Many of the visitors to our scuba shack are complete and total beginners, looking for the first steps on how to discover the wonderful underwater world that is full of life. Our goal at the Scuba Shack is to prepare you and provide you with all the resources you need to get started. We want to let you know that you should not only be thinking about the physical aspects of learning to scuba dive, but also about how the financial aspects will affect you. Let’s begin with the basic things you should know you embark on your journey.
The first thing you need to know is that scuba diving is a very enjoyable experience, but you do need to be very careful as to how you go about it and that you have great respect for the water in mind always. Safety is the number one priority, no matter how many years of experience and how many certifications you have. As you go through your first lessons, you should always pay the most attention to any safety rules, and you should be particularly aware of all the steps needed to avoid decompression illness and why it can be such an issue.
The second thing you should be aware of is that life insurance for scuba divers can be more expensive than if you decided to not dive at all. You may want to think about locking in your life insurance policy before you even begin attemptin to scuba dive. In fact, once you begin diving, an inexperienced or beginner scuba diver will pay a higher premium than an experienced scuba diver.
The second thing you need to know is that you should learn in a forgivable environment such as a pool, before you actually go out and dive in open water. Any reputable scuba lesson shop will do their first lessons in a pool, but please refrain from taking lessons from anybody who is not a certified instructor, as this can literally put your life in danger.
The third thing you need to know is that all training is more important than any equipment you may buy. It may be tempting to want to buy all of the latest gear out there, but remember that gear will only become important once you get to very advanced levels and are master diver certified. Before that, you should invest all your time and energy into additional training and in mastering the basics.
We hope the lessons above start getting you ready for exploring the wonderful world of Scuba. Remember, we at the ScubaShack are always here to help!