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Scuba 101 - Learn to Scuba Dive

Information for beginners about the basics of scuba diving and learning to scuba dive - all about what scuba diving is and what scuba divers do and how you can learn to dive.
  1. Dive Theory (14)
  2. Learn to Dive (23)
  3. Open Water Certification (6)
  4. Scuba Diving FAQs (11)
  5. Scuba Terminology (22)
  6. Skills (25)
  7. Types of Diving (15)
  8. What is Scuba Diving? (1)

What to Expect on Your First Scuba Dive
What is scuba diving like? The underwater world looks, feels, and sounds different from the terrestrial one. Here's an article for new divers about what to expect on their first scuba dive.

Start Diving!
Are you ready to start scuba diving? Here is a step by step guide to learning to dive, including medical requirements, courses, certification agencies, basic dive theory and frequently asked questions.

Is Scuba Diving Safe or Dangerous?
Is scuba diving a safe activity? Find out here!

Tips and Tricks for Scuba Divers
Do you find donning your wetsuit difficult? Is your hair always in the way? This list of my favorite scuba diving tricks and tips has been compiled from years of professional scuba diving experience.

20 Common Hand Signals for Scuba Diving
Illustrations and explanations of scuba diving hand signals. For example, what is the difference between the signals for "up" and "okay" ?

Scuba Diving Lessons for Kids
How old do you have to be to scuba dive? Most dive training organizations offer scuba diving lessons for kids starting at the age of eight. Kids older than 10 years old can enroll in a diving certification course.

Can I Scuba Dive? Prerequisites for Scuba Diving Such as Age and Health
Can you scuba dive? Learn about the prerequisites for scuba diving such as age, health, and swimming abilities and decide if you are able to scuba dive.

How Deep Can You Scuba Dive?
The deepest dive on open circuit scuba was 1082 feet by Pascal Bernabe. However, recreational scuba divers should not exceed 130 feet. Learn about the reasons for recreational scuba diving depth guidelines as well as the training is required to safely exceed them.

How Long Does a Scuba Tank Last?
An average scuba diver on a forty foot dive can stay underwater about 45 minutes. However, the length of time the air in a scuba tank lasts will vary depending upon depth, tank volume, and the diver's air consumption rate.

Scuba Diver's Dictionary and Encyclopedia
Scroll through alphabetical listing of scuba terminology, facts, and concepts.

Trim Part I: What Is Proper Trim and Why Will It Improve Your Diving?
Trim refers to a scuba diver's body position. Proper trim is a completely horizontal position, with arms extended and fins elevated. Learn about the value of proper trim, why it is important to both recreational and technical scuba divers.

5 Courses to Advance Your Scuba Diving Certification
You have completed an open water certification; you have been diving; and frankly, you're pretty good at it. Congratulations! You are ready to take the next step in your diving career. Dive organizations offer a variety of advanced, or second-level scuba diving certifications. Some advanced courses simply introduce divers to new underwater activities, and while other courses are more rigorous.

Scuba Diving Addiction - How to Tell When You Are Addicted to…
Divers can be an obsessive bunch. Most of us have a story or two to tell about the great lengths we have gone for our scuba habit. Read others stories, or add your own.

You Know You're Addicted to Diving When . . .
Divers can be an obsessive bunch. Read divers' stories of how they discovered they were hard-core scuba-obsessed dive addicts. If you have a story of your own dive addiction, share it here.

How to Wash Your Gear
One of the most important skills you'll learn as a diver is how to properly wash your equipment. It's very important to wash your equipment thoroughly after every day of diving. Washing your gear ensures that it all performs safely as it was intended to and it will also prolong its life.

Is Scuba Diving Safe for Kids?
Should kids be allowed to scuba dive, and at what age? Read arguments for and against children diving and add your own opinion.

Are You A Drag? Minimize Your Drag in Scuba Diving And Your Diving Will Improve
Learn how to reduce your drag when scuba diving. Reducing drag can lower a diver's air consumption rate, reduce his post-dive exertion, and make diving easier.

Should Kids Scuba Dive? - A Discussion of Kids and Scuba Diving
Should kids be allowed to scuba dive, and at what age? Read arguments for and against children diving and add your own opinion.

Recreational Scuba Diver Training
Interested in recreational scuba diving training or certification? Read a comprehensive guide to recreational dive training, including open water certification, experience courses, advanced courses, required underwater skills, dive theory, and fitness requirements for scuba diving.

How Do Refresher Courses Benefit Certified Divers
Refresher courses make scuba diving safer and more enjoyable. Certified scuba divers should enroll in a refresher course to review emergency skills and important dive theory after a period of diving inactivity.

Scuba Diving Certification Agencies
An overview of popular scuba certification agencies, such as PADI, SSI, BSAC and NAUI. Explanation of what a scuba certification agency is, what is does, and the differences between agencies.

How to Relax on the Surface
Before a diver can enjoy the underwater world, he must feel relaxed and in control. Here is how to relax before a dive.

Tipping Guidelines for Scuba Divers
Tipping is so confusing. Who should divers tip after dive, and how much is appropriate? Here are some tipping guidelines for scuba divers.

Describe Techniques Used for Airway Control in Scuba Diving
Describe techniques used for airway control in scuba diving. What is airway control and why is it important in diving? Read in-depth answers to PADI knowledge review questions from the open water course here.

What Are Your Tips for Scuba Diving Boat Etiquette?
What behavior drives you crazy on the scuba boat. Here's your chance to share your tips for scuba diving boat etiquette

Share Your Tipping and Gratuity Advice for Scuba Diving
Tipping is so confusing. Who should divers tip after dive, and how much is appropriate? Share your advice on how to tip for scuba diving services.

5 Ways to Keep Your Hair Out of Your Face When Scuba Diving
Long hair can be very annoying when scuba diving. It floats in front of your face and your mask, and shifts around, altering the position of your mask strap. Here are my tips for securing long hair when scuba diving.

Dive Slowly - Swimming Quickly Can Be Dangerous
How should a diver swim? Scuba divers should swim with slow, relaxed movements. Swimming quickly can be dangerous! Learn why here.

Scuba Tips: How To Check That Your Tank Valve Is Open
Your pressure gauge reads "full" but is you tank really open? Are you sure? Before jumping in the water, learn how to properly check that you tank is open before every dive.

The Right Tools for the Job
Carrying extra dive gear underwater can lead to task loading and extra drag. Here are tips on streamlining dive gear for a more enjoyable and safer diving experience.

Task Loading and Scuba Diving
Task loading is a common problem faced by scuba divers attempting complicated activities underwater. When a diver attempts to do too many things at once, he may fail to do even one thing properly.

The Rule of Three
In diving as in life, it is sometimes best to cut your losses and call it a day. The rule of three is a method many scuba divers use to decide when to call it quits for the day.

Free Diving

How Old Do You Have to Be to Scuba Dive?
How old do you have to be to scuba dive? Children can begin scuba diving from a young age . . .

Full Service or Disservice
Full service or disservice? Should scuba diving guides set up client's gear or not? Read this editor's opinion piece on About.com Scuba.

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