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Get Started Scuba Diving


A step-by-step guide getting started scuba diving.

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5 Tips for Breaking Into the Marine Conservation Industry

5 tips for breaking into the marine conservation industry. A volunteer position can help you gain experience, but choose your program carefully . . .

AIDA Recreational Freediving Training

AIDA is a freediving training agency. AIDA offering courses for everyone from complete novices to advanced freedivers.

Christine Kathleen McMahon

Christine Kathleen McMahon is a guest author for About.com Scuba, writing about scuba diving for people with disabilities.

The PADI Divemaster Course

An overview of the PADI Divemaster Program, including the content of the course and options for course format and length

Get Started Cave Diving

Get started cave diving. Learn about prerequisites for cave diving certification, course lengths and structure, locations, and costs.

What Is Technical Diving?

Technical diving (tec diving) is a type of scuba diving that enables divers to exceed recreational diving limits of time, depth, and penetation.

Do You Need to Know How to Swim to Scuba Dive?

Do you need to be able to swim to scuba dive? Scuba experience programs do not require that students know how to swim, but certification courses do.

Michael Mallis

Michael Mallis is the guest author for scuba diving in Australia for About.com Scuba Diving. He is an avid cave diver, open water diver, and underwater photographer.

What Is a PADI Divemaster?

A divemaster is qualified to supervise certified divers and assist instructors. Suzy Phipps explains the role of a divemaster in the scuba industry.

The Buddy System and Freediving

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of freediving is to dive with a certified buddy. Learn three ways that a buddy makes freediving safer.

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