Learn to Scuba Dive

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I’ve thought about trying to learn to scuba dive my whole life. And with a holiday fast coming in Cairns, Australia I thought I’d better learn fast.

I visited the local dive centres and they made it all sound so difficult and frightening as well as being unaffordable. So a little shattered I searched the internet for ”Scuba Diving in Cairns” . And what a helpful idea that was. I was given literally 100′s of options of Cairns dive training centres and local booking agents only too eager to assist me learn to scuba dive.

After sending out lots of emails with lots of questions I was excited to find out that it wasn’t as frightening, difficult or not cheap as I’d previously ascertained. Basically in Cairns you can do a dive course in four, five or six days. Four days is the mimimum required to get your PADI certification. A PADI certification is the worlds largest and most accepted.The five and six day courses give you more dives and you get to stay overnight on the Cairns Great Barrier Reef.

After a some decision making I chose to invest in a 5 day overnight dive course. Fistly I had to get a dive medical done. Now this shouldn’t worry anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy. If you have no serious illnesses or respiratory problems you should be OK. The largest issue is Asthma I beleive.

Days one and two are spent in the swimming pool and Classroom. This is when you learn the basics of scuba diving and some basic skills. The hardest part about this was having to tread water for 15 minutes. And rather unfairly the fattest people float better than the trim ones. Those beers after work paydays finally have helped me.

On day three you depart for the great barrier reef. You are taken out to your boat at the reef by a fast boat full of daypassengers, but as soon as you get there they get you into the water. You start your training dives straightaway. The first four dives are part of your course, where you learn a few more skills. After that you get to do five more dives with no lessons included. You are now a certified scuba diver. And I got to do it on the Great Barrier Reef, not in some polluted mirky city water.

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