In the last few years, people have become attracted to scuba diving as a sport. Some who have taken up scuba diving regard it not just as a sport but also as an income generating activity to enable them cater for their financial needs. Practicing scuba diving, whether it’s for fun or it’s a job, can only be allowed if one is certified. The authority in charge of licensing divers normally awards the certificates to those who have undertaken some tests and passed them. And you are no exception if you are considering taking up scuba diving; you have to take the tests too. There are some requirements that go with the certificate. Here are the most basic of these requirements.
Age Limit Considerations
Most of the scuba diving schools have put ten years as the minimum age limit for those who want to join the sport, although some may lower or raise it. The only exception is that there is no upper limit on age, provided other conditions have been met. Children under the age of ten are not allowing to go diving because it’s actually more dangerous for them.
A diver needs bodily strength to be successful at their trade. The capacity to withstand the pressure of the water on the body, as well as the ability to control your breathing pattern when underwater is what takes a toll on your physical strength during diving. A clean bill of health is therefore required from the doctor to confirm that you’re capable of ding diving. Divers are also expected to have endurance since they may have to swim against very strong currents when they are in the water.
Be Skilled in Swimming
It is paradoxical to want to go diving if you have no liking for water at all. A good diver should always love water. Water should be like your friend if you’re a diver. They should also practice and become skilled at swimming because this is the most basic of all requirements. Only when you have become skilled in shallow water swimming can you graduate to the deep sea diving.
Operation of Diving Gear
Scuba diving has its own tools and equipment aimed at making it easier for the diver to operate efficiently. Oxygen tanks and masks, flippers as well as goggles are some of the things that make it easier for divers to do their job. Acquiring knowledge about the use of these tools and their repair begfore hand is therefore crucial. This information will prove very instrumental in facilitating the survival of the diver in cases that they encounter trouble at the sea. Additional general knowledge about the water bodies available in your locality is also important.