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Getting Started

So you want to become scuba certified huh?

But…

With all the different options for certifications, gear, and dive locations, you’re left wondering where to start.

That’s where ScubaOtter comes in.

We’re your giant stride (or back roll!) into the world of scuba diving!

We’re a free online scuba diving guide run by passionate instructors and divemasters.

Our love of the ocean takes us around the world, and we come back here to share our stories and knowledge with you.

We’ve carefully created our guide to help you dive into the world of scuba. And then the world is your oyster!

What You Need to Know

First, I’d like to highlight the fact that becoming a diver is not a cheap decision.

I can imagine you, yes you, looking on Google for the cheapest diving school.

If that’s how you’re going to go about your scuba diving education, it’s best not to do it at all until you’re ready to dive properly.

Ideally, you should be looking for a diving school, with environmentally friendly practices, and a reasonable price, ensuring proper service and a safe ratio of learning divers to dive instructors.

Scuba diving can a risky and extreme sport, so you should want to be trained to practice it by the best, most passionate, and safest instructors.
Not the cheapest one you can find…

Got it?

Alright, let’s dive into your different options for diving certifications PADI vs SSI vs NAUI.

Getting Certified: PADI vs NAUI vs SSI

So, you want to learn how to scuba dive? Awesome!

Getting your basic scuba diving certification will make scuba diving fun and safe.

The first scuba diving qualification you can do is your Open Water. There are professional diving associations all over the world where you can do this course and learn how to dive.

Once you’ve done your Open Water Course, you can go scuba diving anywhere worldwide. All you’ll need is to show your card or qualification number, grab a tank, and off you go!

And what’s best? Once you’ve done your Open Water, you’ll be certified for life!

You can learn a lot about scuba diving by reading our guide. But it also involves training and guidance from certified instructors.

The tricky thing is knowing what agency you should choose to get certified with. There are PADI, SSI, and NAUI, to name a few.

There are all these acronyms – but what do they mean?

Sound confusing? Fear not!

We’ve broken everything down for you so you can understand what the different scuba diving certification agencies offer.

We’ll tell you all about what to expect from your Open Water course. Plus all the things you should be thinking about before you commit to scuba diving.

Picking Your Certification Dive Location

So you’ve decided you want to learn how to scuba dive? Nice one!

Now you have to decide where you want to learn to dive.

Do you want to learn at home, or on vacation?

Do you want to do online learning, or study with a class?

Are you on a budget?

Some parts of the world are much cheaper to learn to dive in!

There are lots of things to think about before you commit to your Open Water course. We’ll dispel all the myths and help you choose the best place to learn to dive.

What You’ll Need To Become A Certified Diver

Once you’ve decided you want to get scuba certified, you’ll want to start building out your scuba diving wardrobe!

But getting your own gear can seem a bit daunting and confusing at first.

A full set of scuba diving gear is made up of many parts, and there are hundreds of brands and styles to choose from!

Forums and blogs can be information overload.

But don’t worry – we’ve got you!

Investing in your own scuba diving gear is 100% worthwhile. You can choose comfortable gear that fits you and is personalized to your needs. It’ll be the start of your unforgettable adventures underwater!

You don’t need to buy everything at the start. Just a few key pieces. Read on – we’ll help you understand what gear you need for certification.

How to Choose Your Own Scuba Gear

After you’re scuba certified, you’ll want to start kitting yourself out even more!

After you’ve sorted your basics like mask and fins, you may want to start thinking about dive computers, buoyancy control devices, and regulators. This is where things can get a little more complex.

There are technical differences between gear, and things get more expensive!

Stay calm. Getting your own gear is exciting and will help you on your journey to becoming a wicked diver!

We’ll break down the process of getting your own scuba diving gear, step-by-step as you go from beginner to pro.

Our List Of Scuba Gear

Going on Your First Liveaboard

So, you love scuba diving? Then we hope you like boats!

Ever heard of liveaboards?

They’re overnight trips on boats. On scuba diving liveaboards, there are usually many opportunities to go diving each day!

Liveaboard diving is one of the most epic ways to enjoy diving vacations.

Some of the world’s best dive sites are so remote they’re only accessible by liveaboard. Like the far-off islands in the Galapagos and Cocos Islands in Costa Rica.

Hopping on a liveaboard is the coolest way to explore the ocean, and dive in different parts of a country.

The problem is there are so many places to go and things to see!

Check out our guide to liveaboards where we’ll show you the most enviable places to visit.

Feeling fancy? We’ll show you the best luxury vessels!

For those on a shoestring budget, we’ll show you our top-secret affordable options. Check them out and ship ahoy!

Our List Of Liveaboards

Best Dive Locations in the World

So, you’ve learned the basics of scuba diving? Woohoo!

Once you’ve done your open water course, there’s no doubt you’ll want to start exploring the underwater world.

Once you become a scuba diver, when you’re planning your next holiday, we bet you’re going to want to go diving there.

There are hundreds of thousands of amazing dive sites all over the globe.

From manta rays in Indonesia to whale sharks in Mozambique, to sea dragons in Australia. There’s unbelievable marine life to be discovered in every part of the ocean, on every continent!

There are huge shipwrecks, buried deep beneath the surface of the ocean. There are caves and blue holes, awaiting your exploration.

Our team of scuba diving instructors and divemasters have traveled the world. Then they’ve reported back about the coolest things they’ve seen and the craziest places they’ve been.

Check out our best scuba diving destinations recommendations. Get your bucket list at the ready!

Our List of Scuba Locations

The Magic of Marine Life

One of the many reasons scuba divers fall in love with scuba diving is because of marine life!

The underwater world is mystical. It’s teeming with life and is home to millions of marvelous species.

From the tiniest critters, like psychedelic multicolored Nudibranchs, to the biggest creatures on planet earth, like the Blue whale!

Let us share the magic of the ocean with you, and show you animals you could never have dreamed existed.