if you are really interested in scuba diving, it is recommended to at least get the AOW scuba license. You will be more familiar with marine knowledge and various diving skills, better able to protect the safety of yourself and your diving buddies, and the most important thing is to have more choices in diving sites.

Can I dive without a scuba diving license?

You can enjoy the fun of scuba diving without checking the certificate.Scuba diving without a license is called "Experience Diving", Discover Scuba Diving (DSD), you only need to go through the instructor's simple knowledge explanation and a few basic skills exercises, and be led by professional divers throughout the process, you can experience the ocean world. charm.

Many scuba diving shops provide trial diving services. Before signing up for a formal scuba course, through trial diving, you can know whether you like scuba diving in just a few hours, especially if you are "afraid of water" People can also know whether they are suitable for this activity, and avoid wasting more money and energy in the future.

If you hold an Open Water Diver OW scuba certificate, you can only dive to a depth of 18 meters, but with an Advanced Open Water Diver AOW scuba certificate, your dive depth will be relaxed to 30 meters.

How deep can you go in scuba diving?

Each diver can reach different diving depths according to experience and ability.If you hold an Open Water Diver OW scuba certificate, you can only dive to a depth of 18 meters, but with an Advanced Open Water Diver AOW scuba certificate, your dive depth will be relaxed to 30 meters.Generally speaking, for diving for underwater sightseeing and recreational purposes, the diving depth is limited to no more than 40 meters, and deeper diving is the category of technical diving or industrial diving.But don't be embarrassed by it, because most of the corals and marine life grow in shallow water no more than 30 meters, which is enough to keep your eyes on!

If you scuba dive too deep, will you get diver's disease?

The deeper the diving depth, the higher the chance of diver's disease, but it does not mean that you will encounter it at a deeper level. It is also affected by multiple aspects such as diving time and return to the surface speed.In order to avoid the occurrence of diver's disease, the concept of safety stop must be taught in the scuba diving certification course. As long as the safety stop is implemented during each dive and the surface rest time is long enough, the risk of diver's disease can be avoided .

What types of scuba diving licenses are there?

There are four major systems of scuba diving certificates commonly used in the world - PADI, CMAS, NAUI, and SSI.Most of the knowledge and skills taught by the four systems are similar. No system is absolutely better. You can take a scuba license from any system to any dive shop to participate in diving trips, but PADI is currently the most mainstream in the world. The scuba diving certification system, and because the assessment criteria are similar to the SSI certification system, the two certifications can communicate with each other.The following is a brief introduction to the four major scuba diving systems:

full name Professional Association of Diver Instructor International Association of Professional Diving Instructors World Confederation of Underwater Activities World Diving Federation National Association of Underwater Instructor International Association of Diving Instructors Scuba School International International Scuba Diving School
year established Founded in California, USA in 1966 Founded in Italy in 1958 Founded in Florida, USA in 1959 Founded in Germany in 1970
Feature Currently the world's largest scuba system with the highest market share, more than 50 diving licenses are issued every year, and there are basically systems that scuba players must recognize. It is the oldest diving system, the only official diving system recognized by the Olympic Games, and the only system qualified to organize worldwide diving competitions. The only non-profit diving education association, which has a greater degree of freedom in teaching scuba courses. The teaching principles rely more on the experience of the coaches. The coaches are allowed to arrange the course content and movements by themselves, and the content can be adjusted according to the students' ability to teach. It is currently the diving system with the second largest number of certificates issued. It is similar to the course content of PADI, and the two systems of certificates and certificates are mutually recognized, eliminating the trouble of repeated verification and certification.
  1. Open Water Diver Open Water Diver (OW)
  2. Advanced Open Water Diver Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW)
  3. Rescue Diver rescue diver
  4. Dive Master Divemaster (DM)
  5. Assistant Instructor
  6. Instructor coach
  1. One Star Diver One Star Diver
  2. Two Star Diver Two Star Diver
  3. Three Star Diver Three Star Diver
  4. Four Star Diver Four Star Diver
  5. One Star Instructor One Star Instructor
  6. Two Star Instructor One Star Instructor
  1. Scuba Diver
  2. Advanced Scuba Diver Advanced Scuba Diver
  3. Rescue Diver rescue diver
  4. Dive Master Divemaster (DM)
  5. Assistant Instructor
  6. Instructor coach
  1. Open Water Diver Open Water Diver (OW)
  2. Advanced Open Water Diver Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW)
  3. Rescue Diver rescue diver
  4. Dive Master Divemaster (DM)
  5. Assistant Instructor
  6. Instructor coach

What are the content and assessment criteria of the scuba diving course?

