Get Certified

Becoming a certified diver is easy

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SCUBA

Scuba is fun sport but you need to be trained and certified to learn how to safely dive. The beginner "Open Water" Certification will teach you the basic  skills to survive underwater and teach you how to best use the equipment. There are lots of schools to get certified so contact you nearest dive shop to find out how to get certified. Certification should offer water time. You can not learn everything from a book or computer the you need to dive. Please only use a reputable institution and do some research before you pay any money. Always remember practice makes a good diver. Keep in mind - the more you dive the better you get and the more fun you will have. I remeber my first few dives were not much fun and dang confusing, just dont give up. It is a fun, wonderful sport.

Here are some of the best certification institutes:

PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors

SSI - Scuba Schools International

International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers

NAUI - The National Association of Underwater Instructors

 

Freedivers

You may think Freedivers may just need gear, but getting certified in this growing sport can help you stay alive. Learn the essential skills to be a freediver and be as safe as you can. While PADI is the most widely known resource to learn from there are others. here is a list of the most popular freediving certification programs.

PADI freediver program

SSI freediver program

PFI - Performance Freediving International

FII - Freediving Instrutors International

Some other interesting links to check out

 International Association for the Development of Apnea

Scubaboard forums

ReefCentral