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We get it. You want become a scuba diver.


With so many different options out there, you’re left wondering where to start.

That’s where ScubaOtter comes in.

Where to Start

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.

You should be looking for a small diving school, with environmentally friendly practice and reasonable price, which will ensure proper service and a safe ratio of learner divers and dive instructors.

Scuba diving is a risky and extreme sport, so you should want to be trained to practice it by the best, most passionate, and safest instructors.

Got it?

Alright, let’s dive in!

How To Become A Diver?

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This is probably the most obvious question, but the answer might surprise you.

Of course, you’ll need proper training and a scuba diving certification from a scuba diving agency, but will that make you a scuba diver just yet?

Perhaps not. You’ll only become a scuba diver as you gain experience and confidence under the water.

Thus, the permit to dive is only your gateway into becoming a scuba diver, the very starting point to all the experience and skills you will gain by scuba diving.

So, the answer as to how one becomes a scuba diver is simple… by scuba diving!

What Gear Will I Need?

If you’re just getting started with scuba diving, we wouldn’t recommend getting any dive gear past a mask and fins.

Even these can be used at dive shops around the world. You may have to pay a little bit extra, but it’s likely not worth investing in all of your own gear quite yet.

Am I fit to scuba dive?

The fitness to scuba dive doesn’t mean a six-pack and a strong pair of legs, nope. Considering if you are fit to dive implies to consider if you are both mentally and physically fit for underwater action.

The list of illnesses and issues is long, and you will find it on any diving consent form on every agency’s website. Unless you are aware of a condition that might prevent you from performing extreme sport, no you don’t need to see a doctor prior to scuba diving.

Also, if you are a generally active person, not seriously overweight, and that you don’t fear being in the water, you will most likely do good at diving. Indeed, being physically active is the most important factor here to me, and it puts diving on a level accessible to a whole lot of travelers!

Let’s say you’re walking in any of the small cities of Northern Thailand with your backpack on for several kilometers… well that’s a good fitness indicator! Even more if you, like I love to do, walk up every Big Buddha
that you see.

What diving agency to go with?





Let’s not go long on this, cause the answer is quite simple.

First, for recreational scuba diving, most known international agencies, and even local ones, will be great. The exception is for those interested in pursuing a professional or technical diving path: programs can then vary greatly between agencies.

Secondly, “YES” you will be able to go scuba diving in the Caribbean with a PADI dive center even if you got certified with SSI in Myanmar, for example.

If you’d like to learn more about PADI vs SSI vs NAUI, we’ve written an in-depth article comparing them.

What if something happens underwater?

If you would have asked me in my early diving days, that was probably the question that would have scared me the most.

Now, I’ll have to agree with all those experienced divers before me and say that, at the opposite of what we think, everything happens quite quietly and peacefully underwater. It’s this calm blueness of gravity-free space where you simply swim along and discover.

Plus, your dive training will teach you the most important skill: to breathe in, and out, always, normally, and regularly. You will be told that holding your breath is the worst thing you can do, and it’s true… so breathing will keep you safe.

Is scuba diving dangerous?

Scuba diving, like most extreme sports, involves a certain amount of risks. Material failure and human mistakes do happen in scuba diving too. That being said, the scuba diving certification aims at giving you the tools and skills to be a good diver, to stay away from troubles, and it also trains you to get out of trouble whenever needed.

Therefore, with proper training and well-learned skills, scuba diving is not dangerous.

Austin Tuwiner Administrator

Austin is the website owner, and began scuba diving at just 16 years old. After traveling and diving all over the world, he is dedicated to bringing the hobby to more people.

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