For the most basic Open Water Diver OW scuba certification, the course can be divided into three parts - subject, confined water course, open water course:

  1. Subjects: Through paper or online textbooks, together with instructors' explanations, to understand the basic concepts and principles of scuba, such as equipment introduction, pressure principles and calculations, diving safety principles and risks, etc., there will be exams at the end, basically don't overdo it. Laziness is almost passable
  2. Confined water courses: usually in deep swimming pools or calm seas. At the beginning, one cylinder is used to practice equipment assembly, basic scuba skills, and emergency response. The purpose is to practice before entering open water With familiar equipment, so as not to rush to the beach
  3. Open water course: Finally, go to the beach for actual diving. There will be a total of 4 cylinders to use the various scuba skills and knowledge learned earlier, and emergency response. It can be done up to 2 times a day, each time about 30 minutes

To complete the above three parts, it usually takes at least 3 days to complete, but according to each person's ability and situation, the time will be added or subtracted by one day. If all the scuba courses are successfully passed the assessment, you will be a qualified OW diver. !

The four major scuba systems all have their own scuba license types and classifications. However, to engage in scuba diving activities, at least the initial certification level of the system must be obtained. The following are the initial certification assessment thresholds of the four major systems. The assessment process is similar. They will ensure that the most basic scuba diving skills and knowledge are learned.

License name PADI Open Water Diver Open Water Diver CMAS One Star Diver One Star Diver NAUI Scuba Diver SSI Open Water Diver Open Water Diver
Eligibility over 15 years old over 14 years old over 15 years old over 15 years old
Class time 3-4 days 3-4 days 3-4 days 3-4 days
Subject Diving theory class + written test Diving theory class + written test Diving theory class + written test Diving theory class + written test
confined waters Complete 1 training dive Complete 1 training dive Complete 1 training dive Complete 1 training dive
open water Complete at least 4 training dives Complete at least 4 training dives Complete at least 4 training dives Complete at least 4 training dives

How to choose a dive shop for scuba lessons?

Generally, the OW scuba course is expected to take 3-4 days. It is recommended to judge according to the location of the examination, your own time and cost, and first decide to choose a location close to home that is convenient for class; or go to a remote island or resort , while traveling and taking the scuba license test.After determining the location, choose a suitable local scuba diving shop. The following lists the aspects that can be considered when choosing a scuba diving shop. In addition, it is also helpful to refer to online student reviews and ask relatives and friends about their actual experience.

own needs

  • Where do you want to get a certificate
  • What time do you allow yourself?
  • Is the course fee affordable?

Dive shop location and schedule

  • Which scuba diving system to use
  • How long is the total course hours
  • Are there multiple branches across Taiwan?
  • how often are classes

Scuba Lesson Fees

  • Does the tuition include other expenses?
  • Is there any group discount

teaching safety

  • Course with or without insurance
  • Teacher-student ratio

follow-up dive regime

  • Is there a free make-up exam mechanism?
  • Is there a fixed opening time
  • Does practice cost extra

Any recommendations for scuba diving shops?

How much does a scuba diving course cost?

The price of scuba diving certificate courses will vary according to different systems and different examination places.The cost of an OW scuba license in Taiwan is about $11,000-$15,000, which usually includes diving fees for 5 cylinders and licensing fees, but some transportation fees, swimming pool or venue fees, meals, etc. may need to be paid separately; if you go to Obtain a scuba license while traveling on outlying islands or resorts, as well as accommodation or other additional costs.Usually, each scuba diving shop will have a combination plan, or offer a preferential price for a multi-person group. It is recommended to ask multiple parties to compare prices to avoid disadvantages, or refer to this articleTaipei scuba diving finishing,Kenting scuba diving course recommendation,Small Liuqiu scuba diving recommended.

What's next after getting your scuba license?

Having an OW scuba license is like getting an admission ticket to Sea World. After that, it is more important to "repeat practice" and "accumulate experience", such as neutral buoyancy, oxygen consumption control, safety of diving buddies, etc., all need a lot Practice to accumulate experience. The easiest and fastest way is to participate in Fun Dive (FD) or diving tour groups. Through continuous FD, you can go to more dive sites, expand your scuba vision, accumulate diving numbers, and communicate with more people. .

If you obtain a more advanced AOW scuba certificate (or other system scuba certificates of the same level), you can participate in night diving, shipwreck diving, deep diving and other different diving experience, especially night diving and daytime diving environment are completely different. The skills and knowledge required are different.

Will the scuba diving certificate expire if I haven't used it for a long time?

The scuba diving license is not valid, as long as you pass the test, you can use it for life.However, if you have obtained the OW scuba certificate in the past, but have not dived for a while, it is recommended to take the Re-Active Course review scuba course first, and you can reawaken your diving skills and memory in about half a day to a day.

The above is this basic guide to scuba diving. TWOSEVENTHS This list lists 10 common questions for novices when learning to scuba dive, to help you gain a deeper understanding of scuba diving.Scuba diving allows you to swim underwater with underwater creatures for a long time through oxygen bottles. As long as you practice more, landlubbers can also become dragons in the water.Although there are many types of scuba diving certificates, the most important thing is to find a diving shop and instructor that suits you. Only by trusting them wholeheartedly can you relax, study, and successfully obtain a scuba diving certificate.The best thing is that Taiwan has many diving spots that are not inferior to those abroad, so after you get your scuba license, don’t forget to continue to accumulate cylinders, observe more marine life, unlock more underwater secrets, and have the opportunity to experience underwater diving. See!

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