|From the dive deck of the MV Febrina in Papua New Guinea|
Often I talk to people who are interested in scuba diving but haven't taken the plunge. Or worse, they tried a single "experience dive" at a resort and didn't like it.
Fun facts about scuba diving:
* You don't have to be a good swimmer (I'm not). You don't need to be an athlete either, but you do need to be in reasonable health.
* You don't have to own any equipment
* Diving can be expensive, but I've had great dives in some countries for $25 each -- not bad for an hour underwater
|"Get me away from these divers!" Courtesy Leisure Pro|
* In fact, the most dangerous things underwater are passive -- mostly stuff with pointy spines. Don't touch the wildlife, listen to your dive guide, and you'll be fine.
Media coverage of scuba diving is significantly weaker than coverage of wine. Magazines are subsidized by ads from equipment makers and resorts, and their articles reflect that. Most intro-to-scuba articles are overly technical, and none that I've seen are candid about where the best diving is, either because they're written by novices ("I just got certified and it's great!") or they don't want to offend advertisers.
So here are my 7 simple steps for not just becoming a scuba diver, but loving life underwater.
1) Sign up for a 5-day certification class in a beautiful, warm vacation spot