Want to learn scuba diving from a professional but don’t know which one to choose? Don’t worry! It’s simple! Just follow these eleven and see if the professional dive center you want to sign up offers these and you will be good to go!
This is of utmost importance. Always remember that you must at all times be safe. Hence, one of the first things which you must check out before zeroing in on the diving center is that the center is well equipped with sufficient number of emergency oxygen and also if the trainers are aware about the importance of such emergency oxygen masks.
Essential amenities and facilities on the boat
Before signing up, make sure you inspect the boat in which they diving professionals will be taking you and ensure that the boat has a covered area or a shade and is not all open! Also make sure that the boat is self sufficient with essential facilities like providing drinking water, washrooms etc.
Is your diving center ‘environmentally aware’?
Since scuba diving involves the divers to see different kinds of flora and fauna, it is a natural instinct for first timers to go ahead and try touching these fishes. However, professional scuba diving centers follow and enforce a very strict ‘no touch’ policy which means that although you can see the colorful fishes and plants around you, you are prohibited from touching any of them. Apart from this, the professional diving centers have to also take into consideration and implement ‘no plastic’ policy on the boat.
Look at the spots
When you sign up at a diving center, be a bit curious and try to find out the diving areas and spots which the diving centers take you to as not all the spots will be of use to you particularly if you are beginner. There are certain areas which should be tapped only after you get sufficient experience of diving.
Research! Research! Research!
Take your time and do an exhaustive research on the different diving centers and as well as what each one of them has to offer. One helpful hint here is that, as they say don’t judge a book by its cover, in the same way, don’t get fooled by looking at the attractive pictures which the diving centers keep on their website! Instead read through the content especially the reviews which some of their members must have posted.
Once you go through their website, see if all your doubts, queries and clarifications have been duly answered. If not, jot down your queries and call them or visit them personally for getting them sorted.
Talk and discuss
Another way of finding the right diving center for you is to talk to your friends or colleagues who have learnt scuba diving from such diving centers. They will be in a better position to guide you and help you pick the right kind of diving center.
Commercials are crucial
Yes, money is important! But it is certainly not important at the cost of your health! So don’t just go to the diving center which is offering you the lowest fees! Such diving centers often lure you and make you compromise on crucial safety standards. Instead go for one which takes due care of the safety measures on board.
Prepare your personal checklist
Now that you have done your research, spoken to your friends, you should have a clear idea in your mind as to what to expect from the diving center. Prepare your own customized and personalized checklist and use it while researching on the different diving centers.
Excuse yourself from any kind of COMPROMISE!
Only when all your requirements, clarifications, demands etc are duly answered, then sign up for the diving classes. Any diving center which fails to put a tick mark on even one of your concern, reject it outright! After all, this is all pertaining to your safety which should be of prime importance!
Don’t be afraid to make last minute rejections
Last but certainly not the least! Once you zero in on the diving center you want to learn scuba diving from, you go ahead and register. However, if you think that things are not the same as they were claimed to be, then feel free to reject the center even if it is after you have made the payment of the fees. In such exceptional cases, having a back up option will definitely help!
Just follow these easy to remember tips and make your long lost dream of becoming a professional scuba diver come true!