Scuba diving is great fun, but it’s not something that can be mastered in one lesson. There are also five important rules that you need to think about if you’re planning to start scuba diving. The who, what, when, where and why of scuba diving!

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Who?

Scuba diving can be enjoyed by almost anyone. Both men and women can scuba dive, and even children can as well, although you need to be sure that they’re old enough to understand the rules and concepts of scuba diving. Some people with health issues are better off giving scuba diving a miss. It’s also better to miss out on scuba diving if you have a head cold on the day of your dive.

What?

It’s easy to think that scuba diving is just about going underwater and enjoying the fish. For most people who scuba dive on an ongoing basis, there’s a lot more to it than that. Many simply enjoy the challenge of practicing their scuba diving skills, while others take it up as a career. Either way, scuba diving can be loads of fun.

When?

You can dive at any time of the year, but you may need to be prepared if the conditions are cold. Many people dive using dry suits during the winter months, which do a much better job of keeping you warm than a wet suit does. There are specific courses you can do it prepare for diving in cold water. If you’d rather give cold water a miss in winter, take a holiday to somewhere warm or tropical, and scuba dive there instead!

Where?

You can scuba dive in most places where the water is sufficiently deep. So you can choose from the ocean, lakes, mines, rivers, caves and anywhere else appropriate. It the water is too shallow you might as well just snorkel around and save yourself the hassle of lugging all your scuba diving equipment around. If you’re unfamiliar with a body of water, ask locally if there are any hazards you need to be aware of.

Why?

Once you’ve tried scuba diving, you probably won’t need anyone else to answer this question for you. Some people simply enjoy the sport and continue diving. Others have professional reasons for continuing to scuba dive. Many others simply enjoy the opportunity it gives them to explore a world few other people get to see.

By lili