Certified divers enjoy the freedom to dive with a buddy anywhere and anytime it is permissible. It’s fun and safe as long as you continue to follow the rules and guidelines and dive within the limits of your training and abilities. Accrediting organizations have done extensive studies and established strict guidelines for dive instructors to follow as the instructor, sales consultant or dive master on the boat.
Statistically scuba diving is one of the safest activities you can engage in. Generally dive related incidents are caused by a failing health co
ndition or divers that choose to dive beyond the established limits, engage in diving they are not trained or simply by practicing careless diving practices. All of these are focused on in the early portion of any dive-training program.
There are several accrediting agencies such as PADI, NAUI, and BSAC that are affiliated with dive centers and instructors. These agencies establish operational criteria and standards for dive operations and it’s instructional staff. Dive certifications accomplished with any accredited agency allow you to dive regardless of the operator’s affiliation, and once certified you are certified for life.
All dive certification courses begin in a classroom environment or online study program. It’s not difficult learn since the lessons are taught to students as young as 10 years old becoming Junior Scuba Divers until they reach the age of 15 at which time they no longer need to dive with a parent or guardian.
The PADI online classroom is available to dive students 13 years of age and older offering flexibility in participation as well as the ability to do this from home. The classroom is of benefit to those living near a dive shop or resort operation that can spend about 6 hours of study and testing with an instructor.
Pool classes give you all the practical and functional training in an underwater environment. You start in the shallow end learning breathing techniques, mask clearing and other essential elements before moving towards the deep end of the pool. Here you learn buoyancy and control to achieve the weightless effect. Once you’ve mastered the pool you are proficient with the dive and emergency skills that prepare you for the open water.
Open water classes are essentially the displaying of proficiency of skills already conducted in the swimming pool. Your first dive is a fun dive where you will cruise the reef in underwater fashion with your instructor allowing you to fully experience your first dive as a real diver. The following dives you will spend some time proving your proficiency of the skills and still have some time to take in the scenery.
Once you are certified you are good to go on your own, however it is always recommende
d to continue with training at least through the advanced level where you will get training in underwater navigation, peak buoyancy control, deep diving and a few other programs that your instructor feels would suit your individual dive program.
You have the ability to dive comfortably and safely with confidence and will rapidly discover new places to dive and friends to dive with. The advantage of participating in a scuba vacation program with the Sugar Beach Resort is the combining the resort vacation experience with the underwater world, and there are several dive operators nearby so scheduling your training and diving is never an issue and equipment is readily available.
Sugar Beach Resort is a great place to host your scuba diving event whether you visit as an individual, family or group. Here you can enjoy the full condo experience and vacation like you are in your own home.
Stay tuned for the next story about the incredible marine life you will find on the reefs of St. Croix! And visit Sugar Beach Website for details on scuba diving packages available from the resort.